GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 30/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on November 30, 2008

Clear bright red sun attempting to climb up from behind Ross Island, calm, -3C to rise on plus side but just barely.

Emily had full day babysitting, then out overnight, has not been this way since she left for school on Friday. Keeps in contact with her grandmother every few hours just insure things are as they are supposed to be. Rob spent a quiet weekend around the house, with a brief attempt at the sk8board park yesterday afternoon, but even he mentioned it was cool for boarding.

Have had no word on the impact Novie will have on the lobster market, hearing some lobster being shipped with no firm price being quoted. If this is indeed the case a bad economic situation just getting much worse, selling on consignment no leverage for the seller.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 29/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:17 PM GMT on November 29, 2008

Great morning, calm, 4C, bright sun, a welcome change from previous few weather days. Not bad for tomorrow with more wind and moisture for Monday and Tuesday.

Emily out overnight, then a babysitting gig for most of the day. Rob got his movies and sequestered himself in his room for the evening, did not see him at all.

Lobster catch has fallen back this week, hopefully due to the severe weather more than a reflection that they have given up already. Price remains the same, $3.50, no indication if the opening of the season in Nova Scotia will have an impact on the price.

A good day to get the outside ready to turn on for the Xmas Season, plan is to have it completed and going by tomorrow afternoon.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 28/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:53 AM GMT on November 28, 2008

Overcast, calm, temp 6C, harbinger of the weekend with the addition of rain. More wind and rain for the first of the week being called for.

South of the border "Black Friday' underway, what reporting have seen indicates retailers not anticipating as many shopppers as in years past. The economic news becomes more dire each day, one commentator said the party has been going on for sometime now Canada has been invited.

Locally gas prices dropped once again, now $.81/litre - a five year low, soon expected to stabalize at current levels. The CAD also at $.81 to the USD, seems to be consistent last few days.

Kids calandar getting filled up with concerts from guitar, church, dancing and school a social bonanza for the old folks - o yeah.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 27/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on November 27, 2008

Overcast, calm, frost overnight -2C temp, looking for some moisture later on in the day. Lots of mixed weather for the next few days.

Boat did not make the first trip yesterday, all the remaining trips no problem have no idea what the capacity would be. The wind blowing a gale one minute the next flunked out completely, give it up quickly.

Few more waterfowel infront of the house this morning, appear to be black ducks, no geese around, probably off to the south.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 26/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:55 AM GMT on November 26, 2008

Gale force easterlies for the past 18 hours or so, not to let up till noon then go westerly and clear. Temp 7C to remain on the plus side for the next few days. Lots of rain continues to fall, worse driven by the strong winds.

Boat never sailed last two trips yesterday, and tied up till later today this morning. Supposed to run to Fredericton for afternoon meeting, wind will have to drop quickly for a trip today in time for meeting.

Quite a number of outside Xmas decorations in commence, plan is to have our display ready this weekend.

Neighbours to the south in full swing for the holiday season tomorrow, wish all the U.S. Undergrounders a great day, and lots of family fellowship.

Hard to believe that it seems some trap gear making its way ashore after only two weeks, not good to say the least.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 25/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:44 AM GMT on November 25, 2008

Ominous red sky this morning over Ross Island, fairly strong easterly as the sun comes up, 35KPH, forecast is for storm force by this evening and overnight, letting up tomorrow afternoon. Temp -2C to rise on plus side for the next few days with rain in the offing.

The snow we have will be gone certainly by tomorrow, if the rain holds off will get at the remainder of my lights before the weekend.

The lobster fisherman of SW Novi set yesterday, will wait and see what impact the new supply of lobster has on the price at the wharf. Weather looks as if this week will be a short week on the water locally.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 24/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on November 24, 2008

Clear, cool -7C, a slight draft from west appearing to swing a little to SW. Forecast is to have temp rise near 0 then on plus side with rain and gale force SE Tuesday and Wednesday.

Top travel Fredericton on business on Wednesday in doubt as forecast is 40kt SE with rain. Marginal if the ferry will sail in such coditions.

Complex said to be on schedule for mid-end of January completion - this stage. No benefactor for the arena completion, any interested parties have backed off due to current economic situation worldwide.

A few waterfowel infront of the house this morning, not too active probably ducks that will winter in the harbour.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 23/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:36 AM GMT on November 23, 2008

A little more than seasonable this past couple of days, more in the 'winter like' conditions. Overcast, with 4-6" of snow in the yard, cold -7C with the breeze from west 25-30KPH. The flag indicating a slight southerly influence with rain and above normal temps within next couple of days. It is the Maritime weather pattern anytime of year.

The outside decorating in commence, was to travel this weekend, but have decided till better weather to give it a shot. Will be interesting putting lights in the trees with this amount of wind, but once there know they will stay.

Rob and his group jammed, practised at the Wesleyan Church last night. Must say I have been in some noisy places on a Saturday night, never heard guitars and drums to that level in a church. Lots of kids going on till midnight, wonder what some of the former pillars of the church would think?

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 22/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:20 PM GMT on November 22, 2008

Snow falling, with a breeze from West 20-25KPH, looking for gale force before the day is over. Temp -3C similar for tomorrow with southerly and rain behind this system for the first of the week.

Conditions about right to put the outside decorations in place, cold and windy with showers once they are in place.

The plan to pay a quick visit to Moncton on hold, lots of snow there, travelling not the best and the wind both travelling days marginal at best for boat travel. Will put it off for next weekend or there abouts.

Emily busy babysitting, three households yesterday from morning till near 11PM, she enjoys it and the children upset when Emily not the babysitter. Rob kept low profile last evening the male bonding session went till daylight or thereabouts as a result recharge of batteries kept him pretty close to ironing out the couch till bedtime.

Lobster price remains at $3.50/lb for this week, market remains strong - for the moment still no speculation on the longterm outlook.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 21/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:58 AM GMT on November 21, 2008

Seasonable again this morning, -5C, a slight westerly draft, overcast, what you see is what is expected as the day unfolds. Some wind for the weekend changing to southerly influence on Monday.

Sister-in-law congratulated me yesterday, sort of shook my head, today is 40th Wedding Anniversary, thanked her for the thought, and saving my bacon.

Rob had three of his brotherhood overnight, celebration of 13th birthday. Male bonding, pizza and beverages, video games, movies, guitar concert, lots of stories. Sounds familiar, will be thus as they move forward, only shortly the bonding sessions will move to a location with less supervision.

Have no update on level of catch, price did come in at a disappointing $3.50/lb. The economic situation certainly far improving with no idea where the bottom of the hill is located as yet.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 20/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on November 20, 2008

Partial overcast, a chilly -7C, a draft from the west - enough to keep the flag in motion. Cool weather continues to be the call until the weekend at least.

Lobster fishery the topic of conversation these days, first cheques will be out no later than today. Anything over $3.50/lb would appear to be accepted as a bonous - not good.

As the price of commodities continue to decline the CAD opened this morning @ $.79 to the USD. Certainly will reduce the desire to cross border shop at least north to south.

Kids report cards in, must say very pleased on both counts, Donna's prodding(if that is the word) has paid dividends.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 19/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on November 19, 2008

Overcast, cool at -1C, strong northerly gusting to 45KPH, this is the offering for the next few days in the forecast. Seasonable temps with the threat of snow on the mainland.

Rmily and Donna had 'quality time' after the Ortho with the preliminary shopping for Xmas. Lots of cooking ingredients for the baking to get underway, some presents and a good look around. Enjoyable day to say the least.

Ferry not full each trip we were on, locals doing much the same as we, weather co-operated with no great rush at any stage of the day.

Fellows will learn today what the price for the past weeks catch amounts to, articles and 'wharf talk' indicate an absolute high of $4/lb, not very likely.

Rob now entering the dreaded teens, 13 this morning.

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TUESDAYL, NOVEMBER 18/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:10 AM GMT on November 18, 2008

Clear, calm - for a change, a cool -3C this morning with a high of 5C in the forecast. More northerly in the offing later on tonight, into tomorrow.

We are off to Ortho appointment this morning, Donna to escort her protoge with some casual mall crawling after the appointment, plan is to reutrn on the 5:30 this evening.

Salt truck gone by short time ago, must have made ice from the rain we had overnight, tis the season.

Lots of traffic since mid-morning heading to the wharf to get another day on the water. The threat of wind kept most of the Ingalls Head fleet tied up, turned out probably a year ago would have given it a shot till the weather drove them.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 17/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on November 17, 2008

Overcast, breeze from SW 20-25KPH, 5C, clearing for the day with not much increase in temp. Wind shift to the north in the offing cooler temps as a result for the next few days, seasonable as they say.

The Xmas Shopping trip on the shelf, weather combined with other factors resulted in cancelation.

The flow of traffic going by the house since 0400 indicates the bulk of the fleet at it this morning. There was a lot of southerly last 30 hours don't know if that combined with full tides would move gear around or not.

The southerly and full tides had the Bay of Fundy invading the lawn yesterday at high tide, come up over the sea wall onto the lawn. The high water mark half way from the shore to the house.


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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:03 PM GMT on November 16, 2008

Nasty weather this morning, strong southerly gusting to 40KPH, expected to increase for the morning then diminish a little later on this afternoon. Temp nice 12C, plenty of rain down and continues to be the case.

If the wind holds off for a few more hours the ladies should be able to make the trip to the mainland with no problem. The southerly will assist them in getting to thier destination a little earliar, with no discomfort achieving the goal. Am hoping they can get it going it is a tradition for them for past many years.

The fleet out yesterday, the threatned wind did not materialize to any degree till later on in the day. Have not spoken with anybody to see if the catch held up on the next haul or not.

Emily did not visit White Head, spent the weekend - so far - in Seal Cove. Rob and buddy attended basketball last night two visiting teams, wonder how they feel about travelling this morning.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 16/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:03 PM GMT on November 16, 2008

Nasty weather this morning, strong southerly gusting to 40KPH, expected to increase for the morning then diminish a little later on this afternoon. Temp nice 12C, plenty of rain down and continues to be the case.

If the wind holds off for a few more hours the ladies should be able to make the trip to the mainland with no problem. The southerly will assist them in getting to thier destination a little earliar, with no discomfort achieving the goal. Am hoping they can get it going it is a tradition for them for past many years.

The fleet out yesterday, the threatned wind did not materialize to any degree till later on in the day. Have not spoken with anybody to see if the catch held up on the next haul or not.

Emily did not visit White Head, spent the weekend - so far - in Seal Cove. Rob and buddy attended basketball last night two visiting teams, wonder how they feel about travelling this morning.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:14 PM GMT on November 15, 2008

Heavy fog, visibility less than 1/4 mile, wooly to say the least, calm, 11C. Forecast is gale force, same event they have been calling for since Thurs. no clearing till first of the week.

The threat of heavy weather kept most of the lobster fleet tied up yesterday. In the past fellows would have gone till driven by the weather, no desire to tempt the weather unless a full day is guaranteed, all to do with price. Catch is good, still no definative word on price.

Donna and buddy watching the weather for tomorrow, if the forecast unfolds as currently written a window for the 11:30 trip appears viable, wind will be behind them all the way into Blacks.

Rob home with movies, Emily around the community and White Head till tomorrow afternoon.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 14/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:50 AM GMT on November 14, 2008

Overcast, soon to be moisture of some sort, easterly coming on now 15KPH, forecasting up gale force before the day is over. Strong winds for the weekend with higher temps.

This years time on the water now done, the weather was ideal now getting into the tough weather that usually means winter fishing. The catch very good, but the uncertainity of price taking the edge off of a good start to the season. No buyer has committed to price, hope is for $4/lb, emphasis on hope. As mentioned the market seems to be in place, as well the quality of the product high.

Donna and her friend preparing to go on thier annual Xmas sojourn on Sunday. Weather not the best, however wind from the south will not be a problem getting to the mainland, will push them quicker to thier destination.

Emily going to her weekend residence on Whitehead again this weekend.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 13/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:03 AM GMT on November 13, 2008

Moon doing its thing this morning, temp around the freezing mark, calm. Weather pattern to change by tonight, lots of wind and rain for next couple of days.

A rare day on the water during lobster season yesterday, ideal conditions for hauling traps, tide co-operated all day. We hauled from first light till past last light. Managed all but 44 or so traps, crew and gear worked very well together, lobsters not consistent in each area, but stil a good trap average by the end of the day.

The 'old' frame rebelling a little this morning, but coffee getting it under control. Weather tomorrow 30Kt plus from the east, not good for anything. My contract will probably be ended after today, weather like what is coming not condusive to hauling lots of gear.

Price still unknown, have no idea of how other guys did for a trap average, at any rate if the market is limited will be a hell of a lot of the beasts available today.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 12/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:57 AM GMT on November 12, 2008

A great looking morning, moon still doing what it does, calm, temp around 1C. Temp not to rise very far, same for tomorrow, rain and wind for the last couple days of the week.

A great day for setting traps, we made three trips, back to the wharf before supper. Some of the boats had trouble, from mechanical to becoming fouled by floating rope. Gear still going when we were getting ready for today.

There appears to be 'market' showing up, price still a downer as far as one can tell. One of those glass half full or half empty scenarios. We leave the wharf at 0630 haul as many as we can before darkness or the tide says the day is over.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 11/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:03 AM GMT on November 11, 2008

An unusual 'setting day' weather wise, no gale force wind to contend with. Temp at 0C, a slight draft from the west, to stay good for the remainder of the week.

We got the boat loaded yesterday, traps all baited, three trips will get them off and working. The skipper had lots of crew, things went very well, a slight unknown about the engine. A thourough check found nothing evident, performed well as a result ready to give her this morning.

No level of optimism in the fleet, price and even more shocking ability to sell the creatures once brought ashore. The buyers can't afford to caught with large inventory if the market dries up all of a sudden. This scenario is our equivelant of the auto industry shutting down in Detroit.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 9/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on November 09, 2008

FOG still with us, visibility less than one mile, calm, temp 10C, looking for rain or drizzle as the day moves along same for tomorrow. Clearing most of the week with seasonable temps in the offiing.

Two boats have come in to thier 'shore' to load while the tide is co-operating. The remainder have to be hauled to the wharf and loaded another handling of gear, has always been thus. Traffic started early this morning, a number of the boats loaded, we will do that process in the morning. Weather seems to be holding for a nice couple of days to set and haul.

Emily visiting to Whitehead since yesterday noon, she obvisiouly made to feel at home, returning one of the later ferry trips this afternoon. Rob chose some movies, put them in the machine, promptly fell asleep, did not get much bunk time when he was overnighting on Friday.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 8/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:11 PM GMT on November 08, 2008

Fog, just make out the shoreline of Ross Island, a slight draft from NE, warm 11C, same for next couple of days. Temps to start to decline over next few hours, but not too drastic.

Rob out overnight, Emily vegging after a long week of mid-term exams. She feels that things went well for her, of course will await to see if results meet wither her expectation.

CAD appears to have leveled at $.84, commodities still on the decline. The worldwide financial mess not going away anytime soon.

Longrange weather remains favourable for getting the traps in the water, and hauling the first day or so. If this remains the case will be the exception rather than the rule.

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FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:42 AM GMT on November 07, 2008

A dreary morning, fog settling in over Ross Island, total calm, temp a pleasant 15C, this is the norm for the at least the weekend.

Lots of rain down overnight quite a pond between the house and seawall, water table once again full to overflowing.

A patrol of the wharves shows a great deal of the traps are in place ready for Tuesday. Some of the boats will load over the weekend, all will be ready to go by Monday afternoon.

Rob and his group have an opportunity to play at the high school in a couple of weeks, he is quite excited. To plaly at the high school, be the youngest in the group a great ego booster.

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THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 6/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:40 AM GMT on November 06, 2008

Overcast, threat of rain, total calm, a balmy 10C, heading for high teens as the day moves along. Moisture and warm temps the order of the day next few days.

Dollar creeping back to the $.86 to the USD level, gas dropped to a four year low, locally $.93/litre range. Glad to have it at that price, but an indication of the financial havoc that is nressecary to get there, a mixed message.

Comment has been made that there is a total lack of enthusiasm for the opening of lobster season next week. One can feel the participants just going through the motions, no air of anticipation or enthusiasm. Something one has to do, depressed price will have large economic ramifications locally for quite sometime.

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WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 5/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:45 AM GMT on November 05, 2008

Mostly overcast, with the sun attempting to shine through, calm, a balmy 10C with a high in the mird teens coming our way. Similar temps but moisture the weather outlook into the weekend.

The U.S. Election is now history and historical with the election of OBAMA. Interesting to learn how the next few months will play out, high expectations placed on one individual.

Long range still remains on the plus side for next week, temps warm with the wind from the west. No wharf talk on price other than negative, consensus seems to be that $4/lb will be hard to achieve. To compound the hurt from a fishermans' prospective the CAD had climbed back to $.86 the past couple of days.

Emily struggling along with the exams, Donna should have pretty good marks by year end. She puts lots of hours with Emily to give her a hand retaining the lessons.

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TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:46 AM GMT on November 04, 2008

Overcast, total calm, sun attempted to peek over Ross Island but the clouds allowed only a peek. Temp now 8C to rise into low teens. Forecast is for similar temps with rain by the end of the week.

Emily finding the writing of mid-terms an experiance she could do without, a bit more regimented than in her previous years.

Complex moving along, cement floor poured with the geo-thermal inground heating in place. The walls going up this week, the interior will start taking shape in a hurry. Completion date still January. No cement for the arena, with current local economic situation could be awhile before phase two of this project moves forward.

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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:39 AM GMT on November 03, 2008

Sky clear, not bright with the out wisp of cloud cover, harbour quiet with no waterfowel in evidence. Wind shifting to the south, a draft, temp 3C to rise high single digits. Temp on rise to mid teens by mid week.

Emily has mid-terms the first time in her scholastic career scheduled formal exams part of the school routine. She appears to be taking it in stride, so will have to see. Rob has brought home some good marks, will wait and see some of the recent tests are still outstanding.

Traps continue to move, some were going by here after dark last night. The long range for setting day remains optimistic that good weather is the order of the day, also tide may be co-operating for at least the second load.

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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 2/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 12:15 PM GMT on November 02, 2008

Partial overcast, a slight breeze from the west, 2C with a high only around 5C, more the norm now than the exception.

Emily out last evening finishing up her last payment on her computer. Now she can start to restablish her bank account. Loves to purchase, does not like to use her own funds, I guess that is the way with most of us.

Lots of traps on the wharves from one end of the island to the other, will really pick up this next few days. Long range indicating westerly flow not too cold, should be clear, now will keep on eye on how much wind we will be getting. Last year less than marginal to set traps, two fellows were lost around the Wolves due to weather conditions.

Gas at a level I was certain never to see in my lifetime - local price $.99.5/litre, CAD seems to have settled at $.82 to the USD.

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SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 1/08

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on November 01, 2008

Partial overcast, a slight draft from NW, cool @2C, expected to climb high single digits as the day moves along.

Halloween participants had an ideal evening, a little chilly, no wind and clear. We had a larger number of goblins than usual, have had as few as ten probably between 25-30 last night. Lots of effort in most of the costumes, especially the younger ones.

Emily and her group home first, Rob and his gang arrived about fifteen minutes later. Lots of candy, but the sheer pleasure of dressing up not there, another right of passage near completion. The apartment had boys and girls with Rob giving an impromptu guitar concert prior to Rob overnight, and delivering the rest of the boys home.

Now time to start going over my inventory of Xmas Decorations, when they were put too bed a few required some attention. I have no idea now which ones they are, another annual event.

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