GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, APRIL 30/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on April 30, 2009

Partial overcast, a slight draft from SW, temp 7C, expected to rise into low double digits. Sun till the weekend, then a little shower activity on Saturday.

Kids home for the rest of the week, Emily has homework to get done. Rob will no doubt be pressed into his gardner role whenever he lands on deck. Some ground to be turned over, and raking to get done before mowing begins.

Lots of brant infront of the house this morning, flocks becoming larger on a daily basis. Geese and ducks must be nesting, as they are not in evidence in the morning.

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WEDNESDAY, ARIL 29/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 29, 2009

Clear, with a small amount of haze evident this morning,cool temp 6C, a NW draft 10-15KH. Looking to be clear and seasonable for the next few days with moisture for the weekend.

Daffodils and tulips out in full force around the house and the community. Garden slowly showing signs of life as the plants start poking through the ground.

Good fishing weather traffic going by here before daylight, on the way to the wharf. No word on what the landings look like this week so far.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 28/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 28, 2009

The harbour has disappeared in a shroud of fog, calm, temp 8C, temp to rise into high teens before the day is over. Seasonable temps for the longrange, might be able to retire the stove for a few weeks.

Lobster news not great, catch has dropped off this past week, full tides and weather might have an impact. The first signs of the spring freshette in evidence around Swallow Tail this past week. Still lots of water to enter the Bay as the rivers are near or past flood stage in many cases.

Complex up and running, slowly getting the operation underway. Gym being used for fitness classes and BG Club, and fitness centre open with lots of equipment. Now the goal to find a benefactor to complete the ice surface for next winter.

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MONDAY, APRIL 27/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 27, 2009

Overcast, a slight draft from the east, temp 7C, seems much cooler. Certainly looks like rain in the offing, is in the forecast for tomorrow.

Tide out a few clammers on the beach this morning, the areas to dig aew limited. Tge area infront of the house not very productive. Nice clams, just not a great many of them, takes a lot of digging to get a bucket.

Procrastination for the payment of Property Tax and Income Tax down to a few days. Have at least had the documents out for viewing this weekend.

Kids have only a three day week at school this time around. Needless to say they are looking forward to the down time.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 26/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on April 26, 2009

Fog, can barely see across the harbour to Ross Island, calling for showers later on. Calm temp 7C, might make it to double digits later on. No sun in the forecast till midweek.

Emily had some babysitting duties last eveing, Rob sequestered to his room with movies.

Rob spent the afternoon preparing the outside for summer planting. Lots of dirt to move, however the ATV weas required, amazing how many trips he had to make to get the job done. It was a good start for prepartation for spring planting.

The CAD now inthe $.83 USD, and gas prices creeping up each week, in $.91/litre range locally. Last year this time approx. $.30 higher, so will look at it as glass half full.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 25/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on April 25, 2009

Nice looking morning, with sunshine, temp 8C expected to rise into mid teens. A slight draft from SSW, enough to move the flag. Calling for a little moisture tomorrow, but temps remainng well on the plus side.

Both kids spread around the community. Rob took his skateboard to school,haven't seen him since. Emily same type of scenario, she babysits today so will be back in the fold around noon I suspect.

A few more traps going off shore this morning, another nice day to be on the water.

Donna's mom remains in the hospital definatly in better shape than a week ago, but still along way from her own bed.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 24/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on April 24, 2009

Tide pretty well out, sun, breeze from the west 15-20KPH, 6C temp to rise into the double digits. Nice forecast for the weekend is being changed good tomorrow, rain on Sunday.

The price of dulse influenced by world economics it appears. Some of the lesser quality dropping in price, some buyers not buying seconds, the quantity needed by the buyer is less than last year, in one case a reported 50%. Health food obviously not immune from the economic goings on these days.

Waterfowel along the tideline, but not in great numbers this morning. A few more showing up all the time.

Another weekend, if there are social plans for the kids they haven't been announced as yet.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 23/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 23, 2009

Wind remains from the south 30-35KPH, overcast, visibility a little better than a mile, 7C temp. Attempting to clear preparing for the nice conditions headed our way for quite a few days.

Rain appears to be done, the pond infront of the house has receded. This moisture combined with lots of sun should have one growling about getting the lawn mower in commence by this weekend.

Fishery remains quiet, other than few lobsters being landed, and price continues to decline. Have been told a bit of dulse being gathered, weather permitting, along with a few winkles and clams.

School had a talent concert last evening, well attended, marvelous showcase for local talent. Rob played with two groups, derives great pleasure from entertaining, certainly not shy showcasing his talent.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on April 22, 2009

Rain continues, strong southerly 30-35KPH, temp 9C. Similar weather till tomorrow, weekend looks past to summer like with temps nearing the twenty mark with lots of sun.

Complex now open in sections, the BG Club, Fitness Centre and Gym all in commence. The adminstrative part of the building coming along, no final date there, no big rush now that the building is for the most part operational.

Donna's mom has stabilized for the past couple of days, still far from gaining back the ground she has lost. Certainly getting the care she requires from the staff at the hospital.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 21/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 21, 2009

A storm this way is headed, currently beginning to become overcast, winds from the east picking up now 15-20KPH, looking for gale force and lots of rain till sometime tomorrow. Temp is on the plus side will rise some as the day moves along.

Kids back in school for another short week, they are enjoying the long weekends. They have one for the next couple of weeks.

Green grass and buds on the trees starting to make an appearance. The grass over the septic is once again way ahead of the rest of the lawn, will have to get the mower looked at sooner than later.

Woodstove still in commence, am able to let it go out most morning, but by suppertime house needs a little heat to carry over the night hours. It will stop sometime in the not too distant future.

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MONDAY, APRIL 20/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:31 AM GMT on April 20, 2009

Another great weather morning, lots of brant near shore with the high tide, calm, temp -2C. Looking for into the double digits for temps today, moisture on the way for tomorrow, and on into the week.

All hands left yesterday, after getting mom's house emptied out of over 90 years of treasures, and a some from beyond that. The truck busy going to the Transfer Station, along with our vehicles loading up some momentos. An excercise that must be done, not one that we go looking for.

Donna's mom in the hospital since Thursday, lots of pain, did seem a bit better yesterday. However she has a long way to go before any good progress can be reported.

No school today, Rob out overnight, Emily home yesterday afternoon after a babysitting job overnight. Things pretty normal in that vien at least.

Oven in and working great, has been a few advances in seventeen years. Donna getting used to the convection cooking, enjoying the experiance.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 17/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on April 17, 2009

The good weather roll continues, sunny, calm, 3C, the same thing for the next few days. Rain by mid-week, no sign of the rain forecast for today with temps looking to find the double digit range.

Large groups of brant congregated in various locations around the harbour, combined with other water fowel, tide up, makes for a Kodak Moment llokng out the window.

Lobster news, price is steady, no lobsters to speak of. Still no indication of what the price will be like when the landings do pick up.

The oven saga nears completion, the appliance is in, hooked up, this morning requires the finishing touches then her kitchen much improved and complete. The oven is the last of the appliances to be replaced since building the house in '92.

The borthers have a great day to travel this morning, All scheduled to show on the first boat this morning.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 16/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on April 16, 2009

We are on a weather roll, a gentle northerly draft barely moving the flag, clear, temp a little cool at 2C. Rain for tomorrow, then nice for the remainder of the weekend.

Donna's stove now on our premises, will await the installation. Bigger than the one that has been there for 17 years, certainly more sophiscated than she has had in the past. Appears will be inplace for the influx of brothers and thier wives - a good thing.

Rob doing much better in his scholastic endeavours. He is even amazed at what he has been able to achieve with a little effort, and somebody standing over him to get it done.

No inpust from the fishery as of late, still see more traps going, water temp should be on the rise ever so slight these days.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 15/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 15, 2009

Second day of a clear, calm, above freezing temps to start the day. Tide well up, lots of brant on patrol infront of the house, the odd goose, and other waterfowel in the mix.Forecast is for similar weather next couple of days.

Oven supposed to be on the truck this morning, has been too much freight to get it here before now. Crowd coming for the weekend. Trick now to get it installed to allow more options than stove top and toaster oven.

Complex looking good, hard to believe such a facilty is available for the community. No word yet from the Federal Govt. on the application to tap into the stimulus money to complete the arena, if can source those funds can have it in operation by fall. Appears to be great interest in having this phase completed ASAP.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on April 14, 2009

I got the forecast wrong, beautiful sunny morning, looks good for next few days. A slight draft of wind from the west, just enought to move the flag, temp on the plus side to rise near double digits as the day moves along.

Kids back in school this morning, not a lively crew this early, but moving around going through the motions.

A few traps should be moving off shore, with checking some that are there. Weather has kept the traps from being checked, combined with nothing moving making the decision to leave them alone quite easy.

Complex nearing the final stages, Boys & Girls Club have final inspection this week. The plan is for them to open thier doors next week.

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MONDAY, APRIL 13/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 13, 2009

Snow flurries/showers, coming down white, disappearing as it hits the ground. Temp 1C, wind SW 15-20KPH, no doubt go to rain shortly. Similar weather in the forecast for next couple of days.

Dinner went well, Donna finished off the ham in the toaster oven. All hands enjoyed the offering very much, possibly be weekend will be up and going in that department. Looking for a crowd next weekend, weather permitting.

Kids must be worn out to some degree, fetched them home suppertime, almost the last we saw of them for the night. No school today, however some studying must be accomplished under the watchful eye of Nan.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 12.09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on April 12, 2009

SNOW greets one this morning, just enough to cover the wet ground. Last night was calling for a snowfall warning inland, spring in the Maritimes. Temp at the freezing mark, wind N 25-30KPH, similar conditions for the remainder of the day. Long range northerly and cool.

Rob home, Emily showed up yesterday in the afternoon to babysit last evening. Quiet on that front otherwise.

Brother will really be impressed by the time he gets into Fredericton this afternoon. They had camped in Portsmouth N.H. last night, just a few hours from home, will be getting less spring like those last few miles for sure.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 11/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 11, 2009

Overcast, cool at 3C, a slight draft from NE, the showers forecast appear iminent. Weather cool and damp for the next few days.

Emily out overnight once again, Rob also. Quiet once they all get delivered to thier various locations.

Quite a few more trailer loads of traps made the journey to the fishing grounds yesterday. A great day to set with no wind and nice sun.

Donna still without the replacement oven. Easter Dinner will be different fare than has been our tradition. A little change is a good thing.

Eldest brother left yesterday from Myrtle Beach, will be a bit of weather sticker shock once he gets bach this way.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 10/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on April 10, 2009

First morning with no wind for several days, total calm, harbour like a reflecting pond. Temp 3C, tide is pretty well out, lots of birds walking the shoreline for breakfest. Still giving showers for this afternoon and tomorrow.

Rob has a guitar buddy below decks, they did manage to keep it keep it to a dull roar, broken up with a movie and games. Emily out overnight, don't know if it is an extended stay or not. The Easter Weekend is in commence.

The plan for the weekend is to get the wood out of the bush, surely the snow is gone and the logs not nailed down this weekend. Last weekend had to combat water and snow, and I lost.

Still quiet in the fishery end of things. Still more traps moving a little at a time. No great catches being landed, still slow.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 9/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on April 09, 2009

Clear with a little haze this morning, wind still from SW, calmed down overnight currently 15-20KPH, 5C expected to climb into double digits by this afternoon. Weather undecided for the weekend nice temps but moisture or not is the unknown.

Lots of wind yesterday, boat trip uneventful, Donna now wondering how many trips she could have made that she passed on due to similar weather conditions. The wind was strong, never let up all day. The dust blowing in St. John would remind one of a summer day on the prairie, lots of grit in the air by moments.

Yard now fully exposed after a winter of snow cover, definate need for some TLC. Seawall lots of debris from the high tides and wind this past few months, most we have had since building the place. Rockweed good for the lawn, the rocks create a challenge for the lawnmower.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 8/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:13 AM GMT on April 08, 2009

A slight breeze from SW @ 10-15KPH, 5C temp, nice moon most of the night, now slight overcast, weather pattern in a transition with clear weather in the offing for tomorrow.

A trip to St. John, Emily ortho, her dad for another check on his eye. Donna going along this trip, will give her an opportunity to have a look around. Would be tight to make the quick turn around as a result she and Emily can do a bit of 'looking around' in a more leisurly manner.

Road crews still catching up on the washouts from the weekend. The rain we had yesterday brought the brooks back to whitewater rafting status in a hurry, lots in the woods to make it into the Bay.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 7/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 07, 2009

Gale force SE, rain overnight, beginning to let up, temp a mild 9C. Similar type of weather conditions in the forecast for the next day or so.

A few lobsters where showing up last week, however this past couple of days dropped off dramatically. This weather will keep the fellows on shore for the next day or so.

The final stages of the complex coming together. However with this being a short week due to holidays some of the required documentation to get it open may be delayed.

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MONDAY, APRIL 6/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 06, 2009

A nice sunrise this morning, however cloud cover taking over. Temp 3C, harbour oily calm, gale force SE this evening till tomorrow, with rain of course. Similar weather for next couple of days with some sun by the end of the week.

A number of waterfowel showing up infront of the house, several different species of ducks, at least one batch of brant no great numbers of them as yet.

Be lots of road repair getting underway this morning, will not be a short job as lots of spots on most of the backroads with a few on RTE776 need quite abit of attention.

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SUNDAY. APRIL 5/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:01 AM GMT on April 05, 2009

Overcast, calm, 5C, looking for more rain till end of the week. The positive side is the temps look to be remaining on the plus side.

The rain from Friday night did a large amount of damage with washouts evident in several places. Moved a lot of sand and gravel around. The Grand Harbour Brook was moving some water, could have white water rafted with no problem.

Rob hard at getting some of his work caught up, Emily had her buddies for most of the day then a babysitting gig last evening.

Fishery news pretty quiet, the little I have heard has not been encouraging. Still no lobsters, but the price is already on the decline by two dollars per pound.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 4/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on April 04, 2009

Thick fog this morning, the gale force SE quiet for the moment. Lots of rain overnight, forecast is more for today with a chance of sun tomorrow then rain first of the week. Temp a pleasant 6C, barely see the shore wind is calm.

Lots of brant infront of the house this morning, a pond between here and the shore has a number of ducks in pairs. As the saying goes by the antics appears they are heing and sheing. Not a very compatable group, a definate no go space around each pair.

Rmily and her group had a successful evening, starting to move around as they have things to do during the day. Didn't appear to be any shortage of conversation, the little I was exposed to them.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 3/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 03, 2009

Wooly this morning, visibility less than 1/4 mile, calm, temp 6C. Rainfall Advisory issued for the next 24 hours, with strong winds from SE. Wet in the longrange for the next week or so, April showers I suppose.

Santa has been rescued from the frozen ground, along witht the remaining deer. All the Xmas decorations in under cover, the ground is beginning to give up the frost big time.

St. John trip went without a hitch, he was able to get into his appointment a little early, did a couple of errands and home on the 1:30 boat.

No school today, both kids out overnight, no hub bub this morning getting ready for school, rather quiet.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 2/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:10 AM GMT on April 02, 2009

Drizzle this morning, a very slight draft from SW, 2C for the temp. The forecasted dampness is here, still calling for same thing next couple of days, with the temps remaining on the plus side.

A quick trip to St. John for today, Donna's dad a Dr.'s appointment. The appointment around 11AM, will all depend on what time he gets in to see if we can consider coming back on the 1:30 trip. No wind for a change, he has been travelling quite a bit this last little while, seems run into bad trips just about each time out.

Other report card has been filed, maintained the status quo, acknowledged room for improvement. Emily escaped the sanctions Rob has had imposed, will see how he responds.

More traps being loaded around the community yesterday, the bulk of them will be in the water in short order.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 1/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 01, 2009

A nice morning absolute calm, clear, temp just below the freezing mark, a dramatic change from the past couple of days. Rain in the forecast next few days, enough of the snow already.

The complex is starting to come alive, the Boys & Girls Club getting set up. A few of the required final inspections from various Provincial personnel to be signed off, then ready to go. Have been awaiting info on assistance completing the ice surface, verbal feedback only, nothing on paper.

The change in the weather will allow more traps to move, and the fellows that have some in the water to have a gander to see if anything is moving as yet.

One report card in hand, as a result Rob is somewhat restricted from what he had available to him prior to the results of his lack of effort/commitment to his scholastic responsiblities. Not busted but very close to it.

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