GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SUNDAY, MAY 31/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 31, 2009

Bright sunshine, with fog in the harbour, the remnants of the Ross Island Light looming as a shadow on the edge of the fog. Calm, 12C, sunny till night then a possiblity of showers in the offing.

A few brant remain infront of the house this morning. Other waterfowel on occassion, did see some new ducklings yesterday, the cycle continues.

Rob out overnight, did manage to get a few hours work out of him yesterday. The other lot cleaned up with all the accumulated trash carted off to the TransferStation. Omly took Donna a few weeks to get us to accomodate her suggestion.

The CAD @$.92 USD this morning, continuing to rise with some experts suggesting parity is a strong possiblity. Gas continues to rise now within 8/10 of a cent to pass the $1/litre plateau.



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SATURDAY, MAY 30/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on May 30, 2009

Calm, fog, can hardly see the beach, temp 10C - quite an upgrade from the past few days as far as temp goes. Lots of chance for rain till mid week it seems.

Emily out overnight till noon time then back at the books. Rob below decks this weekend, his grandmother has plans for cleaning the lot next door, will see when he arrives for duty.

Teen gathering at the Community Centre got underway last night. At least fifty teenagers in attendance for the inaugural Teen Night, another first for the Complex - an indication of 'build it and they will come'.

The last few days of lobster fishing for the season now in commence, price still a grave concern. Indications are price is shrinking at other locations.

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FRIDAY, MAY 29/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on May 29, 2009

Raining as forecasted,easterly 15-20KPH, 8C to rise into low teens. Not much good to say about the forecast till next week, then only a slight respit before more rain is forecast.

School winding down, year end dance last night, Carnival Day today. Lots of activities for the whole school, Emily off early to assist in setting up in gym, due to inclement weather. I am assured both will be studying next week to prepare for year end exams.

Lobster catch remains on the increase, herring around, no groundfish as yet that I am aware of, if anybody local is even looking.

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THURSDAY, MAY 28/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on May 28, 2009

Forecast is correct stopped raining for the moment, lots down overnight, 7C temp to rise into mid teens, NE - 20-25KPH, weather pattern to hold till Sunday.

Complex nearing final stages, have received clearance from Fire Marshall to operate the gym at anytime. The Club have hired a Teen Centre co-ordinator to have that portion of the Club mandate up and running.

Lobster catch continues to rise, price no change, that I am aware of. The seiners are having success on the Grand Manan Banks, sardine packing underway in Blacks Harbour.

Kids appear to be getting into summer mode, with three weeks of school remaining. Probably not a good thing as exams not underway, no preparation for when they do commence that I can see.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 27/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on May 27, 2009

Clouding up, cool at 7C, absolute calm once again this morning. One of those rare times when you can observe the tide running into the harbour. Looking for rain over next couple of days into the weekend.

The girls returned last evening, having had an excellent couple of days. Weather dosen't appear to be co-operating to allow the planting to begin in earnest, for a couple of days at least.

Lobster catch reportadly on the rise, the number of traps in the harbour seems to be increasing. Pricce remains in the $4/lb range.

CAD at $.90 to the USD an increase of at least $.16 over the past few weeks. The price of oil and other resources on the rise, seems to be the excuse or justification for the increase. Can't imagine they can tell us it is demand outstripping supply, with a straight face at least.

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TUESDAY, MAY 26/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:29 AM GMT on May 26, 2009

Sunny, cool @6C with a brisk breeze from NW 20-25KPH, temp to rise into mid teens. Still forecasting damp weather for tomorrow till the weekend.

Full tides, lots of harbour bottom exposed this morning. At least one clammer taking advantage of area not usually accessible for the job.

Ladies overnight in St. John, with a look around there then off to St. Stephen this morning making thier way back to Blacks sometime today.

Rob started his baseball season now is junior on the team having moved up to Pony League. They lost by a couple last evening, down by six at one point, quite happy with the effort by he and his teamates.

The school countdown now in commence, all hands done by week of the 20th June, not far away.

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MONDAY, MAY 25/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on May 25, 2009

Total calm, harbour mill pond reflection, 10C, partial overcast. Indicating a possiblity of showers then sun tomorrow with rain by end of the week. One of those full tide situations where the bar appears to go across the harbour to the Ross Island shore.

Rob and his peers arrived home on the late boat, appeared all hands still in party mood. Will take awhile to get the story, however did say he enjoyed the trip other than the bus ride up was boring. His purchases amounted to a cap relating to sk8boarding, METALLICA belt buckle, shirt, a little rememberance for a friend of his, a few other sundry items. One of his major expenses was that he couldn't go by a Subway outlet without trying the fare. The organizers and chaperones are to be commended for taking on such a responsibility, will be interesting to learn more as little tidbits are revealed over the next few days.

Donna arrived in Moncton after leisurly drive on a Sunday. The Plant patrol begins this morning, heading for a sleepover in St. John tomight.


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SUNDAY, MAY 24/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on May 24, 2009

Overcast, not a ripple in the harbour, 8C temp. Radar indicates a strong possiblity for rain as the day moves along. Nicer weather for the week at least seasonable with sunshine in the forecast.

Donna and Patsy enroute to the mainland, good travelling weather, plan is to return by Tuesday. Donna has most of the preliminary planting complete now can concentrate on the finishing touches for the season.

The lawn complete for the first time this season, still damp between the house and seawall. However area was beginning to become a hayfield.

Rob checked in last night, advised it was about time to come home - he is broke. The plan is to be on the road at 0630 our time and to catch last boat tonight.

The brant still in residence, at least last evening they were parading infront of the house till dark.

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SATURDAY, MAY 23/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on May 23, 2009

Good looking morning, a slight northerly draft, lots of sun, temp 11C, to move along into high teens before overcast by this evening.

Emily still out has instructions to return today, no word fromt he Ottawa representative, as expected. They get on the road early tomorrow morning to arrive home on the llast trip.

Word is that the lobster price actually held its own, and has increased by $.25/lb. A welcome change in direction albiet that price still marginal at best in the $.25/lb rangee.

Donna and Patsy on the road first thing in the AM, travel to brother in Moncton for a sleepover. Plants the order of the day, a trip they have enjoyed many times.

A day to get lawn under control, the lawn between the house and seawall now dry enough to get the ridimg mower in commence.

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FRIDAY, MAY 22/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on May 22, 2009

A balmy 14C this morning, wind SW @15KPH, a small amount of haze in the harbour. Forecaster advising of a chance of showers, however looking good moving forward.

A pleasant weather day yesterday with a high in the early 20's. Inland another story with high for the date falling in Maine and New Brunswick. Temp to drop back to more seasonable this next few days.

The price of gas took another small jump, locally in the $.98/litre range. The CAD climbing witht the price of oil, this morning $.88 to the USD.

No school today, Emily out overnight, should return sometime during the day.

The change in weather has brought the gardens to life, also the lawn needs attention. A weekend already planned it seems.

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THURSDAY, MAY 21/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 21, 2009

A bit hazy in the harbour this morning, temps already in double digit @11C, a breeze 10-15KPH from SW. High forecast in the 23C higher inland. Sunny and nice for next few days.

Rob made his courteousy call home last evening. Had to interrogate him to get an idea of what the experiance has been like for him. Enjoyed parliament, forgot his camera, other than that non-committal as how the trip was going.

No waterfowel evident this morning, tide up fairly well. The SW breeze could have them up in the harbour.

Yardwork going well Donna getting ready for the window boxes. Lawn already needs another mowing, probably will be suggested after work might be a thing good for me to excercise.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 20/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on May 20, 2009

Overcast remains, calm, cool temp 9C, forecast is for double digit temps, but no rain. The sun we were to have is file till tomorrow, at least.

Large numbe of brant infront of the house, less organized in thier travels. They appear to be milling about, a sign they will soon be leaving for the north. They leave in one group, till next winter.

A few herring showing up in wiers on the other shore, not many dressed as yet. Seiners are preparing to get into the action, haven't any info on how they are doing.

Little League underway last evening, diamonds still have some winter blemishes to deal with before they will be up to the standard. Not a big deal to get it done.

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TUESDAY, MAY 19/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on May 19, 2009

The sun continues to hide from us, overcast, calm, still cool @7C. The harbour is oily calm, not much in the way of wildfowel in evidece this morning.

Rob enroute to Ottawa, the group gathering right on time, all hand excited. The chaperones are to be acknowledged for the undertaking. This year believe the ratio is 18 boys - 6 girls. The group have been static since kindegarten, with many fertile minds for hijinks in the crowd. They all appear to enjoy one anothers company with cliques not prevelant.

Managed to get the trees in the ground, between rain showers. The wood is manufactured, after work should have it stowed and woodsplitter put away for another season.

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MONDAY, MAY 18/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on May 18, 2009

Like a mther-in-laws kiss this morning, a cool 6C, a brisk draft from the NW, overcast. Just not a good weekend for campers, wood stove still getting a workout.

Emily back on the island, didn't make it till the last trip last night, elected to stay with her friend for another night. What little snippets of report we have shared for the weekend was successful for her, she found a prom dress appears to be the highlight.

Rob out overnight to return sometime today. He has some bull work to complete prior to his trip to Ottawa, will see when he shows up if the weather will co-operate to get things accomplished.

The brant up agains the shoreline, with the tide up they can salvage a bit of a lee from the wind. If they are waiting for warmer weather to tell them it is time to go further north, they might be here all summer at this rate.

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SUNDAY, MAY 17/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on May 17, 2009

Nasty this morning, a stiff 30-35KPH breeze from NE, temp staggering to get to 8C, this weather patterm the order of the day.

Nice day for a drive yesterday, picked up Donna drove across to St. John for a look around prior to coming home. A beautiful evening on the water, not a ripple to be had. Quite a contrast from weather this monring.

Emily returns from Moncton on one of the trips today, Rob out for movie last evening, returning to the fold by 10PM. He is out tonight, then Ottawa on Tues. morning. Hard to keep up with the social calander for this pair.

Noticably 'greener' a few miles inland from the salt water influence I suppose. Also flies out in massive numbers, impossible to stay outside with out proper gear.

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SATURDAY, MAY 16/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:24 AM GMT on May 16, 2009

Fog, can see half way across the harbour, a breeze from north 10-15KPH, supposed to clear sometime today, with rain for tomorrow. Not a good long weekend to start the summer season.

Off this morning to retrieve Donna, deliver some things to YoHo, no doubt do the loop and give St.John a look on the backhaul.

Emily enroute to Moncton till later tomorrow, Rob out to birthday party last evening, another invite this evening providing we return in time to deliver him.

Fresh bait being landed, expensive @ $.28/lb, cheap in comparison to price being paid on the North Shore.Reports of at least twice the price for bait and paid signifigant less for the lobster than the $4/lb range locally.

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FRIDAY, MAY 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:35 AM GMT on May 15, 2009

A steady breeze 20-25KPH from the south, overcast, more than a hint of moisture in the air, temp in the double digits already. Attempting to clear overnight, long weekend still iffy from a weather perspective.

Gas is the news for the moment the latest rise in the $.05/litre range. Hard to find what the rationale is these days, certainly isn't the turn around in the economy.

Emily off tomorrow for a trip to Moncton with her friend, will be returning sometime on Sunday. Any weekend plans Rob has in mind has not been made known as yet.

Donna still at YoHo will be off tomorrow to retrieve her, she, as usual, is enjoying herself a little change of pace always a good thing.

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THURSDAY, MAY 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on May 14, 2009

Weather great this morning, slight draft from the south, temp 11C to rise into high teens as the day moves along. Moisture for the weekend a strong possibility.

Donna having a great visit at YoHo, a little project underway today in the decorating department. Not an uncommon occurrence when they get together, part of the R&R.

More people having a closer look at the complex on a daily basis. Comments are positive, people marvel that the community have such a facility. This will only grow as we begin to use it more.

Our doctor that has served the community for nearly forty years, much of the time the sole physician for the community retiring at the end of June. Such dedication to a community certainly a rare thing.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 13/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on May 13, 2009

Fog burning off this morning, cool 3C, calm, looks to be a good sunny day in the offing. Same weather for next few days.

St. John trip successful Orth and Dr.'s visits now up to speed till the end of next month. Donna handed off for her R&R few days. Returned on the 5:30, mostly local people with a smattering of new faces, the season for visitors about to begin.

The sun will bring on the lawn, wish needs attention as it is. Will press the assistant gardener into service as he still owes a few hours for the new MP3 he required to insure his trip to Ottawa wasn't 'boring' O yeah, but it worked for him.

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TUESDAY, MAY 12/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:08 AM GMT on May 12, 2009

An overcast, cool morning, calm, 5C temp, forecast is for clearing and double digit temps. Cool overnight with low at 1C, nice next few days with moisture by the weeks end.

All hands on deck this morning, ortho and Dr.'s appointments in St. John. Some ambitious goals to be attained if coming home on the 5:30 is to be accomplished. A nice weather day for travel.

Donna off to Yoho Lake for some R&R till the weekend, one of her semi-annual retreats to the lake.

Rob looking forward to his Ottawa excursion, a week today and his adventure will commence. Emily went last year had a great time and experiance. Rob has not ventured far from home till now, will give him an idea of just how large the country is.

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MONDAY, MAY 11/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on May 11, 2009

A nice sunrise,now becoming overcast, perfect calm, harbour near low tide a reflecting pond, temp 9C. Anticipate weather to improve as the week moves along with high teens in the forecast, great for grass growing.

A couple of clammers in evidence on the bar this morning, have been a steady group of 3-5 for the past few days. Weather for dulse far from good, possibly this week, providing tides are in thier favour.

Lobster catch remains low, prices continue to decline, not a good situation, season ends 29 JUN, not much time to make up a good part of the years pay.

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SUNDAY, MAY 10/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on May 10, 2009

Thick fog this Mothers Day, calm, 8C temp. Forecast is for showers today and tomorrow, sun for the remainder of the week.

Rob out again last night, Emily home late in the evening having spent the afternoon with her friend. First weekend in a few that no babysitting on her agenda.

Yardwork hard to sustain, weather not co-operating, however did manage to get some of the digging undera control. Lawn requires attention, once the weather dries things out enough.

The CAD in the $.87 USD range, however gas prices continue to inch up. Local price for gas and diesel the same $.91/litre for the first time in months as I recall.

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SATURDAY, MAY 9/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on May 09, 2009

Overcast, calm, harbour a reflecting pond for the moment, 8C temp. Weather to return to drizzle and rain by this afternoon and for Mother's Day into next week.

Rob and the 'band of brothers' overnighting as one of them celebrating 14th birthday. A couple of poker kits, music, instruments another typical male bonding session well into the wee hours I am sure.

Emily out till just before time for bed, 'studying' with her pal for a test on Monday. To her credit did have the written portion completed when returned to the nest.

Lobster prices in PEI best described as a disaster, less than $3/lb, some buyers not interested, one fisherman couldn't sell his catch. Not that bad here as yet, but one has to wonder.

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FRIDAY, MAY 8/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on May 08, 2009

Overcast, calm, nice temp @9C, calling for showers for the weekend.

Water table around the house full, appears to be as much water on this side of the sea wall as on the harbour side this morning.

Donna and her gardening buddy planning the annual check of Garden Centres from the border to Moncton. Next weekend holiday weekend they will have to insure the shops are open on Monday, can't imagine they are not is planting weekend in this part of the world.

Rob's class trip in the final throes of preparation, other than he is destitute in the wardrobe department. There is a dress code for the trip, a good thing, will combine a shopping trip with next weeks ortho to get him up to speed.

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THURSDAY, MAY 7/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 07, 2009

Overcast, radar shows lots of rain in the area, calm, temp still cool @5C, possible weather break tomorrow then back to moisture for the weekend.

St. John trip uneventful, no trouble witht the timeline, had a chance to cruise CANADIAN TIRE. A trip to the mainland without a check of the store is a trip that didn't happen.

A few folks travelling, not a full trip in the morning, lots of trucks on the 1:30 trip.

Rob in another band or jamming group, number now four, certainly keeps him occupies. The skateboard phase appears to be at least on hold, has been there a couple of times this spring. The park not busy with any activity.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 06/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:11 AM GMT on May 06, 2009

The forecast remains correct, showers, fog, calm, temp 6C. This is the weather till next Monday, unless things change in the weather pattern.

A quick trip to St. John Donna's dad a morning appointment at the Regional. Plan is a return trip on the 1:30, her mom is home, but requires constant monitoring.

In May and still have had the stove fired up for the past day, appears will be going for the remainder of the week. Temps are not too bad, but the moisture soon cools the house.

A little activity in the tourist accomodation areas, the season approaches. Feedback not great in that area due to the economy, one operator had two customers of over twenty years standing cancel this summmer due to economic situation for them.

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TUESDAY, MAY 5/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on May 05, 2009

Overcast, cool @6C, a breeze 15-20KPH northerly, rain in the forecast for the remainder of the week no clearing till the weekend.

A slight wind shift has moved the fog out of the harbour, even a hint of clearing. Donna had some more clean up she wished to accomplish before the moist weather, might happen.

Lobster catch disappointing yesterday, one of the fellows give it up for a bad job, nothing moving at all. This appears to be the story on both ends of the fishing zone.

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MONDAY, MAY 4/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on May 04, 2009

Clear, with a bit of haze in the air, nice temp of 10C with a 10KPH draft from the SW. Temps to remain nice with possibility of some moisture in the offing.

Lots of green in evidence, trees are budding, even had to mow a portion of the lawn yesterday. Indication is that missed some what needs to be done before it gets out of hand.

Lots of brant around this morning, just one goose on the seawall. There has been a pair this past few days, keeping the weeds down on that protion of the lawn.

Some wier activity on the back of the island, in Dark Harbour Pond a couple of drivers and rafts of stakes ready to go.

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SUANDAY, MAY 3/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on May 03, 2009

Calm, 7C, partial overcast, looking good for temp and sun next few days.

Tide well up, infront of the house large flock of brant milling around made lots of noise at dayllight. A couple of geese in amongst them. No ducks in evidence.

Emily's babysitting assignment cancelled, both home in thier own nest overnight.

Time to get the lawn equipment out to do the maintenance should have been done when they were put to bed for the winter. Donna getting some of the gardens ready for new plants, Rob making progress with new area, quite an undertaking.

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SATURDAY. MAY 2/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on May 02, 2009

Fog, visibility 1/2 mile, calm, 8C temp, possibility of showers this morning, attempting to clear as the day moves along. Longrange looks good for sun and temps.

Emily babysitting this evening, Rob no plans we have been made aware of. the day is young.

Lobster price is in the decline, $4.50-$4.75 range, anticipate the price to drop as landing increase. Not good economic news of any kind in the industry at this time.

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MAY 1/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on May 01, 2009

A stormy gale force southerly to begin the month of May, temp 8C to rise as the day moves along, rain all day clearing by tomorrow sometime.

Emily has a guest overnight, dind't see much of them during the evening. Rob did get some of the gardening chores started, only that which involved the fourwheeler was on the list as far as he is concerned.

Quiet in the fishing area, haven't noticed any activity getting the wiers ready. Could be some activity on the back of the island. Some dulse being brought to market, have confirmed market not great for it this year.

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