GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, HALLOWEEN 09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on October 31, 2009

Overcast, a steady southerly breeze @ 20KPH, 10C temp. By the time the goblins hit the road can expect some rain tonight and tomorrow.Temps very good near and in double digits with clearing for next week.

Another Friday night with the kids out around, Emily for a couple of nights, Rob at least for last night, He has still not indicated if he has plans for tonight, might be waiting to see what his peer group have come with.

See in this morning news the main character in the CEDAR STREET event arrested for trafficing crack cocaine by St. John PD, and has been remanded in custody till next court appearance.

Looks as rain going to hold off, will go into the woods and finish getting the stuff I have down ready for transport. Certainly no flies to deal with, and no snwo drifts.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 30/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on October 30, 2009

Clear, cool @ -4C, calm, another red sky this morning. Temp to rise into double digits for the next few days. Calling for rain for trick or treating, temp not too bad for the evening.

Emily and her friend taking a couple of younger ladies around for the evening. Rob has no plans - that I have been made aware - other than the trick or treat thing is no longer cool or a must.

Quiet in the fishery, locally seining done for this year, all hands concentrating on getting traps and gear ready. A few traps already delivered to the wharf in Seal Cove and North Head.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29/09

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

A few clouds as the sun starts to make an appearance, wind a steady 20-25KPH from the east. Temp to rise high single digits with sun for the next couple of days. Rain for Halloween.

A large red sun dog showing up over Ross Island, don't recall having seen one before. If this is a weather harbinger of some sort am not aware of it.

The H1N1 getting lots of attention, clinics start next week. The children have thier consent forms to get back by tomorrow. The high risk groups to go first, then all that remains looks like a couple of weeks locally before it will be available. Would suggest local feeling reflects the national mood, yes, no, maybe for all age levels.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28/09

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

Partial overcast, lots of red sky again this morning as the sun rises over Ross Island. Temp 6C, wind from NE @ 20KPH, weather to remain till clearing and warmer spell next couple of days.

Deer season opened on Monday, have not heard of any great deer stories as yet. Donna's dad in the woods nearly every afternoon using his tree stand to observe more than prepare for taking a deer.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 27/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 27, 2009

A brilliant red sky over Ross Island, sun just about to make an appearance. A slight cool draft from North, temp @1C. Forecast for overcast and cool for the next couple of days.

A few ducks in the harbour, very few geese around these days.

The lobster bait nearly done for the season, traps go in the water in two weeks. One can only hope the weather is like this, seldom is the case.

Hockey arena to be without any ice making capabilities for this year. No White Knight or further input from the Fed Govt to move it along.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 26/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on October 26, 2009

Clear, a cool 4C, westerly @10-15KPH, temp to remain in single digits for the week. Sun in the forecat for the remainder of the week.

Wind let up yesterday, made a quick a trip to YoHo, large swell on trip over, nothing by the time we returned. Amazing how quick the Bay can quiet down under the proper conditions to do so.

Donna, as always, had a grand time, project a success, a little shopping thrown in made for a quick few days. They will have the winter to think of something that needs thier attention in the spring.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 25/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on October 25, 2009

Overecast, wind making a shift to the west, sky attempting to clear, signifigant rain overnight lots of wind. SSW @25-20KPH, temp a mile 15C, wind to drop out later on today only to return tonight from NW.

Plenty of water in the yard from the past 24 hours, certainly should charge the water table for the next few months.

Will leave on the 11:30 to pick up Donna, the 5:30PM returning should be alright with the wind from NW. Similar weather conditions for the next few days.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 24/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on October 24, 2009

The forecast is coming to pass wind picking up from SE in the 15-20KPH range moving to Gale Force till tomorrow morning. Lots of rain now falling, temp cool @ 3C.

Donna expected to return home tomorrow, however dosen't appear if that will be the case at the moment. If this system moves along fast might think about one of the later trips. U.S. forecater telling 14' seas early then dropping back as the wind changes.

Kids once again spread around the island overnight, very quiet last evening, not much traffic moving around in the house.

The boys playing rugby will have a weather experiance to go along with the championship game.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 23/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on October 23, 2009

Overcast, a cool 2C, a stiff breeze fron NNW @20-25KPH will make it cold outside. Lots of wind and rain in the forecast for the weekend.

The first of the boats formally seized this week, coffee talk indicates another five or six enterprises set to go the same route within next little while. A sad commentary of the locl economic situation. The trickle down to other than immediate families is great.

Donna and Joanne hard at it, and making great progress on the project. Lots of snow yesterday thus they were confined to barracks to get most of the task completed. Weather for her return on Sunday now getting into the iffy area, lots of southerly to consider.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 22/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:26 AM GMT on October 22, 2009

Overcast, 3C, a slight draft from the North. A chance of showers today, remaining cool. Warming up for the weekend with some southerly influence in the weather pattern.

A little more bait being landed, a bit scarce at the moment it seems. The demand for sardines is still there, due to little wier herring this season seiners may have to become involved in a winter fishery - not fun.

Donna enjoying here Retreat, a little work and a little foray into town the order of the day. Appears they are going to have snow today, a good day to get the painting completed.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 21/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on October 21, 2009

Partial overcast, a slight draft from NW, temp 7C, clear for the day, rain moving in overnight. Sunrise 0748, Sunset 1831 the daylight window just about half and half will shorten up pretty quick.

Donna made her trip to YoHo in fine style, a limited number on the trip across. Did manage to find at least one person to visit with to learn new things and shorten the time. They begin thier project this morning, Arnold will attempt to keep his head down and out of earshot if he can.

Still little conversation about Halloween activity, Rob has mentioned he didn't feel he would be doing anything. Emily on the otherhand might have plans, just not time to share them as yet.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 20/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on October 20, 2009

Calm. -1C temp, red sky behind Ross Island, a grand reflection in the harbour. Temp to rise into double digit range for next day or so with some moisture coming in the next couple of days.

Donna off to YoHo for her fall retreat till the weekend. A better day to cross to Blacks she couldn't have found, a minor project for the girls awaits a YoHo. However they aren't as huge as endeavours as they used to be a few years ago.

Three weeks till 'setting day', as usual most of the things to be done coming together. A little more bait required by some of the guys, in between Opening Day there is an opportunity to deer hunt. The annual hunting experiance a sure sign fall is in full swing.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 19/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on October 19, 2009

The poor weather hanging on, wind attempting to swing NW on occasion at 20-25KPH, temp 5C, rain has dropped to a drizzle. Trend to clear overnight, possible clear for most of the week, with temps in double digit on some days.

Donna put off her annual fall retreat to Yoho till tomorrow. Probably a good plan the Bay would have quite a few bumps in it between here and Blacks Harbour for most of the day.

Quiet in the community with the emphasis and speculation on how things will be for the upcoming lobster season. At least one economic casulty known this past week, a boat and gear seized for non-payment. One has to wonder if this the beginning of many more.

The CAD continues to hold its own with the USD within three cents of parity this morning.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 18/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on October 18, 2009

Partial overcast, wind remains steady 20-25KPH from NNE, rain later on in the day, for a couple of days. The rain to hang around till mid week then appears may get some double digit temps for a couple of days.

Donna's trip home not too bad, some the crew mentioned to her it was a wise choice. The trips on Friday were rough with too many of the passengers sea sick to keep up with the resulting evidence.

Rob out overnight, Emily now back in her pit. Haven't heard any discussion of Halloween activities, both in early teens and a Saturday night.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 17/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on October 17, 2009

Overcast, breeze from NE @ a steady 20KPH, a cool 5C, a threat of moisture as the day moves along. Overecast and showers for the next few days.

Donna & Joan elected to stay with brother rather than make the trip last evening. A good decision the wind never let up all day and the Bay had some big swells - would have been a nasty 90 minutes or so on the boat. The plan is to make the run this morning, still will be unpleasant but the wind has dropped.

Rob home, Emily out overnight, pretty quiet in thier part of the world, as far as I am aware. School work has been neglected, but slowly getting that under control. The removal of computer and guitars for a period of time seems to work or at least get thier attention.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on October 16, 2009

Overcast, a steady breeze from NE @ 30-35KPH, rain for this afternoon, wind to continue along with threat of moisture for the next few days.

Appreciate the good wishes from those in the south, a dramatic change in temps between here and there. The day went by pretty well unnoticed, however at locations I wouldn't suspect, like WU, birthday greetings passed along, certainly brings a smile.

Donna will have some wind to contend with today, at least will be pushing them along. Shouldn't be too bad, however they will be concerned by the strength of the wind.

Looking out over the harbour this morning shows what time of year it is, and that lobster fishing season can't be too far off.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on October 15, 2009

Overcast, calm, a cool 3C, only to rise into high single digits today. Some wind and rain enroute for tomorrow, wind from NE to be with us for at least the weekend. Winter weather patterns now coming the norm.

Thanks to fellow bloggers for the birthday wishes on what my brother refers to as an anniversary, the 23rd of my 39th birthday.Always a good thing to recieve good wishes, especially when they are a complete surprise.

Donna and friend off on a whirlwind tour of SW New Brunswick. Lunch at her friend and sister-in-law at YoHo, afternoon in Fredericton, appreciation dinner for her buddy and she. Tomorrow another friend and sister-in-law in St. Stephen for lunch and likly a bit of cross border shopping before returning tomorrow night.

Good travel day, however the NE'er in the area tomorrow hasn't been given a path. Looks like well offshore for here, but subject to change. The weather maker in the Carolinas at the moment.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on October 14, 2009

A bit of red sky this morning as the suns makes its appearance over Ross Island. Clear, cool @ 3C, westerly 10KPH. Temp to rise to high single digits, clear and cool for the remainder of the week.

Rain quit overnight, signifigant reainfall this past few days, the basement did not have water. However needed some pump assistance to get rid of some extra under the floor. Appears the water table around the house more than has been the case in the past.

Donna and her friend travelling tomorrow for a dinner engagement in Fredericton. A dinner date made several months ago, should be a good couple of days for them to have a look around. They may come back via Calais to take advantage of the increase in the CAD to the USD.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 132/09

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

Calm, overcast, 6C, sky changing to the stormy mode. Forecast is for wind from NE, gale force strength combined for a 'wintry mix' will make for an interesting day or so weaather wise.

Bait going by this morning before daylight, fellows beginning to get caught up for their needs in that area.

Yardwork pretty well done, during the last few moments of finishing the clean up my old LAWNBOY appears to have given up the ghost. The machine is approx. 30 years old, hate to see her go, a great lawn clipper certainly none have done better. Had to use the rake to get the final clippings accounted for, not a raker. Also spent the morning in the woods gettng some of the trees I had knocked down last winter into stove length, a few more to go, and then get them in the yard.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 12/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on October 12, 2009

No red sky this morning, a very nice sunrise with no overcast. Cool 6C, westerly wind diminishing, blew hard overnight, now 15-20KPH. Forecast for wind and rain tomorrow, then clearing for the remainder of the week.

Have a few trees down at moms that require some attention, no worry about flies might get that done today. Most of the yard work under control here, the lawn should be touched up one last time and the machines put to bed for the winter.

Lobster bait coming ashore in good shape this past few days, weather permitting. Been windy several days this past week or so.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:02 AM GMT on October 11, 2009

Another spectacular start of the day, lots of red sky at the moment, the forecasted moisture may show up later on, total calm, cool @1C, quite evident the frost we have eluded visited last night. Long range looking not too bad at all.

Both kids in house again overnight, Emily out for the evening, Rob had the opportunity however elected to remain in his own pit for a change.

Donna has the bird in the oven, most of the supporting cast prepared yesterday. This will be the first time since we returned home that no family outside of the household will be at our table. Will delivering to her folks, as near as we get this time around.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 10/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:00 AM GMT on October 10, 2009

As forecasted, drizzle, 12C temp, calm. This is the weather we have the weekend, still looking for sun on Thanksgiving Day. Temps to remain in single digits for the high.

Friends on the prairie getting a fair amount of snow in some locations this past day or so. No doubt this first offering will disappear in most locations, but plenty early to remind us what is just a few weeks away.

Kids both home in thier own pits overnight, Rob has movies, Emily her computer.

Fuel prices moved up this week three cents, and the CAD making a move to parity witht the USD. This morning CAD @$.96 to the USD, not a good thing when lobster market in the U.S. the exchange always a welcome boost to the bottom line.

Donna getting the preparation for the Thanksgiving Day feast underway this morning.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on October 09, 2009

Another sunrise to behold, overcast is slight, sun is bright red, but no red sky to go with it. Calm, cool 6C, a nice day in the offing weather wise, weekend forecast now changing to moisture for the holiday gatherings.

Rob out overnight, Emily has one of her group taking up his space. Delivered clothes, once Emily's guest arrived didn't see them at all.

Donna's dad 88 today, an impromptu cake delivery with a few of the immediate family at his place last evening. He should have enough chocolate and baking to get him through the next few days at least. He is in good shape for a man twenty years his junior.

No waterfowel in evidence this morning, did notice a large flock of geese trying to combat the wind yesterday. They never dropped down just struggled on, quite a sight.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 8/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on October 08, 2009

Overcast, cool @8C to rise to the mid teens, overcast, breezy from NW 20-25KPH. A mixture for the long weekend, showers for Saturday, with lots of sun for the longrange, temps look to be seasonal.

Kids having an extended holiday weekend starting today. Teachers have the next couple of days for in house duties, kids think they should have more of them.

Lots of deer in the fields, almost a hazard after dark in many locations. The bow hunting season now in commence, haven't heard of any hunting successes has yet.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 7/09

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

A spectacular show at sunrise, a combination of total calm, the sun competing with the clouds for dominance. Sky a brilliant red, reflecting off the harbour, a great site. However the red sky morning adage coming into play already, overcast, still calm, a cool 7C, forecast is for rain and lots of it later on today.

A couple of people on the beach this morning chasing the outgoing tide to harvest clams, should be alright weather wise for a little longer.

Things remain quiet in the community, traffic even seems to be on hold, not much moving. The upcoming lobster season is being thought of in optomistic terms, but the apprehension remains that it might be a continuation from last season.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 6/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on October 06, 2009

A brilliant red sun coming up over Ross Island, a break in the clouds between the outline of the island and cloud cover making for quite a sight this morning. Temp 10C, a slight draft WSW, just enough to move the flag. Calling for moisture for most of the week, with the odd break for sunshine.

A few waterfowel evident infront of the house, otherwise quiet. One person appears to be clamming on the bar,first I have seen for awhile.


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MONDAY, OCTOBER 5/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on October 05, 2009

Overcast, wind attempting to move from SW to W, SW still incharge along with heavy overcast, wind 15-20KPH, temp 12C. Lomgrange changing to a mixture of clear and overcast, chance of rain, all bases are covered.

A bit of bait has been landed late last week, herring seem pretty scarce, still nothing to report from what few wiers remain in fishing order.

The new complex slowly being used more often, still a learning curve that the facility is there and available. The disappointing fact is that no movement on finishing the artificial ice component of the arena. No white knight to assist financialy has come riding to our rescue.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 04, 2009

A nasty easterly rain storm underway this morning, wind 30-35KPH, heavy rain for most of the day, wind not to let up till this evening. Longrange indicates no sun for all of next week.

Rob out again, a smaller bumch from the same group. Emily babysitting for the first time in a couple of weeks.

Did manage to get quite a bit of the furniture undercover, a few of the bigger items to be accounted for, but looks like not possible today. Another afternoon of football, not very productive, but enjoyable.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 3/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:59 AM GMT on October 03, 2009

Great looking sunrise over the harbour this morning, absolute calm,sun well up over Ross Island. Temp is a cool 7C this morning. Looking for a nice weather day, turning to easterly, wind and rain overnight.

Emily and her buddy in residence overnight along with a pup that is being babysat. No apparent conflict with the resident animals - that I aware of.

Rob 'male bonding' with a portion of the 'band of brothers',what little was shared with me, no girls, a bit of music and possiblity of Texas Hold'm. Sounds like a camp gathering, fortunatly in the basement of one of the fellows.

Getting the outside stuff picked up, now getting down to the furniture. This presents a challenge to put it out of the way for the next several months, but still undercover.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 2/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 02, 2009

Overcast, calm, cool this morning @10C, temp going to mid-teens at best. Forecast is for clearing skies, with wind and moisture possible over the weekend.

No lobster bait landed yesterday, did see the seiners looking around North Head near dark last night, no one seems to be getting to anxious as yet, temps still quite warm to put up bait.

Lots of deer in the fields this past week or so, last night eight in a field down the road. They looked in great shape and not intimidated being that close to the traffic.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 1/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 01, 2009

Partial overcast, a breeze 10-15SW, 11C temp. Not much change for the day with this pattern in place till at least the weekend. Some southerly breeze anticipated for the next few days.

Reports state that gas dropped five cents per litre overnight, locally will be in the $.93/litre range. When we were driving from Bismarck to Calais price ranged from a high of $2.59 per US gallon to a low of $2.43 most times in the high $2.40's not much of a swing for the majority of the distance.

Notice a number of trucks going last evening to the wharf with tubs for bait. Setting up both at Ingalls Head and North Head for off loading, or so it appears.

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