GRAND MANAN, N.B.

FRIDAY, APRIL 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 30, 2010

Overcast, attempting to clear, wind WSW @ 15-20KPH, barometer on the rise, hopefully the sun and double digit temps promised today and tomorrow are coming our way. Sunday looks a bit of rain in the offing.

Rob home on the late boat, good trip, not so with the volleyball effort. Had time to tramp the mall, but not very successful on the court. Some of their senior members not available, bad for team, good for him as he was on the floor for both games.

Emily babysitting since 0630HRS, will escort her charge to school this morning. Has opportunities this weekend, haven't been advised if she is otherwise ' committed'.

Full tides in evidence this morning, clammers at it again this morning.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 29/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on April 29, 2010

Beginning to clear this morning, a breeze 10-15KPH from the west should help the clearing. Weatherman giving showers for today, not looking that way at the moment. Temps on the rise with a nice weekend heading our way.

Full tides on, a number of clammers on the beach infront of the house, and other locations I can see. Hardwork at least the weather has improved since yesterday.

Rob off to St. John for volleyball on the next boat, back on the late boat tonight. Quite a commitment of time for a game, however no shortage of guys want to go, as they leave school after second period or so.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on April 28, 2010

Remains overcast, calm, temp a cool 4C expected to rise near double digits, with showers the order of the day. We received brief showers after dark yesterday, still calling for showers till the weekend.

Signifigant snowfall in Vermont and parts of Mass. yesterday, guess we will take what we have and be quiet.

No birds to be seen, however a couple of clammers making their way to the low water mark. Clams going for $20/qt, seems a good buy when one considers the amount of work involved in digging them then shucking them, lot a clams to make a quart.



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TUESDAY, APRIL 27/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 27, 2010

Overcast, cool @4C being shoved around with NE breeze 20-25KPH. The forecasted rain might not be too far away, similar weather till at least Thursday, long range calling from moisture a few days out.

Fishery news remains fairly quiet, lobster the only thing underway at the moment. Seining a few weeks off as yet, the annual rockweed harvest will also begin soon.

Rob has healed,even got to school yesterday in the morning. There is a volleyball road trip and a tournament this week and weekend. He went to practice last evening seemed to manage just fine.

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MONDAY, APRIL 26/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 26, 2010

Small amount of haze, total calm, not enough air moving to let the flag off the pole. Cool 1C, the moisture we have been forecast the past few days still coming tomorrow for most of the week.

Rob down with cold, no school, he managed the symptons all weekend, however easier to give in on a school day to stand down and heal oneself.

Emily getting her miles in, amazing how her hearing has improved when one of us mentions having to go somewhere. She very graciously seems to appear and offers to do the driving.

Yardwork moving ahead, a few more heavy lifts required in my area, then Donna can move forward with her plans. The gardens are getting a wee bit smaller and more perenials being the order of the day.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 25/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on April 25, 2010

Dull out there this morning, water oily calm, temp 7C, once again calling for rain that has failed to show up the last three days it has been in the forecast.

Both kids accounted for below decks, Emily went to visit her 'friend' for a couple of hours after her babysitting duties. Rob out at the Club as a result the old people didn't crash to quite late, both needed drives of course.

Lawn completely mowed, and old grass scooped up, lawn still patchy, but the green showing through big time. That combined with other outside chores insured an easy escape to slumber last night when the day did finally end.

Plenty of various breeds of waterfowl infront of the house this morning. The geese that have visited prior haven't been around for a few days.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 24/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on April 24, 2010

Clear, overcast not too far away, looking for showers later on. Temp 5C. Northerly 10-15KPH, similar weather for the next couple of days.

Kids farmed out once again, Emily to be picked up for another babysitting job for the day in pretty short order. I will pick her up no doubt a bit early as she will 'have to drive' to her job.

Fishery news pretty quiet, catch spotty, price pretty well the same. Lots of activity in the aquaculture industry, lots of salmon going in the water, and more sites getting ready to receive more. Local harvesting ongoing. The price and demand for Atlantic Salmon at a good level.

Did manage to get some of the lawn mowed last evening, can't recall when the mower had to be fired up this early in the season.


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FRIDAY, APRIL 23/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on April 23, 2010

Thick fog this morning, temp 6C, a draft from NE, expecting some rain later on with temps staggering into low double digits. Clearing for tomorrow with similar weather pattern expected for Sunday(rain).

Emily getting her miles in last evening, Donna getting many views of the island each evening, might get a respit this evening, Emily babysitting tonight and again tomorrow.

A few brant inview on the edge of the fog, visibility down to less than 1/2 mile at the moment.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 22/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on April 22, 2010

Haze again this morning, total calm, harbour oily calm, temp 6C, moisture not too far away. Temp to rise once again into the double digits, good stuff.

A pleasant surprise yesterday at work, a fellow from London, Ont. dropped into the office. Brian and his wife enroute to a naval reunion in Cornwallis, N.S. They have been reading this blog for sometime, and wanted to see the island, and meet. . Quite something that folks would be curious enough to go out of there way to see if we really do exist. Brian suitably impressed with the island, didn't find the travel to the island on the old ferry too much of a problem.

Large raft of brant on patrol infront of the housed this morning. A great chance for them to gather with no wind to contend with.

The new ferry webpage now up and running with various galleries showing the construction as it moves along. GrandMananAdventure.com will let folks look in and watch the progress.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 21/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on April 21, 2010

A slight bit of haze this morning, calm, temp still a cool 2C, supposed to climb into double digits as the day moves along. Yesterday made it into mid teens, great weather. Rain in the forecast for next couple of days possibly into the weekend.

Brant seem to be in larger flocks infront of the house these mornings. Must be feed available for them to forage and can be quite noisey as they converse with one another. A few more geese coming up over the sea wall most afternoons, but at least not coming onto the lawn, soon must be time for them to be nesting full time.

Emily insuring she has the opportunity to 'learn' her driving skills each evening. This involves her grandmother and a milkshake as part of the routine.

Work started on getting the marsh repaired, has been a problem for a couple of months after an extended n'oreaster took out a portion of the seawall and rocks that had been brought in last season.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 20/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 20, 2010

Clear, a breeze from NW 10-15KPH, temp a cool 4C, expected to rise into double digits as the day moves along, similar weather pattern for the week. A warming trend is welcome, enough of the wood fire already.

Emily has passed another milestone on he personal journey, now a proud possessor of a "Drivers Permit". Her peers were happy, some expressed surprise she was able to 'pass' in her second attempt. She appears to get more pleasure from that statement than the actual document. Goes without saying the vehicle is on the road for experiance purposes as much as possible.

Trip to St. John uneventful, made the turnaround in lots of time for the second trip of the day. Boat at capacity going in the morning, half a trip on the 1:30. Certainly more intimate gathering spot than the Grand Manan V, all hands in one area pretty well. All talking makes for quite a din at times, however food is great and good chance to get caught up on whatever is going on around the community.

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MONDAY APRIL 19/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:28 AM GMT on April 19, 2010

Overcast, WNW @ 10KPH, threat of rain and cooler temps the order of the day. Clearing and milder temps as the week moves along.

Quick trip to St. John this morning, Donna's dad has an eye appointment, if all goes well should be back on the !:30PM out of Blacks.

Kids gathered up for dinner yesterday, both appeared a bit bored without their respective gangs to entertain them. Emily did some studying for her second attempt at her Driving Permit this morning, she learned the last time when they suggest you study the full contents of the manual it is for a reason.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 18/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on April 18, 2010

Mostly overcast, cool 3C, a draft from NE, looking for moisture this afternoon and overnight. Warmer temps headed our way early in the week. Highs in double digits and clear is the word.

Kids once again at different ends of the island, only they have changed locations. Both home long enough to get fresh clothes and a teeth brush before heading out for the night. Will start to retrieve them this morning. Rob playing in church he will probably be on deck just prior to pick up.

Managed to get some yardwork completed yesterday, a garden being retired, bushes and rocks all found new homes. The old frame a bit sore today.

Donna's mother remains in hospital, some days appears she is at least holding her own, lately not the case.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 17/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:27 AM GMT on April 17, 2010


Overcast, cool 2C, 10-15KPH NE, no double digit temps this weekend, looking for rain by tonight and tomorrow, looking at the moment as is the moisture not too far away.

Kids once again spread out from one end of the island to the other. Did come together long enough for a transfer of funds from my wallet to their pockets

The two ferry system appears to be keeping up with the traffic, haven't been made aware of any horror stories about traffic not being accomodated. Definatly requires some planning, and arrival early at the terminal to assure your spot on a particular trip.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 16/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 16, 2010

A cool morning, with a bit of haze, temp 1C with a slight draft from NE. No problem with the wind for next few days, however moisture for the weekend, and temps remaining cool.

If the kids have any plans for the weekend, they have not been sharing them as yet, can rest assured if a drive is required we will be the first to know.

A few more traps going in the water all the time, price reported to be in $4.25/lb range, the dollar at par no relief on the exchange. See gas dipped a couple of cents, locally now $1.04/litre.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 15/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 15, 2010

A bit of haze this morning, just enough of a draft from N to move the flag once in awhile. Temp a cool -1C, however to move toward double digits by afternoon. A damp weekend a possibility, however weatherman seems to be keeping his options open.

Rob arrived home on late boat, they lost both games, but nearly tripped up FUNDY, the leading team in the division. Tied at the end, but FUNDY pulled it out. He got on the floor for both games, had a grand time a little time out of school, a road trip, junk food, a good couple of games, life is good.

A few more plants found new home locations last evening. Portions of the lawn will soon need to be mowed to keep it under control.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 14, 2010

Mostly overcast, calm, temp still cool @3C, staggering towards double digits as the day unfolds. No high temps with a threat of rain over the next few days.

Rob has a volleyball road trip again this afternoon, an evening game in St. George returning on the final trip of the day. The team has not enjoyed much winning success, however all hands seem content to play together.

Trucks going by big time taking some of the dredging material from the Ingalls Head wharf project to the Seal Cove dumping area. Seems they are running daylight till dark.



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TUESDAY, APRIL 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on April 13, 2010

Partial overcast, calm, a cool 2C with a slight draft from NW. To remain cool with temp attempting to hit double digits by this afternoon, cool and clear overnight.

Donna's trip to St. John went well with the vehicle waiting in the parking lot in Blacks. Boat pretty well full with vehicles and many walk on passengers doing the same thing.

Fishery news remains quiet, with lobster fishing the only one underway. A few of the wier fisherman working on getting stakes and gear ready to go, in a short order.

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MONDAY, APRIL 12/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:28 AM GMT on April 12, 2010

Great looking start to the day, clear, calm, cool @3C, not enough draft to move the flag. Temp to rise near or into double digits later, however not into the high teens as we have enjoyed already this year.

Donna and niece off to St.John with her father for an appointment. Will be an all day affair as the appointment not till early afternoon.

Emily survived her marathon babysitting gig, once again engaged after school.

Did manage to get more yardwork and wood stowed yesterday, slowly making progress.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 11/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on April 11, 2010

Sunny, windy, cool to start the day. Wind from SW 20-25KPH, temp 5C, giving a chance of showers later on in the day. The forecast looking more seasonal, but sunny for the next few days.

Emily busy this weekend, babysitting last night, and early this morning till this evening. Rob in his pit overnight, but had some time on the beach with a 'fire' with some of his group, near as I could tell just about equal numbers in the gender groups in attendance.

Donna's mom remains in hospital, holding her own, her dad joining us for dinner today. Be great to have him here, hasn't been able to join us for a longtime due to the health problems of her mother.

Yardwork is getting underway, looking better all the time, grass seems greener every morning.

Restricted travel due the larger ferry with a capacity of 65 vehicles enroute to drydock for six weeks, being replaced with the old ferry with 25 vehicle spots on a trip.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 10/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:25 AM GMT on April 10, 2010

Overcast, calm, cool 3C temp not to rise into double digits today, likely have rain before the morning is out. Sun returns tomorrow, however temp remains low for the next little while.

Rob one end of the island overnighting, Emily overnight at the other end. They will no doubt drift back to the fort as the day moves along, Rob and his male gang would attempt to stay awake till daylight before hitting the rack for a lie down.

Will get the lime on the lawn before the rain comes to get into the soil. Grass beginning to turn green will require the fertilizer application in short order, appears the lawn mower will be out early this season.



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FRIDAY, APRIL 9/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on April 09, 2010

Drizzle turning to rain, calm, temp 7C, to rise into lower double digits as the day moves along. Weekend iffy weatherwise at the best, strong indications that this weather pattern in place till at least Sunday.

Trip to St.John uneventful, ortho took a few minutes, then a tour of the shopping locations took a few hours. Lots of people travelling attempting to get some of the 'must do' things off the list prior to the reduced travel opportunities. The freighter for trucks tied up in Blacks ready to start this morning, the Black boat on the run this morning.

Rob managed to get quite a bit of the rockweed off the lawn, amazing what he can accomplish when the fourwheeler can be part of the operation. At any rate a good job, no doubt will be more to follow.



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THURSDAY, APRIL 08/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:11 AM GMT on April 08, 2010

Clear, calm, 8C temp, warm weather abandoned us for awhile, temp to rise low double digits then retreat overnight. Rain and a bit of wind for tomorrow, but clear on the weekend.

Rob returned from his road trip on the late boat from Harvey. They had two games but soundly defeated on both occasions. He got to play, ate at A&W in St.Stephen to going to Harvey, an all round good time as far as he was concerned.

Emily off to quick trip to ortho escorted by Donna and a friend. This is last day of the Grand Manan V for the next six weeks travel space limited till she returns from refit.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 7/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 07, 2010

Light rain, cool 6C temp, calm, similar pattern for remainder of the day. Tomorrow sun then moisture for the weekend, April showers for sure.

Lots of brant patroling infront of the house this morning, still not the huge flocks that do congregate as they prepare to head to the north in a few weeks. A few other species in evidence also, ducks and geese, no flocks just pairs.

Rob has a road trip for volleyball today, off to Harvey for games this afternoon. Plan is to return on the 'late boat'. He is looking forward to the experience with great anticipation.

Fishery news quiet, what is out not great, lobster prices still depressed, with no encouraging signs they are about to improve. The dollar at par will impact on the fishermans bottom line as most of the market is in the U.S.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 6/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 06, 2010

Mostly overcast, mild 11C, a breeze from West @15-20KPH, temp to rise into mid teens again today, a hard act to follow from the conditions we enjoyed yesterday. Nice weather and temps for another day or so with some moisture then again into good conditions.

School routine returns today, the last long interruption till year end. Had an extra body overnight, Emily's buddy either she is here or Emily is there especially if the need to confer beyond electronic means is required.

Did manage to make quite a hole in the yardwork yesterday, a major cleaning of one of the gardens pretty well complete. Have had some deer visitations by the look of some of the plants, daffodils should be making a show within the next couple of days.

Donna's mom resting well in the hospital, other than being a little lonely seems to be improving in the little time she has been there.

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MONDAY, APRIL 5/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on April 05, 2010

She's a grand one this morning, calm, bright sun, harbour oily calm, lots of waterfowl, temp cool 6C, however to rise into mid teens as the day unfolds. A couple of days with similar weather coming then a bit of moisture for day or so.

Emily out overnight, but now babysitting for the day. Rob out male bonding with his group once again. They have been out of the house more than home this past few days.

Dona's mother taken to the hospital last night, many factors dictated this best aciton. However she was in command during the transfer instructing what had to take place in her absence and also the attendants learned what happened during the previous transfer.

Appears it is a day that can't avoid yardwork, holiday from work, and the lawn can be addressed.

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EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 4/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on April 04, 2010

Mostly overcast, a draft from SW @10KPH, still cool this morning @5C. Forecast looking for similar pattern for the day, with temps struggling to make double digits.

Grounds still too saturated to get any work done, however did make a small dent in manufacturing and stowing the wood. Has been suggested might remove the snowplow from view before the day is done.

No children searching for eggs this morning, Rob out overnight. Emily in residence, however visited with 'friend' for reciprocal movie viewing till late in the evening. How times have changed, there was never the expectation that our parents would fetch us home, we made our way there and back, and within curfew or else.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 03/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:27 AM GMT on April 03, 2010

A slight draft from south insuring the fog hangs around. Temp 5C, visibility less than 1/2 mile temp to rise, however barely into double digits, 'along the Fundy Coast'.

Emily again out overnight, arrived home shortly after supper, gathered up some new clothes and off to the other end of the island. Rob in residence having had an overnight the night before.

Yard still saturated making the required raking, and travel with ATV & trailer a poor idea. However am making a bit of sense out of the basement and shed. Also have some wood can split and stow, just a matter of locating where I put the ambition to 'git r done'.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:37 AM GMT on April 02, 2010

Diminshed visibility(fog) this Good Friday, cam see less than 1/2mile, calm, temp currently 4C, Lubec giving rain for the weekend. The previous weather forecast might have been an April Fools joke, rain for the next few days.

Nice drive to Fredericton, did the loop with plenty of time, meeting lasted approx. 45 minutes. A smattering of snow in the trees around YoHo with ice still on the lake. The ice will be gone shortly especially with a bit of rain. Rivers and streams all very high, but no flooding.

Seems everyone making it home for the weekend, the college group on last evening, left a few cars, the most people I have seen on the boat for one longtime.

Parent teacher meetings went better than one Report Card indicated. I guess he is not totally void of his responsibilities, just gives that impression around here.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 1/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:17 AM GMT on April 01, 2010

Overcast, slight drizzle, a northerly draft 15-20KPH, temp 3C, sunny breaks as the days moves along and temps attempting to rise near double digits. Clear and milder for the holiday weekend.

Report Cards are in, Emily in the wow category, Rob where much expected, getting along, with comments 'capable of doing better', no consistency pretty well depends on the relationship he has with the teacher. Am assured he will give it a better shot the remainder of the school year - o yea.

Off to Fredericton for a meeting probably an hour in duration, will take the day to get there and back. One of the few drawbacks of living on the Bermuda of the Maritimes.

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