GRAND MANAN, N.B.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on June 30, 2010

Great looking morning, a stiff westerly keeping it clear, temp a pleasant 14C. Outlook for Canada Day chance of showers, weekend looking not bad at all.

Emily has her first work day behind her, and all went well. A week on and a week off should work pretty well for her, with a number of other young mothers wanting to know if she is interested in further duties on her week off. Rob remains unemployed, and seems to be regretting it as a number of his peer group are committed for the summer.

Lobster fishery now concluded till November, haven't caught any herring news this last little bit.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 29/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on June 29, 2010

Overcast, calm, visibility not bad, can see Ross Island no trouble. Soggy is a term that comes to mind looking out the window. Not any let up for today, a gradual change in place by CANADA DAY.

Ortho trip took about 10 minutes, looking good, come back in December for another check. Retainer overnight, as a consequence Emily very pleased. Next trip will be for Xmas Shopping am so advised.

Two boats on the run, not a large crowd coming or going, the passengers now a combination of locals and 'strangers from away'.

Great to have brothers visit, albeit a bit hectic around here to have an opportunity to sit and catch up on the goings on in each others world.

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MONDAY, JUNE 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:08 AM GMT on June 28, 2010

Fog and rain the order of the day, possibly for the week. Calm, showers at the moment, fog allowing just able to make the outline of Ross Island across the harbour.

Ortho trip, Emily has a buddy to travel with her. Probably a good day to travel around the malls, do see the umbrella is in place to enable a browse of a Garden Centre with out fear of getting too wet.

Arnold and Joanne stirring they are also travelling back to their base on this boat. Rob out overnight he may have to use some ingenuity to get his frame home during the day. His taxi drivers will both be on the mainland till this evening.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 27/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 1:49 PM GMT on June 27, 2010

Clear, the weather has been overcast, but now humid with a temp of 18C, no air moving making it a bit uncomfortable for one that is used to a natural Air Conditioning. Similar weather in the offing for tomorrow, with a chance of rain.

Have eldest brother and his wife on site for the weekend. Next brother and his daughter, grandaughter, great grandaughter on boat this morning. They visiting mom for a couple of hours and the FIVE GENERATION PICTURE. The visitors are from Vancouver, quite a trip for a picture.

Most boats tied up today, next couple of days will finish up the lobster season for this year. Don't have any late updates on catch or what the price is doing. Fellows into summer routine, with a few of the bigger boats rigging up for netting. As usual the price for these fish appear to be marginal at best.

Time to get the BBQ fired up.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 26/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on June 26, 2010

Rain showers to start the morning, attempting to clear at the moment, total calm, temp 16C. Clearing for the day and sun tomorrow, rain first of the week.

Rob out overnight, Emily below decks, she did have a social evening in the works, however did not pan out for her.

Brother and wife arriving this morning for a weekend visit. Looking good weather wise, and will be a chance to get caught up, haven't talked to his head since last fall.

Did manage to get most of the lawn looked after last evening, however still some riding portions to get at it. Might get it done before the whole front lawn requires attention once again.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 25/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on June 25, 2010

A brisk NNW breeze this morning, clear, a pleasant 15C for temp. Similar weather for remainder of the day, weekend now giving a good chance of rain for the next few days.

A few boats hauling traps out there this morning, the mad dash to the end of the season now underway. A few traps coming in at the end of the day for most boats.

Report Cards this morning, both confident they are moving to the next level, at any rate will soon know. Both kids under the roof for the first time in several days. Emily starts her duties on Tuesday, Monday ortho appointment. Rob has finally learned that he has to put his name in for a job funny people don't come to the door offering him a position with great pay and little work.

Big brother coming for the weekend on the boat in the morning, also niece and her daughter and new granddaughter coming for a FIVE GENERATION photo op on Sunday, lots of relatives.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 24/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 24, 2010

Thick fog this morning, total calm - as far as I can tell can only see to the high water mark, 14C. Can expect this weather till later on in the day with clearing by this evening. Still giving nice weather for the weekend.

Emily remains on Sam Hill, Rob below decks with a Teen Night at the Community Centre. Teen Night a slow starter but certainly picking up a group this past few weeks. Lots of his ilk, both genders in attendance. Seems to be OK to attend and 'hang out' in that environment, at outset was not cool.

A friend has Otis to St. John for an appointment this morning, great to have assistance on some of these occasions. Relieves some of the pressure of looking after those that need it, can be spread thin on occasion without such help.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 23/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on June 23, 2010

Overcast, calm, temp 12C, quite a change from yesterday when it was hot and humid. Rain anticipated for today and tomorrow, nice weather conditions for the weekend.

Emily has concluded the classroom portion of her Driver Training, will set up her hours for driving soon. She out overnight, Rob returned for supper and remained on the premises.

The Premier scheduled to be on the island Tuesday afternoon for an announcement. Speculation will be the final portion of the finances required to complete our arena, O Happy Day. The plan is to have it ready to go by November.

A number of boats hauling traps in the harbour, a few more coming home at night. Not many opportunities to bait before the season ends till November.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 22/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 22, 2010

Outside conditions a bit odd this morning, bright sun first thing, a draft from the north brought in thick fog. Fog can be expected from southerly, can't recall the northerly influence bringing it in. Calm, visibility down to less than 1/2 mile, temp 11C. Can expect some showers over next day or so, then clearing for the longrange.

Emily has her classroom time completed today, seems to be enjoying it. There are ten others of her age group attending, seems to be quite a social event so far. Her driving time to be arranged over the summer, done on the mainland will gain her experience in St.John and Fredericton, a good thing later on.

Rob out overnight, he did get some hours in with his great-grandfather yesterday. Can use some more time there for sure, the grounds require a bit of tending to these days Otis not able to keep it up to his standard.

A few traps coming home already, not large groups, but a few they all have to be on the bank next Tuesday by midnight.

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MONDAY, JUNE 21/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 21, 2010

First day of summer is overcast, fog moving off can see the top of the Ross Island Light and treeline a bit surreal. Calm, 17C, a chance of showers, remaining overcast till mid week.

Last week of lobster fishing season underway, lots of traffic before daylight heading to the wharf. A few traps will start making their way home by weeks end.

Emily has her first hours of instruction complete, a full 12 hours today. The instructor from the mainland as a consequence it is in his best interest to get the hours in as quick as possible.

Rob hired by his great grandfather to look after the mowing and trimming of his house. That should keep him busy for a few hours every week, once the weather clears.

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JUNE 20/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on June 20, 2010

Quite a change in the weather from yesterday, showers and fog the order of the day. A slight draft from SW, temp a pleasant 15, not expected to get much higher, this weather pattern for next couple of days.

Both kids under the roof this morning, Rob turned in albiet without his knowledge infront of the TV by 7:30PM, a combination of late nights, an afternoon of Paintball and sun caught up to him. Emily participated in a local Variety Show, then returned to her digs early on in the evening.

Yardwork approaching the maintenance level, Donna managed to get some extra time yesterday. Friends have been helping by giving her dad a drive to the hospital to visit with her mom. Marj not doing very well sleeping most of the time.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 19/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:23 AM GMT on June 19, 2010

Clear with haze, total calm, 15C, Canadian forecast rain by this afternoon, American fine till tomorrow. Will go with the U.S. outlook, long range looking very good, nice temps and sunny weather.

Emily out once again, Rob also they haven't been difficult to deal with since school ended, haven't seen them. Rob involved in Paintball Tournament this afternoon, will see him long enough for finances. Emily starts her classroom instruction for Driver Training tomorrow afternoon.

Work around the yard, but has been suggested that some of the 'junk' in the shed and basement be culled and make the final journey to the dump. Not good when Donna enters the shed, the housekeeping not near her standards, can see some thinning of valuable resources in very short order.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 18/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on June 18, 2010

Great looking morning, total calm, temp already 14C to rise into mid 20's, there is a hint of haze at the moment don't expect it to last very long.

Emily and Rob both out overnight once again, Emily will soon be at her summer position. Rob has some work to do at his Great-gradfathers around the garden, now just a matter of capturing him long enough to get him there.

Lobster guys pounding it for the next week, end of the season coming fast. Still fresh bait being landed, see quite a bit going last evening. Rockweed trucks going by several times a day, the harvest obviously going well.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 17/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:34 AM GMT on June 17, 2010

Fog attempting to clear, can now see the Ross Island shore, calm, 11C temp, can expect showers till tonight. Clearing and looking good for the long range.

Donna and her Garden Centre buddy off to visit the new COSTCO in St. John. No hindrances from impatient spouses or kids to slow them down. A nice day to travel, certainly will not have to contend with sun in the eyes.

Rob all done, out overnight with one of the Band of Brothers, Emily finishes up this morning. The summer routine about to begin.

Gave a ten tour with a group from FLARE Magazine here to do a fashion shoot for an upcoming edition. Weather not conducive for a good shoot today, however tomorrow looking great.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 16, 2010

Clear, a slight draft from W with just a hint of southerly, temp 13C to rise into 20's. Tomorrow a chance of rain, clearing after that for the long range.

Exams well underway, or at least underway, how they are going is another issue. Emily prepared for math this morning, come to learn the exam today is Science, not one of her strengths even when she does prepare. Rob displays a good level of confidence, also remains to be seen if well placed or not.

Locally a number of young families moving over the summer to other locations for employment. In a community of our size this amounts to an exodus.

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MONDAY JUNE 15/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 15, 2010

Another great looking morning, temp 11C, just enough northerly to move the flag ever so slight. Similar weather for the remainder of the week. Full tides on alot of the bar visible this morning.

Kids have today and tomorrow to finish off the year, probably some social events to deal with in the next week or so, but the results of the years efforts will be cast. The Report Card will tell the tale.

Black Boat due to commence on Jun 24th, a good time as the summer traffic beginning to pick up. A ferry every two hours is certainly convenient when one is doing things on the mainland. This is the last summer for her she will be retired in Mid-September after hanging around for FORTY-FIVE years.

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MONDAY, JUNE 14/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on June 14, 2010

Fog beginning to burn off as the morning sun gains some power, 13C, calm. Forecasting showers by afternoon, pretty fair week with sun and clouds till at least the end of the week.

The final couple of weeks for lobster fishing underway, friend advises catch still spotty, but they are maintaining overall similar to last year. The price edging up a bit as the season closes, $4.45/lb range, alot better than last year at $3.50/lb.

Yardwork caught up over the weekend, getting to the maintenance mode for the remainder of the season. The way time goes by the season will be all too short.

Kids in final exam mode, their school year will done by weeks end. Emily gainfully employed for the summer as a babysitter, week on and a week off, Rob on the otherhand is still available for gainfull employment.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on June 13, 2010

Clear, with some haze, calm, temp 14C to rise into low 20's, possible clouds with rain in the forecast for tomorrow.

Yesterday a clear, warm day, between running about requirements we manage to accomplish a fair amount of yard work. The first time that a concentrated effort could be achieved. Will have few moments today to get some of the remaining Yes Dear List checked off.

Rob out bonding with a group, Emily off to Whitehead for the night. She returns sometime this afternoon, Rob back in the fold this morning.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 12/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:03 AM GMT on June 12, 2010

Clear, with a hint of haze in the air this morning, total calm, temp 13C to rise near 20C, similar pattern for tomorrow. The forecast for next week looking good, with a chance of moisture on Monday.

Emily down hard with the flu, did see her briefly last evening, and she advises she was on the mend. Rob took in the travelling wrestling match last night at the Community Centre, a nice crowd and a good show according to him.

The conference in St. Andrews interesting, lots of info, the oil pollution in the Gulf having an impact on seafood prices, and is expected to for years to come. The food certainly not a meat and potato eat all you want on your plate the first time affair. Big plates small portions, all excellent, took a long time to get through the meal, but great fun throughout the evening.

Rob has the riding portion of the lawn completed, however quite a bit to get done today, at least according to the yard boss.

The lobster fishery for this season now down to a couple of weeks. Traps soon be coming ashore, some have been discourage enough to start talking the process of bring them home long before they must.

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WEDNESDAY,. JUNE 9/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on June 09, 2010

Nice looking morning, albeit a bit cool still at 9C, but warming quickly to rise near or into low 20's, sun to remain for the next few days. Not enough westerly to move the flag, looking good for growing things.

Before the evening showers did manage to get the upper lawn manicured. Just started the riding portion when the heavens opened up enough, combined with the saturated ground to make it impossible to get more accomplished.

Will be away for a couple of days in St. Andrews taking in a SeaFood Industry Conference. Highlight tomorrow night with a gala five course meal highlighting local seafood prepared by different chefs. Somebody has to take the opportunity to network in these instances.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 8/07

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on June 08, 2010

Bright sun, a slight breeze from the west, temp 10C, to rise near 20 by afternoon. Similar weather in the forecast for the remainder of the week. However weatherman hinting clouds and moisture possible, hedging his bets sort to speak.

A family of geese on the seawall this morning, the gosling's as big as laying hens. The nest can't be too far away, can't recall seeing young on the lawn in previous years, Mother Nature on steroids this spring getting things done early.

Robs baseball team having success, another year has made the group much bigger and stronger. They all appear at least 1/2 foot taller and much broader across the shoulders, turning from man child to young men, at least in stature, maturity still a ways to travel. As a for instance yesterday Rob mentioned to some of his group his ear felt uncomfortable, that is when they mentioned over the weekend they put a popcorn kernel in his ear. A trip to the doctor got it removed, one has to wonder about mind set in these instances.

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MONDAY, JUNE 07/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on June 07, 2010

Westerly breeze moving the clouds away, sun making a grand appearance. Temp 11C, breeze 10-15KPH, forecast calling for cloudy periods and a possibility of rain. Similar weather for the remainder of the week, nothing definite could be anything.

Marilyn now airborne heading to Winnipeg, a short layover in Toronto puts her on home turf within 51/2 hours, longer than it took us to get her to Moncton and get home yesterday.

Lots of rain once we left Moncton to head home, rained well into the evening hours. A fair number of folks travelling, all local on our trip, the summer visitors have been drifting in, not in big numbers as yet.

Another three weeks and the lobster fishery will be complete for another season. Spring catch has been 'spotty', with many boats very short of previous spring catches.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 6/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on June 06, 2010

WOOLY this morning, barely can see the shore, less than 1/4 mile visibility, calm and a muggy 12C. No respite from this type of weather till end of the new week.

Off to Moncton to deliver Marilyn on her fist leg on her return to Winnipeg. Brother will look after her till flight in the morning. A quick ten days have transpired since she arrived.

Rob out overnight, bonding with a group of the Band of Brothers, Emily spent yesterday afternoon on Whitehead returning on the last ferry last night.

Lots of moisture now, everything has been soaking it up, the trees now a brilliant green.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 6/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on June 06, 2010

WOOLY this morning, barely can see the shore, less than 1/4 mile visibility, calm and a muggy 12C. No respite from this type of weather till end of the new week.

Off to Moncton to deliver Marilyn on her fist leg on her return to Winnipeg. Brother will look after her till flight in the morning. A quick ten days have transpired since she arrived.

Rob out overnight, bonding with a group of the Band of Brothers, Emily spent yesterday afternoon on Whitehead returning on the last ferry last night.

Lots of moisture now, everything has been soaking it up, the trees now a brilliant green.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 5/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on June 05, 2010

The sun we had at the start of the day quickly being hidden by dark rain clouds. Calm at the moment, but southerly breeze for later on in the forecast, temp a pleasant 12C to rise as the morning unfolds. Rain for next couple of days then sun during the week.

The ladies finished up the plants that were in need of a home yesterday. Now the final touches for the summer all that remains, a few every now and then till the Garden Centre closes.

Marilyn will be breaking camp for return to the prairie, off to Moncton in the morning, she flies out early on Monday morning. The plan is to take her up on the first boat in the morning and we return on the supper trip.

Rob down with the flu all day yesterday, attempted to go to school as the annual Carnival in full swing, couldn't hack it.Emily had some babysitting hours lined up, but dependant on golf weather - it ain't happening.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 4/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 04, 2010

Attempting to clear, a slight westerly draft, temp 11C, forecast is suggesting clearing for today, then the moisture returns for a few days.

Lots of puddles evident this morning on the lawn, the water table has all it needs for awhile. No more comments required suggesting we could use the rain, especially if the forecast is correct. Typical June weather, usually can expect fog to go along with the dampness, will see what takes place.

Donna and Marilyn unable to get back at the planting that is undone, have noticed more plants adding to the items to go in the ground from the local shop. I have some tomatoes would like to get in the mode ASAP, have no idea why - never eaten a tomato that I planted yet.

Local Relay For Life overnight tonight, the weather is very suspect at this time. Lots of enthusiasm and hard work by the organizers, the first effort locally can imagine the learning curve has been steep.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 3/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on June 03, 2010

Visibility approx. a mile in fog, southerly 20-25KPH, a cool 7C. Threat of rain today and overnight, a nice day tomorrow then more moisture for the weekend.

Ladies returned from a sleepover and a short exploration of the State of Maine. Didn't get too far due to weather, and not enough time allocated to do all they wished. Shopping in Bangor up to their expectations, also paid a visit to Bar Harbour, both very impressed. They will return with more time and better plans in the future.

Made the trip to St. John with Donna's dad, back on the next boat. Otis not feeling well, stopped to see Donna's mom reported his condition to nursing staff, he put in overnight for observation. Likely all the recent travel and other stressors taking their toll, alot going on for a man nearly 89 yrs. of age.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:06 AM GMT on June 02, 2010

Overcast, calm, 11C, a threat of showers for today. Same weather pattern for next couple of days, possible will be clear by the end of the week.

Just a short note last evening, dosen't appear the travellers went too far down the Maine coast. Lots of rain, stayed in Bangor, if weather is better they will drop by Bar Harbour later on today. Their plan to return on late boat tonight.

Lots of rain yesterday, and into the evening. Ground has accepted it all with no puddles evident between here and the seawall.

Quick trip to St.John this morning, with Donna's dad for an appointment with the doctor. Probably return on the 1:30PM out of Blacks, nothing pressing in Canadian Tire world, that I am aware of at least.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 1/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on June 01, 2010

Overcast, slight breeze SSW, 9C temp, possibility of showers as the day unfolds, similar weather pattern for the remainder of the week.

Donna and Marilyn off to visit the big boot at L.L. BEAN, and have a look around the coast of Maine either coming or going, if the weather co-operates. A nice day to drive, and crossing on the ferry. Don't believe they have an itinerary just bonding with a bit of shopping thrown in for a diversion.

Did manage to get the lawn mowed before the weather become damp overnight, the lower part can be done as soon as weather permits. Rob started, but had a baseball game last evening that took precedence, good game they won handily.

Lots of gear between our shore and Ross Island, most I have ever seen, especially this early in June. The traps getting further this way in the shoal water, usually close to the Ross Island shore as possible.





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