GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, AUGUST 31/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:16 AM GMT on August 31, 2010

Another had day in the forecast, a brilliant red glow establishing itself behind Ross Island. Calm,already a humid 17C, this pattern for the next few days. No moderation for the remainder of the week.

Hot than Hades in St. John yesterday, not overly exciting following the whole tribe, but the deed now history. The St.John economy much better for our visit, and kids now feel they are presentable for school.

Travel on the boat nearing the fall routine as majority of the passengers local,nearly full trips coming and going. A large number of trucks going over on the last trip.

Even in St. John Rob off on his own, run into part of his peer group, got his shopping over joined them. They stayed for a later trip, a movie, on the way home he called to advise staying overnight.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 30/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:05 AM GMT on August 30, 2010

Clear, humid,already in high teens, expected to rise into mid 20's for today. Similar weather for the remainder of the week the man is saying.

The school preparation trip on this morning, have all the gang in the same mode for a change. A day of looking for just the right look, and feel for clothes. The necessitates for schoolwork will no doubt be wasting time putting them into the cart also.

Emily glad to have some time off before school, but has already been booked for some weekends early in the new month.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 29/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on August 29, 2010

Clear, calm, 10C temp, weather to become warm as the day moves along into the 20's. Similar weather pattern for the week.

Both kids below decks last night, Rob crashed early his body attempting to make up for lost rest I suppose. Emily worked fairly late, did not see much of her before she called it an evening.

Attended a show at the Art Gallery of a local girl now out of Washington D.C., Nicole WOLF. The photos, SEA OF FACES, a compilation around lobster fishing, well attended opening with excellent photos.

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AUGUST 28/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on August 28, 2010

Overcast, a cooler temp this morning @12C, weatherman insists sun is the order of the day, temps into lower 20's, a slight NW breeze 10KPH. Outlook for the next week higher temps and lots of sun.

Rob at his second home in Deep Cove, a quick run to the mainland with his buddy to pick up an ATV. He will be soon reporting us to the authorities, he has no cellphone or ATV.

Emily below decks another two days of babysitting, her friend that recently located here for the weekend. The will connect once her shift is over today.

Nice weather has prompted a 'yes dear list' that will keep me busy for a little while, not too strenuous - so far. The plants are going by, window boxes certainly looking seedy, they have been in bloom a long time must be time for them to call it quits.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 27/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 27, 2010


A grand sunrise this morning, a mild temp of 15C, expected to rise into low 20's, a slight draft southerly at the moment. The weatherman suggesting showers, however no sign of something like so far. Longrange looking for sunny and high temps, especially for this time of year.

Rob on the move, Emily at home,has two more shifts then her commitment is done. First of the week will be school shopping, then just wait for the start of 'winter routine'.

A first for me after years of putting tomatoes in the ground have eaten a couple that ripen on the vine. The usual outcome is that I put them in too late, and frost take them long before Mother Nature has a chance to do her thing.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 26/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 26, 2010

Wooly this morning, however a slight breeze now clearing the fog out of the harbour. Forecast is for showers, temp now 16C to rise into low 20's, sun the order of the day for the weekend.

Both kids below decks overnight, mood changing to what school days will bring. The wardrobe choices being discussed as early next week that is the agenda item that must be addressed.

Arena construction moving along, plan is to have some concrete poured by next week. Once the floor is down the construction of bathrooms, dressing rooms will get underway. The barn will soon take the shape of a proper arena.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 25/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on August 25, 2010

Bright red sunrise this morning, giving over to overcast with showers in the forecast for late this afternoon and evening. The rain we can no doubt use, the brooks now a mere trickle. Temp an acceptable 13C, the NE persists but diminished to 10KPH at the moment.

Rob must have a plan, lawn manicured when I got home from work. He has not mentioned anything as yet, but the weekend is coming. Emily a full day with her charges, she is looking forward to having that commitment behind her this summer.

Herring news remains the same, with weirs capturing some around the island, but to what amounts have not heard.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 24/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on August 24, 2010

A clear morning, NE breeze persists, temp a pleasant 14C, expected to rise into mid 20's today. A slight change in weather for next couple of days with a bit of moisture in the forecast.

Notice inland morning temps down near if not in single digits, won't be long before the term, 'threat of frost' will be in the forecast.

Rob getting another night on the road, will be a shock to his system when he has to sleep in his own rack a night or two in a row. Emily working this week, so has been close to the fort after her evening drive with Nan, must have the experience you know.

Still appears to be large numbers of folks travelling when boat time shows up, will certainly slow down in the next week as Labour Day and school approaches.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 23/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 23, 2010

This morning an indicator of what to expect in a few weeks, a consistent breeze from NE @20KPH, overcast, with a threat of showers later on today, temp 14C not expected to rise much higher today or most of the week. The promise of sustained good weather now placed in doubt.

Has been some more activity in rescuing people from the Bay, last week the GRAND MANAN V picked up three folks near Blacks Harbour after their boat had sunk. A few days ago five people plucked from the water near Campobello by a local carrier. They were all adults, whale watching when one cup under them putting them in the drink. All hands in both instances survived, a near thing in both cases.

Rob once again sleeping over Emily rested for her last week of work. She is on the boat this morning as her wards have been on the mainland and returning on that boat.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 22/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on August 22, 2010

Nice sunrise, clouding over at the moment with a slight breeze from the north, temp 10C, to rise into the 20's as the day moves along. Weather still looking good, however a slight change with showers by mid-week for a couple of days.

Emily home yesterday, haven't seen much of her as she is catching up on her rest that has been lacking for the previous week. Rob out once again, not travelling far - just across the road, another X-Box Marathon no doubt.

Seined the Cora-Belle yesterday afternoon, don;t know how many, Brad set up for shutting off last night. Hopefully the herring coming into the cove enough to give him a chance to capture a good bunch.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 21/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on August 21, 2010

A clear, fall like morning, rather crisp stepping out the door,temp high single digits @9C, expected to get into 20's by afternoon. Similar weather pattern expected for the remainder of the month.

Rob & Emily once again spread out from North Head to Deep Cove. Emily begins her final week of babysitting tomorrow, then final preparations for school the following week keeping things moving for sure.

Thought the ferry traffic was slowing up,however one fellow attempted to get off yesterday during the day no go, all trips sold out. A fair amount of truck traffic thrown in the mix soon gobbles up vehicle space.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 20/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on August 20, 2010

Wooly at daylight, quickly burning off, Ross Island Light now visible, calm, 15C to rise into 20's once again. Weatherman suggesting a possibility of showers, nothing on the radar. Weekend looking good sun and nice temps the order of the day.

Emily returned from a grand time over the past week, didn't really want to leave it all behind. One highlight was a lunch at UNB, she allowed that would be where she would be attending university in a couple of years.

First time in weeks that the pair of them both in the house. Rob actually returned to the house with a couple of the group, did not see them of course.

Herring news remains the same, a few around, even weirs on the front of the island making a contribution, a good thing.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 19/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on August 19, 2010

Ground fog this morning, top of Ross Island evident, soon will burn off. Clear, calm, a mild 14C, anticipated to once again be into mid 20's. No change in the forecast for the next week or so.

Emily returns to her real world this afternoon, with some reluctance no doubt. The communication back and forth past couple of days restricted to one or two short txt messages. A sure sign her mind is in another place other than with her grandmother.

Rob home mid evening for a few minutes then off to one of his peers for another overnighter. They haven't hurt the grub bill this summer for sure.

Arena progress becoming more visual with all the plumbing below ground having been passed and buried.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 18/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on August 18, 2010

Good weather has returned, brilliant red sunrise over Ross Island this morning. Once again total calm, temp a cool 10C, expected to become warm later on into mid 20's. The weatherman advising this is still the norm for next number of days.

Emily reporting good times, another of the extended family joining her at the Lake for an overnighter and mutual fun things, she returns to the fold sometime tomorrow. Rob on his sleeping around the island once again, his invite not till early evening, he must be losing his appeal.

Locally not to much going on in the fishery news, lots of whales and sea life around. Seiners seeing and on the odd occasion capturing Blue Fin Tuna, Sun Fish and have heard of a sword fish over the past little while. Whale watchers have caught a glimpse of white beaked dolphins, a rare sighting in these waters.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 17/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 17, 2010

Very wooly this morning barely see to the high water mark, warm and humid 16C. Fog should dissipate as the day moves along. Temp to rise into mid 20's as a hot and humid air mass is moving up the eastern seaboard. This weather pattern to remain for the next week or so.

Emily reporting a busy and fun time, Rob at home overnight for a change. No comments on his weekend other than it was great and he was well looked after, meaning his host bought him some meals, thus allowing him not to have to waste his cash on food.

Arena construction starting to become visual progress, local committees taking shape to be in position to provide the activities previously not available to the community. A community effort coming together around the project.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 16/10

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

A change in the weather to start the week, thick fog, a slight draft from the south, 12C temp to rise near or into 20's as the day moves along. Fog appear to be moving off, with showers tonight and tomorrow in the forecast.

Emily firmly ensconced at YoHo Lake, her weekend gig lots of fun, well remunerated. She and Joanne have already tested the shopping facilities before leaving St.John. Rob also had a great weekend, well looked after, home about five minutes then moved out for the night.

Fishery news pretty quiet this past week, have been some herring being captured, however exact amounts haven't heard.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 15/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on August 15, 2010

A small change in weather this morning, still very nice with high cloud cover, no indication of showers for today. Temp a mild 15C,still total calm have had no breezes for days, unusual as we always count on the 'afternoon sou'wester. Showers in the offing for the first of the week.

Emily had a good time at the wedding her wards well behaved. She is looking forward to a few days for herself and friends at YoHo Lake. Rob has no communication devices as a result one must assume all is well with him.

Boat traffic not quite so busy, still a fair number travelling on all trips.The next week or so will see the 'stranger from away' numbers begin to drop off.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 14/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:04 AM GMT on August 14, 2010

The mail order weather remains, total calm, sunny, temp already 18C, expected to hit mid 20's this afternoon. Same weather in place for next week or so. The only comment about our weather is wondering what the payback will be once this great weather changes.

Emily on duty till tomorrow, wedding this afternoon, all seems to have been well for her so far. Rob in the Fredericton area for a couple of nights, boat races today is his order of the day. Rob will be hard pressed once school stats to get into a routine of having to stay at home.

Trip to St. John uneventful, Donna accomplished what she wished in plenty of time. Boat not quite full coming and going yesterday. A number of New Brunswick plates, but most strangers to me.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 13/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:10 AM GMT on August 13, 2010

Another made to order morning, total calm, cool with a temp in single digits again this morning @ 9C. Temp to rise into mid 20's by afternoon. Weatherman advises no change for next week or so.

Rob out 'camping' with his cronies, just after dark fetching a TV for X-Box to complete the experience. He is off later today for an overnight helping a friend move to Oromocto, always on the move. He did manage to get the lawn completed, after a nudge to get it done properly.

Emily packed for a week on the move, tending a couple of boys for a wedding weekend in St. John. Meeting Jo at COSTCO Sunday afternoon prior to relocating to YoHo Lake, needless to say she has been on the prowl in plenty of time this morning.

A few waterfowel evident this morning, seem to be bunching up already. Many signs of fall well in advance of the calender this season. Lots of Blackberries being picked, at least three weeks ahead of when one can expect them in the past.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 12/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 12, 2010

Slight overcast, calm, tide out almost to Ross Island it seems, temp a cool 11C, expected to rise into low 20's. A cycle of warm days and cool evenings becoming the norm. This type of weather on the books till at least early next week.

Trip to St.John went well, a bit of longer wait than usual at the Dr.'s office. We didn't make the 1:30PM, the benefit of the extra ferry just added a couple of hours to the trip. Allowed to have a leisurely meal and a pleasant drive to Blacks. Not a full trip on the boat, however did enjoy an impromptu Blue Grass ensemble. A group of young adults set up and put on a show for nearly an hour. Great singing, picking on banjo, a guitar, mandolin, bass and fiddle. The concert enjoyed by all.

Rob did get a bit of the lawn done, however the call to the pool and hot weather took precedence.

Emily has a nice week coming her way, she leaves tomorrow to look after a couple of her kids while at a wedding on the weekend. Then a few days at YoHo Lake with her aunt and uncle always a highlight for her, lake life and social aspects it brings and shopping with Aunt Jo never a dull moment.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 11/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on August 11, 2010

Not a movement of air whatsoever, tide well out, harbour more like a mirror than actual water. Temp 17C, saying it will be in the mid 20's, anticipate can add a few degrees to the forecast. Looking good for the remainder of the week and into the weekend.

Making a quick trip to St. John with Donna's dad, having his eye injected in hopes of stemming his macular degeneration. He had one eye treated, and seems to have had some success.

Emily ins harness early this morning, having already gone to her babysitting gig for the day.

Summer traffic shows little signs of relenting, the weather and whales a great combination to draw folks to the island. Have had at least one first time visitor come to the office inquiring about land purchase as he is so impressed with his experience.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 10/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on August 10, 2010

Fog with red sun burning through, total calm,no doubt burn off soon with hot and humid the order of the day. Temp 14C humidity already too high.

Emily working nearly 12 hours a day this week, Rob out overnight once again. Emily has a babysitting job for a couple of days in St. John this weekend then her annual trip to YoHo Lake early next week.

Arena construction coming along well, still the infrastructure portion underway, however some of that already being buried to allow preparation for the concrete floor. It should come together quite fast once this preliminary things out of the way.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 9/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on August 09, 2010

Overcast, a slight draft from south, humidity is high must be close to th showers mentioned in the forecast. The clear and moderate temps promised becoming in doubt for the next few days. Temp now 15C supposed to make it to low 20's as the day moves along.

First weekend of the season didn't work on the yard, but not far off to get back at it. Noticed yesterday lots of blackberries soon available must be at least three weeks ahead of years past. Also lots of migratory birds doing their fall thing well in advance of the calendar date for such activities.

Emily home alone, she is on duty this morning at 0830. Rob across the street for another overnighter. Not much spent on the grub bill for them this past few weeks, still can't get them to reciprocate - boring around here the refrain we get.


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SUNDAY, AUGUST 08/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on August 08, 2010

Becoming full overcast, after a nice sunrise, a draft from the south, temp 15C. Weatherman not indicating showers, however looking as if that might be the weather later on. Longrange still looking good with sun and moderate temps.

Emily at home with her buddy, first time in at least a week. Rob to Seal Cove overnight, just when he is to return remains unknown.

As anticipated Rob's shopping for 'school clothes'less than acceptable in choices of content on the T-shirt. One disposed of once he got it home, the other not acceptable for school wear. The hoodie did pass muster.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 7/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on August 07, 2010

Clear, a hint of a change of season in the air, cool 12C with a breeze WNW 10-15KPH. Similar weather in the forecast well into next week.

All hands out of the house last night, Shauna in St. Stephen till tomorrow, Rob in St. John and Emily bonding with female group at Millers Pond. House plenty large when just the two of us here.

Herring news a little quieter this past few days, however still a few being caught, size a bit of an issue. The weir fish and also the seiners quite small for packing.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 6/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on August 06, 2010

Overnight fog quickly burning off, temp 15C, calm. Weather to be clear for the weekend with nice temps in the low 20's, longrange forecast remains on the good side.

Shauna off first boat this morning, St. Stephen sister-in-law
taking her on an excursion to St.John today and participate in International Days for the weekend in St. Stephen. Rob off to St. John overnight with birthday buddy, allegedly to get his school shopping in commence. He has been given some cash will be interesting to see how much is wasted on clothes.

Herring news remains positive mainly for the weirs on the back of the island. The Cora Belle in Pettes Cove dressed this past few days has contributed 25 hogsheads this week. She has been a good trap over the years, but this first time in past two she has produced. The Mumps has been fairly steady, other than than not much on front of the island so far this season.

Material and bodies to complete the arena continue to arrive, great to see.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 5/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on August 05, 2010

Thick fog, visibility less than 1/2mile, southerly 15KPH, temp to rise low 20's with fog to remain most of the day. Weekend looking good with warm temps and sun coming our way.

Folks just to the south of us, New York and below still enduring heatwave and high humidity, will not complain at our weather conditions.

Rob out overnight, then travelling to St. John with a buddy overnight tomorrow. Emily once again in Seal Cove, seems she has been out more than at home this summer.

Contractors once again on site to get the arena moving in the right direction. Building materials beginning to arrive in preparation for the big move forward to completion.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 04/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on August 04, 2010

Thunderstorms and rain underway since before daylight. Raining hard at the moment, lightning and boomers on occasion. Temp 16C and calm, this weather pattern to be in place till Friday with a fair amount of rain anticipated.

Emily still remains in Seal Cove, Rob home with movies as entertainment last evening. Soon will have to plan a trip to St. John to get them prepared for school days.

Lots of folks travelling yesterday, trip in the morning full same coming home on the 5:30. A good mix of strangers and locals, in a couple of weeks the summer traffic will begin to slack off.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:09 AM GMT on August 03, 2010

Great start once again, however the forecast is for cloudy with chance of showers. Some evidence that the cloudy part will happen, radar indicates moisture to the south of us.
Calm, temp 15C, expected to be around 20C as the day moves along.

Yesterday a warm one, not a ripple on the water for the third day in a row. This stretch of weather one that we have not enjoyed for a long time.

Emily out again, from Sam Hill to Seal Cove, arrived last evening long enough to get new clothes. Also had a chance to drive for the first time in the day. Rob had returned, but t for the evening, not a sleepover.

Summer ferry traffic busy, will get a firsthand view this morning off to Fredericton for a meeting on new Nursing Home. Plan is to return on the 5:30PM trip, last time missed that trip by 1/2 hour.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 2/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on August 02, 2010

The final day of the long weekend holding as predicted. Sun bright, calm, temp a nice 14C, expected to rise into mid 20's later on. Canadian weatherman says similar weather till end of the week, U.S. rain showers next couple of days then clearing.

Kids once again on the move, Emily to Sam Hill, Rob bunking in Woodwards Cove. Emily off this week, looking as if she has only a couple of weeks left before school starts.

The ferry terminal full on boat times yesterday the times we were up there. The folks visiting certainly had ideal conditions for a weekend change of pace.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 1/10

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on August 01, 2010

Another great weather day in commence, absolute calm, temp already 17C. Last couple of days have been days that one would order for weather, looks as if this to remain for next few days, we certainly will take it.

Rotary Festival reaping the benefits of good weather with large attendance numbers. The Black Boat has made at least one extra trip on Friday in an attempt to keep up with the traffic. Yesterday 800 passengers had made the crossing by 7:00PM trip. Once the exodus starts will be same getting back to the mainland.

Rob out overnight with his group, Emily not feeling well stayed with the old folks. Watched the fireworks at friends very close to the event, quite a view fireworks, a number of boats watching just offshore.

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