GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, APRIL 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on April 30, 2011


No fog, but ominous looking sky, dark to the west, temp a pleasant 10C, 10-15KPH NW with showers in the forecast. Long range indicating better weather next week.

Trip to St. Stephen a contrast in weather, foggy till St. George, after that clear and warm, nearly 20C and calm in St. Stephen. Return to Blacks Harbour weather was clear, but signifigantly lower temps. Boat packed both coming and going,left some vehicles on the return trip at 5:30PM trip.

Shauna off to brothers in St. Stephen for a few days, a welcome change for all concerned. Trip to St. John first thing this morning, before they go to St. Stephen.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 29/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:09 AM GMT on April 29, 2011


Weather remains consistant, thick fog, temp a pleasant 9C, threat of showers and gradual clearing by this evening, and for tomorrow. Long range looking good with double digit temps next week.

Meeting in St.Stephen today, early afternoon, requires leaving on boat this morning. A chance to visit brother, and tour Canadian Tire to see what I must have. Garden Centres opening this weekend, another chance to tour with a little time that I have to fill.

Royal Wedding and launch of Endeavour makes for lots of activity on the news front this morning.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on April 28, 2011


WOOLY this morning, more so than yesterday, beach is missing, a farily stiff SW breeze @20-25KPH, temp already 13C expect higher temps and moisture as the day moves along. The weekend looking promising with clear and warm being the order of the day.

The overnight devastation in Alabama impossible to fathom from this distance. Tornados keep on coming, news saying 85 fatalities this last time around.

Lobster news pretty static, a few more crawling, but price not keeping up with expenses, fuel and bait keep going up.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on April 27, 2011


On the positive side, no wind, however wooly to the extent barely see the shoreline. Temp 7C, again expected to go up into double digits, showers still possible, Maritime weather for sure.

Emily has her driving test moved up till a week Friday, a good thing, seems a need for a chauffeur is ongoing at any moment. She can help relieve some of the boredom of her great grandfather, and take him out in his vehicle, both would enjoy the opportunity.

Grass starting to get green, some places probably should be mowed to get some of the old stuff picked up and keep it under control.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 26, 2011


Forecast on the money this morning, a farmers rain underway, calm, temp 6C looking to rise into double digits. This is the weather pattern for the remainder of the week, might clear by the weekend if forecast is correct.

Long weekend now over, back to regular 'routine', one more long weekend before the kids have the summer to do whatever.

Fishery news very quiet, a few traps on the go, and most boats now fishing on a regular basis. No word on catch or price this past week or so. Herring for bait now entering into the conversation, quota and price the main concern.

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MONDAY, APRIL 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on April 25, 2011


Overcast, calm, cool temp at the freezing mark, slowly expected to rise into double digits. More rain for the remainder of the week.

Harbour very quiet, a few brant headed to the brook for some fresh water, no other waterfowel in evidence.

Temps yesterday into high teens for the afternoon, a welcome change. Don't appear that is to be the norm for a little while yet. It has been enough to spur on the need to get some work done in the yard, or at least this has been strongly suggested.

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EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on April 24, 2011


Remnants of overnight wind remains from SW @ 15-20KPH,temp a much better 6C, weather deciding if dampness or better weather to prevail. The rain for tomorrow has been pushed back till Tuesday.

Charlotte to make her way home this afternoon, Donna has a cold so will have to wait a day or so till they meet. Will be quite busy for her for the next few days, meeting her family.

See the folks in Winnipeg will have the Red& Assiniboine Rivers cresting today, will be weeks before things get back to normal.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on April 23, 2011


A grand looking morning, total calm, a cool -3C, but will soon warm up. Expect some moisture by this afternoon and for the remainder of the weekend. Harbour resembles a mill pond has been quite sometime since would could make that statement.

Charlotte Wendy, finally made an appearance yesterday just before noon. All hands doing well, expect she will be coming home if not today certainly by tomorrow.

Did manage to get some wood down yesterday, both morning and afternoon. The 'old' body started complaining late in the afternoon and hasn't forgiven me as yet.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:27 AM GMT on April 22, 2011


A grand looking morning, lots of sun, 10-15KPH draft from NW, looking for double digit temps as the day moves along A mixed bag for the weekend, but temps are improving.

No addition as yet, Lindsay went on afternoon boat, Air Ambulance got here to pick her up, encountered freezing rain during descent to the airport. She made the trip to St. John with apprehension, but no problems.

Kids off till next weekend, Emily has some babysitting commitments. Rob has social commitments, however believe he will be doing some yardwork for his grandmother, when he makes an appearance. I am attempting to get more wood home, and stowed, wet conditions making it difficult.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on April 21, 2011


Another change in the weather this morning, overcast,just a draft from southwest, temp 2C, looking for some clearing ands rise near double digits as the day moves along.

The few guys clamming at it again this morning, haven't heard what quantity they have been getting. The tides allow them lots more ground to choose from.

A few more traps making their way to the water, hard weather to get any hauled. No other fishery in commence at the moment.

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WEDNESDAY, APRIL 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on April 20, 2011


Spring has retreated, at least for this morning, NE @ 20KPH makes the 3C temp feel like -2C. No great increase in temp, and rain the outlook for the remainder of the day. Next couple of days looking much better.

A few clammers taking advantage of the larger area to harvest this morning, full tides very evident. Lobster traps going in the water, not expecting too much in them till tide lets up.

Ladies had a good time looking around St. John yesterday, no great purchases just a chance to have a change, and conversation I am sure.

Folks on the prairie still waiting for the crest in most places, tornados dominate weather news from mid-west U.S.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on April 19, 2011


No wind this morning, the early morning fog has departed with a draft from the west pushing it away. Temp 5C, a hint of showers, but expected to clear for the next day or so with better temps, then rain till and breezy till Good Friday.

A couple of guys clamming this morning, they have a wide expanse of bottom to work on, the full tides in commence.

Donna & Patsy off for a day of wandering in St.John,guise to prepare for the Easter Weekend. They don't require much of an excuse to get away, now tht the weather has straightned out, and is getting warmer.

Emily returned, get the feeling somewhat reluctantly, on the 3PM here. Had a grand time, and looking forward to reciprocate the hospitality in the next couple of weeks.

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MONDAY, APRIL 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 18, 2011


Overnight, had a nice moon, this morning once again a stiff breeze from SW, overcast, threatning showers. Breeze 20-25KPH to remain into the evening, a slight change tomorrow, however wind and rain the norm till end of the week.

Boat resumed her trips in the afternoon, felt prudent to leave Emily in Quispam till today. She was game, however wave height over 20', no lee from there to here, a rough unessecary trip. Indications are that the decision was not a hardship, just another lost day of school the main loss, that only in our mind certainly not hers.

Generosity of the community evident at an island wide 'singsperation', proceeds for local food bank and other charities. Rob participated, combined with the local branch of Scotia Bank over $12K raised, and a good time by all who attended.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on April 17, 2011


Near gale force easterlies underway, overcast, temp just over the freezing mark. Showers, wind gradually letting up ever so slight with a swing to SW as the day moves along. Similar weather pattern for the next few days, tis April.

Emily in Quispam, boat running on schedule, at the moment, could be a bit of change later on depending on if the wind does let up or not. Tide coming makes it more difficult to handle the boat at the dock, will check later on.

Needless to day, birds not on patrol infront of the house this morning, a couple of crows looking about nothing else.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 16/04

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:20 AM GMT on April 16, 2011


Cool northerly breeze, bringing the -4C temp down even more, not expected to rise much past the freezing mark, but remaining clear for next few days.

Trip to St.John uneventful, other than we assisted in the economic recovery in the mercantile sector at least. Boat near capacity both coming and going, lots of of opportunity to what is going on in the community,and about.

Emily all smiles looking forward to her weekend on the mainland, haven't been advised what the itinerary is, understandable she has other interests other than her grandmother at the moment.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:10 AM GMT on April 15, 2011


Daylight just entering the swamp, clear, a cool -1C, not expected to rise much today. A slight northerly draft, to remain for the day. Weekend looking not too bad weather wise.

Traffic going by early this morning, must be guys getting started early going to traps. Still no great level of enthusiasm for the fishery as yet.

Emily to Quispam for the weekend, a stop in the city for she and her grandmother to catch up on some shopping needs, return on boat this evening. I am the chauffeur in the excursions, but will have a chance to wander through Canadian Tire. I am sure I must need something they have.

Rink closure has freed up a lot of time for this household, and many other for sure. Unknown what the baseball turnout will be for Rob's age group, has been on the wane this past couple of seasons.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 14, 2011


Temp is a nice 7C, fog so thick can't see the water, a slight draft SW, expected to move around to a westerly influence and blow the fog away. Looking for temps to rise into double digits, cool tomorrow, but fair for the weekend, April weather.

Folks on the prairie getting hit hard as the snow melts, combined with ground saturation, another once in a century type scenario. These types of weather events all too common.

A few traps making their way offshore, nobody too fierce, price still in the $4-$4.50 range. Water temp suprisingly cold aquaculture type telling me 3.4C last week, a little cool to be putting smolt in the water, but soon will have to start.

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WEDNSEDAY, APRIL 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 13, 2011


A change in the weather from yesterday, a steady northerly breeze 20KPH, makes the 5C temp seem much cooler. A brillaint herring bone red sky now giving way to overcast, and a rainfall warning has been issued for today.

A fair amount of wind yesterday, however lots of locals travelling didn't notice the weather, both ways a short trip. A nice drive to St. Andrews, not much going on in the tourist areas as yet. Meeting at the Algonquin Hotel, only staff members in evidence during our time there.

Brant and fisherman evident in the harbour this morning. Tide is up, boats an opportunity to load traps and bait from their 'shore' rather than have to lug them by truck to the wharf.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 12/04

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on April 12, 2011



Fog, a breeze 20-25KPH from SW, temp 7C, expected to rise into double digits and clear by this afternoon. Similar weather for next few days, with breeze staying consistent.

The driving gods conspired against Emily once again, unable to take her test due to the weather. The examiner grounded due to fog, he was to fly in from the mainland, not a chance yesterdy.Her next appointment not till mid-May, have to look at possibly a mainland date. She is discouraged, but a shrug of the shoulders after awhile, put it to bed.

A quick meeting this morning in St. Andrews, hope to be on the 1:30PM trip, and home by mid-afternoon. Spring and the meeting season are in commence.



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MONDAY, APRIL 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on April 11, 2011


The forecasted southerly wind, 25-35KPH, along with rain here in spades. Temp a modest 6C, still expected to rise into double digits. Tide up quite well can see the swells running up on the Ross Island shore in grand style.

Emily taking her Driving Test again this morning, not much conversation with her, that is not unusual as it takes her a bit to get going on any morning.

Nursing Home still in lockdown this weekend, mom on the mend. At one time 19 of the 30 residents down with the 'mess', a couple remain in the hospital. Did manage to get in for a few minutes to see her and her roomate, both in good spirits, glad to be on the upside of things health wise.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on April 10, 2011


A nice start to the day, sunny, calm, temp near the freezing mark to go into double digits by this afternoon. Moisture in the offing for first couple of days of the new week.

Brant on patrol infront of the house this morning, first time they have paid a sustained visit this spring. Having said that something just put them up, en mass.

Did manage to get some wood from another location down and in the yard yesterday. Have to handle it a bit more, and the extra hours on the body are evident this morning. Sitting at a desk does not prepare one for a littls sustained physical activity, managed to get something of sunburn, very tender I guess.

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SATURDAY, APRIL 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on April 09, 2011



A nice looking morning, temp creeping up to the plus side of things, calm, a slight draft southerly bringing overcast conditions as the day unfolds. Double digit temps the norm tomorrow into next week, the change is underway - lets hope.

A bit of yardwork to get out of the way this morning, then get some wood home from another source. Still too wet to get stuff from my usual location. A week of sunshine will dry that out enough to get into that area, hopefully next weekend.

Grand Forks, N.D. getting the flooding at the moment, two weeks will be in Winnipeg area. PLAPMAN will have an inland see near him for a few weeks.

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FRIDAY, APRIL 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on April 08, 2011


A good looking morning out over the harbour, sun bright, calm, still cool -6C, expected to rise near double digits. Weekend looking good with sunny periods and nice temps.

Nursing Home still closed to visitors, mom has made a trip through the hospital last week. NOw on the mend, lots of the folks getting the 'mess', flu and cold like symptons, certainly knocks one down once afflicted.

Parent Teacher today, kids enjoying another long weekend. Donna will make contact with the school, Emily surprising herself with good marks, Rob advising he said he will pass and has done so. He also has some of the marks that are more than respectable, surprised himself.

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THURSDAY, APRIL 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on April 07, 2011


A grand looking morning, enough breeze from the north to move the flag, temp a cool -2C, expected to rise near double digits. A mixed bag for the next few days, moisture and warmer temps combined with sunshine, April mix.

Meeting in St. Stephen went well, Donna had a chance to look things over 'across the river', a visit with brother. Trip home on first boat yesterday from Blacks went well, not many travelling, quite a bit of wind, but no movement on the boat during the trip.

Fishing news still quiet, a few boats checking gear and getting a few traps off. Prices continue to climb to do the job, price of the product not keeping up to the increase in expense.

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TUESDAY, APRIL 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on April 05, 2011


Gotta be the Maritimes, snow last evening, then rain, now fog so thick can`t see the water. Temp 5C to rise near double digits, a slight breeze from SSE, gale force that forecast not evident at the moment. Clearing and mild by weeks end.

Meeting this evening in St. Stephen, Donna going along for a Cross Border foray, a chance to visit with brother, back in the morning. Donna got $100USD for $99.60 CAD, a dramatic change from a short time ago.

Hockey now over till fall, a bit of withdrawal going on with this crowd, also many in the community lamenting that it is ``over already``. Folks busy making plans for November a new culture for the community now in commence.

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MONDAY, APRIL 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on April 04, 2011


Calm before the storm, brilliant red sky this morning over Ross Island, temp -2C, not enough air moving to get the flag out from the pole.This will change by late this afternoon southerly gale force and rain in the forecast for tomorrow. At least will bring better temps.

Lobster news not much to talk about, price still remains poor, and what few traps are fishing catch low, not uncommon for this time of year.

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SUNDAY, APRIL 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:12 AM GMT on April 03, 2011


Weather has changed to clear, a westerly breeze, temp on the plus side to rise a bit as the day moves along. Similar weather pattern for the next few days.

Mess from Friday seems to have gone, had a few inches of heavy wet snow for most of the day, combined with the sustained rain made for lots of moisture.

Both kids below decks for a change, Emily home shortly after supper, movie and her faithful txting machine kept her content for the evening. Rob returned to home at 9PM, a little computer time then XBox kept him out of sight for the remainder of the night.

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APRIL 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on April 02, 2011


Enough already with the snow, snow covered ground this morning, but now letting up, and can see Ross Island. Wind shifting to the west, temp -1C, looking better going forward next week, seasonal temps in the offing.

Rob bonding with his band of brothers, Emily babysitting for the day. A typical Saturday with the exception that hockey withdrawal now underway, the team play for this group concluded on Wednesday.

The ice being used to finish some playoff games, and a public skate tomorrow, and a couple of pick up efforts then the machine turned off till fall.

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APRIL 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on April 01, 2011


March went out as a lamb, however April threatning to start like a lion. Wind already ENE @35-45KPH, overcast, with a snowfall warning flashing on the weather site, probably be rain event in this part of the world.

Fishing news remains static at the moment, the increase in fuel prices has dampned any enthusiasm for getting gear in the water anytime soon.

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