GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, JUNE 30/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on June 30, 2011


Another wooly morning, total calm, 14C, no indication it will clear, with a threat of showers in the mix. This is the forecast for the holiday weekend, not good for the events planned for CANADA DAY.

Emily to return to the little rock on Saturday, has a couple of evening shifts at the Conveinance Store, then starts at Boys & Girls Club on Monday. Rob has a bit of cash now after finishing up lobster fishing, seems more interested in making it grouw now that he has a good start on a `nest egg` will see how long that lasts.

BLACK BOAT on the run today, increases the traffic potential and convienance with a trip coming and going every two hours till supper time. Summer routine now underway.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 29/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 29, 2011


Fog thick enough to move around with your hand, just see the shoreline, calm, temp 12C expected to rise into higher teens, showers. Similar forecast for next day or so.

Rob finished with his lobster gig, enjoyed himself, a good payday, plus a bonous of SIX lobsters. They will become a chowder for supper and lobster roll for tomorrow. The lobster great shape, lots of meat, price over $5/lb, a better outlook for fall fishing.
Emily still at her home away from home, schedule to return on Saturday.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE further delayed, sea trials on Sunday revealed more problems in the engine room. No speculation on when she would be getting to the Bay of Fundy. Those in charge getting gun shy in releasing dates of her arrival, will have to wait till she shows up it appears. Better problems be identified in the shipyard than one the run here later on. BLACK BOAT begins on Thursday, lots of travel spots through the day, a ferry every two hours.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 28/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on June 28, 2011


A grand morning underway, had coffee on the verandah, first time this summer. Temp a balmy 17C, clear, total calm. Weatherman giving some indication that the moisture may be intermittant rather than the order of the day for the next little whille.

Yesterday after a 'wooly' start cleared during the late morning, as result a warm day with the fog laying off shore, even managed to get a bit of the lawn under control.

Emily remaining on the mainlnad for a few more days, still great desire to return to the Bermuda of the Maritimes as far as I can see. Rob another day on the water, last 130 traps to get home. He is having a great time, sleeps coming and going to the traps, something I can't do even if I wanted to. Always something to gawk at during the sail from the ledges to the wharf, woulnd't want to miss anything.

A little wier herring showing up, haven't heard of any great lots, but it is a start, albiet a few weeks later than usual.

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MONDAY, JUNE 27/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 27, 2011


The sun promised by the weatherman well hidden behind a shroud of thick fog, barely can see the water. Calm, temp 14C, showers for today, sun for tomorrow then back to fog and rain for the remainder of the week.

Emily has extended here stay for another few days, more family coming and going, having a grand time. Rob on the water at 0530 this morning, 270 traps to lcoate and get ashore. He will have a little more work than the previous couple of days, but he should be good for it.

Latest word, nothing from the officials, the ADVENTURE to leave Panama City for this part of the world on Wednesday. Any comments from those folks that have seen her this last little while cannot say enough good about what she will provide for comfort and asthetics when travelling on her.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 26/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on June 26, 2011


Total calm, overcast with a threat of showers,temp 12C, temp to rise ever so slight as the day moves along. Similar for tomorrow with a chance of sun for Tuesday then back into overcast conditions.

Rob didn't make it off shore they decided to wait till Monday give them a chance to soak and bring them home by Wednesday, the last day for selling the critters.Has been a few traps going by the house, small lots, but tomorrow will start in a big way getting them on the bank.

No word on the arrival date of the ADVENTURE, not a great deal of concern now that the GRAND MANAN V on the run, and the BLACK BOAT supposed to be getting ready to join her.

Lawn certainly enjoying the weather, getting to be hayfield like on the lawn. Possibly get a shot at it tomorrow.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 25/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:38 AM GMT on June 25, 2011


Weatherman has abandoned us once again, a cool, rainy morning underway, 25-30KPH northerly temp at 10C. No let up till Tuesday, with only a hint of sun then returning to similar weather as now. The warm summer we were promised slowly getting away from us.

Rob going off shore this morning, will be a bit of a challenge for him, weatherwise. He not much of sailor on the ferry, but says the smaller boat not a problem, this is not uncommon, but will wait till this evening to see if it worked for him.

Emily still enjoying her second home, the formalities now complete, a couple of family commitments over the weekend will round out the trip, this time around. She will begin working at the Club on 4th Jul, as a consequence will have her summer well planned for at least the necxt eight weeks.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 24/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 24, 2011


A different weather pattern evident this morning, a stiff breeze from NE, overcast, temp 12C. Forecast for rain later on in the day till tomorrow evening, possible let up by Sunday.

Managed to get on the boat on Standby yesterday morning. Final one aboard with nothing to spare, needed to have a couple of vehicles moves ever so slight to accomodate us. Did the Dr. thing, then a little tour in the afternoon, no problem getting on the evening trip home.

Emily having a grand time in Quispam, today last of the formalities with Graduation this afternoon. Believe some social activities in the offing for the weekend. Rob hasn't wandered far from the fort with no where speacil to visit. The anticiapted yardwork completion NOT, just a bit of whippersnipping, thought he would do it today -before it rained.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 23/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:09 AM GMT on June 23, 2011


Another grand morning, absolute calm, temp 10C, Ross Island reflecting well into the harbour. Looking for clouds later on this afternoon, still good temps, moisture for the weekend, a good run so far.

Emily in Quispam, amazing how she got out of view almost the minute we arrived, no txts all day or evening, will this morning before any analysis of the event shows up I am sure. Rob attended the local Graduation Ceremonies, his `friend` among that group. The Class off to SIX FLAGS for their final activity as a group, possibly will get some yardwork out of him this next few days.

Ferry traffic at capacity on the trips we were on, didn`t take long to ramp up. Am on standby this morning for a trip to appointments in St. John. The appointments have been changed twice already due to the recent ferry problems, hopefully can squeeze the vehicle on after the reservation crowd has boarded.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 22/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:20 AM GMT on June 22, 2011


The summer solstice now past, a grand day once again, total calm, temp a bit cool @8C - just right for leaving the windows open and having a nice sleep. The sun expected to bring temp up into low 20's once again.

Emily ready to sail this morning, a busy day with the prom tonight, has sufficent gear to stay for a couple of weeks. Rob has had a grand time on the water, the father and son team his is with good friends and bringing him along, he is looking forward to going again by the weekend it seems.

The GRAND MANAN V back on the run, made her first trip yesterday as planned. No definative word on the arrival of the ADVENTURE, or when the BLACK BOAT will be back in service to make more travelling space available.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 21/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 21, 2011


Another grand weather morning underway, calm, temp 11C,lots of sun. Similar conditions forecast till weekend, then a 'chance' of rain for a number of days thereafter.

Emily returned on afternoon run from Blacks, preparing to travel for a crowded few days to Quispam tomorrow, till at least the weekend. Rob had a good day on the water, left again this morning at 0530. Did not see much of him last evening the guys put in a fourteen hour day, common for spring fishing.

GRAND MANAN V supposed to be on the run this morning, she was held up for a number of hours on the sail home. Weather had her down to less than 3knots for several hours, set her arrival time back at least eight hours.

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MONDAY, JUNE 20/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on June 20, 2011


A different weather day, lots of sun, temp 12c expect to rise into low 20's.The moisture promised for later on in the week seems to have been taken off the table with plesant weather till at least the weekend.

Emily still on the mainland, returning to the fold this afternoon. Rob off for the day 'dipping buoys', and learning more about the lobster industry. He was up and going at 0500 without any prompting, a good sign he is into the experience.

Expect will get more definative word on the various ferry scenarios today. We have a couple of trips this week, deliver Emily and Donna's dad has two appointments on Thursday.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 19/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on June 19, 2011


No sun, fog, just barely make out the Ross Island shore, calm, temp 11C. Not expected to clear today, sun for tomorrow then rain for a few days, lots of moisture is the order of the day.

Emily in St. George, lobbying to stay for another day, Rob below decks. He has an opportunity to go lobster fishing for a couple of days, he is looking forward to the experience only having set traps last fall for the first time.

A collective sigh of relief with the anouncement that the GRAND MANAN V is indeed headed this way. No great concern about the ADVENTURE being delayed for a couple of weeks, if there is a problem the shipyard is the place to have it repaired. No word if the BLACK BOAT will remain on the run to supplement the V when she starts on Tuesday.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 18/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:48 AM GMT on June 18, 2011


Overcast,fog entering the harbour, calm, rained overnight, temp a mild 14C. Looking for thunderstorms a little later on, once this moves on weatherman looking for more season like conditions.

Ferry news good and bad, late yesterday announcement that GRAND MANAN V leaving shipyard for here at 0400 this morning. After arrival will require some inspection, provisions, etc. will be on the run Tuesday morning. A request to have the BLACK BOAT remain in service to assist in handling the pent up traffic has been placed on the table for a decision by DOT.

The arrival of the GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE delayed for TWO WEEKS, no great amount of information, just that deficiencies discovered during sea trials. This not unexpected, something as complicated as a vessel of this type lots of potential for malfunction. The place to discover any problems is now, the arrival just put off for a few days.

Emily overnighting with friend and distant cousing in St. George to help celebrate Sarah's graduation. Rob did his penance yesterday, lawn mowed, whipper snipped,any task Donna suggested completed with no complaint. He out overnight, then attending a family BBQ with his love interest.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 17/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on June 17, 2011


Nice looking morning, albiet cloudy, temp in low double digits, harbour absolute calm, low low tide, almost walk across the harbour to Ross Island. T storms possible today, still moisture for the weekend.

Great looking moon last evening and a great deal of fire flies made for quite a spectacle most of the night, especially looking across the water.

Ferry news remains the same, don't no nothing, seems as if the people of Grand Manan can't handle the facts of what is the return date. As a consequence any number of scenarios, all doom, are circulating, with no way to dispute any of them.

Emily had a full shift at the convienance store yesterday, Rob off with his group on ATV, he on the back of one - way too late into the night.

Kids done school till September, time does go by. When they return Emily will be int he Graduation Class, Rob an Under Grad, or at least that is what he assures me.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 16/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on June 16, 2011


A momentary change in the weather, sun is out, calm, temp already in double digits, 11C. Temp to rise in low 20's and sun for the day at least. Still giving rain for the weekend.

Last exam this morning, then let the summer routine begin. Emily had her interview yesterday, will no the results by next week. Rob still thinking about what he might be able to do for cash, "something will come along".

No word on the the status of the GRAND MANAN V, hard to fathom why so closed mouth about the status. It is what it is let the people know what is going on, no word leads to much unfounded speculation of what is going on.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 15/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 15, 2011


Weather remains consistant, poor, wind northerly 20-25KPH, rain, temp 9C. Some indication weather to improve with clearing and higher temps by this afternoon, and sun for a couple of days before returning to wet for the weekend.

Return of the GRAND MANAN V has encountered a 'glitch', she was supposed to be out of drydock today, sea trials then head for the Bay of Fundy. Late yesterday learned the time table on hold for how long no word only that not expected to be for lengthy period, all depends on a definition of 'lengthy' I suppose.

Rob has an exam this morning, Emily standing down till final tomorrow. She has a job interview at Boys&Girls Club this afternoon for summer employment.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 14/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on June 14, 2011


Weatherman staying consistant, NE 25-30KPH, a cool 9C, heavy overcast, rain not too far distant. No change in the pattern till Thursday, then only for a day then back to the dampness for the weekend.

No exam for Rob this morning, Emily one this morning, none tomorrow then Thursday the final shot for the pair of them.

Weather poor yesterday, wind and rain, still most of the fleet lobster fishing. Not pleasant from start to finish, more like winter conditions than spring. Herring news quiet, seiner getting what they want, however no local weirs have reported much if anything so far this spring.

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MONDAY, JUNE 13/11

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


The weather guy appears angry this morning, rain, NE 30-35KPH, with no sun for the next few days. Temps might make it to the mid teens, more like early fall conditions.

Exams the order of the morning, both write early then off duty for the remainder of the day. Emily has three to write, Rob has the same. The summer routine about to begin.

Lobster catch a bit better, with a couple of weeks remaining. Price flirting with $5/lb, one of those benchmarks that the guys would like to get on the other side of, looking forward to winter prices.

Ferry situation remains the same, for at least the remainder of the week, will grand to learn the GRAND MANAN V is in the water and at least headed this way.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 13/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on June 12, 2011


Overcast,calm, temp 9C, rain in the forecast for later on today and the next few days. The way things look across the harbour there is little doubt he has it correct.

Tide up quite a bit, a few geese on patrol, further out can see other waterfowel having a look about.Harbour is oily calm, not reflecting Ross Island to any great degree.

Both kids home overnight, exams start tomorrow so am certain will be emphasis on getting prepared later on today.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 11/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on June 11, 2011


A morning to enjoy,near high tide, a slight draft from NE, a mild temp 9C, bright sun. WEather to remain the order of the day, then showers till midweek starting tomorrow.

Kids have completed another school year, with the exception of exams to completed by end of next week. Lots of smiles and confidence that all is well in the world. Rob out overnight, Emily had a few hours at the store last evening working with one of her best friends makes quite a bit fo fun.

The ferry situation getting set, all hands are assuring us that the GRAND MANAN V will be headed our way by mid week, the ADVENTURE on schedule to leave Florida next Friday. The ADVENTURE goes to work on the 3:30PM departure from North Head on 30 JUN, bring it on.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on June 10, 2011


Rain overnight, wind shift to the north moving the clouds, a warm 15C to rise into low 20's and clear for the next few days.

This type of weather certainly brings on the lawn mowing requirements. The trees just about all out now, however our ash trees always late, but stay late a bit of a tradeoff.

Kids preparing for writing of exams the next week, again both assure us that nothing to worry about moving on to the next level - NO PROBLEM.

The GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE three weeks from going into service, no festivities have been announced to mark the occasion. Any info has been over the phone and very little of that, we will be glad to see her celebration or not.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 10/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on June 10, 2011


Rain overnight, wind shift to the north moving the clouds, a warm 15C to rise into low 20's and clear for the next few days.

This type of weather certainly brings on the lawn mowing requirements. The trees just about all out now, however our ash trees always late, but stay late a bit of a tradeoff.

Kids preparing for writing of exams the next week, again both assure us that nothing to worry about moving on to the next level - NO PROBLEM.

The GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE three weeks from going into service, no festivities have been announced to mark the occasion. Any info has been over the phone and very little of that, we will be glad to see her celebration or not.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 9/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on June 09, 2011


Attempting to clear, had showers overnight, hazy, a slight draft from SW, 12C temp. To warm up as the day goes alng into 20's with a risk of thunder later on today. Not as bad as a few hours down the seaboard, hockey game in Boston last night in Boston temp a balmy 101F.

Ferry news not good, repairs will be mid of next week, with a target of 18 JUN getting back to the Bay of Fundy. Damage on the starboard side involves plates and frame, word is as many trades as possible on the job and two 10 hours shifts to expedite getting her back in service.

Heat wave in Upper Canada, and most of the eastern half of the U.S. relief very gradual. Weather people suggesting folks get used to it, this type of pattern to become the norm rather than the exception.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 8/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on June 08, 2011


A great looking morning, calm, 13C, sun with a bit of haze. To remain clear, but the slight easterly suggesting the moisture forecast overnight might just be in the offing.

Emily never made it onto the road again, the paralell parking caught her again. She has done it previously, no problem when we practised, next month another go.

Ferry news not any better, no word yesterday on what further damage or if any repairs required before she can return. The situation past inconvienance now beginning to have a negative impact on businesses. The tourist season beginning to ramp up, but any interested folks have to be dedicated to get here for a visit.Hope for some positive news today.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 7/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:36 AM GMT on June 07, 2011


Overcast, appears we had a shower overnight, still a draft from north, barely moving the flag. Temp to increase high teens and clear as the moves along, similar weather for remainder of the week, with a little fog thrown in during the cooler hours.

Emily's driving woes continue, yesterday right hour, wrong day. The test is this morning, she was relieved for the moment as the test was put off for another few hours. Appears to be confident things will go her way.

The ferry repairs taking another twist, when she was placed in drydock evidence of damage on the other side(starboard) found. The inspection and decision of what if any repairs will be conducted today, not a good sign she will be returning to service by the weekend. The longer restricted service is the norm the problems compound, hauling garbage to the mainland now a concern.The garbage trailers a challenge to get on the smaller vessel, one in Blacks the other loaded here ready for transport, garbage beginning to pile up at the Transfer Station.

Donna and Patsy return from their foray later on today, just when will depend on car traffic.

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MONDAY, JUNE 6/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on June 06, 2011


Overcast, soon to be showers, 9C temp with just enough northerly to move the flag ever so slight. Showers till night clearing, moving forward weather looking pretty fair.

Donna reported in, couldn't say enough on the positive side about the concert. Non-stop all genre's of music, great all round talent. Well worth the time and effort, now they will cruise for today and into tomorrow before running the gauntlet to return.

Emily nervously prowling about the house getting prepared for her Driving Test first thing this morning. Put her through her paces yesterday, not a problem, hopefully rings true this morning.

A couple of boats working in the harbour, they soon will be done till November, times sure goes by quickly.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 5/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on June 05, 2011


Overcast, a breeze from north makes the 8C temp seem much cooler. Overcast the order of the day, temp to rise into mid teens.

Donna & Patsy off on their excursion, nice weather to travel on the boat, and have a look around before the concert this evening.

Seiner landed some bait yesterday, first of the season for the local boat.

Emily goes for her drivers test, again, first thing in the morning, see a note to insure she has a drive, parking, opportunities sometime during the day.

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SATRUDAY, JUNE 4/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:30 AM GMT on June 04, 2011


Overcast, a cool 6C pushed around by a slight draft from the north. Forecast suggesting that sun the order of the weekend, remains to be seen.

RELAY went well, Emily didn't make the whole night, returned to the fort after midnight. Rob reported in having spent the night on sight, playing, hanging out, and enjoying the fire. He has gone to a friends to crash and will check in later.

The little BLACK BOAT has been making her six trips, and for the most part has been on schedule. The oldtimer, nearly FIFTY YEARS, and her crew doing well to sustain this type of activity.

Donna and Patsy supposed to hit the road in the morning, no report if the ticket has been secured or not. Danile ODONNEL beckons tomorrow evening, and just a chance to chill for a couple of days with no itinerary suits them fine.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 3/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on June 03, 2011


Morning looking good at the moment, clear, wind from NW 10-15KPH. Weather to change over the next few hours to showers, just in time for the RELAY FOR LIFE overnight. Weekend weather running the gamit once again, showers, clear and overcast.

Ferry running 24 hours this past couple of days, needless to say not much traffic on the last one of the day. Not a convienant time of day for travelling either commercial or private. The Province has been unable to locate any vessel to help out on a better schedule. Last word is the GRAND MANAN V to be in the water and headed home by the 8th, puttng her in service on the 11th.

Fishery news scarce, seiners once again at work, lobster season winding down with last day of this season 29th.

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THURSDAY,JUNE 2/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on June 02, 2011


Wooly this morning, sun attempting to get the upper hand, temp a mild 12C, and calm. Looking for a bit of sun later on, a mixed bag for the next few days, sun, overcast and showers all in the mix. The weatherman can't go wrong with that type of forecast.

Tornado activity getting further north all the time, damage and fatalities yesterday in Mass. a few hours down the road from here. Weather patterns certainly changing.

Ferry service remains with the BLACK BOAT taking the load, running twenty-four hours three days of the week. One has to wonder how long the old girl can maintain the pace. The GRAND MANAN V scheduled to be hauled out yesterday with her leaving for home by the 8th to have back in service sometime on the 11th.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 1/11

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on June 01, 2011


A change in the weather this morning, high overcast, debating if clouds or sun going to be the order of the day. Hinting that sun might be the victor, temp 9C a draft southerly at the moment, weatherman suggesting possible showers overnight, but good weather as we go along.

No solution for the ferry situation, commercial traffic having problems maintaining any semblance of traffic flow. Locals not travelling unless required, will be some pent up cabin fever once the trips resume. Word is the GRAND MANAN V has been hauled out, and preparations for the repairs well underway, she is still reported to be back in service on the 11th.

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