GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 30/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on September 30, 2012


Calm at the moment, thick fog, rain and easterly not too far away, a shift to southerly will bring wet weather till at least tomorrow. Temp 14C expected to rise a bit as the day moves along.

Lots of rain yesterday, a little over two inches for the day, plenty for our part of the world. Don't believe any problems, however the brooks running as if spring run off in commence.

Rob returned as scheduled but cut it pretty close to get on the boat, just as they got aboard they took in the lines, makes for good conversation.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 29/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:34 AM GMT on September 29, 2012

Weatherman got it right, lots of rain, wind NE 25-30KPH, rain to remain heavy for a bit, a slight respit then back for more. Rain till at least first of the week, wind to remain easterly influence, in the current range.

Rob on next boat to St.George, his group from church to play at an event this afternoon, then returning this evening. A quick trip, perform then head back to catch the 5:30PM for home.

Emily remained in Fredericton this weekend, her Residence have a 'social' to raise money for Breast Cancer, thier charity, and this evening the 'sister house' are hosting. The cause is great, the social a good chance to get the word out, I suppose.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 28/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on September 28, 2012


Bright sun, however appears we have the first frost of the fall, darn cool -2C, calm. The temp to rise into mid teens then a southerly influence bringing a weekend of rain and showers.

Tide up too far this morning, no rockweeder the cool weather wouldn't bother him, very labour intensive getting a boat load.

More bait trucks on the move, have no idea where they are getting the fish. Seems to be many trucks on the move on the late trip, both bait and tractor trailer units.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 27, 2012


Partial overcast, red sun getting up over Ross Island, the southerly breeze increasing as the sun comes up, temp a mild 14C, rain for next couple of days, and a first frost warning of the season has been issued.

The rockweed harvest coming to a close, one of the last spots of the harvest infront of the house. A solitary boat getting a load as daylight entered the swamp. A hard way to make a dollar, however some of the harvesters make a good buck in the short season.

The trip to Stanley well worth the effort, the Nursing Home there nearing completion, within the next very few months. A grand addition to the community, the welfare of the residents obviously well thought out, rooms spacious, bright, as private as one would want, staff accomodation all first rate. Travel on the boat still very busy.


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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on September 26, 2012

Dark in the swamp this morning, calm, can't tell if overcast, weatherman suggesting showers or rain by this evening. Currently a mild 15C, not expected to get much warmer.

Late trip on the ferry had twenty-five vehicles getting off in Blacks a couple of lines coming home. Great to see the trip being used, a number of bait trucks on the move, no idea where the herring are coming from.

A trip to Stanley to view the Nursing Home on the agenda for today, will have a good idea of what our facility will look like in a few months. Our home a copy, they are a few months ahead on actual construction,

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 25/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 25, 2012

Weather in Memramcook remains consistant, cool, clear and calm. A nice fall morning.

Head home sometime this afternoon, what boat will be able to make remains to be seen, approx. 3 hours from here to Blacks. Tomorrow trip to Stanley, another part of the Province have not visited.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 24/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on September 24, 2012

Memramcook, clear, calm, and a cool 5C expected to warm a bit as the day moves along, weather conditions to remain similar for the next few days.

Travelling public seems high, even on a Sunday afternoon on the ferry. Still a number of 'strangers from away' evident in the crowd.

The leaf peeping season a bit more advanced up this way than we are on the island. The prime effect appears to be a no more than a couple of weeks away.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 23/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on September 23, 2012

A damp, foggy,Sunday in commence, temp 13C, a slight southerly for the day, weatherman suggesting clearing, not evident at the moment. Fall like for the week, temps mid teens, supposed to be clear skies.

A weather switch on the prairie quite dramatic, temps -5 this morning, and a bit of snowfall a day or so ago.

Emily in Quispam till this afternoon, whathisname goes on shift early afternoon. She has made arrangements with her posse to do some shopping when she returns to UNB this afternoon. Rob had a grand time mainland driving, all in the backwoods with one other from his class.

Off to Moncton later on for a couple of days attending Meetings ending sometime Tuesday afternoon.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 22/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:32 AM GMT on September 22, 2012

A warm 17C, total calm, rain for the weekend, visibility down to mid-harbour, combination of sometimes heavy rain and fog.

Emily in Quispam, not a great deal information from that location either. Rob on the boat he and a buddy doing driving on the mainland, if he gets his time in will be eligble to start attempting to get his license Christmas month.

Minor Hockey registration starting this weekend, folks from the mainland offering a grand weekend of league games first weekend in November. Triple A, St.John Sea Dogs and two teams from Fredericton agreed to play here on the island, providing the logistics can be made to work. Age of the players mid teens, hitting allowed, would be the first time our boards given a jolt. Also still folks wanting to see where the MARS commercial was filmed, three this week alone.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 21/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 21, 2012

Overcast, breeze continues from NE, 12C temp to rise into high teens, rain and possible Tstorms as the day and weekend unfolds.

Scottie always said you could tell when fall had arrived when you could hear the rocks rolling down the beach at Long Eddy. The wind shifts from SW to NE on the 15 SEP, to cause this to happen. Last fall not the case, seems to right on this time around.

Emily driving to Quispam this afternoon for a visit, how long don't know. Rob beginning his Driving on the mainland tomorrow, he will be eligible for a test by December for his license.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 20/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on September 20, 2012


Looking over the harbour no problem seeing fall if not arrived is not far up the road. Sky a few clouds, a breeze from NE, temp a cool 8C. To remain clear temps to hit high teens then drop back with rain and showers for tomorrow and the weekend.

Time to store some of the summer furniture have to retrieve it from the lawn each day. Always fun finding room to put things, and still get around in the shed.

Remains quiet on the fishing scene, guys busy getting gear ready to go to work, no word on bait arrival as yet.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 19, 2012

A muggy, overcast, day in commence, temp 17C, wind southerly 30-35KPH, rain and showers on the way till this evening, wind to remain with clearing over next day or so.

Surprising number of travellers yesterday, a number of 'strangers from away' in the mix. The 1:30PM trip left vehicles, something very uncommon, bulk of traffic at 5:30 is the norm.

Brief word from UNB, must assume things are good with her.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 18/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:19 AM GMT on September 18, 2012


Fall temps again this morning, clear 5C, calm at the moment. Wind to increase by this evening from south bringing wet weather for a couple of days.

A day trip St.George a new concept for sharing services being implemented by the Provincial Govt. legislated to be in effect 1 JAN 13. The impact on our community certainly not clear at this time.

See some trucks loaded with tubs heading out last evening, bait must be available to some at least. Traps will be in the water in a few weeks.

Emily reporting things are going well, she is enjoying her Residence experiance, still adjusting to the social aspects, doing quite well would seem.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 17/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on September 17, 2012


Not fall like outside this morning, fall is the operative descriptor for sure.Clear a moderate westerly breeze temp a modest 7C, remaining clear temp to head for high teens then drop back by this evening. Rain in the forecast by tomorrow evening, weather is a changing.

The pots and window boxes giving it up bigtime, not a pot left to clean up, a couple of the window boxes remain. Fall routine in commence,soon will have to find a home for the outside furniture.

Emily visiting relatives in Fredericton last evening, getting about seems to be no problem for her. Rob below decks most of the day, anxiously waiting for the ice to go in, scheduled to start frist of October.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 16/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:23 AM GMT on September 16, 2012

Back overlooking the harbour, a grand fall day in commence. Temp a cool 9C, being pushed around by a 15KPH breeze from the west. Sun bright, definate fall sky, similar conditions for the next few days.

The treasures gathered on the cross border foray have been put away and distributed. Managed a complete tour of the island Friday, from Bar Harbour around, great contrast from working harbours to small enclaves of houses. Cadillac Mountain clear on top, looking down on the fog/clouds didn't get a chance to see if Dave was at home or not from that vantage point. Weather, company and location all proved to make a nice three days of touring and doing very little. The crowds of the summer not in evidence could get around no problem. All well at the home front.

Emily appears to have settled in quite well, has become friends with a young woman from Nova Scotia. Movie last evening then a 'social gathering' at one of the residences when they returned, wold suggest adjusting to the life quite well. Rob is around very little contact as yet, returned last evening went to his pit, too early for human contact this morning.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 14/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 8:04 PM GMT on September 14, 2012

Late in the afternoon, this morning thick fog in Bar Harbour, weather cleared now in Bangor temp in 20's with a slight draft making it not too bad.

The trip up Cadillac Mountain just fine, foggy on the way up, top of the mountain something to behold looking down on the clouds, a different world for sure. Something to put in the minds eye for future reference.
A tour of Dessert Island for a few hours also very enjoyable.Have a better understanding where folks and locations have heard about for years, a great look now in Bangor head up the final little way in the morning, back to the real world tomorrow mid afternoon.

Notice lobster prices on the side of the road most at $4/lb., some eating places reflect the low price, then others still in $35 range. Tony shakes his head and wonders how the price can increase to such a level from the guy who started the process.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 13/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:18 AM GMT on September 13, 2012

Overcast here in the land of L.L.BEAN, Freeport, Maine. Temp low teens, suggestion is the weather will be seasonal as the day moves along. Change for for the weekend with rain and cloudy periods beginning tomorrow.

A grand drive to Portland, traffic not heavy, weather just right for this time of the year. Clear and cool, a slight draft, Tony and I did a bit of gawking, the ladies had an opportunity to see what they wanted also. A jog up the coast towards Bar Harbour and an overnight in Bangor on the books for this morning. Seems things are well on the homefront, checked with Emily still going ahead in her world.

Gas prices range from $4.14, seems to be the norm in that area, one spot yesterday low of $3.89, never found another in that range again.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on September 12, 2012

Daylight has yet to enter the swamp, the term cool this morning comes to mind, a pawltry 6C the mark at the moment. Weatherman giving clear, with a high of 20C then dropping back in a hurry. Later on in the week looking fall like, and clear.

Cross Border look around for next two or three days, only plan so far is to be in Portland this afternoon, have a look around then jog along Maine Coast north having a look around. Certain some shopping involved and an opportunity to look at the working wharves on the way north.

Emily seems to be settling in, as can be expected some of her courses she enjoys better than others. Has a new posse to run with, learning what the campus has to offer and taking advantage of the facilities. Some of her fellow grads having problems making the change, hopefully they can make the transition and give it a shot.

Rob's scholastic endeavours seem to be on track, homework caught up, none at home at least. Hasn't heard from Emily for a bit, made some snide remark on his txting machine, apparently he is being made to suffer by no communication from her.

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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 11/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on September 11, 2012

This anniversary of 9/11 very fall like to say the least, bright sun, a strong breeze from NW, temp a wind driven 11C. Similar conditions for the remainder of the week.

Emily doing her thing getting her stuff together, a minimum of txting back and forth. Mainly confirming the cash she required for purchases were in 'her' account that being done time to get herself in the learning mode.

The severe weather the rest of the Atlantic Provinces has endured and continues this past couple of days we were spared. Flooding in Truro has been severe, as the crow flies not a long distance from here, no great amount of moisture our way. That system and ISAAC are meeting in NFLD this morning, lots of problems for those folks.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 10/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on September 10, 2012


A bit of cloud cover, however sun attempting to make an appearance, calm, temp 12C. Forecast is suggesting clearing, mild temps in high teens, might make it to 20C, conditons to remain thus for the remainder of the week, fall is well enroute.

Fishing news remains fairly static, weir fishing quiet, a few boats scalloping. Activity towards fall lobster season in commence, no bait showed up as yet, the depenance on salt bait on the decline, most boats depending on fresh or fresh frozen.

Emily returned to Fredericton from Quispam last evening. Attending class this morning then an opportunity to get some of the paperwork for the changes completed during the day.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on September 09, 2012

Fog beginning to decrease ever so slight, temp a muggy 18C, a fair breeze from SW to bring rain for the remainder of the day. Clearing first of the week, temps dropping back a bit, 'fall like conditions' seem to be entering the weather conversation these days.

Emily in Quispam, returns to campus this afternoon, from Quispam.She has elected to explore options other than engineering, her math preparation leaves much to be desired to be successful. She has made the decision and changes on her own, no suggestion of dropping out,appears much happier and confident with her new path, done alot on her own. A month ago would have been something for Donna to make right, evolution I suppose.

Rob waiting for the ice to go in, school for him just getting up and going, of course no homework as yet "too early".

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 08/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on September 08, 2012

Might be sun somewhere, here well hidden in pea soup thick fog, a muggy 17C. Indications might clear by this afternoon, with a slight rise int temp. A bit weather to the east of us, will influence if we have rain or showers over next day or so.

Whathisname has returned from Great Britian, Emily there to greet them when them arrived from Halifax. No report other than a brief txt, 'here'. To return to Fredericton tomorrow afternoon to get back in the swing of things at university. Rob below decks, made one appearance for vitals, i.e. chips then back into the catacombs for the night.

Second ferry off the run after this weekend, signifying the summer 'Tourist Season', if not at an end certainly shutting down. The smaller GRAND MANAN V on the run to allow some maintenance required by the ADVENTURE to completed, will be a bottle neck for sure.

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FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on September 07, 2012

A clear calm, cool morning underway, harbour flat calm, red sun well up over Ross Island. Temp to rise near 20C, with some cloudy periods in the offing, similar conditions for the weekend.

Geese, although few in numbers, gathering on the lawn between here and the shore just after daylight. The cherry bomb puts them up, but they are back already, messy is being kind to what they are capable of doing to the lawn. Large flocks making up already, noticed a group heading south very high last week, early for that type of activity.

University classes slowly getting in commence, the real scholastic world will be the result. Rob as usual dose not have much if any homework, too early I guess.

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THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on September 06, 2012

Overcast, a NW movement making the 14C seem a bit cooler than it acutally is. Overcast for the remainder of the day, clearing for the weekend, however temps to remain in the teens. The transiton of weather patterns appears to be on schedule.

Rob back in the swing of things, or at least that is the bit of communication one gets when asked about school. Emily reporting in with Nan both via txt and phone, classes and her day becoming more regimented as the week moves along.

Local fishing news, not much change, certainly no amount of fish being landed. Still whales to be seen, the Right Whales getting closer, however still not enough feed to keep them locally.

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WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on September 05, 2012

A wet one this morning, calm at the moment, has been a steady downpour, letting up at the moment. Radar indicates lots of moisture in the area, however may be to the north of us. American forecast advising of clearing by this afternoon, Canadian saying rainfall warning in effect for the remainder of the day. Temp a mild 17C will rise a bit by this afternoon.

Fredericton settling in with orientation for the day, and classes beginning tomorrow. Rob has made his early morning appearance getting ready for school, winter routine is about to start in earnest.


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TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 4/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on September 04, 2012

Sailor take warning sky this morning, bright red, forecast telling of a couple of days of rain, rainfall to be signifigant. Hazy at the moement, a nice 14C, humid. Overcast and showers by this evening, wind from the south to be a factor next couple of days.

Communication between here and Fredericton appear to be squeezed between the social events. Today will be a little more realistic with small things to be looked after, her 'engine light' on the vehicle for one. The description of what is going on already indicating one that has been at university for a long time. The formal names of the buildings down to one major word, we are supposed to be able to relate to where it is as a for instance.

Rob still in the bunk, his first day of higher learning starts in the morning. A new pair of jeans and a choice of new foot wear, he is ready to go.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on September 03, 2012

A grand start to Labour Day, a cool 7C, haze over the water, giving an interesting shoreline shot of Ross Island. Total calm, large flock of geese at the tide line, small number of ducks in the mix.

A couple of short updates from Fredericton, both had to be prompted. Late last night, late for this crowd at least, advised she missed checking in as Lady Dunn Hall was hosting a dance she was still attending. A girl that was very shy 48 hours previous making a quick change to interact with fellow students. Frosh festivities and a bit of orientation most of the week, some classes start on Thursday.

Most of the pots cleaned up, remainder will make the run to the beach or dump by the end of the day. Window boxes continue to be presentable, how long remains to be determined.

No herring news for the local wiers, ground fish not being landed, a few scallops coming ashore. In other words fishery news poor.

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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on September 02, 2012

The sun is up once again, bright, calm, a cool 11C, weatherman says temp to rise to 20C for a high then drop back into low teens overnight, fall like conditions for sure. Longrange similar conditions as the moment at least.

Notice yesterday's entry didn't make it,must have hit the wrong key. Emily now a resident of Lady Dunn Hall, haven`t met her roomate, she had checked in and left by the time we arrived. The University to be commended for the registering process and getting her the Residence. I had visions of long lines and lugging stuff for an hour. Registered and had her key within five minutes drove up to the Residence a bunch of guys materialized didn`t have to carry a thing. Room set up, with Nan``s help, off to lunch, headed out of town within three hours. A definate void felt when leaving her behind, not much conversation for the first few moments leaving Fredericton.

A number of other university types and families on the boat yesterday doing the same routine. Some old hands and fellow graduates from Emily`s class, hope all made out alright.

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