GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 31/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on August 31, 2013

Overcast, heavy showers stopped for the moment, rain forecast for the remainder of the weekend. Temp a modest, muggy 16C, not much, if any increase suggested for the remainder of the day.

Rob making the trip on his own this morning, managed to stuff remaining needs in his car. A good thing as heavy rain overnight would have not been forgiving on the cardboard boxes. Managed to return home on the 1:30 trip, a full load, more strangers from away than locals.

Geese refuse to leave the front lawn alone, very messy group, get them airborne they return in short time.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 30/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:00 AM GMT on August 30, 2013

Overcast, a cool 13C, a draft 10-15KPH from the north, temp not to get past high teens with clearing by this afternoon. Clouds with sun for Saturday the remainder of the Labour Day Weekend gives more moisture, none of which showed up yesterday.

Truck load ready to go, as CHUNKS suggested another trip tomorrow to take the left over, and nearly a load there, certainly one for the floor space available in the EDGE should it rain.

A number of the students have begun to drift away to their respective schools, winter routine not far off.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 29/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 29, 2013

A season change evident in the sky this morning, a breeze 25-30KPH from NE, overcast, a hint of moisture, a muggy 15C. Forecast calling for clouds only, rain seems to have been called off, clearing overnight, with sun tomorrow going into the Long Weekend.

Rob slowly getting his 'stuff' together, load this evening to make a run tomorrow. Unlikely will be able to get things delivered in one trip, he plans on moving up first of next week to set up and 'prepare' for school at the end of the week.

Summer student employees pretty well done this weekend, some in the mode as Rob and changing addresses this weekend, orientation and classes start next week.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on August 28, 2013

The shoreline is there somewhere fog thick enough to have one doubt it didn't disappear overnight, calm, temp a muggy 15C, temp might rise a bit not much change in weather conditions, showers for tomorrow with clearing for the Long Weekend.

Trip to move Rob will have to be put off for a day, due to the rain in the forecast. His digs are ready for occupancy, he is quite anxious to move along.

A quick trip yesterday unable to connect for meeting at the HUNTSMAN, but interesting visit and tour of the facilities at HEMLOCK KNOLL.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 27/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:14 AM GMT on August 27, 2013

The weather is changing from the sun and temps we have enjoyed this past week or so, currently overcast. Temp 15C, might make it to the 20's, cloudy periods, giving over to showers for tomorrow, some indication could be the weather pattern for remainder of the week.

A quick trip to Laurence Station this morning, possible a side excursion to HUNTSMARINE on the back haul, yet to be determined.

Emily enjoyed her first day, very busy,interesting, and far from boring. All a good start to a new venture one is undertaking.

Donna still gathering household items for Rob, nearly a truckload in place now. Hope to move some this week, however weather may not be co-operative.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 26/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 26, 2013

A dramatic change weather conditions from yesterday, overcast, a southerly draft, damp a harbinger of showers later in the day. Temp a modest 14C, not expected to rise too much, showers with clearing for next tomorrow then damp next few days.

Emily starts a new career in the kitchen this morning, along with house sitting and cleaning at the same time. Certainly busy for the next little while. Rob in hiatus till school starts in a couple of weeks, will take some of his 'stuff' to his digs later in the week, when weather permits.

Fishing news remains quiet, some indication the Grey Zone is producing, no comment on the quality of the critters being captured.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 25/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on August 25, 2013

A grand show of weather this morning, bright sun, total calm, harbour mill pond like, Ross Island shore reflecting halfway cross the harbour. Lots of water birds gathering prior to going to worship I suspect. Temp to rise from current 9C to 20C mark, definite fall like feel about the place this weekend.

University students preparing to return to the classroom. Village have a number hired their positions will be over next weekend. Time certainly slips by bigtime.

Fishery news remains static, haven't learned of any activity in the herring side of things for the past several days.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 24/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on August 24, 2013

Lots of sun, temp took a hit, currently 9C, expected to rise mid 20's then drop back to single digits overnight. Sun and temps similar for next few days, indication of some moisture early in the new week.

Rob's last shift this morning, MG has been good to and for him this summer, lots of hours and enjoys working with the group. A BBQ at noon yesterday with a presentation of a mobile tool box tops off his time with them. Will start moving his 'stuff' to the big smoke mid week, the apartment overhauled by first of the week.

Emily at the Park this weekend, has a job in the kitchen with SAILAORS LANDING starting on Monday. An opportunity for her to get some steady hours, and begin to put some cash ahead for next year.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 23/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on August 23, 2013

A change in the weather overnight, had some showers, currently overcast, with a hint of possible showers prior to clearing. Temp 17C, to rise low 20's, clearing with temps expected to be in single digits overnight. A nice weekend in the offing.

Rob out the door a bit late this morning, his last couple of days with MG. He has had a great summer, has had many hours, enjoys working with the group, and his paycheque will give some social latitude this winter.

Afternoon breezes becoming a bit more intense as the season change approaches. Has been good weather for August, with similar conditions in the longrange.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 22/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 22, 2013

A change in the weather this morning, thick fog, just beginning to dissipate, supposed to clear with temps in low 20's, currently 17C. A wet one for tomorrow with sun and mild temps for the weekend.

Entry from yesterday somewhere in cyber space, did locate it once, but not showing up on the site.

Rob last few days at MG, will start making a bit of a move next week to get him set up. Still getting things arranged for what he requires to set up his abode.

Have had a sneak peak of the webcam for Swallowtail, impressive last night with the moon. We are in the throes of getting the link on Village Website for anyone to have a gander. Boat traffic and weirs in Pettes Cove also part of the three camera presentation.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 21/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on August 21, 2013

The great weather conditions continue, great for sleeping, now a nice 14C, lots of haze, harbour millpond like, temp to rise mid 20's again today, and for the next few days with temp declining slightly by the weekend.

Fast trip to the Port City, doctoring, shopping with a few side issues completed. We certainly did our bit to assist our depressed economy by financial stimulation. Rob will be well attired when he enters the classroom, all under coveralls and new workboots. I am assured the new footgear from West 49th is a good deal, needed the 2nd pair to take advantage of reduction in price.

Travel on return trip down a bit, with the number of trips per day at seven still allows lots of flexibility on times people can catch a ride home.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 20/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:04 AM GMT on August 20, 2013

The summer conditions continue, a warm 18C, expected to rise to high 20's with possible Tshowers by late afternoon. Long-range remains positive.

First of the preparation trips for Rob, clothes, Dr., a check at the dwelling to learn what size curtains are needed. On the curtain issue he is quite content to have a blanket protect is privacy. Nan not having that as an answer, next week will move some of is belongings and furnishings.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 19/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 19, 2013

Another nice morning, albeit a bit hazy in the harbour, clear, calm, 13C with a temp rise in mid 20's in the forecast. Remainder of the week's forecast remains more than a little positive, similar conditions the order of the day.

Rob out the door the early this morning, his last week then get ready for Tech School. Slowly getting his abode needs gathered, will require a couple of trips to St.John to get the 'stuff' in place.

Weirs on back of the island in progress, some on front of the island capturing a 'few'. Did see a tuna fisherman off the light yesterday in the morning, first time they have been around for a the past few years. Have heard of the odd tuna being sighted, lots of activity with sharks, dolphins and whales this past little while.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 18/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on August 18, 2013

A grand one in commence this morning, bright sun, total calm, high water gives more of a lake scene than Bay of Fundy. Temp a cool 11C, to rise mid 20's by this afternoon, long range saying same conditions for next week.

Emily enjoying the weekend on the mainland, will make the return tomorrow. Quite a bit warmer inland than she has enjoyed here on the Bermuda of the Maritimes.

Nursing Home finally taking shape, final problems with roof line resolved. A great deal of the shingling completed, drywall and framing going on inside. Still early 2014 before folks can make the move, a great improvement from the current building.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 17/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on August 17, 2013

Fog has hidden the sun that was forecast, very woolley, can't see the beach. Temp 13C, calm, weatherman suggesting sunshine the order of the day with temps in the low 20's, remains to be determined if he is correct. Similar conditions in the forecast.

Pats Cove has had three lots of herring, nothing great, but worth seining. The weir hasn't been very productive for past few years, at one time a very dependable fish trap.

Rob out the door early this morning tides serving for the rockweed harvesters, allowing a tide in the morning and one late afternoon, good for them and those that have to get aboard the truck.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 16/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 16, 2013

A feel of fall in the air this morning, a cool 10C, just enough southerly to move the flag, a bit of haze over the harbour. Temp expected to reach 20C for a brief period then drop back, similar conditions for the weekend and into next week.

Herring news remains the same, weirs on back of the island seem to be working fine, not the case on front of the island. Haven't heard how the few boats crabbing have been doing.

Emily off for a weekend in the Miramachi area, Rob out the door, rockweeders possibly get two kicks at harvesting because the tide is serving for them to do so. Gives his crew some extra hours, he has one more week, then the transfer will begin.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 15/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on August 15, 2013

A great fall like morning underway, cool 12C with a slight westerly draft, bright sun, temp slowly to rise into mid 20's before dropping back to low double digits overnight. Similar conditions in the forecast for next several days.

Quick trip to St. John with Donna's dad went well, he looks forward to the trip, at 92 his stamina somewhat diminished, however he certainly enjoys the change. A number of strangers from away on the trip in the afternoon trip home, traffic from that quarter should drop off soon.

Rob has another week prior to his preparation for move to St.John, slowly gathering another bit of an household to move up in a few days.

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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 14/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:01 AM GMT on August 14, 2013

Overcast, a bit of fog evident in the harbour, a muggy 17C, expected to clear later on in the day and good weather for the remainder of the week.

Daylight coming into the swamp noticeably later, at 0600 a hint of the start of the new day, being overcast and a bit of fog are contributing factors to the delay.

Another quick trip this morning, Donna's dad has an appointment for pacemaker checkup. Quite a bit of traffic yesterday on the trips I was on, still a good number of 'strangers from away' in the mix.

Rob hard at the rockweed, Emily has a combination of a babysitting gig and park duties today.

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TUESDAY, AUGUST 13/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 13, 2013

A different weather pattern this morning, thick fog carry over from last night, a cool 12C, calm. Might clear to overcast by this afternoon, rain overnight and for tomorrow. Longrange still looking positive for the end of the week.

Rob out the door early this morning, rockweed harvest in full commence, they are now getting down to the small half of the season. A combination of weather, shorter days, weed maturing are the factors along with quota that will finalize the process for this season.

A quick trip to Blacks Harbour this afternoon for a meeting, hope to get a chance to check out recreation field in St. George before returning this evening.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 12/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 12, 2013

A good start to the day, from a weather perspective, overcast, calm, a nice 15C to rise low 20's remain same till tomorrow, isolated showers for tomorrow, remainder of the week looks similar to today.

Rob out the door, he has a couple of weeks remaining. Emily off today, a few shifts midweek are coming her way.

See whales blowing off Swallowtail yesterday, has been quite a bit activity there, first time I caught a glimpse.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 11/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on August 11, 2013

A nice one underway this morning, bright sun, a draft from SW, a modest 14C, expected to rise low 20's before dropping back this evening, similar forecast for next few days.

Rob off to St. John moving Rachel to her abode, a couple of weeks and he will be taking the same trip for himself. Emily off to the park for a few hours shift, park has a few campers certainly good weather now compared to the beginning of the weekend.

More comments about the feel of fall by folks entering the conversation.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 10/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:25 AM GMT on August 10, 2013

Lots of rain and wind overnight, fog first thing this morning, wind attempting to get to the west and clear this mess out. Currently fog coming and going, temp 17C, weatherman suggesting temp will hit low 20's once the sun takes over. Nice forecast for the next few days.

Rob out the door early this morning, the rockweed harvest ongoing, tide serving for early off load. Emily on the side for today, works at the Park tomorrow and several days next week.

Lots of boats chasing a small mid-bay quota of scallops, boats that haven't been at it for years getting what they can, price remains high.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 9/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 09, 2013


The forecast Rainfall Warning about ready to commence, no wind, a muggy 16C, forecast is for Tshowers and sustained rain this afternoon and overnight. Possible clearing tomorrow, nice for Sunday.

Word of lots of activity around Swallowtail this past few days, from humpback whales, to a scene from SHARK WEEK. A seal was taken, by what must have been a Great White, that is the story, I heard it mentioned on CBC, haven't spoken to an actual witness. Could be a 'story' or could be true.

Fishery news remains fairly quiet, not much going on in the 'grey zone', weirs capturing a few on front of the island, fairly good on back of the island.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 8/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 08, 2013

Weather in transition, fog first thing at daylight, cleared, now overcast, preparing for the moisture this way comes. Rain in the forecast till and including Saturday, the amount yet to be determined. Currently calm, temp 16C not supposed to increase by much, drop back once the showers commence later on today.


Emily off today, Rob out the door getting his morning coffee prior to commence of the days activities at MG.


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WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 7/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on August 07, 2013

A grand one this morning, bright red sunrise, a cool 11C expected to hit low 20's by this afternoon. Calm, moisture still a day or so away, weatherman seems to be backing off a bit on the amount we can expect.

Emily on a babysitting gig till afternoon then a shift at the park, Rob out the door at 0730, probably for a morning coffee prior to getting underway at M.G.

Lots of whales about, folks up in the tower at Swallowtail, and two large humpbacks in the sawpit, quite a sight.



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TUESDAY, AUGUST 6/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 06, 2013

A clear cool morning underway, temp 11C, barely enough westerly air moving to pick up the flag, temp to reach near the 20C mark, similar conditions for most of the week, moisture at weeks end.

Lots of traffic this past few days, tourist season late starting. School crowd will soon be out of the equation, remains to be seen what the 'shoulder season' has in store.

A few herring for the weirs infront of the island, believe the ones on the back of the island have been contributing right along. Scallops at a good price, quota not very large for the number of boats involved. Dulsers hard at it, one comment that thirty-five dories counted harvesting Dark Harbour Dulse, a large number. Still a group harvesting in the Passage, weather permitting.

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MONDAY, AUGUST 8/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on August 05, 2013

A nice morning underway, temp a cool 13C. a slight draft from NW, enough to move the flag. Temp to rise near or past 20C, remain clear, similar conditions for the remainder of the week.

The finale of the ROTARY FESTIVAL was the fireworks last night. A few minutes prior to the start a downpour started, a mention of might be cancelled resulted in many leaving the viewing area. At the appointed time the rain had stopped, and stars out, the show went on. Impressive show it was, lasted nearly twenty-five minutes with no interruption, a great back background with Swallowtail off in the distance as a backdrop to the show.

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SUNDAY, AUGUST 4/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on August 04, 2013

A great Sunday morning in commence, bright sun, temp 14C will rise to low 20's, total calm, harbour resembles a millpond at the moment. Possible weather to change to showers late in the day. Similar conditions for the upcoming week, temps modest, certainly nothing forecast to be high.

The ROTARY FESTIVAL has been a great success, can't recall ever seeing so many folks gathered in one location on Grand Manan. The gathering was all day, many events and the Market lots to draw folks, of course the weather co-operated made a big difference. FESTIVAL concludes this evening with a piano concert, have heard as many as fifteen pianos participating.

Seiners have been getting their quota of herring, in past years they have been scrambling to do so. Lots reported off shore, don't believe the weirs have had great success, but getting some.

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SATURDAY, AUGUST 3/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on August 03, 2013

A woolly start to the day, weatherman suggesting it will clear as the day moves along, a lot of fog to move out to accomplish that feat. Temp a muggy 13C, to rise near 20C, with a draft from the south for the duration. Tomorrow says clear, up and down for the next few days.

FESTIVAL moving along full tilt, today parade, booths and huge market this morning. Yesterday inflatables set up in the arena for youngsters, lots took advantage of them, great to see the complex utilized more and more as we realize it is more versatile than just for hockey.

Rob out the door this morning, Emily at noon to the park till this evening. Park picking up, not a great season for campers, weather not the best by a longshot.

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FRIDAY, AUGUST 2/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on August 02, 2013

Fog, calm, temp 14C, soon expect rain to commence and last into the evening, clearing with possible showers for tomorrow. Not a good start to the ROTARY FESTIVAL activities.

Fishing news quiet, one of the boats crab fishing did mention finally appears a few are showing up, has been quiet till now.

Seems to be a few more 'strangers from away' around, as mentioned not many from the U.S., what are seem to be from New England.

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THURSDAY, AUGUST 1/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on August 01, 2013

Fog at daylight, nearly burnt off, Ross Island visible, sun about to make an appearance, calm, temp 15C will rise into low 20's by this afternoon. Start of ROTARY FESTIVAL this evening, light rain for tomorrow, remainder of the weekend looking good.

Last evening FISHERMAN'S COMPETITION held at the arena. Place was packed, twelve teams entered, a great use of the facility, inflatables for younger set will be set up by the ROTARY gang once the gear from the competition is removed.

One tourist operator advises she is doing 'OK', not many U.S. guests, a surprising number of New Brunswick visitors. The stay is shorted, but more of them making up a week for her facility.

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