GRAND MANAN, N.B.

THURSDAY, HALOWEEN

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on October 31, 2013

A morning sunrise words hard to do justice, a brilliant red sky, a line of clouds reflecting the red, red orb not up as yet. The harbour mill pond quiet, magnificent. Temp a cool-3C, sun to remain and temp to rise to low double digits, cool again overnight, tomorrow, to use a Wood Island phrase, a katouse in the forecast, high winds from SW with rain for the day. Weekend varied with clearing on Sat., but rain and wind again for Sunday.

Lots of folks travelling yesterday, a full trip in the morning, a good crowd at 5:30. No strangers, lots of visiting to be had, quick trip coming and going.

Kids should have a good evening to Trick or Treat, missed the bad weather by a day.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:13 AM GMT on October 30, 2013

Clear, calm and cool this morning, temp 2C not forecast to rise more than a few degrees, looking good for Trick or Treaters, moisture on the weekend with temps up in the mid teens.

Meeting on the mainland today, involving a quick trip to Fredericton good day to travel, Donna going along for a bit of diversion. She won't have any store time to enjoy, however she and her pal will be doing the annual Cross Border foray next week.

Emily hasn't found any employment as yet, nothing moving, if anything opportunities seem to be becoming less, especially during the winter months.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29/31

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on October 29, 2013

Back to the KODAK MOMENT sunrises of late, total calm, a cool -1C. Temp to rise into high single digits, a bit of a westerly for this afternoon, similar conditions for next couple of days.

Did notice one of the seiners off North Head last evening just before dark, appeared to be having a look around for fish. Not much activity in the herring world locally.



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MONDAY, OCTOBER 28/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on October 28, 2013

Daylight slowly entering the swamp, a h hint of red sky showing from behind Ross Island. A cool 4C, just a small draft westerly, expecting mostly sun with a possibility temp might hit double digits by this afternoon. Similar conditions for next few days with moisture in the forecast by weeks end.

Rob has returned to his abode, possibly be home this weekend, not much going on in St.John, plus by the time he gets out of here he has made like a bandit, clothes done, folded, some extra cash and fresh baked goods.

Fishing news remains quiet, some boats still fishing the 'grey zone', assume some of that gear will be making its way home for a look at before Setting Day.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on October 27, 2013

Dreary start to the day, an easterly draft, damp, has been some showers, more expected before clearing this afternoon. Temp 6C, if any upward change will be slight, clearing and similar temps for the long range.

Rob has his laundry done, nan has provided him some special needs for his larder, no wonder he makes it a point to be in the house every other weekend. Emily still beating the bush for employment, believe the rationale for a bit more education is becoming more evident to her.

Halloween Dance last evening, society view on Drinking and Driving taken quite a turn. Emily and Colton had Rob take them and made arrangements for a ride after the dance. A generation ago not the case, attitude was no problem I can drive, all good.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:20 AM GMT on October 26, 2013

Sun making it up from behind Ross Island wind 10-15KPH from the west going southerly by noon, increasing to 30-40KPH. Temp a cool 2C, by this afternoon best we can expect high single digits with rain showers. Clearing for tomorrow with cool but clear for the long range wind expected most days.

ADVENTURE made the final trip last night in fine style, Rob had his laundry in the house at 10:40PM, with a stop in North Head before coming home. She has been making the crossing in approx. 80 minutes, quicker to the mainland and quiver home.

Little time sitting at the computer outside conditions have changed, calm, sun starting to compete with more cloud cover.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 25/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 25, 2013

A definite weather change in commence, mostly overcast, a westerly draft 10-15KPH, a cool 5C, expect sun but temp not supposed to hit double digits before dropping back near the freezing mark overnight.

Rob home for the weekend, late boat tonight, time to have his laundry done, and have nan top up his larder for a few days.

The cooler temps have started putting the lawn to bed, no need for mowing, and wind is keeping ahead of the piles of leaves. The westerly takes them towards Ross Island, fine with me.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on October 24, 2013

Seasonal conditions remain, a cool 5C, a draft from NW, sun attempting to make it up from behind Ross Island and allow daylight to take over, getting more difficult each morning. Still quite a sight for the beginning of the day.

Quiet in the fishery, preparations and speculation for the Lobster Season the primary conversation. Three weeks will have answers to the questions, weather permitting of course.

Emily beating the bush for employment, getting some babysitting gigs, not much moving for full time, what is available not left unfilled for very long.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 23/13

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

Fall morning in commence, red sky, a cool 3C, a slight draft NW, temp might find double digits, remains clear, similar conditions for remainder of the week. The bragging about no need for wood fire coming to a close.

Rob has txted advising will be coming home this weekend, however what his schedule is unknown at this time. Rachel has a shift on Friday, just don't know what her time line is as yet, not coming this way without her.

Boat traffic minimal on the late trip leaving the island this past few days, traffic pattern falling into winter routine. Soon will tractor trailers with lobster making the trip to Boston taking up the deck space.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on October 22, 2013

Hazy, the red sunrise starting to lose it to some cloud cover, southerly 10-15KPH, a mild 10C, will rise near mid teens, expecting moisture by late afternoon, clearing overnight and clear and cool for the remainder of the week.

The good weather conditions major topic of conversation, with wondering what it will be like when the traps go in the water. Most are skeptical the Weather Gods are saving the wind and cold till Setting Day.

If the weather remains in this mode will be suggested that possibly the lawn around the house could use another go round.



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MONDAY, OCTOBER 21/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on October 21, 2013

Looking over the harbour this morning no doubt the fall season is in commence. Sky a different hue, a strong SW breeze keeping leaves in the air, temp a modest 8C, expected to rise low teens then quickly dropping into single digits this evening. The weeks looks to be clear, however highs remain in single digits, lobster fishing season not far away.

Assuming Rob made it through the weekend no requests of any type, his weekly stipend must have worked out for him. Emily still beating the bush for some work, has been getting hours babysitting.

Lobster Season preparation far along, a number of boats remain in the haul-up, some bait yet to be dealt with, odds and ends.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 20/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:26 AM GMT on October 20, 2013

A cooler, cloudy beginning to a Sunday, temp 8C, being pushed around by a southerly 10-15KPH, suggestion is might clear, however spitting rain at the moment, will take a bit to change the pattern at the moment.

Roy and Cynthia visiting overnight, they attended a funeral yesterday, great to have them for a few hours, returning to St. Stephen on 11:30AM ferry.

Have started overhauling the Xmas Decorations, forget just how many I have, and what a chore is ahead to make them presentable again.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 19/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on October 19, 2013

A bright red sun to start the day, a slight westerly draft, temp 8C will rise mid teens by this afternoon. Rain for tomorrow with good weather for the longrange, gotta luv it.

A few chores have been identified for this weekend, but believe the heavy lifting has been concluded for awhile. Soon be time to attempt to get into woods and play lumberjack, providing can get ATV over the ground, still very wet in the woods.

A solitary clammer on the beach this morning, great weather to harvesting, have no idea of the quantity, tide has driven him now.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 18, 2013

A damp, foggy start to the day, forecast is for rain most of the day, possible clearing this evening. Temp currently 10C, might make it to mid-teens as the day moves along.

Quiet in the fishing world, preparations for lobster season moving along with a number of boats ready to go. Deer season open soon to allow a bit of diversion before the real work begins.

Boat traffic remains steady, mostly local making the journey. The ADVENTURE travelling a knot or so faster having been tuned and new paint on her bottom.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 17, 2013

Overcast, as daylight enters the swamp fog beginning to burn off, a warm 13C, total calm, expected to clear with temps to remain in low teens. Rain for tomorrow with sunny periods for the weekend.

Trip to St. John went well especially in COSTCO, quite a number of fellow passengers made the same visit. A number of folks travelling doing chores, and 'stocking up'.

Rob met us for a 'gut-bomb', a few words and moved off to check his roast in the 'crock-pot', after conferring with his grandmother on level of moisture he should expect in the pot, a few weeks ago this conversation would be unheard of.

Forty-seven years ago, on this date, I left for Regina in my new 1966 Acadian. Prior had made a couple of forays to Fredericton, knew some folks from Toronto. However was not familiar with anyone that had gone west of Toronto and was ever heard from again. Took another quarter century plus to make it back to the Bermuda of the Maritimes on a permanent basis. Today folks are commuting between here and Calgary on a regular basis.



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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 16/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:06 AM GMT on October 16, 2013

Partly overcast, a modest 11C, not expected to get much better than mid-teens prior to dropping back this evening. Rain for tomorrow, with good weather returning for the weekend.

A day trip to St. John in the offing, some supplies not available locally are required. Emily making the journey, also an opportunity to buy lunch for Rob, he has sufficient time over lunch hour to meet near the school. If we buy lunch he can afford to splurge on a Starbucks Coffee sometime this week.

Ice in the arena has had some traffic, the schedule of activities in the process of being compiled. There is much interest in skaters of all ages to get on the ice, time to be at it.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 15/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on October 15, 2013

Overcast skies the order of the day, however relenting to some degree, temp 11C, expected to clear with temps in high teens. Calm, not a bad beginning to the day, moisture in the forecast for Thursday, then back to nice fall weather.

One has to wonder with all this great weather is the weather gods waiting for Setting Day, not that one is overly pessimistic about such things.

Rob has returned to his abode, a quarter tank of gas with no thought he needed any extra, "even with the warning light on he has 60kms", no problem, except no gas from Blks to St. John, must be nice to have that much faith.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 14/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on October 14, 2013

Another grand weather start to the day, a bit cool at 0C, supposed to climb into lower double digits, with a possibility of showers later on this evening. More moisture by mid-week, has been a long stretch without, however woods reported to have lots of open water as yet.

Rob heads back on last boat this afternoon, Emily has a babysitting gig this morning, the River of Life flows on.

A few chores this morning to finish the yard for the winter season.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 13/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:16 AM GMT on October 13, 2013

The wind has relented, total calm, a grand sunrise, if no frost overnight certainly a heavy dew. Temp 6C to make it into mid teens cooling overnight, similar conditions for next few days, certainly saving on the woodpile.

Rob home, Donna has a couple of weeks of laundry packed ready to return to the Big Smoke. A number of his peers attending school have dropped by, certainly good to see he is enjoying the courses and has no problem being 'away'.

Made a dent in the yardwork, still a few chores to work on, but with the good weather should get them in alright.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 12/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:28 AM GMT on October 12, 2013

A different morning today, clouds have the upper hand with a hint of sun beginning to show. Wind from NE 25-30KPH, temp a modest 10C not expected to rise a great deal before cooling down and frost warning overnight. Sun and good temps in the forecast for next few days.

Rob enroute this morning, has is order in for pumpkin pie and some other 'only nan can do' food items. Emily has a babysitting gig till late this afternoon.

My 'to do list' not overly lengthy, at this moment at least, taking in the last of the summer furniture, possibly getting the lawn touched up between the house and shore.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 11/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 11, 2013

Another grand sun rise in commence, has taken a bit longer to materialize, however certainly more than worth the wait. Total calm, sun up over Ross Island with a few clouds glowing red as a consequence, not many birds in evidence. Similar conditions with a hint of partial clouds, temp in low 20s for today, great conditions for Thanksgiving Weekend.

Rob home tomorrow for the weekend, Rachel has a shift at the hospital this evening, both will be on first boat in the morning.

Emily last one hired at restaurant, has slowed significantly, first one on the side. She is busy beating the bush in hopes of getting something, jobs are scarce, especially for young women.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 10/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on October 10, 2013

A WOW morning sky today, has been showing red in the clouds for past hour, red orb now just making an appearance. A cool 1C has a mist on the land between the house and shore, tide coming lots of cranes feeding along the tide line, calm, awesome having a coffee and watch it unfold. Clear,temp to rise high teens, similar conditions for the next several days, gotta luv it.

ADVENTURE back in home waters, will be in Blacks Harbour getting stocked, life saving gear reinstalled, should be on the run by late this afternoon.

Two seiners at the wharf in North Head yesterday, not much going on in the herring wars last few days. Still lots of time to get bait, see trap yards looking neat with newly painted buoys, and all neatly stacked ready to go.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 09/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 09, 2013

Bright sun showing up over Ross Island, a cool 6C, what little breeze we have from NW. Sun the order of the day with temps attempting to reach mid teens before dropping back into single digits by this evening. Long range indicating similar weather conditions for the next week, bring it on.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE returning, haven't learned any definitive time or day she will be back on the run, should be no later than tomorrow. Requires some restocking in Blacks Harbour before she goes to work.

Donna's dad 92 today, will be a gathering for supper in his honour. He is doing well, on his own with some homecare, great support group, he is on the road most of the day it seems.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 8/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 08, 2013

The high winds and rain overnight have quit, a draft NW attempting to clear the skies, with sun expected by this afternoon. Currently a modest 12C to rise a few degrees before dropping to lower single digits overnight.

The fire going for the first time yesterday didn't take long before windows had to be raised to get some heat relief. The fire will be a requirement with more regularity, especially overnight, tis the season.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE between here and NFLD, expected to be back on the run late in the day on Thursday.

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MONDAY, OCTOBER 7/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on October 07, 2013

No sun in evidence this morning, daylight slow to enter the swamp, the first of the SE in evidence. Overcast, preparing to rain for most of the day, temps to rise mid-teens. Looking good for the remainder of the week.

Bait activity picking up, some weir seining on back of the island yesterday. Nothing going on with them on front of the island.

The, unofficial word, ADVENTURE was supposed to leave St. John's yesterday, providing Sea Trails went without a hitch. That would put her back in service mid-week, folks will appreciate her when she does return. We have become accustomed to the larger vessel, and the added comfort she provides.

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SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on October 06, 2013

Another morning with 'variable cloud', cloud mostly, a cool 6C, supposed to become sunny with a high in mid teens. Moisture to start the week, with nice weather to follow.

Managed to make a hole in the chores, however still some to finish off today. Grounds should be nearly ready for the winter, lots of leaves about, but they blow in out till snow covers them.

Quite a few baiting pockets yesterday, and putting up salt bait, seiners must have found some around somewhere, not much news from the weir side of the industry.

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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on October 05, 2013

A few of clouds about, sun hazy, calm, a cool 0C on the thermometer. Temp to rise mid teens with a frost warning in effect for tonight, nice tomorrow with a threat of moisture to begin the week.

Some small movement in the bait department, don't know how much has been landed. More activity at the haulup as the boats get ready for the upcoming season. Fleet becoming much larger platforms to work off, thus harder weather will be the order of the day to get more gear hauled.

Lawn damp, however have been advised there are other opportunities for me to work at till the ground dries off, 'yes dear' chores in commence.

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FRIDAY, OCTOBER 4/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on October 04, 2013

Another KODAK MOMENT sunrise with a brilliant red sky reflecting the sun as it makes an appearance from behind Ross Island. A slight westerly draft, barely making an impression on the harbour, a cool 6C, expected to rise into higher double digits, with a frost warning in place for tonight. Good weekend weather in the forecast.

Haul-up appears to be full of boats at various stages of painting and other repairs getting ready for Setting Day. No sign of any bait being landed so far this week.

Rob staying in St. John this weekend, will be home next weekend for Thanksgiving.

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THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on October 03, 2013

Bright red sun making an appearance from behind Ross Island, total calm, temp a nice 12C to hit low 20's before dropping back to single digits overnight. Similar conditions in the forecast for the weekend.

Crew has left for NFLD to prepare the ADVENTURE for return and take over from the GRAND MANAN V.

Bait being prepared for the upcoming Lobster Season, seiners haven't landed any this past couple of nights. The amount of salt bait cut back in favour of fresh frozen or a combination of both in most cases, at least for the outset of the season.

Arena nearing temp to allow preparation for the ice to go in. Lots of buzz to get the season in commence, one team travelling on the weekend to use the ice in Blacks Harbour.

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WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:29 AM GMT on October 02, 2013

A grand fall morning in commence, total calm, red sky showing behind Ross Island. Temp a modest 12C, expected to be in the low 20's by this afternoon, with lower temps overnight.

In my absence, two folks from London, Ontario, visiting the Bermuda of the Maritimes dropped by to say hello. Brian and Ruth stopped by a few years ago while enroute to Digby to attend a naval reunion, and have been by a couple of time since. They left gift of Ice Wine left for me, much appreciated, hope they read this entry have no way of formally saying thanks, and hope the visit was a good one.

Boat traffic remains strong, will be good to have the ADVENTURE back on the run. The GRAND MANAN V seems small in comparison, however has been doing the job quite well, and maintaining her schedule on time.

Rob has had some hands on with the painting of a vehicle, appears to be enjoying the experience and his new found peer group.

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TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1/47

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on October 01, 2013

Overcast, a modest 12C, NE 10-15KPH, can expect to see some sun as the day moves along with a high in the mid-teens, dropping back by evening possibly into single digits.

Office in good shape when I got to my desk, amazing how things were well managed even in my absence.

Yardwork suffered am being advised of a growing list of "Yes Dear" tasks that must be addressed sooner rather than later.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE still in NFLD, expected to return next week, possibly for the 5:30PM run out of Blacks Harbour on Wed. or Thurs.

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