GRAND MANAN, N.B.

SATURDAY, MAY 31/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:22 AM GMT on May 31, 2014

Thick fog early this morning, a wind shift to NW has started to clear with blue sky showing, temp a cool 4C, expected to reach double digits, but cool again overnight. Clear weather in the forecast for the next few days, will certainly take it, an improvement in temps would be a novel idea.

Emily and her cronies hard at the tankhouse, lobsters coming in and going out, keeping them busy, work again this morning, six days this week, attempting to have facility full in anticipation of end of the season 29 JUN 14.

Rob has another week under his belt, still enjoying the opportunity, looking forward to end of school and getting to work, not overly busy in the auto body part this week, however they put him doing other tasks, always something for him to do.

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FRIDAY, MAY 30/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on May 30, 2014

Overcast, air flow has changed from northerly to southerly, just enough to move the flag, temp a cool 5C, will make it to double digits for a moment before dropping back this evening. Weekend weather looking better with highs in the mid double digits and 'variable cloudiness', no moisture expected till mid week.

Trip to Moncton went well, frost on the ground when we left by the time clearing Moncton, early afternoon temp 23C, by the time we got to Blacks Harbour still in mid teens and sunny, quite a contrast over the day.

Marilyn near Toronto by this hour left Moncton this morning at 0630HRS, will be in Winnipeg 1230HRS our time, quite a contrast, when we drive it takes approx. 36 Hrs, steaming time to get there, visit was great, just the time seemed to disappear, till next time.

Traffic on the trips we were on yesterday not full, but not many trucks allowing the deck to take a large number of cars.

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THURSDAY, MAY 29/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:08 AM GMT on May 29, 2014

Wind quit sometime overnight, first time in days, harbour millpond like, heavy dew evident, if did not have frost very close, temp 0C remains clear and rise into lower double digits. Longrange indicating lots of sun and temps will be in the higher double digits for the weekend.

Marilyn starting back west this morning, flight leaves Moncton 0630 tomorrow, she is leaving with the weather improving, maybe she is the weather Jonah.

Rob very excited yesterday, he was formally offered the position at BAYVIEW, graduate one day, go on the payroll the next. Next thing after making the announcement he was wondering what price range he could consider to replace BERNICE, he is not looking for anything fancy just that a 2002 vehicle doesn't quite do it, plus there are condition issues, of course.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 28/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on May 28, 2014

It ain't spring like this morning, near freezing overnight, wind from NE 25-30KPH, overcast, currently 4C supposed to have sun later on with temps into double digits for a minute with a Frost Warning issued for overnight. Temps to be similar for the next few days, highs in double digits then low single digits overnight, plants sure will be hardy, providing they survive.

Marilyn must be the Jonah, starting her return to Western Canada tomorrow, she will overnight in Moncton and catch an early flight out on Friday morning. She schedule to be in Wpg. at 10:30AM local time. Connections very good, an hour in Toronto is the only down time between here and there.

Tankhouse busy, managing to put 10K plus in condos, all graded, things moving along pretty well in that area, don't know how many they plan on storing at this time. Rob has been busy doing some painting, he still enthused with how things are going for him, his year is winding down, third week in June will be graduation time.

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TUESDAY, MAY 27/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on May 27, 2014

Cool weather persists, 5C temp with wind from NE 20-25KPH, temp supposed to rise low double digits, sun to break out, then showers by this evening, an active weather day if all takes place. Temp overnight still cool, no southerly flow and increase in temps till Thursday, long range looking not too bad for sun and warmer temps.

Smolt transfer still in commence, lots of trucks on the ferry, things picking up in aquaculture industry. Emily doing her thing at the tankhouse, not much going on in the way of local opportunities for employment, especially for a young woman.

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MONDAY, MAY 26/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on May 26, 2014

Overcast, a cool 8C, threat of showers with an indication of clearing by this afternoon, no great change in temp level. Outlook for next several days clear, but temps remain cool. Wind currently from SW 10-15KPH, with no change for the remainder of the day, overnight wind shift to the north will bring the clearing weather.

Rob managed to have his laundry, washed folded, along with some 'gas money' to return yesterday. He enjoys the crew at BAYVIEW, is anxious to get back at it today, different than school all day is hands on, with a minimum of supervision.

No weirs, that I am aware of, in fishing order as yet, do see some pile drivers at different locations around the island, so they are betting on some herring being around.

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SUNDAY, MAY 25/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on May 25, 2014

Clouds have taken over from a bright start to the morning, the NE persists 15-20KPH, temp a cool 5C, suggesting mainly sunny with temps reaching double digits by early this afternoon. Cool weather to persist with rain the order of the day for tomorrow, remainder of the week looking good.

Managed to get caught up on the yardwork, lawn mowed and clipping accounted for, still too cool and windy for planting the flowers, they are pretty tender having not been exposed to the elements as yet.

Rob returns to St. John on 3:30PM trip this afternoon, he has enjoyed his first week at BAYVIEW, all hands have treated him great, and insure that he is getting his hands dirty doing the various chores that will be expected of him when he gets on the payroll.

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SATURDAY, MAY 24/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on May 24, 2014

Sun overtaking the overcast skies, temp a cool 7C will slowly climb to low double digits, as the day and sun unfolds. Similar conditions, with better temps for next few days with a chance of showers by Tuesday, will take it.

Ladies returned on 5:30PM trip, lots of travellers pretty well full of vehicles with no large trucks. Rob on last trip, see his laundry basket made it as far as the back door. He returns tomorrow afternoon, no reports on the week at work, has not made an appearance.

Yardwork has been mentioned as possibly a nice project to get started, temp not too high and a gentle NE breeze soon to be 20-25KPH, suggests almost ideal to work in.

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FRIDAY, MAY 23/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:27 AM GMT on May 23, 2014

The sun attempting to take over, still overcast for the most part, but bright sun makes an appearance for a few more minutes each time. Looking for mostly sun, temp 9C will rise a few degrees as the day moves along. Wind from the north 15-20KPH, the standard for the day, weekend looking similar, with moisture possible for first of the week, but long range is looking positive for temps and sun.

Donna & Marilyn leaving the Miramichi this morning, stopping at eldest brother on return trip for the 5:30PM trip home. They had a tour of the area yesterday, impressed with the scenery, in particular the Miriamichi River area.

Emily at the tankhouse for next couple of days, with a few hours of babysitting thrown in after that is over. Rob working till 5PM, have him booked for the late trip tonight returning mid afternoon on Sunday, keeping the working schedule changes his traveling time.

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THURSDAY, MAY 22/13

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on May 22, 2014


Overcast, with some patches of clear sky, supposed to be clear with a 'chance' of clouds for the day, temp 5C should make it to low double digits by noon. High tide, calm, the harbour a reflection pond in progress the image of Ross Island on the water with a few water fowl mixed, impressive.

The ladies rolled me out in Blacks Harbour yesterday morning, then off to Miramichi they took, visit brother Ted and wife Jean. Drive down from Moncton dreary, fog for the majority of the drive, if no fog then drizzle, clear here at home by the time we arrived, the weather changed such that all the previous week or so of complaining was forgotten. The sun great, no wind, each time you looked out on the water something new to see, the poor week of weather certainly gives one a greater appreciation of this type viewing when conditions to improve.

Donna & Marilyn spending the day in the area having a look around and meeting some of Jean`s family, coming home tomorrow with a brief stop at another brother near Fredericton.

Ferry going flat out, the amount of smolt on the trips great on the first two, last two they have to return, getting a reservation a must now, some trips already booked days in advance. The smolt transfer brings more feed trucks, nets, etc. all required to service the fish going in the water.


Rob having a grand time at BAYVIEW, he painted his boss's vehicle first thing, job passed muster with compliments on the quality. Yesterday assisted in painting semi-trailer with the head painter doing one side he the other, again compliments. The painter has a shop outside of town suggested Rob might come and do some work for him after hours, needless to day he is quite pleased with himself, as he should be reflects great on his efforts at school.

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TUESDAY, MAY 20/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 20, 2014

Weather remains consistent, dreary, still raining, no let up for another day or so, temp near double digits, but not moving one way or the other, soon will start to mildew.

Friend from Manitoba gets into Moncton late tonight, will retrieve her, return here tomorrow while she and Donna do a tour of the family residences for a few days, returning to the island by the weekend. The weather might improve by the time they get their feet braced to look around the Miramichi area and Fredericton on the back haul.

Rob begins his three week practicum at BAYVIEW this morning, have checked in with him and he is ready to go and strut his stuff. He seems confident he can live up to the vote of confidence his instructors have given the employer, will see how he operates in the real world.

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MAY 19.14, VICTORIA DAY HOLIDAY

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on May 19, 2014

First long weekend of the summer season, not very summery, rain overnight, a slight respite at the moment, temp 8C, might make it to double digits during the rain as the day moves along. Some improvement in forecast with rain tomorrow, but indications possible sun for the remainder of the week, but still not sure.

A few yard chores on the list to be accomplished in between rain showers today, lawn will get a shot of lime, and a few piles of dead 'stuff' to be put in the pile of likewise debris.

Should be a good day on the water for the lobster guys, a hint of easterly, but not expected to increase too much, a good start to the weeks chores.

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SUNDAY, MAY 18/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on May 18, 2014

A long wet Sunday in commence, a steady drizzle, changing to rain later on, a mild 10C about where it will be for the next little while, Calm with easterly flow to increase as the day moves along, similar conditions for next week, with a possibility of seeing sun for a bit on Wednesday.


Managed to get the upper lawn mowed yesterday, and the wood debris raked and picked up, Donna got some time in her flower beds to prepare them for planting, if Mother Nature is going to give the go ahead to do so.

Fishing news fairly quiet, lobster catch remains good, prices on the downswing as more lobsters landed and more locations throughout the Maritime Provinces open for fishing. Nova Scotia will go to the end of May, then a large number of boats will be out of the industry till late November.

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SATURDAY, MAY 17/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:34 AM GMT on May 17, 2014

Hazy, grand temp 12C, strong SE, southerly to bring rain by later this afternoon, next several days moisture in the forecast, no sun till mid week, then back to rain.

Ladies returned from excursion on the mainland, quite successful, no large amounts of product, however they had a tour of southwestern New Brunswick, and a sleepover in the process, another annual event that seems to roll around very quickly.

Input of salmon smolt in full swing, six loads a day for the next several weeks will keep the sites busy gearing up and bringing the 100 gram fish along. Salmon cages at anchor ready to be placed on a site not too far distant in the harbour.

Will be a nasty day off shore with this wind, and no let up for the day,

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FRIDAY, MAY 16/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:30 AM GMT on May 16, 2014

A bit of haze holding back the sun, calm, temp at 11C, forecast suggesting this temp will be the high for today, may have some cloudy periods to contend with as the day moves along. Forecast is for a nice weekend, with rain on Victoria Day and the beginning of the week.

Tide well out this morning, lots of the bottom of the harbour is visible, the bar looks as if you could make it to Ross Island on foot. At least one clammer taking advantage of the full tide, there has been a number of the past few days, clams around $1/lb.

The ladies on the move this morning down to St. George and St. Stephen areas to check out the Garden Centres in those areas. Report is the Centres still not well stocked with items not common at the local business, also both saying they are cutting back on the gardening effort, will see.

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THURSDAY, MAY 15/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:33 AM GMT on May 15, 2014


A milder start to the day, currently 8C with a southerly flow, overcast, indications suggest sunny breaks, temp not to increase much but into the double digit range as the day moves along. Long weekend weather looking better all the time, any rain might be off until Monday, always wary of southerly influence, fog lurking not far away.

Donna & Patsy off on their annual spring look at Garden Centres, not great weather to be considering planting, gardens still a mess and ground very cold. This trip has been an event for many years, and they have a grand time touring, and getting ideas for the gardens and window boxes.

Donna & Emily had a good trip 'away', Rob managed to make it for lunch, Rob not coming home for the Long Weekend, The majority of the class moving out of their abodes this weekend, they all begin the practicum portion of the Course on Tuesday, not back together till mid June for a few days prior to Graduation. Seems the plan is assist those that have 'stuff' to move over the weekend, male bonding at its' best. The class is from all over the Province, seems Rob is about the only one with a chance in St. John.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 14/15

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on May 14, 2014


Millpond calm, temp a cool 2C, but will make it into double digits as the day unfolds, hazy, forecast suggests mostly sun with possible cloudy periods later on. The showers suggested for tomorrow moved to clouds, and nice conditions for the next few days, sun and higher temps for the long weekend.

Emily and Donna a Dr.'s appointment this morning, then a survey of how the shopping may improved since a week or so ago. A nice day to travel, especially with no great itinerary to follow.

More lawns being mowed with the better weather bringing on the grass in grand style, trees still reluctant to move very quick, a hint of green is about all one can see so far, a few buds, a hint of what is to come.

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TUESDAY, MAY 13/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 13, 2014

Clear, cool at 3C but will rise to mid double digits as the day moves along, still a northerly flow 10-15KPH, nice temps during the day, however near the freezing mark overnight for the next couple of days. Clear for most of the week, but moisture in the forecast for Thursday, first long weekend of the summer season looking pretty good.

Wood pile has been split, most of it stowed, a few sticks to shorten and will finish the effort for this year. Need some time to allow the wood to cure, will see what the next few months give to have this happen.

Fishery news fairly static, is activity on the weir building front, no further word on any herring being found or seen around the island. Seiners have a little quota left for the month, then stood down till new quota issued in June. Local lobster fisherman will be looking for fresh bait once again, the last batch of cuttings appeared to be from good size fish.

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MONDAY, MAY 12/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on May 12, 2014

Yesterday was summer like conditions, today something akin to late November. The high yesterday in low 20's bright sun, currently overcast northerly 20-25KPH, temp 5C. Temp not to rise much above high single digits, with a possibility of seeing some sun. Next few days an improvement promised with moisture for the end of the week.

Donna planning on getting at the yardwork, however has decided inside work more appropriate in these conditions. Fellows on the water went to bed last evening expecting a good day on the water, now will have to contend with cold northerlies with no respite for the daylight hours.

Lobster catch and quality on the upswing with a downswing in the price, forecast is less that $5/lb next time around. Seems the tankhouses have started to replenish their stock, price down far enough to make it worthwhile to speculate on future price of the animals.

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MOTHERS DAY, MAY 11/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on May 11, 2014


Sun attempting to make an appearance, a bit overcast and hazy, calm, temp already 10C, expect to make into mid double digits by noon. Similar conditions for the next few days, moisture by end of the week.

A few birds around, not many for sure, apparently no amount of nesting birds on the outer islands evident. Nothing for them to eat, no fish to amount to anything, no garbage dumps for them to forage for a meal.

Lobster catch remains a positive subject of conversation, level of catch goes up, and the price continues to slide, still around the $5 per lb mark.

First BBQ of the season, to mark Mothers Day, did remember to check the gas tank, should be good to go.

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SATURDAY, MAY 10/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on May 10, 2014

Temp not bad at 8C, after that weather goes down hill, overcast, heavens soon to release moisture, for the day into the evening. Temp to rise into double digits, along with the southerly wind currently 25-30KPH, can expect it to reach 40KPH later on today. Tomorrow a warm day with isolated showers, outlook for the week not bad temps and sun till late in the week.

Rob and his mother on the 5:30PM trip yesterday, Shauna has spent the week with brother Roy, had a grand time travelling between St. John and a daily trip across the border to see what shopping changes occurred overnight between visits.

The woodpile getting well along, a couple of more hours will have it split and stowed, time line a bit longer than years past, but still not too far off. Once that is cleared up the yard work will take a few hours to get under control.

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FRIDAY, MAY 9/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 09, 2014

A change in the weather this way comes, clear with a hint of haze a possible forerunner to showers and light rain beginning this evening. A northerly draft, temp 5C will climb to double digits as the day moves along, Mothers Day moving towards isolated showers as the order of the day, time to get BBQ out no matter what the weather.

Weir activity evident, stakes being sharpened, haven't seen any pile drivers moving around as yet, and reports of herring on front of the island, suggesting time to git-r-done and hope the fish show up for weeks to come. Lobster price remains in the $5.25/lb range, possible a bit more, catch reports suggest level is acceptable, always could be better I suppose.

Rob made his weekly request for some extra 'gas money' to allow him to make it Blacks and home for the weekend. Boat traffic remains busy, a bit early for 'strangers from away' to impact the level of traffic, however smolts should be moving in the next few days.

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THURSDAY, MAY 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:55 AM GMT on May 08, 2014

A nice one this morning, harbour mill pond calm, a cool 4C expected to make it to the double digit range early afternoon. A slight northerly influence in the wind pattern remains, soon should be southerly influence to allow warmer weather to show up. Moisture over the weekend, however temps are on the rise.

Managed to get a bit of work done on the woodpile, grass will soon require some attention before it is too far along, some lime then fertilizer will bring it on to the point of complaining about the amount of time required to look after it.

Be a good day on the water, temp about right for working, no wind and lots of daylight to haul the traps. Daylight entering the swamp early, around 0500HRS red sky is more than a little evident.

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WEDNESDAY, MAY 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on May 07, 2014


A grand one underway this morning, clear, a very slight NW draft, temp a cool 3C but will remain clear and temp to hit double digits by noon, similar conditions for the next couple of days. Indication that showers will be around by the weekend.

Boat well used on the trips I was on yesterday, all local folks doing whatever, obvious seiners had some fish past couple of nights. Lots of tanks of bait heading home, first fresh bait of the season, however will be no more till first of next week. Some of the weir guys still waiting for stakes, some of those ordered still standing haven't been harvested at yet, will awhile before they show up, if at all.

No birds in the harbour this morning, must have taken to the air pretty early, or have moved their location for a bit of feed.

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TUESDAY, MAY 6/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:11 AM GMT on May 06, 2014

The start of the morning looking good, red sky, a slight draft from the north, temp 5C, weather to give showers and temp might make it to the double digit mark by this afternoon. Yesterday a pleasant surprise with temps making double digit and clear, warmer weather does exist.

Pleasant surprise folks from London, Ontario dropped by to check on me, Ruth & Brian have been visiting the island past few years and take time to drop in and say hello. Great to see them, Ruth shared they have been married over sixty years, were in business together, only recently selling the business and they can still argue once in awhile, however this was described as still able to communicate. Great to see them, and they dropped off some booty for us, all good.

Large flock of brant forming up along the shore, several hundred waiting for the command to move out. No other signs of birds, have had a solitary goose this past few mornings, either is immature or has lost his mate.

A day trip to the St. Stephen area, haven't been over that way since last fall, a quick foray across the border in order, before business meetings over lunch.

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MONDAY, MAY 5/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on May 05, 2014


Overcast, a draft from the north, a cool 3C, forecast suggesting break in the cloud's, slight increase in temp as the day moves along to high single digits. Difficult making into the double digit range for an extended period, however is a suggestion the weather will improve as the week unfolds, remains to be seen.

Larger flock of brant infront of the house this morning, impressive when they decided to relocate, a smaller group came in once they left. Not many geese about, possibly nesting, as most breeds of ducks not very evident during the day, at least.

A bit more weir activity underway, with stakes being sharpened and pile drivers being upgraded, once weather, if, improves work will begin. No real sign of herring being reported, seiners never found anything on the Banks the other night, possibly a bit early.

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SUNDAY, MAY 4/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on May 04, 2014

Grand weather to start the day, mild 6C, bright sun, calm, with just a hint of the southerly that will bring showers by this afternoon. Temp to rise slightly before the clouds move in, clearing this evening with nice weather forecast for the upcoming week.

Rob returned to St. John last boat yesterday, has a class project required to be on the desk tomorrow, he is working with another in the class, has an impact on his final exam. In school such preparations not a high priority in his scholastic preparations, will see.

Returned on the 1:30OPM yesterday, a fair load for that time of day and day of the week, a number of concert goers in the crowd. A trip to COSTCO, and a couple of other must stops before returning home works on such a schedule.

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SATURDAY, MAY 3/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on May 03, 2014


Clear, calm, a cool 2C, temp to increase to low double digits by noon. The threat of clouds by late afternoon, moisture for tomorrow, and to start the week. Positive outlook is for temps to be in double digit temp, some indication we may have some clearer weather to go with it - SPRING?

ADVENTURE on the run had a deck load of vehicles for 2nd trip, all local folks. She made the run in 80 minutes, not sparing the horses, getting on the move from the crossing still a novel experience.

The concert by Toby KIETH nearly 90 minutes of controlled bar/red neck music, not a down moment. The crowd all ages, it wasn't long before he had the crowd into within two sets. A grand show fir sure, I was not aware of his music before, but now will be on the lookout for his music.

Rob made it home but back here tonight, has a project to work on with his group for his Course, at least that is his explanation.

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FRIDAY, MAY 2/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on May 02, 2014

Day starting with temps on the plus, 5C supposed to be in the double digits by afternoon. Fog beginning to burn off with sun in the forecast with similar temps for the next couple of days, gotta like it. Longrange becoming more positive with sun showing for most days but moisture still possible to begin the new week.

A sleepover in St. John to attend Toby KIETH concert tonight at Harbour Station, expect a raucous evening, with a bit of dining prior to the event, along with good friends makes for a great diversion. Haven't been ashore for a few weeks, trust CANDIAN TIRE still going, will check it out to make sure.

Rob home this evening, the usual casual txt showed up a bit early once he realized we were travelling today, wanted to insure he had some gas money to make it to Blks this evening. The ADVENTURE back on the run yesterday on the 5:30PM trip from Blacks Harbour, she will have to give some service before folks have great faith in her machinery.

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THURSDAY, MAY 1/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:54 AM GMT on May 01, 2014

The wet weather forecast is indeed in place, temp 3C to move into higher single digits on the high end for a change, showers and rain for all day. Clearing for tomorrow and moving into the weekend forecast is improving with temps moving towards mid double digits and the moisture giving over to cloudy and sun, possible Spring may make an appearance after all.



Rob enroute home for the weekend, BERNICE doing what a vehicle is supposed to do, carry speakers that take up the trunk, and play ITUNES, for the moment she is doing her thing. Emily pursuing some prospects, not much on the go for young people, especially female, if you are not a fisher person or working Aquaculture shore jobs are scarce.

Work on the ADVENTURE has been underway past couple of days, last word hoping for sea trials today and back on the run for tomorrow. The V's time in drydock has been postponed till September, after the Tourist Season.

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