GRAND MANAN, N.B.

MONDAY, JUNE 30/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on June 30, 2014

Sun remains the order of the day, a bit of haze evident this morning, a slight westerly draft, temp 14C, expect to climb around 20C, similar conditions till last couple of days this week. Yesterday temp high 20's might have crossed the 30C level at mid afternoon, balmy for this part of the world.

Rob enters the working world this morning, first day on the payroll at BAYVIEW, coming home late trip this evening. He is removing some of the music enhancement 'stuff' from BERNICE and has a market for it, plus suspect an opportunity to get his laundry caught up. He has settled on a 2010 MAZDA, should have it today, an interim concession for the vehicle he 'really' should have, moving forward will be his decision.

Last of the traps hit the wharf yesterday, amazing how many of them went by the house, same with the other wharves on the island all busy getting them ashore or moving to the summer fishery. A bit of halibut quota remains, Tony getting prepared to set trawl tomorrow, the fishery will be short-lived, especially if any amount of fish are available.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 29/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on June 29, 2014

A warm 17C already this morning, not a breath of wind, clear, temp to rise mid 20's again today, similar conditions in the forecast till at least mid week.

Traps in the harbour all cleaned up, wharves were busy yesterday with gear coming home, trucks and trailers going well into the evening. Some crews will be done till second Tuesday in November, others have already moved to the Grey Zone, and stories of gear conflict already being told, will be a hard spot for the next little while for sure.

No definitive word on the ADVENTURE when she will be back on the run, anticipation was she would be making the move late trip yesterday, hasn't been confirmed.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 28/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:19 AM GMT on June 28, 2014

Weekend starting as forecast, lots of sun, a modest 10C will climb into mid20's, a SW breeze for this afternoon. Similar conditions for next few days. great for the CANADA DAY CELBRATIONS on 1 JUL.

Lots of gear coming ashore yesterday, fishing in AREA 38 ends tomorrow, emphasis will move to the Grey Zone over the next few weeks, some boats already moved, others taking a breather then moving down later on in the summer. Crates of lobsters at the car last evening strong out as if it was fall fishing, impressive to say the least.

Checked the reservation section of the COASTAL TRANSPORT site, indicating both ships will be running tomorrow, if I am reading it correct the V must be on the side today with the ADVENTURE back on the run, V included in the schedule tomorrow, that is good.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 27/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on June 27, 2014

A grand contrast to weather conditions from a few hours ago, bright sun, a WNW draft, temp 12C, to rise in mid 20's and breeze to diminish as the day moves along. Similar conditions for the Holiday Weekend, gotta luv it.

Graduation went well, parking at Harbour Station in the middle of the afternoon, with a carnival in the parking lot, heavy rainfall a bit of a challenge. The ceremony moved along very well, large attendance, believe over four hundred received diplomas. Atmosphere, very relaxed, dress code casual, a bit different than one would expect at a university function. A good time had by all, lots of good natured antics, from the grads and folks in the audience, Rob did well received with his diploma with Honours, had a 4.4 GPA out of a possible 5. He is now one step further to stepping into the real world.

Traffic on the ferry full, but still a few spaces in the morning, and many more on the late trip. Amazing how the V has become that much smaller from the ADVENTURE, a bit of NE yesterday 20-25KPH, boat moving around, one of the crew mentioned several travellers were seasick on the trips, getting used to the bigger more stable vessel.
No definitive word when the ADVENTURE will be back on the schedule, however expect it within next day or so.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 26/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:02 AM GMT on June 26, 2014

Thick fog, calm, temp 11C, Rainfall Warning in effect till late this evening, moving through all day, clearing by tomorrow with nice temps and sun the order of the day for the weekend, and beginning of next week.

Trip to Harbour Station in order today, Rob's Graduation this afternoon at 3PM, will allow him to take me around to some car lots to see what he is interested in, to replace BERNICE. Seems what he is interested in and what is affordable creates a bit of a gap that has to be dealt with.

Lobster catch remains high, signs the resource is healthy remain positive, catch levels, for this time of year, unprecedented. Remains to see what happens when the activity moves to the Grey Zone where a large number of traps from both the U.S.A. and Canada are already in place.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 25/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on June 25, 2014

A change in the weather for next day or so, quickly clouding over, thunderstorm later on with a Rainfall Warning issued for this evening till tomorrow evening. After the system passes looking good for the weekend and the start of week, CANADA DAY saying cloudy, at the moment.

A few traps noticed coming ashore yesterday, season remains open till the 29th. Have no info if any of the wiers are doing anything, after a couple had a squirt a week or so ago.

BERNICE has given it up, a combination of old vehicle and young man has led to her demise, In the process of locating an affordable replacement, interesting exercise from his view of needs and the old people he has to convince.

No definitive word when the ADVENTURE will be on the run, unknown sources say by the weekend she will be on the run, possibly sooner.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 24/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on June 24, 2014

A bit hazy this morning, do believe the sun will take over, and the great weather will continue for another day or so. Calm, temp 14C, but not supposed to rise too much as the day moves along. Rain for Thursday, however suggestion is the sun will be the order of the day for the weekend and beyond.

No update on the status of the GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE, last I heard, not a source close to the issue, is if parts are on site not a long process to get her up and on the run, operative word availability of require parts. Haven't heard if the GMV been able to keep up with traffic, her capacity for trucks much less than the ADVENTURE, would have to think creates quite a back log of trucks and other vehicles.

Great that KENNEBUNKER visit lived up to my brag, weather was certainly ideal, can't say will be the same each time, however anytime you visit no matter what the weather conditions always a new dimension to the experience. Glad to hear Wilma engaged the local dulse harvesters, the greatest asset of the community is the people.

Rob waiting for Graduation Day, and anxious to get to work, Emily still going at the tankhouse, steady go for the next little while.

Notice a few traps coming ashore, not the amount as in years past, some boats will fish hard till the last moment, and again some going straight to the Grey Zone.

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MONDAY, JUNE 23/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on June 23, 2014

Weather continues to be as close to being ideal as possible, total calm, harbour a reflecting pond, temp 12C, will expect to hit low 20's as the day unfolds, A disturbance expected on Thursday, as of this moment a brief visit, then back to summer like for the long weekend.

Lobster fishing in Area 38 nearing an end, traps will be out of the water by the end of the day on 29 JUN, haven't seen going by the house as yet. Also a migration to the Grey Zone of some gear will be the case over the next little while.

Yardwork caught up for the next couple of days, weather like this can see the grass reaching for the heavens, shrubs all have been put in their place, still a few opportunities to plant, or so I have been advised.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 22/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:06 AM GMT on June 22, 2014

A grand one in commence this morning, literally not a cloud in the sky, calm, a nice 13C, temp not supposed to rise much, however believe that part will be on the rise for sure. Similar conditions in the forecast for most of the upcoming week.

GRAND MANAN ADVENTURE on the side for at least a week, yesterday doing some maintenance and problem found to be greater than prepared for, more parts required. The GRAND MANAN V was on the run yesterday as replacement, will continue to do so, this sets the Summer Schedule back for at least a week. Can see traffic back ups as we approach the start of the summer travel season.

Managed to accomplish much of the work in the yard yesterday, still a bit to catch up on today, but should be manageable without too much turmoil.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 21/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:09 AM GMT on June 21, 2014

Summer officially in place in an hour or so, lots of sun, clear, a cool 11C, supposed to rise only to mid teens. the NW breeze remains strong currently 15-20KPH to remain in that range for most of the day. Similar conditions till mid week, then a day or so rain in the forecast.

Boat tending gear in the harbour, another week and those traps coming ashore will be starting to make the trip. Some traps making their way to the Grey Zone, guys getting 'ground' for the next few months in that area.

See in the paper a strange "Puffin" in residence on Seal Island, a TUFTED PUFFIN last seen in this area in 1830, yes 1830, he is not uncommon on the west Coast, not a resident of this coast. Speculation on how he arrived is all over the place, he had to eat and they don't forage on land, either circumnavigate North America or flew the North-west passage are a couple of thoughts.

Rob hunkered down in St. John, guess he has other local interests than visiting the old folks, plus he probably has enough laundry to hold him over for a bit.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 20/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 20, 2014

Another grand one this morning, albeit a bit of wind from NW, clear, temp a modest 11C, supposed to climb a bit near 20C as the day unfolds, yesterday similar temps in forecast by late afternoon 25C was the high. Weekend looking to be near same conditions, with a possibility of some cloud cover.

Good weather being the order of the day any excuses to avoid the yard work is not going to be allowed, the weather has been ideal to allow the lawn to prosper both levels will need attention.

Rob wrote his block yesterday, sooooo hard, no idea of how he made out, results will be mailed next week, sounds familiar from his past scholastic experience. He is ready for work, thought he started on Monday, is a week Monday he looking forward to his first issue of BAYVIEW coveralls, and getting on the payroll, must admit he is not the only one.




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THURSDAY, JUNE 19/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on June 19, 2014

A complete turnaround in the weather from yesterday morning, a grand one in commence, clear, a westerly 15KPH should keep the day bright, temp a pleasant 15C, not to climb past 20C as the day unfolds, ideal for sure. Weekend looking good with a possible show of clouds here and there, but temps remaining the current level.

Good to see KENNEBUNK looking to come this way, must warn her that as great a part of the world she calls home one visit to the BERMUDA OF THE MARITIMES will not be enough. We are looking forward to wandering down the Maine Coast in a few weeks, never gets to be same old, same old, always something new or see for the first time. Hope she makes reservations for the trip, traffic heavy on that crossings, more so as beginning of the weekend travel.

Rob remaining on the mainland for the weekend, writes his FIRST BLOCK exam today, if he passes will give him first of four he is required to complete for his Ticket. Also has been given the go ahead to start work at BAYVIEW on Monday, they are taking him on and giving him the day for his Graduation, then back to work, entering the real world all of sudden.

Emily still at the Tankhouse, today should see her full, has been pretty intense past few weeks, now a summer of babysitting and an opportunity to work in the Hospitality Industry on her days not babysitting, a busy summer for her.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 18/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on June 18, 2014

Forecast rain has arrived with a rain warning with Tstorms mixed in coming up the coast, supposed to clear early in the evening, SE draft. Sun in the forecast for remainder of the week with cloud cover a possibility. Temp expected to be in high teens.

Fishery news remains the same, lobster catch has slacked to some degree due to the full tides, however catch remains a positive subject of conversation.

Boat traffic remains strong, smolt still a large part of the tractor trailer traffic, starting to notice more than the odd 'stranger from away' travelling the roads.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 17/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on June 17, 2014

A grand one in commence this morning, total calm, clear, 10C, temp to near double, conditions to remain clear a southerly breeze by this afternoon bringing some overnight rain showers, unsettled for tomorrow, remainder of the week looking good.

Donna and Lindsay off to St. John this morning with her father, well into his 93rd year doctor has advised a replacement for current pacemaker in order. The procedure local and about fifteen minutes in time, they will manage a visit to COSTCO prior to the time return home 5:30PM trip.

Boat traffic remains high, the GRAND MANAN V will be on the run in a couple of weeks, a trip every two hours on each end of the run should help in keeping things cleaned up.

Tankhouse residents nearly full, a couple of days will finish it up for this round, how they are distributed during the next few months will be a first for this company, prior all lobsters caught immediately on the market, now they can speculate and take advantage of increases or spot sales at higher prices.

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MONDAY, JUNE 16/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on June 16, 2014

A different weather day in progress from yesterday, wind still strong from NW 15-20KPH, but clear, temp 12C will rise a bit, wind to persist. Similar conditions in the forecast, with better temps for the remainder of the week, with the exception of Wed., with a bit of rain coming this way.

A sign of summer is the showing of lupins, have had indications they are around, this past few days seems they have showed up big time.

Good to see Rob, albeit for a few hours, by the time he got his beauty rest and made a few visits, and a look around not much 'quality time' for the old folks. He writes his Block this week, graduates on the 26th JUN, school has allowed him to start work Grad Week, and BAYVIEW are pleased to take him on that bit early to get him started.

Fishing news remains positive, whale report on Grand Manan Banks, one entangled but has been rescued by the team from Rockland and Campobello with no apparent long term effects. Herring on the Banks have been good for the seiners, a few local weirs have coughed, hopefully a sign of things to come.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 15/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 15, 2014

Strong breeze from NW, can catch a glimpse of the sun once in awhile, however believe the rain is moving in once again. Temp a nice 14C, will rise a bit as the day moves along, mild and sun for the first few days of the new week.

Full tides on once again, bar well exposed this morning, not a clammer in sight taking advantage of the extra bottom to work with.

Fishery news remains positive, with lobster catch still at record breaking levels, price has declined to around the $4/lb mark, however the modest price is off set, to some degree, by the catch level. More boats will be joining the summer fishery in the "grey zone", some boats waiting till later in the summer to make the move, however will be large number of boats running to Seal Island over the next few months.

Rob in residence, made a few contacts with his cronies, however has learned not as much in common with them as In the past.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 14/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on June 14, 2014

Maritime weather in store for next few days, easterly draft, foggy, rain showers, temp 14C might rise a few degrees as the day moves along, these conditions in the forecast for the next few days.

Rob overnighting coming in this afternoon, get his laundry, the Fathers Day Meal then return tomorrow afternoon to St. John. This stage of his journey to the Trade nearly complete, graduation then into the workplace he goes.

Traffic on the ferry remains high volume, last evening full with the exception of the small ramp, last trip leaving here at 7PM would require a ramp to handle the volume. Trucks going over on the late trip significant, smolt and feed trucks the bulk of that heavy traffic, also three or four lines of regular vehicles.

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THURSDAY, JUNE 12/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:19 AM GMT on June 12, 2014

A hazy morning here in Fredericton, temp a nice14C, clouds to increase along with temps, showers in the forecast for next few days, quite a large front moving our way from the south.

Conference going well, good to see fellow Administrators from all across the Province many common concerns, in some instances our operation in very good shape.

Return to the Bermuda of the Maritimes tomorrow afternoon.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 10/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:12 AM GMT on June 10, 2014

Hazy, a muggy 16C, a NE draft, temp to rise a bit as the day moves along, possible showers later on in the day. Similar conditions for the week, one day sun and clouds, next showers, seems the showers are slowly becoming the more prominent of the weather patterns over the next few days.

A change of venue for the remainder of the week, to Fredericton attending annual Administrators Conference, fellow types from all over the Province attending. A great opportunity to Network, and learn how things are going in other parts of the Province, all business of course.

Rob back in school, all hands returned, he enjoyed catching up on the past three weeks of his fellow classmates, and is looking forward the final couple of weeks together.

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MONDAY, JUNE 9/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on June 09, 2014

The promised extended period of sun now in jeopardy, currently overcast/hazy, a mild 14C, calm, possible threat of isolated showers nearly every day this week, nice temps, rain for the weekend. Wind shift from northerly to southerly yesterday afternoon, could notice the difference almost immediately.

A number of waterfowl on patrol this morning, till an eagle flew over at low altitude, most, except the geese took to flight as the bird flew over. One boat hauling traps in the harbour, see them at the start and end of their day, traps not dictated when to haul by what the tide is doing.

Lobster catch still remains very good, the number of crates, after shipping yesterday, in the water something one could expect during fall fishing. Boats going at it pretty strong, season in AREA 38 closes on 29 JUN 14, those boats not going to the Grey Zone will not have a payday till late November, best get while the gettin is good.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 8/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:05 AM GMT on June 08, 2014

Weather best described as spectacular, a very warm 23C for most of the day yesterday, a slight draft, bright sun, has carried over till this morning, now looking as the next week will have similar conditions, soon be asking for rain.

Yard work still in commence, upper lawn tended, still too much moisture in the lower field to knock it down, soon will be looking like a hayfield. Possibly later on today will get at it, if not tomorrow evening.

Boat traffic still remains high, lots of tractor trailers looking after the aquaculture industry, six or eight trucks a day carrying smolt to the various sites, takes up lots of deck space.

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SATURDAY, JUNE 7/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on June 07, 2014

A nice change in the weather, westerly 15-20KPH, sun moving the clouds off, temp already 15C, might make it to the low 20's as the day moves along. Similar conditions for next few days, rain in the forecast by mid-week.

Moncton coming to life once again, the outpouring of support for the members from the community is great. Notice a bouquet of flowers left at the base of the flag pole here at our local detachment. Similar acts of acknowledgement at other detachments in the Maritime Provinces also being reported, all good. The members in uniform appreciate such positive feedback from the general public.

Rob remaining in St. John this weekend, seems he has sufficient laundry, plus the ask for a bit of cash works for him. Returns to the classroom on Monday for the final run to exams and graduation.

Emily hard at it with the lobster tank house, still doing pretty good numbers on a daily basis, the crew have got it to a routine that works well for all hands. Lots of physical parts to the job, she seems to enjoy all aspects, a crate of lobster quite a lift when the crate just about matches her in weight.

Boat hauling traps in the harbour, along way up in, quite something to see this much gear in such shoal water, must be worthwhile, certainly lots of them being caught in other locations.

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FRIDAY, JUNE 6/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on June 06, 2014

Rain has relented to drizzle, rain forecast for remainder of the day, temp a mild 14C, northerly draft, temp will remain near mid teens for the day, tomorrow clearing and higher temps for the next few days.

The tragedy in Moncton has the first phase concluded with the shooter giving up, amazing to think his brag was he was going out with a bang, but when confronted when the members could protect themselves on at least even playing field he decided "I'm done" and offered no resistance. Next phase for those directly involved will not be so easy and time will assist in moving on, but will never take away what has gone on this past few hours.


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THURSDAY, JUNE 5/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on June 05, 2014

Thick fog, calm, temp 10C, expected rise mid teens, with rain for today and tomorrow, weekend looking for clear, and higher temps

A Black Day for Mounted Police, for all citizens, FIVE MEMBERS shot in Moncton last evening, THREE members fatal, two surviving seems they will make it. Early this morning the shooter still not accounted for, City of Moncton pretty well in a lockdown.

Trip to Fredericton good travelling once a few miles in off the Bay of Fundy, clouds and fog give way to clear and mild temps. On return trip first time, for me, on the Welsford Bypass a grand view of the St. John River a bonus to go along with the new highway.

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WEDNESDAY, JUNE 4/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 9:10 AM GMT on June 04, 2014

A change in the weather this morning, overcast, threat of showers, total calm, temp a nice 11C, will rise into high teens as the day moves along. Showers and light rain being forecast for a couple of days, weekend looking better with sun in the forecast, temps remaining moderate.

Donna catching up on the planting, and cleaning up debris in her various gardens, will move over to maintenance with the odd addition being required over the next little while.

Business in Fredericton this morning, quick trip arrive for the information session, attempt to be on the road in time to make the 5:30PM trip. Travelling with no reservation these days very risky, first trip yesterday resulted in many vehicles, trucks and cars being left behind on the first trip out of Blacks Harbour.

Lobster fishery in Nova Scotia, in some locations, shutdown due to glut of critters, In PEI processors unable to get enough workers to keep up with the catch. Local catch still being landed in ever increasing numbers, Emily's group hard at it, a couple of the ladies on the side with various ailments, making their daily production somewhat smaller than expected.

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TUESDAY, JUNE 3/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on June 03, 2014

A "corker" underway again this morning, bright sun, calm, temp already 10C, with an increase in the forecast to the mid teens similar conditions for tomorrow, rain in the forecast after tomorrow for a couple of days.

Waterfowl must be nesting very few sightings of birds in the harbour, a few eiders once in awhile seem to be the majority that are around.

Tankhouse still taking critters, and Rob doing his thing, and still grinning about it.

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MONDAY, JUNE 2/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on June 02, 2014

A cool, overcast start to the day, with the westerly flow, now clearing and temps already at 10C, expect to be in mid double digits and clear for the day and similar weather, with possible warmer temps till end of the week, when some moisture in the forecast.

Boat in the harbour working, should be a good day on the water, temps and wind all good, at the moment at least. Fishing news staying the same, lobster catch and quality remains on the plus side, price still on the decline, last week in the $4.50/lb range. Weir construction underway, a couple ready for twine, when the herring show up, seiners back at it, with success, fresh bait available for the next little while for sure.

A few 'gulls eggin' excursions this weekend, certainly ideal weather to participate. This activity slowed down in recent years, at one time large groups would be visiting the outer islands for the eggs, an experience and a change in the diet.

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SUNDAY, JUNE 1/14

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:06 AM GMT on June 01, 2014

A nice one this morning, still a northerly 10-15KPH, clear temp 8C, conditions to remain with temps in the mid teens, no moisture till end of the week. Gotta luv it, yesterday was a grand one, bright sun, hardly a breath of wind all day, temp in low 20's, makes the poor weather of a few days ago disappear from the mind.

Yard work took precedence yesterday, lawn mowing, window boxes being addressed a bit of lawn repair - winter kill in a few spots. Will complain about mowing before too long but still fertilize to insure it grows and is green.

Lobster catch remains good, a few more buoys showing up further in the harbour each day, a few weeks earlier than what it used to be, past few springs the pattern has changed.

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