By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 31, 2009

Looked geat at daylight, now the fog returning to the harbour, Ross Island merely an outline at the moment. Calm, temp 17C, a threat of rain for the next few days, as if this was something new in the forecast.

Lots of water down yesterday as we had torrential downpours on more than a few occasions, fortunatly short in duration.

Remains quiet in the fishery world, the netters tied up it seems due to lack of quota. A few boats scalloping, herring news for the wiers none, the summer season getting away quickly with no contribution from that sector.

Dulsing pretty well a bust due to lack of market, capped by no weather for drying when an oppportunity to sell is available. The economic picture for the community as poor as it has been for decades.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 31, 2009

Looked geat at daylight, now the fog returning to the harbour, Ross Island merely an outline at the moment. Calm, temp 17C, a threat of rain for the next few days, as if this was something new in the forecast.

Lots of water down yesterday as we had torrential downpours on more than a few occasions, fortunatly short in duration.

Remains quiet in the fishery world, the netters tied up it seems due to lack of quota. A few boats scalloping, herring news for the wiers none, the summer season getting away quickly with no contribution from that sector.

Dulsing pretty well a bust due to lack of market, capped by no weather for drying when an oppportunity to sell is available. The economic picture for the community as poor as it has been for decades.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:49 AM GMT on July 30, 2009

Same old, same old, wooly again this morning. Can make out the water near the shore, but not much more. Remains calm, 18C for temp. Looking for a wet weekend, hopefully a change will come with the end of the month, whatever bearing that has on the weather.

ROTARY FESTIVAL gets underway tonight, the annual event going to have to contend with poor weather for the duration of the event. This is the long weekend for the middle of summer, should be many folks returning to renew thier Grand Manan roots.

Mom was to participate in the Festival Parade, however weather looks as it might scuttle that possibility.

Travel yesterday, other than fog all the way to and from St. John, light in the traffic area. Boat traffic on both trips pretty well full, a mixture of strangers and local folk.


By: GRANDMANAN, 9:10 AM GMT on July 29, 2009

As daybreaks we have a frequent weather visitor, FOG, and lots of it. A temp of 17C,calm, with the promise of sun later on today. A grand weather day yesterday, certainly appreciate them after this stretch of weather.

A trip to St. John for a Dr's. appointment. Just Shauna and myself, she has some 'shopping' to get done. Lots of ferry trips these days later on this afternoon before the return trip.

Emily out overnight the final part of the trio has returned from her summer adventure. Now the time for the three to get caught up. Yesterday one of the things they accomplished off of thier list of 'must do before whatever age' was to jump off the bridge into the Seal Cove Bridge at high tide. Not being privvy to the list don't know what remains.

Rob at home for last night at least, see his new steed already down the first 8-10 gears. He finds it hard to believe the thing is not a BMX, he will find it hard to get the thing underway or walk.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on July 28, 2009

The forecast may be correct, we have fog with a bright sun working its way through, can see well into the harbour this morning. Total calm, temp 15C, looking for a couple of days of sun - will wait and see.

Rob out overnight, Emily attending an overnight birthday party. Emily has an opportunity to babysit later on today, with some other interest now that she is back in harness for later this week.

A fine article in the Telegraph Journal about the supper on Saturday for the Club. Great to be on the front page of the paper in a positive tone when commenting on Grand Manan.

Travelling tomorrow had no problem getting through for a reservation, qicker than winter travel, either fortunate or another indicator not much travel taking place.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on July 27, 2009

Wooly dosen't quite do the level of fog we have this morning,we can see the shoreline only because it is high water. A humid 17C, a threat of Tstorms for today. A possibility of sun a couple of days this week, one has to be a little skeptical that this might be the case.

A reality of the local economic situation as we near another school year. Two of Emily's peers will be moving in the near future, the major concern is economic, folks must go where the work is.

Emily out overnight, Rob below decks, however has plans to be on the move later on today. His contact come too late last night to put it together.

Fishery, like the weather, remains dreary. No herring locally very few in any of the wiers in the Bay, the seiners reportadly did not get what they wanted last week. It appears an almost total absence of good news on this front.


By: GRANDMANAN, 11:23 AM GMT on July 26, 2009

The all to familiar refrain, "WOOLY this morning", going to be heard. Thick fog, can't see the shore from the house. Calm, 14Ctemp, just enough southerly to insure the fog stays put, and have the flag wave ever so lazy. No change in the forecast for next couple of days.

Emily home, and back in babysitting harness, with more inquiries last evening wanting to know if she was ready to go. She slept for fourteen hours, but seems to have readjusted to home rather easily.

The ferry run still a bit of a mix up, however by last evening the ramp causing the delays should be back in use.Very few travelling, will take sometime before the level of confidence for the traveller to return, summer tourism will take a hit.

The Evening with Chef Michael SMITH put on by the B&G Club a great success. Two sittings sold out great to see the logistics of putting such an event together, loads of volunteers along with the big name made the event an enjoyable experience. SMITH returns around Thanksgiving as part of the national promotion of his latest CookBook, proceeds from the event to go to the Club, He and the other volunteers recieved a great ovation from the crowd.


By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on July 25, 2009

Fog coming and going, wind and rain have quit,at least for the moment. Wind 10KPH southerly, temp 15C, similar conditions for the day, hope for clearing tomorrow.

Emily arrived home late yesterday afternoon. Roy and Cynthia had them underway shortly after 0900. They finally got on a ferry and underway from Blacks 1430HRS or there about. The hold up not a problem just one of those things to add to the 'what I did this summer' story.
She glad to be home, even brought her brother a rememberance, he responded with a thank-you, indicating they do communicate to one another.
After orientation within the household onto MSN to catch up on the activities of her new best friends, of which there to be many.

Both ferries running, takes a little more time to load and off load due to having to use the old wharf. Under the cirucmstances nobody is complaining about a short delay in travel time. The word is to have the matter rectified sometime today. Amazing how a couple of regular trips will have this event just one of those things that can happen.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on July 24, 2009

Dreary looking out over the harbour this morning, drain tide, and drizzle makes for a damp picture. Mortherly 15-20KPH,can expect this weather for the next couple of days. Expecting some wind and lots of rain before the day is over.

The ferry expected to be on the run this morning, unable to confirm that as yet. The litle one run five trips last couple of days. Reports she was full leaving the island, not the case coming this way, word travels no reliable service and one who has options coming to the island not one of them.

Emily to return to the fold today, beyond belief that four weeks have gone by when she began this adventure. Order for roast beef dinner on Sunday and pizza tonight have already been placed. Roy will contact us when he has them enroute from Moncton.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 23, 2009

Overcast, calm, a muggy 16C. might get a bit of clearing this morning messy weekend in store weather wise.

The ferry remains tied to the wharf, parts for repair are on site or enroute. Last word yesterday hoping for early tomorrow to be back on the run. The turmoil at the terminal under control, nobody travelling unless they have an appointment type of thing. No amount of truck traffic starting to have an impact, the rockweed harvest at a standstill, feed for aquaculture stock not in transit. The local grocery stocked, but supplies not great. Lots of specualation of what caused the engine trouble, most accept they are machines and machines are destined to fail at sometime in thier existance.

Rob "The Satuarated" returned to his own pit last evening. Rained hard previous night when he awoke all contents in the tent were beyond drying at one time. They had activities till last night felt it prudent to call it an event. He got through the door at 9:0OPM, smelling high of woodsmoke and a couple of days of tenting. Suggested a shower might be in order, he agreed, never seen him since he went into his room.

Emiy final day of her adventure ends tonight with a 'gala' she is looking forward to the social and not looking forward to the farewells tomorrow. Brother Roy picking up the wayward ones and depositing them in Blacks for us. He suggested the weather wasn't good for golfing so might as well go for a drive, I did not argue.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:52 AM GMT on July 22, 2009

Rain, humid, 17C temp, calm. This the pattern with a few Tstorms in the mix for the next few hours. With little respit in sight till at least the weekend.

The GRAND MANAN V still remains off the run, latest 'best case scenario' is late on Friday. Parts from Holland being flown over, local charter service goes to the receiving airport and gets them to the vessel. Situation critical for tourism, the Black Boat expected to start running around the clock in an attempt to move traffic. She carries 25 vehicles compared to the 65 the one that is down, a vast contrast in capacity.

I haven't heard on any horror stories at the terminals, but this type of tie up of traffic was the norm not too many years ago when the small boat was all that we had.

Emily and her group to return home on Friday, now have to figure out how to retrieve them. She checked in yesterday and expressed an interest on how that was going to be done, but she didn't miss anyone, just a point to be addressed.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 21, 2009

The fog has moved off to the harbour, the tops of the trees on Ross Island are barely visible. Calm, overcast, a humid 15C, giving a chance of rain for the next couple of days.

The ferry once again down, made one trip yesterday, same problem, same piston. She is tied up in North Head waiting for the engine expert from Halifax, and parts from Holland. A great combination to get her back on the run in short order. Have been advised she is off for at least today and tomorrow. The black one making four trips, but hardly a dent in the traffic for this time of year. Tourism hard hit as it is, now this at the what should prime travelling season compounding a poor season, to make an understatement.

Rob and his peers having a grand time at the campout. He and another fellow left to play ball but rushed right back after the game, in hopes of not missing any of the planned activities. Quite a testament to the young people that put the campout together.

Emily checked in, already making plans to attend next year, and reluctantly ready to return home. She has to get back to the babysitting wars to replace some funds, and get her plans for school purchases straightened out.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:32 AM GMT on July 20, 2009

Great looking morning, bright sun, total calm, temp already 15C. This to be the forecast for the next couple of days, then the usual rain will return.

Yesterday the fog left near noon, resulting in a great weather day certainly a welcome change.

Rob participating in a four night teen camp out at the Anchorage. Let him off yesterday looking for 60-70 youth, if the weather co-operates they should have a grand time.

Emily checked in last night, not particularly ready to return to the fold. She did mention in passing that her funds were dangerouslylacking, don't believe she made an impression on the banker.

Most of the wiers on the front of the island now appear dressed, ready to catch fish. Haven't heard any news one way or the other on the herring catch. Netters will probably have the quota caught up this week, seems plenty of fish, still low price and no amount of quota.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on July 19, 2009

Another wooly morning, visibility can be measured in yards. Calm, a temp of 15C, forcast for rain later on. Clearing the first of the week for a few days, a little sun more than welcome.

Rob to be camping with the youth group for the next four or five nights. Tonight will be damp, after that should be a good time.

Emily has been intouch regularly this past little while. No Parlee Beach yesterday, weather a problem, an afternoon of bowling did the trick. A social gathering last eveing, and one of Havens' sisters picking them up today for a change of pace.

Not much going on in the fishery or anything else it seems. Too quiet the community should be bustling with tourists and the fishery doing its thing, not the case.

Saturday, July 18/09

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:58 AM GMT on July 18, 2009

Don't believe the fog could be any thicker, something akin to being inside a wool mitten at the moment. Calm, a slight draft NNE, 14C temp. Expecting rain with some thunder by this afternoon, chance might clear for awhile tomorrow.

Rob out overnight, no evening report from Emily, believe there was a mall crawl in the offing for the cultural event last evening. A trip to Parlee Beach planned for today, can only hope she is having better weather than what is going on here.

Hard season on Adventure Tours, the combination of terrible weather, and fewer tourists makes for poor trips for the whale watchers, kayakers, etc. The season is getting down to a few weeks remaining.

Rob to attend a youth camp at the local Provincial Campground for a few days tomorrow, weather at this moment looking a little iffy.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 17, 2009

Wooly this morning, just make out the shoreline, calm, 15C temp. This is the weather pattern for the weekend, possible will clear sometime on Sunday.

The new complex well used during the day with the Boys&Girls Club having lots of activities. There is no movement on the completion of the arena, window of opportunity to have something in place for this winter starting to be in jeporday. No word one way or the other from the senior levels of government. Be good to have a decision to then be able to deal with the reality one way or the other.

Netters getting thier quota in short order, as usual not enough quota to make a anymore than a weeks pay. Price does not allow a buffer for those weeks no fishing is done. A great formula for falling behind financially.

Kid front quiet, Rob home in his own pit, no call from Emily. Her funding must be adequate for the moment.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on July 16, 2009

A mackeral back sky at the start, now beginning to cloud over. Calm, temp a cool 12C, looking for overcast today with a chance of moisture later on this evening.

Emily checked in once again, Donna chased her shopping which showed Emily had spent a bit more than she realized. A firm "this is the last deposit in your account" was the warning. Seemed to be alright with Emily, one could imagine the grin on her face from here. She has another week, still maintains that all is well, but did suggest that on pick up day would be nice if her nan was there for the occasion.

Rob out once again for the night, no bike, don't know how that will work. I was at a meeting so unable to transport his steed, he has been putting miles on the new bike for sure, one end of the island to the other it seems. He does have some lawn duties to attend to, but the weather might give him a further reprieve for a couple of days.

Local fishery remains quiet, don't know if any lobster fishing going in the 'grey zone' or not. The price seems to be a little better now that the season is closed.

At the meeting two participants involved in Tourism stated they are down 30% from this time last year, a disaster and the weather has not helped.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 15, 2009

Another great looking morning, a bright red sun showed up over Ross Island, calm, a nice 15C for temp, just enough westerly to move the flag on occasion. Moisture in the offing for the next couple of days, but moving towards a better forecast it seems.

Emily made her daily call with no great news other than she is worried her cash flow might be in jeporday. Her nan will look into today, another way of saying funds will be in her account before the day is ore. Adamant she is doing well, and not homesick, the group of friends she mentions would be enough to keep her busy for sure.

Rob out to another overnight guitar jamming session, having spent antoher afternoon at Millers Pond. Did manage to get some lawnmower time out of him, on the riding mower, the push mower requires a little more incentive.

Moving offices into the new complex near completion, quite a spot. Still no financial assistance on getting the arena completed for ice making. The arena portion, in its current state, almost a blight when compared to the building that is completed.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on July 14, 2009

A rare morning, no fog, clear, the odd cloud attempting to hide the sun, calm, temp 14C. Forecast is clear and sun for next couple of days then rain for the weekend.

Boat traffic, from observations, seems to be on a slight increase. More New Brunswick vehicles than in past years, a few New England with a number of Ontario plates in the mix.

Emily's phone calls to check in becoming almost a daily occurrence. Not much to report just wants to speak with her grandmother, the rest of us are as they say 'chopped liver'.

Rob doing baseball and pool activities, the pool cool, but not as bad as the Bay of Fundy, where he thinks nothing of spending hours with no complaint.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on July 13, 2009

Fog attempting to move off, can see out into the harbour, supposed to clear by this afternoon. Calm, 15C, 'mainly sunny' in the forecast for the remainder of the week, whatever that means.

Lots of waterfowel infront of the house, a contingent of geese on the seawall, getting a feed of grass.

Emily reported in, Sunday they can go on thier own. She and Haven took in a couple of movies with a side order of shopping. Appears to have been a good day, no rain in Moncton to dampen the trip.

Rob returned with a buddy for overnight, weather permitting the pool is on the agenda for them as the day unfolds. Too damp to get the lower lawn done, it is getting to the stage ' it must be done'.

A few boats rigged for netting, price not great, haven't heard how they are doing. Herring news sparse most of the Carriers hadn't moved by suppertime yesterday, indicating no wier fish to pick up.


By: GRANDMANAN, 11:17 AM GMT on July 12, 2009

A dramatic change in weather conditions, rain, fog, and a southerly breeze @15-20KPH. Temp 13C, weather pattern to remain as such for the day and into tomorrow. Some relief by Tuesday.

Rob recharged to the tune of 13 hours, another day at Millers Pond, swimming and hot dogs the order of the day. He out overnight once again, another part of the gang at North Head.

Emily holding her own, Magic Mountain a huge success, got some burn, not too bad. The dance was "OK I guess", other than this assessment no further comment. Today a down day for them, appears a movie is on the agenda this afternoon. Anticipate a more concise report of the weekend activities before the day is over.

Vegetable gardens taking a dirty one, potatoes appear to be the only group thriving on the poor weather.

Fishery news remains quiet.


By: GRANDMANAN, 11:18 AM GMT on July 11, 2009

Fog this morning, should burn off as the morning moves along. Temp 14C, just enough draft to move the flag from the SW. Trying to get around to the west once that happens should clear the fog. Rain in the offing once again starting tomorrow.

Emily checked in suppertime yesterday, preparation for the dance underway. Conferring with her Nan on what goes with what, appearance is impression I guess. Another hard day instore for them today, the group go to Magic Mountain Water Park for the day. They have crammed some activities in this first couple of weeks that would be hard to duplicate on your own.

Rob's burning the candle at both ends caught up to him last evening. His overnighting, then spreading dulse yesterday at 0600 for a couple of hours led to his getting movies last evening, when he started to watch them drifed off. Buddies dropped in around 8PM, deep in the sleeping hole, not interested in getting out.

A little yardwork to get done before weather goes south once again has been mentioned.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 10, 2009

Sun is back for another visit, calm, temp still a cool 9C, expected to get into the low 20's pretty quick. Same for tomorrow with a chance of showers on Sunday, then back to decent weather.

Emily checked in 0630, opportunity to speak with her Nan without any other commitments I suspect. Things going well, the Shediac Lobster Festival a 'blast', ranking as a highlight of the experience so far. Her circle of friends now includes a young man from Moncton, dance tonight where he will be her escort. She is certainly having a good time, still another couple of weeks to go.

Rob has had an exhausting day or so, Donna kept him in the yard getting his lawn mowing, whipper snipping skills enhanced. He hasn't been seen since, afternoon at Millers Pond, overnight jamfest at one of the buddies. He will crash soon for a recharge, a summer at 13yrs. of age should be busy in this manner, once they are behind you they are gone.

Local fishery news remains quiet, a few boats netting, a few scalloping up the Bay.Most of the fleet tied up wondering what to do next.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:39 AM GMT on July 09, 2009

Finally a monring that starts to make amends for the extended time in the weather wilderness. About half tide, absolute calm, Ross Island reflecting halfway across the harbour, 13C, lots of SUN. This is the type of weather can expect for the next few days, O my.

There is life in the harbour, lots of geese near the mouth of Bonny Brook. Can't see if there are any new ones in the group or not.

A few wier herring showing up on the back of the island, still some under construction. Seiners are getting what they need from the Grand Manan Banks or the Nova Scotia shore.

Emily checking in again yesterday in the afternoon, wanting to touch base with her nan. However did mention the group were headed to Lobster Festival, and inquiring about funds being placed in her account to insure she could participate in the 'culture' whenever she felt it was a good thing.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on July 08, 2009

At least no fog, drizzle, no wind, temp still a cool 12C. The forecast is for this type of weather for today, clearing tomorrow, with a possibility of a couple of days of sun.

Emily called three times yesterday, not admitting she was homesick, but did miss her grandmother. On one of the calls requested to speak to her brother. They admitted they missed one another and didn't mind who overheard the confession. Her friends folks travelling that way this weekend, just to let us know we didn't have to make the trip. More funds required in the bank account, weather permitting they are off to Magic Mountain for the day.

Rob tenting overnight, can't imagine they could keep warm with a combination of temp and drizzle, will wait and see if he gets home early this morning for a nap.

The community appreciation gathering for Dr. DAPENA well underway for tomorrow afternoon. He has dedicated THIRTY-EIGHT years of his life to the island practising medicine, most of that time by himself.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 07, 2009

A small change in the weather, clear, however a cool 11C being pushed by a NE breeze 20-25KPH. Nice temps for Sept., overcast with possibility of showers once again. Sun in the forecast for Thurs. and Friday then back to the same old same old.

Dad had his final moment on stage well prepared, simple. The Legion, an important part of his life, played a signifigant role in the service. At the internment a piper played as he was laid to rest.

The weather inland no better than we have had here, except yesterday better weather here with good temps and sunshine. Overcast and threats of rain all day, the weather pretty well poor all over it seems.

Rob now has a 'proper'bike he had long since outgrown his 20"BMX, plus at his advanced age they are no longer the vehicle to be seen sporting. Promises he will work it off during the summer, by mowing the lawn. He could be getting quite a deal if this weather remains as is.


By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on July 05, 2009

There is sunshine in the world, bright first thing this morning, now becoming obscured by cloud cover. Temp a cool 13C, wind westerly @10-15KPH. Long range giving a showing of the sun as week moves along, let us hope this is the case.

Emily checked in yesterday, all appears as it should in her world. Lots of new friends mentioned, the school is to her liking, keeping her and the entire group very busy. She seems to be making out just fine with this extended separation, did suggest that a few more shekels in her bank account might help things go better for her.

Brothers gathering in Fredericton today, father's funeral tomorrow. In his nineth year, a massive stroke ended his run, his quality of life good till the very end.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on July 04, 2009

Another thunderstorm this morning, lots of rain, now calm, fog,barely see the shoreline, a temp of 14C. Longrange forecast remains consistant with no relief from the showers or rain till Thursday.

Our friends to the south celebrating thier Independance this weekend. Not likley the fireworks from across the Channel will be visible tonight.

The thunderstorms we had yesterday took our power out for an hour or so before they started the local diesel generating plant. The thunder was pretty good here, even more so on the mainland. No great amount of damage resulted from the washouts, however if it had kept up for any length of time the potential for damage certainly there. The ground is not capable of accepting anymore rain, it just makes it way to the Bay as quickly as possible.

Emily has not made contact this week, must assume she is making out alright with her new found friends. Would be good to confirm such is the case.


By: GRANDMANAN, 10:37 AM GMT on July 02, 2009

Remains WOOLY, good thing it is high water or would not know the harbour was out there. Calm, 15C temp, no relief in the forecast for the next sevral days.

CANADA DAY program managed to move forward, the weather relented at the appropiate times to let the celebrations move forward without too much disruption. Rob watched the greasy pole with much interest, some where natural majority ended up in the cold water.

A little weather window allowed the riding portion of the lawn to be completed, albiet quite a bit of mist in the air when trying to mow puddles on the lawn.

Moving the Village Offices today and tomorrow from North Head to the new complex. This will complete this phase of the project, now to scramble to have ice making capabilities is the next priority. No further commitment from senior levels of government - O for some stimulus dollars.


By: GRANDMANAN, 11:07 AM GMT on July 01, 2009

Certainly WOOLY this morning, can hear the White Head Ferry blowing, can't see the shoreline. Calm, only a 12C for a temp. Forecast is rain for the next few days, no relief in sight.

The CANADA DAY celebrations will take a hard one as far as participation is concerned. Unfortunate as a great deal of planning has provided a plenty of variety all day long.

Emily remains sequestered as no further communique from her these past couple of days.

No herring news to report, the replacement for the MISTRESS now in harness. Haven't spoken with Maurice, however see herring scales on her they must have christened her, over the past few days.

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