GRAND MANAN, N.B.

TUESDAY, JULY 31/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on July 31, 2012

A muggy morning in commence witha draft from the SSW pushing fog up into the harbour. Ross Island slowly disappearing behind the shroud, temp 17C, to rise into mid 20's with overcast, showers overnight, rain tomorrow then back to sun for the Rotary Weekend.

Another couple from Ontario stopped into the check out the contribution by MARS. Impressed with the facility and, and the contribution by MARS. The ad is what brought them to the island, they are glad they did so, the whale watching, birds, weather and people all have been excellent for thier holiday.

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MONDAY, JULY 30/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on July 30, 2012

Bright sun has returned to the fort, temp a moderate 14C to rise mid 20s before dropping back this evening. Calm, Ross Island reflecting well into the middle of the harbour, little waterfowl evident this morning.

Emily returned from weekend residence, sort of works here then commutes on the days off it seems. Rob out the door to get his day in commence.

No updates on the state of local fishery, have not seen any activity to indicate much has changed this past little bit, no wier activity that is for sure.

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SUNDAY, JULY 29/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:15 AM GMT on July 29, 2012


A bit of change in the weather, a nice soaker in progress at the moment, a slight draft from NE, 17C to rise a few degrees and showers for the remainder of the day.

Rob a rare day off, have not seen him as yet, back to the days before having to get up early. Emily returning this evening on last trip of the day.

Not much accomplished in the yard this weekend, yesterday high humidity all day, not conducive to any manual labour, my rationale and sticking to it.

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SATURDAY, JULY 28/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:24 AM GMT on July 28, 2012

The sun out in grand style, temp a mild 14C, not enough wind to move the flag, giving hot weather for the next several days. This continous clear and weather something not used to in this part of the world, usually have had fog and rain on occasion by this time of the summer.

Emily in Quispam, Rob out the door, has been jackhammering floor out of a freezer at the plant. Some of his coworkers not substantial enough to stay upright and hold the jackhammer, or at least that is the story they tell him. Should be enough there to keep him busy for a few days along with the rockweed many hours per week.

Lots of construction underway, the new Nursing Home in commence, should start seeing forms and cement within next few days.

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FRIDAY, JULY 27/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:51 AM GMT on July 27, 2012

A well needed soaker underway, dosen't appear as it will last for long, clearing by this afternoon, radar indicates moving quite fast. Temp 16C, to rise near mid 20's, any breeze from the south. Clear and warm for the weekend.

Fishery news static, crab fishing not very lucrative, a few wherever the traps are set, but no quantities in any one location. The herring news remains dismal, little acitivity, if any, in the local weir group.

Emily off to Quispam this afternoon, Rob out the door already again this morning. They are busy.


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THURSDAY, JULY 26/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 26, 2012

Total calm, temp 13C, bright red sunrise, now becmoing a bit overcast. Forecast suggesting a shower possible over the next day or so, temps to be in the mid 20's once again.

Another visitor dropped in yesterday to see the arena, also from Quebec. The MARS BAR ad brought him to Grand Manan, impressed with the facility.

Rob out the door already, Emily and her wards camping at the Anchorage tonight, showers is something they will not need.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 25/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 25, 2012

Clear,a brisk breeze from NW, temp a moderate 15C, expected to rise to low 20's, remaining clear for the next couple of days. Possible rain/showers for Friday.

Rain Warning didn't live up to the billing, intense for an hour or so then moved up replaced by fog and clearing around supper hour. Rain appreciated by the lawn and flowers, however could accepted alot more with no problem.

Had a couple of guys from Quebec drop in at the rink to see what the MARS BAR commercial represented. They had never heard tell of Grand Manan, one had not been to salt water, watched the commercial the rest is history. They have been doing all the tourist things, and wanted to see the work MARS contributed to, having a great time doing so.

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TUESDAY, JULY 24/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on July 24, 2012


A brief change in the weather getting underway this morning. The rain showers have been changed to RAINFALL ALERT, rain coming down heavy, strong southerly, to let up and clear by this evening. The longrange is for similar temps we have had over the past few weeks, sun and highs in mid -20's, rainfall needed.

Emily opening the daycare this morning, Rob off early to do what was on their agenda this morning.

The number of whales seems to have dropped off dramatically, no feed to toll them near the island. Possible after the tides drop back the numbers will return. A report of basking shark, and white sided dolphins being sighted past few days. Basking sharks apparently not that uncommon, one that was tagged here spent winter months around Cuba.

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MONDAY, JULY 23/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:43 AM GMT on July 23, 2012

Clear, calm, already a balmy 18C, a slight draft from the south. Weatherman suggestisng some moisture in the way of Tstorms next day or so, however sun and warm temps still more likely for as far as the forecast suggests.

Fishery news remains static, just not much going on. Waterfowl showing up in larger numbers this morning at the tide line, must be something for them to snack on same location as yesterday.

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SUNDAY, JULY 22/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on July 22, 2012

Good weather continues, a few high clouds this morning, a slight draft southerly, 15C to rise in the 20's as the day moves along. Possible Tshowers this evening, looking for rain on Tuesday. A rain would not have anyone complaining, woods very dry.

Rob a day off, Emily returning one of the boats this afternoon. When she is in Quispam a minimum of txts back and forth, almost as if she had other things to keep her occupied.

Full tides, large amount of geese and blue heron visible at the tide line.

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SATURDAY, JULY 21/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:21 AM GMT on July 21, 2012

The impressive weather continues, harbour mill pond like, not a breath of air moving, temp a cool 9C, will rise to mid 20's by this afternoon. Similar weather conditions as far out as one can see at the moment, slight chance of a shower first of the week.

Emily in Quispam for the weekend, Rob out the door at 0630HRS, must be shipping lobsters this morning, tide not right for shipping rockweed. He hasn't suggested he is due for a day off, the paycheques are substantial, believe he likes that part of the process, plus a good buncgh of characters he puts his day in with.

One of the boats rigged for shrimping, have not heard if there is any going or not.

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FRIDAY, JULY 20/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 20, 2012

Another great weather start to the day, a cool 14C, a slight westerly breeze, bright sun. Similar conditons as yesterday, expected to risde into low 20's once again. Still no suggestion of showers anytime in the near future.

A large number of blue heron at the tide mark this morning, seems to me they are a month or so ahead of time for hanging around here.The geese that stayed here for their young seen on occasion, but not many here on this side of the harbour.

Emily off to Quispam this evening, Rob out the door early this morning. The main thrust is the rockweed harvest, and whipper snipping the grounds around the plant to take away any fire hazard.

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THURSDAY, JULY 19/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:45 AM GMT on July 19, 2012

An ideal weather morning, temp a nice 14C, bright sun, a breeze from the west enough to move the flag. To warm up into mid 20's once again, no sign of rain for the next several days at least.

Important meeting with Minister of Health this morning to discuss, and hopefully reinstate the air evacuation procedures the island has had for the past thirty years. Current system might serve the province, certainly a huge step back for the benefit of the island.

Emily augmenting her job with a few babysitting gigs this week, in preparation for a visit to Quispam. Rob out the door early once again.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 18/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:46 AM GMT on July 18, 2012

Temp already 19C, humid, total calm, rain overnight adding to the high humidity. Weatherman suggesting temp to rise only into mid 20's, indications if it doesn't go higher sure going to feel as if it is.

Rob out the door at 0730, Emily opening the Club this morning in @0800, suprisingly they don't require any help getting out in time. A far cry from the school days, always last minute almost everyday. A difference in level of commitment I suppose.

Emily making plans to visit at Quispam this weekend, Donna finally located a painter, the living and dining rooms in the midst of a changeover. I never mastered the proper paint stroke, saved me many hours over the past decades.

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TUESDAY, JULY 17/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:50 AM GMT on July 17, 2012

Fog has move off, an eerie sight with the top of Ross Island and the remnants of the lighthouse showing out of the remaning wisps in the harbour. Total calm, a muggy 17C, expect to clear and temps rise with high humidity into mid 20's, still a far cry from the folks on the mainland.

Emily tutoured me on transferring photos, once then had other important matter to attend, as a consequence the photos I have downloaded are pretty well hit and miss, will attempt to make myself more familiar with the process.

Rob out of the house @ 0630HRS, limited time off so far this summer, he dosen't mind a bit. He realizes more time more cash. Emily has a roomate identified for university, no contact as yet. Will be a tenant at the Lady Dunn Residence, an e-mail from the President of the residence positive, they are referred to as "DUNNISOURS" she has not given an idea of how this will be in her mind. The transition to the next stage is underway.

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MONDAY, JULY 16/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 16, 2012

Wooly this morning, temp a nice 15C, calm, visibility less than 1/2 mile. Forecast is suggesting a few showers possible over next day or so, then back to sun and higher temps.

Garden Tour went over very well, Donna busy all afternoon, lots of interested folks, both local and 'strangers from away'.Folks appreciative of her efforts, identified flowers we didn't know we had, the weather conditions ideal for such an event. Overall Donna had a grand time, and my 'Yes Dear' contribution helped make it a success.

The lawn could use a drink, however the overall water table seems in good shape. The brooks nearly dry, something one can expect this time of year.

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SUNDAY, JULY 15/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:08 AM GMT on July 15, 2012


A wooly one this morning, a breeze from NE @10-15KPH, foggy with visibility at 1/2 mile, temp 15C. Weatherman says it will be sunny, but much cooler barely making ti to the 20 level.

Rob out the door at 0600HRS this morning, tide work gives him some crazy hours for sure. Fishery news remains quiet, some crab trawls out, haven't heard what the catch is or if there is any price for them.

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SATURDAY, JULY 14/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:10 AM GMT on July 14, 2012

Looking for a warm today, already 18C, a nice breeze SW, temp to be in high 20's before going back a little tonight. Similar forecast for tomorrow with a hint of a possible shower for Monday.

Rob off at 0700 this morning, to deal with rockweed harvesters, Emily assisting in the annual Marathon sponsored by the Rotary Club, that gets underway near 1000HRS this morning. Runners will be looking for lots of water in this type of wether.

Lobster market plugged with the creatures, several of the processors full up, and have ceased production for at least two weeks. Too early to say what impact this will have in a few months when our season reopens.

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FRIDAY, JULY 13/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:48 AM GMT on July 13, 2012


Grand looking morning, temp a nice 16C, hardly enough southerly to move the flag, clear, outlook low 20's by this afternoon. Similar conditions for the next several days.

A few waterfowl evident this morning, geese, but no young amongst them as yet. No sea ducks that I can see, once in awhile notice a raft of them, but not great amounts.

Trip to St. John uneventful, the extra ferry makes it almost normal. Left here at 930HRS home again by 1700HRS. A nice drive not too long in the waiting room, quite a contrast for the next one in October, leave at 0630HRS and return at 1930HRS, one of the realities for living on the island.

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THURSDAY, JULY 12/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:40 AM GMT on July 12, 2012

A different weather morning in commence at the moment. Thick fog, sun not far off, should burn off in short while. A nice 15C, a slight southerly draft moving some air around. Forecaster suggesting sun and warmer temps will be the order of the day, as previously mentioned similar going forward.

A quick trip to St.John this morning, Otis requires an eye check up, he is nearly 91 years, but up for a drive and an opportunity to have a look around.

Rob worked nearly 12 hours yesterday, he certainly not on deck for long when he gets home. Emily and her kids still having a grand time, lots of outdoor actvities makes the day go well for all parties.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 11/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 11, 2012


Great morning in commence once again, temp a mild 16C, calm, bright sun, expect a high in the high 20's, no moisture in the forecast for the next several days at least. The afternoons have presented a draft from the south and cooling in the evening makes it great by time to turn in.

The kids getting lots of sun, Emily and her wards off to Whitehead for the day. Rob has been doing outside work, both very dark, Emily, being a redhead, loses her tan to peeling soon after it shows up.

Tourist traffic seems to be on the increase, most local operators have a busy summer lined up. This weather, lots of whales and puffins in areas not known previous makes great chances for the visitors to see something different almost anytime looking out over the water.

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TUESDAY, JULY 10/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:53 AM GMT on July 10, 2012

Another made to order morning in commence, a cool 14C, calm, temp to rise to low 20's, with a slight draft southerly. Similar conditions the order of the day for the longrange.

The weather great for growing grass, Donna has a garden tour going through this weekend, in aid of the Art Gallery. Can only imagine when the opportune moment will be to mow the lawn, for the best presenttion of the grounds. I am certain to be given a hint when the moment is right.

A few boats scalloping, have no idea of quantity or price, some being offered locally, a good change in the diet for sure.

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MONDAY, JULY 9/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:42 AM GMT on July 09, 2012


Getting to be the norm these nice mornings, clear, calm, temp 14C, temp to rise into the mid 20's by this afternoon, with a southerly influence from light winds. According to the weatherman this will be the expectation for the next several days.

Fishery news remains quiet, did see some of the Conners Carriers dug out, indicating some wier fish might be available yesterday in the afternoon. The lobster news from the'grey zone' not good, catch limited at best.

Emily returned from Quispam on the late boat, indicated a few travelling at that hour.

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SUNDAY, JULY 8/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:14 AM GMT on July 08, 2012


A grand one underway this morning, a slight draft with a NW influence, bright sun, temp already 18C, weatherman suggesting high of 20C, seems it will surpass that with no problem. Similar weather conditions the order of the day for the first of the week at least.

Gathering of the clan alot of fun, lots of food, hard to realize how many children we are responsible for being around. Prime rib and loin of pork the centre of the meal, all done on the BBQ, excellent dosen't do justice to the chef. Many hands made short work of the clean up, and most of the good food disappeared shortly after the call to come and get it.

We had just left St. John when a torrential rain hit, lasted for 10-15 minutes, traffic pulled off the road, as visibility a problem. Once the squall went by cleared and almost ideal condtions for having the group remain outdoors. Pleased for the last ferry, we were one of only a dozen cars, but good to be in onw bunk by the end of the day.

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SATURDAY, JULY 7/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:57 AM GMT on July 07, 2012

A bit cooler this morning, 16C, have had some showers, a slight westerly draft should bring some clearing skies. Weatherman suggesting possiblity of showers and temps to rise into 20's by this afternoon.

My side of the house gathering at nephews in Rothesday today. Niece and her extended family in from B.C. three generations well represented, whathisname and whatshername will be accompanying us to the event. On the 9:30AM trip this morning and return on lasts trip tonight. Times have changed at least at our level, the beverage consumption will not help the Provincial Debt, not like it would have a few years ago.

Emily supervising a 'sleepover' in the gym as part of the summer job, she has a few purchases to make her graduation surprises complete, a new phone I am told.

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FRIDAY, JULY 6/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:44 AM GMT on July 06, 2012


A muggy, overcast,calm, morning underway, temp 18C, temp to rise into mid 20's, a slight indication of possible showers, nothing showing on radar. Similar conditions moving forward for the next several days.

Weather conditions to south of us and Upper Canada severe with a combination of high temps and humidity making the it 'feel like' near 50C in some parts of Ontario, with no relief in sight.

A few more waterfowl showing in the harbour, not many young in evidence. Geese are increasing in numbers some are airborne but keeping their distance from the lawn, thankfully.

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THURSDAY, JULY 5/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:47 AM GMT on July 05, 2012


A weather change this morning, fog so thick can barely seen the shore. Total calm, temp 14C, rained overnight, weatherman suggesting temp to rise near 20C, with showers and Tshowers in the forecast. The system moves off for a muggy weekend with possible Tshowers in the forecast.

Level of traffic on the ferries increasing, however with the capacity of nearly 1K vehicles per day coming and going the flow seems to be going very well. Noticed plates from Texas and Virginia, can only imagine they are glad to be in this part of the world rather than at home with the weather the folks n that part of the world are enduring this past week or so.

Fishing news remains quiet, Rob busy at M.G. FISHERIES cleaning up, salt bait tanks he helped clean out yesterday still in the air after his clothes given a thourgh cleaning, have been outside for two days and still know where they have been.

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WEDNESDAY, JULY 4/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:41 AM GMT on July 04, 2012

A change in the weather this way comes, becoming overcast this morning, a drop in temp @16C, a slight draft from the south. Rain in the forecast for later on today and tomorrow, temps to rise near the 20C level, then back in the hot range by Saturday.

Rob and Emily out of the house early these mornings getting to work. Rob has had a couple of days off, so ready to give it a longterm shot once again, Emily in harness since Monday.

A few crab traps going in the water, Grey Zone lobster fishing in commence, possibly a halibut trawl and some activity building wier seems to be the word in the fishing world.

Managed to get caught up on the lawn mowing last evening, damned deer flys out in force, usually have enough of an evening breeze to keep them at bay not so this past few days. The don't just bite they leave with pieces of your meat, not fun at all.

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TUESDAY, JULY 3/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:38 AM GMT on July 03, 2012

The great summer weather continues, a bit cooler this morning @16C, to rise mid 20's, calm, clear. A bit of moisture in the forecast next couple of days, but nothing signifigant for sure.

CANADA DAY celebrations well attended, and lots going on over the weekend. Activities combined with the weather conditions ideal for those wishing to partake.

Rob had Sunday and Monday off, a good time to be the case, festivities and Millers Pond gathered up his day. Emily back in harness, took in the celebrations with her wards. We managed to 'almost' get caught up with the yardwork, just a small amount remains, then start over I suppose.

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MONDAY, JULY 2/12

By: GRANDMANAN, 10:56 AM GMT on July 02, 2012


Temp 18C, expected mid 20's again today, more than a little overcast, calm, this to be the norm for the next couple of days - very nice for sure.

Weather ideal for CANADA DAY CELEBRATIONS, events now underway, centered in Seal Cove. Emily returned yesterday, did a babysitting gig, off to her summer job at the Boys & Girls Club this morning. Rob off today, still in repose, should be noon time before he is about to check the weather conditions.

Yes Dear List seems to have increased overnight, prefaced with those famous last words. "just small stuff that won't take long".

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CANADA DAY 2012

By: GRANDMANAN, 11:13 AM GMT on July 01, 2012

Perfect weather for the holiday, already coming in @ 18C, bright sun, not enough of a draft to move the flag. Temp to rise into high 20's by mid-day. Similar forecast for the next several days.

Celebrations taking place over two days, Rotary BBQ, and events at the Anchorage today. The village sponsored events tomorrow at Seal Cove winding up with impromptu concert, food and truck pull at the Fire Hall in the afternoon.

Two boats travelling, noticable the plates from all over making up a good contingent of 'strangers from away'.

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