Landmark Day

  “We often use locations to orient us, to identify where we are…”   Days can be like that too. For Grand Manan, the second Tuesday in November is a landmark day as fishermen leave to set traps. There’s a sense of community and excitement as we mark this landmark: the beginning of fall fishing;…

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Lobster Season

The lobster fishery on Grand Manan opens tomorrow.  The boats all leave from the wharf at the same time tomorrow morning, loaded with traps, headed out for grounds both near and far from shore.   The beginning of lobster season is always met with a great deal of excitement, anticipation, and trepidation. There’s the excitement…

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Falling Barometers

When the calendar turned to November yesterday, so did Mother Nature.  The wind has been howling since yesterday morning.  Ferry crossings for today day have been cancelled; it’s a good day for pjs and movies. In checking out the current conditions at Swallowtail lighthouse, the last line made me chuckle: Growing up, we had 2…

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A Sign of Winter

The ice was finished at the rink this week; a sure sign winter is coming. We had our first skate Sunday morning; I had forgotten how much I like skating. I’m not a good skater by any stretch (stopping usually involves use of the boards) but there’s something very soothing about doing laps around the…

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A Good Day to Fly

One of the great things about my job is that sometimes I get to travel by small plane. It is such a different perspective and despite my motion sickness I mostly enjoy it. Today was a crystal-clear beautiful summer day and because of ferry difficulties we ended up flying to St. Stephen. I played tourist while…

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