I suppose the first thing to do with this blog is to provide a bit of information about myself and my wife.
My name is John and I am English ( hold a British passport), aged 61(passed 62 since starting the blog) and am married to Rose, a lovely Irish ‘girl’.
I worked in the publishing industry in the UK for 44 years (for over half of this time I worked for Rupert Murdoch when he was at the ‘top of his game’)until I was made redundant in August 2009. This event accelerated the plans that Rose and I had to retire and move to Belize, plans that were formed when we first visited Ambergris Caye in August 2009. For us it definitely was ‘love at first sight’!
We bought a condo around two months after our first visit and this became the base for our annnual ( sometimes twice a year) visits. In 2004 we bought some lots of land in the San Pablo area on which we eventually planned to build our new home. These plans changed quite dramatically however in 2008 when saw two lots on the lagoon side of Tres Cocos and bought them. We bought the land from Pelican Properties who were extremely professional and helpful throughout the whole process.
Back to being made redundant. With the decision taken to retire early we set about selling our property in England (we lived very close to Canary Wharf in East London)and deciding which of our possessions would make the journey with us and which would not. Quite easy for me but it was a really difficult process for Rose. She had fond memories and strong attachments to nearly every thing. And we had lots of stuff to decide on, believe me.
Anyway, we eventually sold our flat and made the big move and arrived on Ambergris Caye on 31 May this year having pre rented an apartment for a year. We also had organised a long term rental of a golf cart.
Since arriving we have reacquainted ourselves with the very many friends we have made over the years and, I am pleased to ‘say’, made many new ones. The primary focus for us on arriving,however,was to finalise our architectural plans ( we started the process whilst in England when we appointed Strukture Architects of Belize City to design our dream home for us) and to decide who would build our new home for us. This we have now done.
So why the blog? Well I decided that I would like to create a log to fulfil a number of objectives. These are -in no set order of importance- to give me something to do, to record (in words and pictures)the building of our new home and finally to hopefully help others that are thinking of also building a new home and life on Ambergris Caye.