‘Moving on Up’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.


Since moving to Ambergris Caye, Belize I have rediscovered looking forward to the weekend. When I was working the weekend was something to look forward to. An opportunity to ‘recharge the batteries’ after a long week at work ( I used to work long hours – don’t know why now, but I did). With retirement every day became somewhat like the weekend but with the TV coverage here for the English Premiership ( football (soccer) ) Saturday and Sunday are days to look forward to.

Started the day well by watching Spurs drop two points when held to a draw by Queens Park Rangers, followed by a draw between Norwich and Newcastle United which was rounded off seeing West Ham United lose three nil to Sunderland. A full morning ( the Spurs game started at 6.45 am) on the sofa watching football and Sunday I have Manchester United v Liverpool and Arsenal v Manchester City to look forward to.

Because of the full football programme Rose I and didn’t set off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize until the afternoon which was good because it allowed the guys to make some further progress since our visit on Friday.

No surprise on parking the golf cart to hear the sound of the concrete mixer in action. We expected this because we knew that there were further columns to pour . What we didn’t expect though was to see that concrete was being poured to create the golf cart ramp. And by the time we arrived most of the concrete for it had been poured.

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We got there in time though to see it finished off.

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Filling in the holes.

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The final corner.

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Levelling off the concrete with a feather edge.

We are really pleased with the way the ramp has turned out . Plenty big enough for two golf carts ( we are only going to have one though) to use at the same time even after we have used some of the intended space for the new set of stairs from ground level to the Ground Floor.

And what about the stairs? Well, the form boards had been removed and the stairs were there to be used.

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Rose imagining what it will be like to enter the house!

They had done more than lay the ramp though. The form boards had been removed from the columns poured on Friday.

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Ready to support the First Floor.

Concrete was also being poured to fill the cavities in the concrete blocks that had been laid in the south-west corner of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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It still amazes me how much concrete is used to fill the cavities.

Little doubt that we are moving up to be ready for the First Floor. Really looking forward to next week.

The headline is based on the song by M People which was released in 1993 and reached number two in the UK Singles Chart.

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6 thoughts on “‘Moving on Up’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

  1. Glad you’re looking forward to the Arsenal match – unfortunately I know the score! PS Hope the slope isn’t too steep. PPS Any chance of any songs by ‘Scaffold’ or ‘Men at Work’?

    • ‘Harry’ I know the score too! The ref was bent! Read earlier editions – have used Men At Work. Will try to find an opportunity to use Scaffold!
      As to the slope, time will tell. Might not be able to get up it but going down will be quick!

  2. What is going on with the slope to the left of Rose in pic.#5? Or have they not removed the old forms yet? I am still not sure about the grade for your golf cart ramp. Looks a good 40+ degrees grade.

    • Alan, the slope to the left (as you look at the photo) of Rose is where the stairs to the Ground Floor will be . They have to put the boards in to create the steps for the concrete pour.

      As to the cart ramp , it does look steep but the land in front of it has to be filled yet.
      Regards John

  3. Rose…glad to have this information. We are meeting with Daniel Camal next Wednesday to discuss building plans for our lot we bought near Tres Cocos. I’d love to meet for an hour or so…maybe even breakfast at Estel’s…we love it there too if you’d like to share your experience to date in person. My address is below..and will be checking regularly.

    • Kris, it’s me (John) that writes the blog. Happy to help you with your build plans as much as we can . Will speak to Rose when she gets up about meeting up with you and will send you an email. Cannot be Tuesday though because I have another dental appointment ( and anyway Estel’s is closed). Regards John

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