The ‘A’ Team in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

One of the things I have found about writing a blog is that you start to take a keen interest in other people’s blogs about the same area that you live in. Whether consciously or subconsciously you start to consider the ‘dos’ and don’ts for your own blog. You start to read forums more. When I was in the UK I would never have considered joining a forum let alone make contributions to them. Now I read them avidly and contribute when I feel I have something to offer.

Writing a blog can also reawaken any competitiveness that may be part of your make-up. When I worked for a living I think I was fairly competitive. I always stove to ‘beat’ the other guy in a negotiation for example. It was a competition of sorts. Always tried to produce the best I could. Blogging provides the stimulus for similar traits to show themselves.

You start to gauge the quality/appeal of an edition by how many views or visits it received. The stats will either enthuse or deflate you ( not to suicidal levels but …). You get a buzz when you get comments (feedback) from those that take the time and have the interest to follow your blog.

Anyway, enough of the innermost thoughts of a newbie blogger and now on to further developments on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Well the first thing to do is complete the introduction to the core (‘A’) team that is building our home for us:




Alfredo ( in the foreground carrying the concrete block)



And to finish off here is Daniel Camal, our building contractor. They are all important to the success of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize but none more so than him.


Daniel is in the blue sweat top.

Introductions to the team done I will now give you an update on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

When we got the the land we saw that the forms had been removed from above the sliding windows in the Ground Floor master bedroom.


A nice sized window.

A board had been fixed to show where the First Floor lagoon side veranda will extend to ( the veranda will run the length of the house and have a depth of ten feet).


We should be able to get a table and four chairs up there.

Form boards were being fixed in place in the second of the en-suite bedrooms.


Not the best view from a window but I have had worse.

They were also fixing the forms for the beams that will be poured from north to south and east to west to support the First Floor.


East to west board in place in the kitchen/living room area.

Intrigued to know what the views will be like from the First Floor in our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize I asked Nicholas to take some photos for me ( he was working on the top course of bricks on the external wall of the master bedroom ( north-west side of the house).


View to the south


View to the north.


View to the west.


View to the east, the Caribbean.

Oh, moving away from the build I want to mention that Rose and I bought some raffle tickets for one of the elements of a fund raising drive that is being organised to generate money to buy uniforms for the Isla Bonita Marching Band. The major element of the drive is the event that will take place between noon and 5 pm on Sunday 10th February at Wayo’s Beachside Beernet. A fun filled afternoon is guaranteed with a hog roast, Chinese Auction, a raffle AND an appearance by the Band. An event for a very worthy cause that cannot be missed.

The headline is based on the 2011 song by Ed Sheeran which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart and number sixteen in the US Billboard Hot 100. Oh, and also the TV series starring George Peppard and the film starring Liam Neeson.


  1. Ian says:

    Hey John,
    I am now living my dream vicariously through you and Rose! Love the detail. A couple of questions.
    Since living through Huricane Sandy (My town, Asbury Park, NJ was in the eye) I wonder if there is some kind of hurricane specification for the build. The use of concrete and rebar makes it look tough enough to stand up to most things but is there a ‘code’ for new buildings or do just have a good guy doing the job (or both)?
    Secondly, can you touch on the cost of living there? You have been great at including ferry costs and the occasional beer, but what of the staples? bread, fish, meat, rice….a typical shopping trolley (or is that golf cart?) for a week? Curious about how far, say, $500 would go?
    Don’t want to add to your workload but very curious. Hope all is well.

    1. Hi Ian. First of all thanks for your kind comments re the blog. Always liked a bit of detail as you know.
      There are some building requirements that should be complied with. However, they are generally concerned with the septic tank, water and electricity. Nothing relating to hurricanes. The brief we gave to our architect however was that the construction should be able to withstand one and the way in which the house is being built reflects this eg loads of rebar, concrete pillars and beams. The plans didn’t specify the type of windows and sliding windows we should use but we are going for hurricane proof. More expensive but…
      Will address your question re living costs in future editions or via an email.
      Hope things are good for you.
      Regards John

    2. I will try and persuade the Mystery Blogger to provide information regarding living costs.

  2. Cruisin Camper says:

    John, as always I have enjoyed the blog….. tell the mystery blogger they may need to branch out and write their own! I really like seeing the progress on your home as well.

    1. Thank you. Not so sure that I will communicate your praise and suggestion to the Mystery Blogger though. Difficult enough to control as it is!

  3. Jane says:

    John, your veranda sounds heavenly! It must be so fulfilling to really start to envision yourselves living in the new house.
    I’m definitely envious!

    1. Jane, the walk-around veranda on the First Floor should provide some great views but we are looking forward to being able to see the view from the Second Floor because the views from up there should be amazing. Kind regards John

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