I feel duty bound to issue a REBAR WARNING at the beginning of this edition because it does contain photographs of this ‘offensive’ ( well to some readers anyway) material. Warning issued I will now get on with today’s edition to update you on progress on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
In numerous editions I have spoken about and/or shown photographs of the absence of any health and safety procedures on our building site. Very pleased to say though that we have not witnessed one accident or even something coming close to one . That is until today when the victim was me.
Attired in my customary T shirt, shorts and flip flops I was wandering around looking at the work that was going on when I felt a sudden, sharp pain in the sole of my left foot. I looked down to see that I was standing on a previously used form ( waiting to be used again). I tried to move but felt my foot impaled to the wood. I gingerly tried to move my foot but it was fixed. I then raised my foot to see that I had trodden on a three inch nail. Ouch.
On inspecting the injury Rose and I were extremely relieved that no apparent damage had been done so I quickly doused the injury with water and dried it with the clean cloth that Rose always appears to have in her bag.
As of tomorrow I am wearing the boots that I brought with me from the UK to wear when I go to have a walk around our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Made for walking ( and to protect my feet).
Anyway enough of the injury to my person and the measures I am now going to take to avoid a repetition and on with the progress report.
We are now at the stage of the build where the painstaking job of preparing for the floor of the First Floor and accompanying veranda is being carried out. This entails assembling and then fixing into place the rebar frames for the eventual concrete pour.
Rebar being moved.
Bending bars in position.
Easy does it.
Put your back into it!
Hobbling ( any sympathy out there?) around the build I could see that a lot of work had been done in fixing the bases for the forms in place.
View from the eastern (road) side of the house.
Rebar frame in place for the eastern veranda.
And they were working as a team to fit the frames in place on the western (lagoon) side of the house.
Close up and personal.
They had also fitted the base for the forms on the southern side of the house.
Ready for the rebar frames.
Whilst we were there we could see a lorry pull into the site. The first time that a vehicle had actually parked on our land because previously all off-loading has been carried out roadside.
Room to park.
It had delivered wood that will be used to crete a frame around the house for when the concrete is poured for the veranda.
Ready for use.
Pleased with progress it was time for me to ‘retire’ injured in action. I will be back for tomorrow’s edition though. Boots and all!
The headline is based on the 1966 song ‘These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra that reached number one in both the US and the UK.