‘What Hurts the Most’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize?

Early morning errands in town this morning gave me the excuse (not that I really need an excuse) to have breakfast at Estel’s. Having filled myself with the food and the view I very quickly visited Gekko Graphics to get some printing done (we are not buying a printer until we move in to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize). Then on to the Post Office to mail a cheque ( wonder of wonders, I received a refund (not a large amount but …) from the UK Customs and Excise for an overpayment of personal income tax) and then on to Atlantic Bank to make a withdrawal (I hate those) for upcoming bills we have to pay.

Also stopped off at the BEL (Belize Electricity Limited) office in Pescador Drive to query why the apartment we are renting has been classified as Commercial. Turns out it wasn’t a mistake but that for someone who owns two or more residential properties ( as the owner that we are renting from does) only one of the properties can be categorised as Residential with the rest being Commercial . Both of his properties,however, are charged at the residential tariff. So now you know. It does pay though to check bills wherever you are but this is especially so in Belize.

At around 12.45 pm Rose and I went to Pedro’s Hotel to have lunch before watching Arsenal come back from two nil down to earn a draw. Not the winning result I was hoping for but, obviously, better than losing. The lunch and the company were, as usual, exceptionally good.

With the game over Rose and I headed off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and when we got there were greeted with the news that we had experienced our first accident on the site ( not counting my injury because I am not working on the build). On Monday afternoon, when jumping down from a scaffold, Nicholas had landed on a nail sticking out of a plank of wood. Not good when you are barefooted. He didn’t work yesterday but was back at work today. This time wearing boots! Seriously though, it is great to see him back and OK. Don’t know though, whose injury hurt the most. His or mine?


Nicholas with the boots.

As expected, work was continuing on fixing the form boards and real progress had been made for the veranda on the western (lagoon) side of the house.


All ‘floor’ boards in.


You can see the boards better in this photo.

Progress was also being made on fixing the forms for the veranda on the northern side of the house.


Still a lot to do but it has started.

They had also been working on the forms for the veranda on the eastern (road) side of the house.


Shape of the veranda at the top of the stairs.

We couldn’t get inside the Ground Floor but I did manage to take a few shots from outside.


‘Floor’ forms in place in the store room.


Boards starting to be fixed over the golf cart parking area.

Whilst all this was going on Anhill had the ‘pleasure’ of working in the water tank removing the Ground Floor form boards.


And another board sees the light of day.

Hopefully on Thursday we can get inside to take some photos (aided by the flash).

The headline is based on the 2005 single by Rascal Flatts’ which reached number six in the US Billboard Hot 100 but number one in the US Country Billboard chart.


  1. steve says:

    How much have you budgeted for your build?

    1. Steve, not being rude but I am not sharing information like that. We have budgeted enough though. Regards John

  2. robert vernon says:

    Nothing quite like anything you have seen in Blighty when you awake in the morning

    1. Nothing remotely like it.

  3. robert vernon says:

    A whole new meaning to ‘stick built’ , Lets hope theres no more accidents. Great progress being made

    1. Thanks. We are really looking forward to when the floor for the First Floor is poured. We will really be able to see what the views are like then.

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