‘Castles Made of Sand’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Woke up (later than normal) this morning with what can only be described as a sore head. The after effects of drinking a few too many Belikins last night when Rose and I started off the night by going to Legends Burger House to catch the inaugural Blues Wednesday. The place was heaving and the sounds were great.

After a few beers there (who was counting) we headed off to the Roadkill Bar to find the place equally as busy. It was packed with the Jerry Jeff Walker Pickin’ Parties who all appeared to want to take part in the karaoke.

It was a fun evening but I paid the price in the morning and it took me much, much longer to ‘get in to gear’. I did come around eventually and Rose and I set off to see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

As we’re driving down the road we could see a tipper truck parked up. When we got to the site we could see why. Wooden poles needed to be moved to allow the truck access to tip its load of sand for our castle.


Sam and Martin moving the poles.

They worked quickly and it wasn’t long before the truck was tipping its load.


Preparing for the concrete pour.

Even before the truck had departed Sam and Martin were back at work cutting wood to make the side form boards.


Watch your fingers!

The forms were being assembled in the shade near the bodega ready for moving to near our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize when the guys fixing the boards were ready for them.


How many more do we need?

Once again we could not get inside the house because of the scaffolding but we could see that most of the base form boards had been fitted because the inside of the Ground Floor was so dark. Very little sunlight was getting through.


Look how dark inside the northern side of the house is.


Looking through the clerestory window.


Dark inside of the western (lagoon) side of the house.


Close up of the main bedroom.


Looking into the living/kitchen room and the store room.

Walking around to the southern side of the house we could see that boards were being prepared for fixing for the veranda.


Measuring where to cut.


Let’s get the nails in.

It wasn’t long before another board was ready for fixing for the southern veranda.


Alfredo fixing it in place.

As we completed the final tour of the outside we could see that they were putting the final supports in place for the staircase.


Zapeda in cramped working conditions.

It was obvious that there is still some work to do before the pour for the First Floor can take place but hopefully this can be completed for Saturday. This is still obviously the target because as Rose and I were preparing to leave the tipper truck turned up. This time with a delivery of gravel.


It’s a tight fit.


Got there!

The headline is based on the second track of side two of the ‘Axis, Bold as Love’ album by The Jimi Hendrix Experience which was released in 1967 in the UK and the following year in the US.


  1. Harriette says:

    It is best to leave the forms up 8 days. I get a kick out of your English; tipper truck indeed. Sure sounds better than the US version: dump truck.
    You may be surprised at how early they start – sometimes at 7:00 for a pout. I would expect at least 20 men. There are crews that go out on just these kinds of jobs. Watching them work is like watching a ballet – in shorts, no shirts or shoes. Don’t be surprised if one of them rolls his pants down under his belly. I’m looking forward to your pictures.

    1. Not an expert (doubt I ever shall be) on the subject of curing times for concrete. Do know though that weather conditions play a key part.
      Tipper truck is really a bit of a hybrid. I would normally call it a tipper lorry.
      We have witnessed a couple of pours so far and they started at 6 am so am expecting much of the same for this one because the size is greater and access for the pour is going to be more time consuming and labour intensive.

  2. Mike says:

    I am surprised how much they can do in a single pour!

    1. John East says:

      It will be highly labour intensive. I will not be surprised to see at least seventeen guys (maybe more) there when they pour. They will likely start at 6 am and will continue ( with maybe a twenty minute lunch break and water stops) until they finish, perhaps around 4 pm. If they do the pour on Saturday then Sunday’s edition of the blog will have plenty of photos of them in action. Just got to make sure I keep their sweat off the lense!


  3. robert vernon says:

    I hope the weather doesnt stop the big pour , kinda one pour stops an other. Its gpoing to be great when the ‘forest’ is removed once that floor is in place. Do you know how long they let the concrete cure before removing the supports?

    1. Hopefully the weather stays just as it has been for at least another week or so (hopefully longer). As to the removal of the posts, I have no idea. I would think three or four days though.

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