‘All of the Lights’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Back to normal this morning and on the veranda with my coffee just before 5 am reading The Times to be disappointed, but not overly surprised, to read that Arsenal hadn’t splurged massively in the transfer market on the final day of the transfer window. Only the purchase of a full back from Spain. It should mean though that we never have to play Andre ‘who ate all the pies’ Santos again. So it could have been worse.

Time to get a monthly Bridge Pass from the Transport Department in town this morning and it seemed criminal not to stop off first for breakfast at Estel’s. Wouldn’t want be a criminal would I? Might prevent a successful application for the QRP(Qualified Retirement Program)!

When I got back home Rose and I knuckled down to study the plans to determine what lighting, ceiling fans and light switch placement we want for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. We worked through the plans on a floor by floor, room to room basis making notes as we went along. Using this approach we feel quietly confident that we have identified the type and placement for all of the lights for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

We do have one or two questions that we need to put to Daniel Camal, our building contractor, but the answers are not likely to materially affect the decisions we took today. We will find out on Monday when we meet with Daniel .

Having looked at the lighting diagrams long enough Rose and I decided that it was time, even though the rain had intermittently been falling, to take a trip to see what progress was being made on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

When we got there we received the disappointing news from Anhill that the concrete pour for the First Floor will not take place on Saturday. Hopefully it will on Monday but much depends on the weather. Our disappointment was very quickly replaced with pleasure when Zapeda asked us if we wanted to go up to the First Floor level. Of course we agreed and we did so by using the form boards for the stairway.


Looking good.


Stairway, over the pump room, to the First Floor.

When we got to the top we saw that the forms for the floor were in place.


Rose talking to Anhill about the next steps.


Boards in place looking south-west.


A close up of the form boards. Note the concrete block walls and concrete beams either side of the board.

Being up there we were virtually blown away by the views.


To the north.


To the south.


To the west.


To the east.

We cannot wait to see just how good the views will be when the Second Floor is constructed. Some weeks away yet though – got to get the First Floor poured first. Oh, and the walls built.

The headline is based on the song by Kanye West which featured amongst others Elton John, Fergie, Alicia Keys and Rihanna. It was released in 2011 and reached number eighteen in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. the scene is very beautiful

    1. Thank you. We like it too.

  2. Geri says:

    Hello John, (Geri here from Georgia)
    What an absolute awesome view you have there. I am coming down in April to spend a week checking out all of Belize to see if one particular area whets my fancy. Seems you have moved about and found your dream spot, so congrats….

    1. Hi Geri from Georgia. We did spend a bit of time working out where we eventually wanted to live but think that Ambergris Cate captured our heart the first time we visited. I hope that you get the same feeling when you come to Belize in April. Regards John

  3. wags says:

    We are coming down in Feb. Would like to meet you and see your build. We bought in up north at Sapphire Beach and are looking forward to moving there. We will be at Banana beach-maybe see you at Pedro’s. By the way you get up way too early!

    1. Sorry I cannot address you by your first name.
      I really do appreciate your interest in the blog and the build of our house but have to limit visits to the site to people that are actually going to build here ( not those that have already built or bought a condo). And even requests from people in this situation may not always get a ‘yes’. I hope you understand.
      Good luck to you and your wife when you move here. I am certain that you will love it. We do.
      Kind regards John

  4. Alan Slater says:

    Hi John,
    Before anyone decides to build in front of your ocean view, you need to erect a sign on the west side of the road stating, ” Beware of quicksand patches from here to ocean.” That should do the trick!!!!
    Alan S.

    1. Might try that Alan.

  5. Alan Slater says:

    Hi John,
    That is a lot of buckets of concrete to pour to cover the floor in the SW view. Hope you have a 40 man crew!!!! Here, they just call up an OSHKOSH cement truck and pipe about 6 yds. of concrete at a time. How thick do they make the floor?
    Alan S.

    1. Hi Alan. Funnily enough when we saw Daniel today we asked him how many people he will have working for the pour and he told us 32 guys. As to the thickness of the floor it is 18 inches. Regards John

  6. Grace Novotny says:

    I like the location too. Didn’t realize you wound have a view of both the lagoon as well as the sea to the east. The second floor “will” be even more fantastic.

    1. Just got to hope that nobody builds on the ocean side Grace.

  7. kathi moore says:

    The views from all sides are fabulous. You did well picking your location.

    1. We didn’t (well I didn’t) realise just how good the views would be when we bought the land. When we get up to the final level they should be spectacular.

  8. Fred says:

    Where is all of the rebar for the floor? The view is very nice John.

    1. Hi Fred,
      They were cutting the rebar for the floor yesterday. Weather permitting (it is dry here at the moment) it should be fitted today. Regards John

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