‘Perfect Day’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

As has become the Saturday routine for me since the beginning of last August, I spent the greater part of the morning watching football. Started off with ESPN watching Spurs get the three points (ouch) by beating Newcastle United. This was followed, with a channel switch to Fox Soccer, at 9 am by watching Arsenal (with ten men for most of the second half) beat Sunderland at the Stadium of Light. A perfect start to the day (well for me at least).

After taking care of one or two chores – I don’t just sit around watching football all day – Rose and I went to go look and see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and we got there around 2 pm.

Walking from the road to the house we could see that the guys had been making good use of the hoist to move a load of concrete blocks upto the First Floor.


Stack of ‘blocks to the left of the hoist platform.


A load more to lift though.

As we entered the First Floor we could see that the forms had been removed from the pillars that were poured yesterday.


Drying nicely.


Note the electric boxes set in the concrete.

The forms for the beams poured six ‘blocks high in the walls had also been removed and the guys were busy laying the next five courses to take the walls to the ceiling height.


Martin working on the north – west corner.


Exterior view.

It was a really nice day and the guys had their music box playing and really appeared to be enjoying themselves. So much so that at times whilst waiting for the next delivery of ‘blocks or cement they took the opportunity to have a dance.


Nicholas on the wall in the south – east corner going through his moves.

It didn’t affect their productivity though. In fact I would say it actually made them work faster. Rafael – we especially like him because he had an Arsenal shirt on – wasn’t prepared to wait for the cement to come up by the hoist but went to ground level, filled up two buckets at a time and carried them up the steps to the First Floor.


Right, let’s get the wheelbarrow in position.


And fill those buckets.

On the First Floor of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize the ‘blocks continued to be moved into position and laid and they were pouring concrete for the remaining pillars.


Anhill with another ‘barrow load of ‘blocks.


Porfelio with a bucket of concrete.


Edson pouring it.

While we were there they laid the final courses of ‘blocks for the wall of the southern veranda.


Looks good!

Today Daniel advised us that they have started work on clearing the lots of land we have in San Pablo so tomorrow Rose and I are going to take a look and take some photos. We hope we have as perfect a day as we had today.

The headline is based on the song by Lady Antebellum which is track five on the album ‘Need You Now’ which reached number one in the US Billboard 200 and number eight in the UK Albums Chart. It also reached number one in the Canadian Albums Chart.


  1. Cruisin Camper says:

    John, I have so enjoyed your posts regarding the build. Looks like good progress is being made on a daily basis. Once we get it in gear and start to plan our trip down there, would love to see the work in progress. Now where did the mystery blogger go off to? Love reading those posts as well.

    The Cruisn Camper

    1. Really pleased you are enjoying the blog Laurie. And thanks for saying so. The Mystery Blogger will make the occasional rest! When do you plan on ‘hitting’ Ambergris Caye? Regards John

      1. Cruisin Camper says:

        I really have no idea as I am waiting to hear about a job….. those three letter words are almost as bad as four letter words! I am semi retired, but may go back to working full time for a few years and build up additional reserves….. that way we can make a decision on where we will retire. We have a large fifth wheel and so it is a toss-up between Belize and traveling about in the fifth wheel. I am very lucky to have such a predicament. Thus the name Cruisin Camper……. we have been all over and have yet to see all that we can here in the States…..

      2. Good luck with whichever direction yo decide to take. If it is Ambergris Caye then let me know. Good luck . John

  2. Ok. I wrote in Portuguese. Congratulations!
    Building is progressing.
    Find out more about Flamengo, a soccer team in Rio de Janeiro – Brazil.

    1. Thought it might be Portuguese but wasn’t certain. Thank you for your kind comments.

  3. Parabéns pela construção. Contruir é progredir.
    Quanto ao futebol, busque saber sobre o Flamengo, do Rio de Janeiro – Brasil.

    1. Sorry, but I do not read or speak Spanish.

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