‘The Beat Goes On’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Started the day early at 4 am on the veranda with a coffee selecting the photos I am going to enclose with the letter I am sending to Mayor Danny Guerrero and then surfing the web looking at hotels in Austin and San Antonio for our upcoming trip that starts off in Dallas to look at fixtures and fittings for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

With the research completed I got ready and went for an early morning breakfast at Estel’s (yes, that place again) and then went home to collect Rose for our visit to the Immigration Department to get our 30 day Visas. Not a straightforward visit this time because we should have taken care of this last Friday (our Visas expired on Saturday but the office is closed) but we got captivated by progress on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.Inexcusable really and just plain sloppy on our part (could try to blame Rose but …).

En route we agreed that Rose would do the talking and if challenged about being late she would just act dumb ( limited acting required which is why she got the part – when she reads this I am in deep trouble). It worked a treat and we got off without any fines. I have now diarised the date when we need to renew (should have done this in the first place) and I will get an email notification.

When in town we saw the preparations that had been put in place to protect businesses and landmarks (sic) from the paint daubers that are out and about during Carnival.


Jaguars nearly covered up.


The town clock tower under a tarpaulin. Personally I think it looks better this way.

Relieved that we had got our 30 day Visas without any penal reprimand we headed off to see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

As we pulled up we could once again hear the thudding sound of the concrete mixer. A sound that we love to hear. The beat goes on!

Getting out of the cart we noticed straight away that the southern exterior wall had grown.


The First Floor just four inches away from its full height of eleven feet.

On the walk up to the house we could see that the hoist was in action to deliver concrete to the First Floor.


Anhill on pulling duty today.


Put your back into it!

When we reached the First Floor we could see that many of the walls were not far away from reaching the finished height.


Dining area wall (northern side) with space left for the clerestory window.


Living area wall (southern side) being poured with concrete.


Martin laying ‘blocks in the Utility room.

We also saw the first signs of work for the air-conditioning.


Pipe work in the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room).


Air-conditioning pipe on the southern external wall.

It’s much slower progress now when compared to the ‘all action’ concrete pouring days but it is all important work.

The headline is based on the 1967 song by Sonny & Cher which reached number six in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number 29 in the UK Singles Chart. The song was sung at Sonny Bono’s funeral and it also appears on his tombstone.


  1. Trish Peterson says:

    LOVE YOUR COMMENT ON THE CLOCKE TOWER!!!!! Got my chuckle of the day!
    Have you been to Texas before? Just curious.

    1. Trish, the clock tower – as you will know – doesn’t have many supporters. Yes, we have been to Texas quite a few times. Houston was our enforced stop-over when we used to visit from the UK. Regards John

  2. kathi moore says:

    You will have to charge for tours of your house with all the people who are wanting to see it. Looks like it is coming along beautifully. Les and I will be in San Pedro 27 Feb to 27 March. Sorry you and Rose will be away for some of that time but still will have a lot of chances, I”m sure to tour your “homestead”. By the way, what colour are Ramone’s towels?

    1. Hi Kathi. Going to buy the ticket rolls when we go to the States. And Rose is going to buy a tour guide uniform! Hopefully we can catch a beer (or three) before we set off. Think the towels are blue and white stripes . Will try to take a photo and send it to you in the next week. Regards from us both.

  3. Larry Merrill says:

    Thanks for posting the picture of the Town Clock all covered up for Carnival. Now Go to the Ambergris Caye forum and see what is says may be really under there now!

    1. Baited breath until the tarpaulin comes off !

  4. Paul Lamoureaux says:

    Hi John, it’s starting to take shape. Hope all is going well.

    1. Hi Paul. Really good to ‘hear’ from you. Hope that all is good for you. It is taking shape but not even half way there yet. We can see though what it is going to look like. And, we like it. Kind regards John

  5. marsa hightower says:

    I fly direct from Dallas to BZE on American Airlines…….and back.

    1. Marsa. Thank you for putting me right. Got up early but obviously was not awake! We are using the via Houston route to Dallas because we had tickets to change ie much cheaper fir us this way. Regards John

  6. John Brandon says:

    House build looks great. Can’t wait to come by in three weeks and check it out!

    1. When do you get here John? We are away from 4-18 March. Regards John

  7. Emily says:

    Hi John, Just wanted to point out that you state both that there is and isn’t a direct flight from BZE to Dallas in your reply to Paul!

    1. Thanks Emily. Obviously have Dallas on my mind given our impending trip. Regards John

  8. Paul says:

    Maybe an odd question but is there a direct flight from Belize city to Dallas or Austin?
    Thanks and continued luck with the build.

    1. Sorry to advise that there isn’t. We are flying to Dallas via Houston (2 hours and seventeen minute stopover). There are direct flights from the Philip S.W Goldson airport to the following US cities: Houston, Miami, Dallas, Charlotte, Newark and Atlanta. Hope this helps. Regards John

      1. Sorry Paul. Didn’t read what I typed before sending it to you( thanks to Emily for pointing out my error). There are no direct flights to Dallas (remove thus location from the list I provided). Apologies. John

    2. Paul, disregard my previous response. There IS a direct flight from Dallas(put right by Marsa) via American Airlines. Apologies. Regards John NB I will now wake up!

  9. New-pipe says:

    I appreciated your kind way of knowledge.Great Stuff Here..hope more to come.

    1. Thank you. Appreciated.

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