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.