‘I Believe I Can Fly’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

I spent most of the morning reviewing some responses to a RFP (request for proposal) that a friend of mine in the UK is reviewing in respect of the award of a contract to provide services for the company he works for.

I haven’t done this type of stuff since moving to Ambergris Caye last May. But, a bit like riding a bike, I soon got back into the groove and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Wouldn’t want to do it full-time again though!

Whilst I was focusing on this Rose was focusing on the house plans to draw up the discussion/action points for our weekly meeting on Friday with Daniel Camal the building contractor for our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize. What you might call a division of labour.

I finished my review and then Rose ran me through the points she had itemised for the meeting. Obviously I agreed with them!

With our respective tasks completed we set off to attend the lunch that Peter Lawrence (Pedro’s Hotel)had invited us to as a precursor to watching the Champions League game between Real Madrid and Manchester United. On the way there we stopped off at Wine de Vine to buy a bottle of Merlot ( for the price conscious /interested readers it cost BZ$42).

We had a great lunch of roast lamb with a full selection of vegetables (the roast potatoes were brilliant) and then watched a really enjoyable game (even though I do not like Manchester United) which ended in a one all draw. The return leg at Old Trafford should be a great game. With the game over we gave our thanks to Peter and set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Getting there just after 4 pm we could see straight away that the guys were still working hard even though it was now late in the day.

We weaved our way past the guys working on the hoist that was delivering concrete to the First Floor and made our way up there ourselves to see that the rebar frame for the beam for the western (lagoon) side of the house was in place.


Just needs the form to be fixed.

The rebar frames had also been put in place for the mud room/ closet in the hall and the north-west corner of Rose’s handicraft room.


Every time I look at the mud room/ closet it seems to get larger.

They had taken the forms off of the columns that they poured yesterday and we could now really start to imagine how the sliding doors will look.


External view of where the sliding doors will be looking out to the lagoon.

During our walk-around they were finishing off the form for the powder room and the lintel for the front entrance.


One more nail should do it.


Bang it home Edson!

With this board in place they were ready to go with the pour.


Rafael on bucket duty.

It wasn’t long before Daniel wanted to show the guys that he is a dab hand with the bucket too and in the blink of an eye there he was on the scaffold, bucket in hand.


A master at work.

He showed his dexterity – and strength- with nifty backward pouring.


Why waste time turning around?

With himself on bucket duty Daniel sent Rafael to work on the concrete pouring for the column between the dining room area and the kitchen (north side of the house).


Some balancing act. Remember he is twenty-five feet plus above the ground.

He hadn’t been up there very long when a flock of birds (they flew over too quickly so I haven’t a clue what they were) flew within inches of his head. This brought peels of laughter from his workmates and Daniel and us. He must have been impressed because he actually looked like he thought he could fly.


I believe I can fly.

This thought didn’t last long though and he very quickly returned to pouring the concrete.


Oh well, back to the day job!

The headline is based on the song by R. Kelly which was released in 1996. In 1997 it reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Anton says:

    Hi John! , I have discovered your blog two days ago, been reading all your posts and comments sense you started, WOW!! Enjoy the dream .I owe you a few cold ones Anton Toronto

    1. Really pleased that you are enjoying the blog Anton.

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