‘Things Can Only Get Better’ in Ambergris Caye, Belize.


Got up this morning slightly later than usual at 5.45 am to find that there was no power (subsequently found out that the power loss occurred just before 5 am). Bummer. No electricity meant no coffee. No Internet. No The Times. Not a great start to the day.

With power returning at around 8.30 am I thought things were looking up but they just got worse. Arsenal played Blackburn Rovers (a team one division below them) at home in the fifth round of the FA Cup and with home advantage should have breezed through. Ninety-four minutes later after huffing and puffing but not more than that we are out of the ‘Cup. And with Bayern Munich on Tuesday in the Round of 16 of the Champions League it looks like another trophy less season for us again.

Nor feeling particularly ebullient Rose and I (more Rose than me it has to be said) focused on producing ‘minutes’ of the meeting we had with Daniel Camal, the building contractor for our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize, yesterday evening.

The meeting lasted just over an hour and we focused on window types (need to be ordered any time now) just to be certain that Daniel and us are ‘singing from the same hymn sheet’. Pleased to say that his detail matched ours. We then moved on to discussing the railings we want for the veranda walls and were able to provide Daniel with a photo of exactly what we are looking for. He confirmed he can give us what we want.

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Showing the dimensions we want for the railings.

We then briefly discussed the design for the internal staircase and the stain colour we want for the mahogany treads. Daniel will now provide us with some wood samples.

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The look we want. Although not the colour.

Daniel also confirmed that the air conditioning units for the Ground Floor will all be positioned/fixed on the ground. Exactly what we are looking for because we do not want any fitted to the external walls. Finally Daniel confirmed that we can delay decisions regarding lighting for the First and Second Floors because all of the ceilings will have Sheetrock (plasterboard for the UK readers) fitted over the concrete.

With the ‘minutes’ reviewed, amended and then emailed to Daniel it was 2.15 pm and time for Rose and I to go see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Even before we reached the site we could hear the concrete mixer in action. Music to our ears and just goes to show that things can only get better. With our spirits uplifted we very quickly got to the First Floor to see that the lintel above the kitchen sink had been removed and Porfelio was in the process of removing the rebar frame.

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Done.

Seeing this we immediately went to speak with Daniel who was on the eastern veranda. He told us that after our discussion on windows the previous evening he had rechecked all of the window dimensions and found that three of them were wrong (kitchen and the two windows in the utility room). Disappointing but identified just in time.

By the time we finished our conversation with Daniel work was underway in fitting the new form fir the lintel.

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And within minutes they were pouring concrete in to it.

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Whilst this was going on they were cutting through the remaining lintel in the utility room.

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Looking in from the eastern veranda.

It wasn’t only remedial work that was going on though. Work had started on the western(lagoon) and northern veranda walls.

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And the final courses of ‘blocks for the entrance and the hallway/wall of Rose’s handicraft room were being laid.

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Not enough room to swing a cat.

When we left Daniel and Porfelio were reviewing the plans to make sure everything was as it should be.

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Command Center.

Oh, and the headline is based upon the single by D:Ream which reached number twenty-four in the UK Singles Chart in 1993 but after a remix hit number one in 1994. Now that shows that things can only get better!

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