Sitting on the veranda this morning I was struck by just how lucky Rose and I are to be living on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Why so reflective? Well I suppose it might have had something to do with it being a beautiful sunny morning. A morning made cooler by a strong south-westerly breeze (well I think it was coming from that direction).
Being able to sit outside in the early morning wearing just a pair of shorts (yes,I was topless!) watching people (those that are here for a holiday and those that live here) walking the beach and looking so happy to be doing so. Being transfixed by the swaying of the palms which sometimes appear to take on a human form (and no, I am not on hallucinogenic drugs).
I don’t want anyone to run away with the thought that this is always an idyllic place to live. It has it’s frustrations. You cannot always get what you would like. Or when you want it. Simple things can take so much longer to complete. It may not be Shangri-La but, as far as I am concerned, the ‘pros’ far outweigh the ‘cons’ and I feel lucky to eventually have relocated here.
In this contented frame of mind I turned my attention to reviewing the draft contract that my friend had asked me to have a look at.
I have to be honest that I have to concentrate that much harder now than when I was working for a living but eventually I got through the draft – marking up my suggested amendments and listing questions I have – and when I did I was only too ready to go look at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Because of the review of the contract Rose and I didn’t get to our land until around 3.30 pm. We weren’t disappointed by this though because there was likely to be more to see when we got there. And there was.
On pulling up we could see that the rebar frames for the Second Floor veranda on the eastern side had been completed.
Just need the forms fitted now.
Before going up to the First Floor we decided to have a walk around the Ground Floor now that the forms and support poles have been removed.
Kitchen/living room area. Currently serving as a locker room for the guys.
Second bedroom. What was going to be the store room
The pump room.
Pleased with how the Ground Floor self-contained apartment is progressing Rose and I took the stairs to the First Floor and when we got there we saw that good progress had been made on installing the rebar frames for the Second Floor veranda.
And they working on the frames for the western side.
Pulling the rebar rod up.
“Over to you”.
Inside (I know it hasn’t got a ceiling yet but …) they were all around cutting and fitting the forms for the beams. Below is a sequence from measurement to fixing.
Work is progressing well and we could be in with a chance of the concrete pour for the beams taking place on Saturday.
The headline is based on the 1992 release by Mary Chapin Carpenter which was a track on her album ‘Come On Come On’. The song reached number four on the US Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks chart.