First of all to those of you who looked for but could not find an edition of the blog for Wednesday 6 March apologies. I did not publish one. Too busy orientating myself in Dallas and, in all honesty, a lack of available time allied to the fact that I felt bloody tired.
We spent a fair bit of Tuesday going to a local (well fairly local but US$ 40 taxi ride – might have been done on that one though) Walmart to buy a Tom Tom (without a GPS I would have no chance of finding anything/getting anywhere). That done we headed straight to the car rental place (by taxi again but this time a more reasonable US$ 11- could see the meter this time) to pick up a vehicle.
A bit different to the golf cart. It’s got doors. And a windscreen!
With wheels and the Tom Tom we were ready to hit the stores and the Home Depot store in Irving was our first stop where we spent a couple of hours looking at fans, faucets, shower heads and kitchen cabinet furniture. Envious? I suspect not.
Feeling pleased with our first day we decided to head for an early meal and both of us had steak. Those of you reading this on Ambergris Caye will know just how difficult (impossible is probably a more accurate description) it is to get a decent steak. Never used to eat steak much when I lived in England but now when I leave Ambergris Caye it’s the first meal I go for. Classic case of what you can’t have I suppose.
Fed and watered (well, one bottle of Corona actually) we hit the hay (speaking Texan already) really early and slept through until we got up at 6.45 am this morning. After showering and dressing, a quick breakfast and we hit he roads (and stores) again. Favourite of the day (well at least for Rose) was the visit to a Hobby Lobby where she wandered around buying baubles, bangles and beads to use for the jewellery she will make when she gets back to Ambergris Caye.
“What shall I buy? I want everything”.
We then hit the local (nothing really is that local in Dallas) Grapevine Mills factory outlet mall. This was to stock up on shorts for me – you can never have too many pairs of shorts (used to think this was the case for ties when I worked for a living)!
Shopped out we took our purchases back to the hotel. Freshened up and went out to get a bite to eat. Yep,you guessed it, a steak.
When we got back to the hotel after the meal it was time to catch up with emails, and in particular an email from Daniel Camal, the building contractor for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Accompanying Daniel’s email were photographs of what’s been going on since we have been away.
Forms for the Second Floor being removed.
Start of the veranda wall on the southern side.
Start of veranda wall on the eastern side. Plus rebar frames for the columns in place and forms for them being fitted.
In tomorrow’s edition I expect to be able to report that the walls for the Second Floor have started to go up.
The headline is based on the song by Robert Wright and George Forrest which featured in the 1953 musical Kismet. The most popular recording of the song was by Peggy Lee in the same year that the show began. Her version reached number thirty in the US Pop chart (US Billboard Hot 100 did not come in to being until 1958.