“Oh Happy Day” even though not in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

The body clock appears to be getting more and more in sync at last. Woke up at 6 am this morning. Only an hour or so to retrieve now. Could be totally back in sync by the time we are heading back to Ambergris Caye, Belize!

After five days of travelling and shopping (more of the latter than the former) Rose and I decided to treat ourselves today with a day of doing touristy type stuff instead of hitting the stores. So we decided to go to the Farmers Market (it had been highly recommended by Renee and Dave on Ambergris Caye).

We went for a reasonably early breakfast in the hotel and once finished I went to sit in the car and set the co-ordinates in the Tom Tom (OK so I just entered the address) whilst waiting for Rose. Got slightly worried when a police car drove through the parking lot – wondered if I had been reported for driving on the wrong side of the road!


Fortunately not after me – he just drove through.

With Rose now ready we hit the highway (getting more and more worried as each day goes by as I use more and more American expressions – highway? Do I mean motorway? Will it be the cowboy hat next???). I was going to enjoy today. A day without shopping. Oh happy day.

The Farmers Market is only around thirteen miles from our hotel so it didn’t take us too long to get there.


We didn’t buy anything there but it was really interesting looking at the fresh produce on the stalls. Everything looked like it had been grown in the land of the giants.


Brussel sprouts the size of small cabbages (iPhone used for size comparison).


Huge radishes too.

Everything was so big. And so inexpensive.





A really impressive range of fresh fruit and vegetables.

We then moved on to look at the shrubs and plants on offer. We knew we couldn’t buy any (as much as we would have liked to) so were looking for ideas for when we eventually get to landscaping for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.


So lovely and we couldn’t buy anything.


We came away with a few ideas and one of them we intend to put to the test fairly soon. We think we can produce some large pots for plants by using concrete. We will need to create the forms (I say “we” but I actually mean Rose – she is the artistic one) and then mix up and pour the concrete. Simple! Hopefully we will then produce pots similar to these.


We took full advantage of the free samples on the fruit and vegetable stands and what was on offer in the food hall but not so much that we weren’t hungry. So we went for a meal. Yes, you guessed it – steak again ( if you are interested in seeing what I chose you will have to take a look at Tacogirl’s blog (what I suppose you would call syndication).

If you are still with this you have shown amazing patience so I will now ‘reward’ you with an update on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize courtney of the photos that Daniel Camal, our building contractor, has sent us . Some of them making use of the iPad he has just bought himself.

Work has continued at a really good pace but what Rose and I have liked from the start is how happy the guys are no matter how hard the work. They really do look like they are having fun and enjoying themselves.


Rafael (aka The Frog) doing his impersonation of a fireman.


Quickly switching to serious mode.


Walls for the Master Bedroom, walk-in closets and bathrooms getting higher.


Forms in place for the veranda on the southern side of the house.


Walls around the stairwell ‘growing’.

And while most of the guys are busy on the Second Floor work is taking place on the Ground Floor.


Martin with the trowel and hawk in the store room.

It is Heroes and Benefactors Day on Monday so there will be no work on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize but fear not because I have held back some photos for inclusion in the next couple of editions. Forward planning eh?

The headline is based on the song by the Edwin Hawkins Singers which was released in 1969. It reached number four in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Aimee says:

    Well…everything id bigger in Texas…

    A Texan 😉

  2. Jane says:

    It’s good to see your progress continuing, John and Rose. Your build is close enough for a quick walk from my place, but even when I’m not too lazy to go, I enjoy your clever blogs. Enjoy TX!

    1. We are really pleased with the progress Jane and cannot wait to get back to see it at first hand. Surprisingly I am still enjoying pulling the blog together (well most days anyway). Kind regards John

  3. Kris Jensen says:

    Good progress update…so tell me, what in total have you decided to buy in the USA for your build? Are you purchasing ‘big’ items, appliances, mattresses, etc. for example?

    You have obviously done your homework (well done, by the way), and I am just trying to get a handle on the fact that even with the importation tariffs and shipping charges, you are able to save $$$, or is it more simply a matter of selection/variety of choices.


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