“Lone Star State of Mind” for Ambergris Caye, Belize

The body clock is nearly back in sync. Awake and up by 5.30 am this morning. Pleased that my time clock is virtually back to normal but getting up that early when you are in a hotel is not always great. What do you do at that time in the morning apart from going to breakfast?

So I showered, shaved, got dressed and played around on the web until Rose was ready and then we went for breakfast together. The fare on offer wasn’t great but good enough to set us up for our tour of Downtown San Antonio so we put on some comfortable shoes, grabbed the camera and set off.

We had seen parts of Downtown San Antonio yesterday but it was evening and our minds (and stomachs I suppose) were more on getting something to eat than take in the sights. Today we tried to make amends for that.

There are loads of very attractive buildings and when you get away from the crowds the Riverwalk is really tranquil. The following photos provide just a snapshot of the nine mile walk that Rose and I did (OK so we took time out for some refreshment stops).


Downtown ‘trolley’ bus.


“Lady of Justice” in front of the San Antonio Court House.


A very small stretch of the Riverwalk.


A typical Riverwalk tour boat.


A man-made waterfall on the walk.

Not all of the boats though are there to take tourists around. Just like Ambergris Caye there are boats used for other tasks.


Clearing the river of leaves.


Delivering stone blocks for the regeneration of a stretch of the Riverwalk.

We took one of the many staircases to street level and headed off to visit The Alamo. Judging by the crowds, hundreds and hundreds of other people had the same thought in mind. Relaxed and rested though we just joined the queues.


The Alamo.

We then walked to the San Fernando Catholic Cathedral, the oldest cathedral in the United States.




The heat was getting to us ((OK, feeble excuse I know) so we popped in to Pat O’Brien’s where we struck lucky when a guy from the audience got up to play his washboard, Louisiana style.


We are having a great time in Texas but our thoughts keep creeping back to our new home. Suppose you could say we are suffering from a lone star state of mind for our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize.

Hopefully the previous paragraph has teed it up nicely for an update on progress for the build of our new home. So here goes.


Forms in place for the concrete pour to create the lintels for the southern side of the Second Floor.


Forms in place for the lintels for the western (lagoon) side of the Second Floor.


Lintels poured and forms removed for the eastern side ( for the bathrooms) of the Second Floor.


Forms for the Master Bedroom being fitted.


Rebar rods being fitted for the pour to create a ‘roof’ over the veranda.

The headline is based on the single (from the album of the same name) released by Nanci Griffith in 1987 which reached number thirty-six in the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.


  1. Chad says:

    While you’re here in Texas, you should definitely visit Austin. 🙂 Just not this weekend, it’s South by Southwest… unless you want to deal with a bunch of crazy! Crazy fun that is.

    1. Went there Chad. Had a really good time.

  2. Chad says:

    While you’re here in Texas, you definitely need to visit Austin. 🙂

  3. Wes says:

    too bad, I was going to invite you over. I assume you picked Dallas because of AA instead of United Air. Houston would have been a better travel point for Austin and San Antonio. Maybe next time. 3 weeks until we go to AC……

    1. Wes, actually used United Airways (we had unused tickets to use) but chose Dallas because we had never been there but had been to Houston.

      We will go back to San Antonio one day I am sure and will approach it via Houston.

      Where are you staying on AC?

      Regards John

      1. Wes says:

        we are staying at The Palms next to Pedro’s. We arrive on the 3rd for 7 nights.

      2. Wes says:

        I meant to say we are staying @ the Palms next to Ramon’s Village,. We arrive on the 3rd for 7 nights.

      3. That’s more like it. You haven’t started on the Belikin early have you!

  4. Larry Merrill says:

    John: Are the $ signs painted on the concrete blocks keeping track of the cost. You sure are collecting lots of them the higher the build is !!!!!

    1. Larry, costs are as budgeted. This will only change if we change the spec for the finishes. But we budgeted for that knowing that it was unlikely we would stick to the budget!

  5. San Antonio is beautiful…who knew?

    1. I didn’t, for sure. Now would come back anytime.

  6. Wes says:

    Are you heading to Houston or back to Big-D (Dallas)?

    1. Back to Dallas Wes. Stop off in Waco tonight then two nights in Dallas and then home. Should have booked longer in San Antonio.

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