“Driving in My Car” but not in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

With no photographic update received from Daniel Camal, our building contractor, yesterday I decided not to publish an edition without any meaningful reference to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. So apologies for its absence but I didn’t want to produce an edition based solely on our “Texas Tales”!

After a last full day in San Antonio on Thursday Rose and I left there on Friday morning and made our way to Waco for an overnight stop before heading to Dallas for the final leg of our return to Ambergris Caye, Belize.

An uneventful journey really. Just a day of driving in my car. That is until we pulled in to a Rest Area to make use of the facilities and saw a classic car in pristine condition. A 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air.


We got talking to the owner – never did exchange names – and he told us that he had spent five years renovating this eight cylinder beauty and was on his way to Fort Worth for a convention of like minded enthusiasts.


Me, far top left in the photo, admiring a beautiful car.


Classic lines. Immaculate bodywork. Could just as easily be describing Rose (let’s see if she reads this edition).


And so much power under the bonnet.

The remainder of the journey had no such interesting distractions and we arrived in Waco late afternoon. Booked in to our hotel, showered and changed and headed out for dinner . Yes, regular readers will have seen this coming, a steak dinner. Should add that though that my final meal in San Antonio was crab cakes. Only mention this because I do not want people to start thinking of me as the number one carnivore.

A good night night’s sleep and an early wake-up, a less than appetising breakfast offering (won’t return to that hotel) and we were on our way to Dallas for the final two nights of our stay in Texas.

Once in to our room we could get in touch with the world again. Log in to the Internet I mean. And once logged in we were pleased to find that waiting in my In Box was the latest update on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize from Daniel. And, as always, we are pleased with the progress being made.


Lintel in place for the sliding door in the Master Bedroom.


Walls for the stairwell and my bathroom finished.


Blocks laid above the clerestory windows in the stairwell.


Form work started for the beams for the roof above the Second Floor veranda.


Forms being removed just outside of Rose’s walk-in closet and bathroom.

The headline is based on the 1982 single by Madness which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. robfranz says:

    Great Blog, John.
    Enjoy watching the progress.
    How will the outside of your house, over the rough block, be finished?


    1. Thanks Rob. Really appreciated. The outside of the house will be a smooth plastered finish painted white. Regards John

  2. Jane says:

    We walked up the beach yesterday, John, to see the usual flurry of activity at your build. As always, impressive! I know you’ll be pleased when you get home!

    1. Thanks for the positive update Jane. Home tomorrow and the plan is to be up there within a couple of hours of ‘hitting’ AC. Regards John

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