“Angel” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Well and truly back in to the swing of things after only one night’s sleep back home here on Ambergris Caye. Up just after 5 am with my mug of coffee and on-line subscription to The Times on the veranda

Rose and I spent the morning carrying out post holiday chores. Me with the ironing (we had put a wash on within an hour or so of returning home on Monday) and Rose taking care of the ‘condo clean-up’.

In between the chores we had breakfast and lunch. Where does the time go when you are having fun?

I then devoted a little bit of time to administrative stuff with one of the things being to ‘chase up’ the pension statement I need to provide to the Belize Tourism Board for my application to enter the “QRP” (Qualified Retirement Program). With luck I should have this by Thursday and then,hopefully, my application will be processed fairly quickly.

By now we were feeling slightly ‘stir crazy’ and were really pleased that it was time to head off to see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. On arrival at the site it was really good to be able to park the golf cart in front of the house.


Rose giving serious thought to driving the ‘cart up the ramp.

When we arrived we could see that the guys were taking their afternoon break so rather than disturb their rest period we decided to walk around the house and from this we could see that work was well underway on fitting the forms in readiness for the concrete pour for the roof.


Forms starting to be put in place for the beams of the roof over the veranda on the Second Floor on the western (lagoon) side.


Martin back at work after his break.

We could also see that work was well underway removing the supports that had been put in place for the concrete pour for the Second Floor floor.


Removing posts in the living room area and the veranda on the southern side.

Seeing that the guys were back at work we entered the house and could more clearly see what was going on.


Support poles (acrows) removed in the kitchen and dining room areas on the First Floor.


Support poles removed in the dining and living room area on the First Floor.


Removed from the utility room.


And the powder room.


And the ceiling/floor forms above the veranda on the eastern side nearly removed.

We then climbed the scaffold to the Second Floor to see what was going on.


The guys finishing off the forms for the beams for the roof of the veranda on the western (lagoon) side.


Forms in place on the northern side.


And the southern side.


And the eastern side.

Before leaving our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we spent some time talking with Anhill. Well, for nearly twenty weeks that is what I had thought his name was. I now know that it is Angel! Terrible what a misheard or misunderstand pronunciation can result in. And the only reason I found out about my error is because Angel reads this blog.

The headline is based on the 2001 single by Shaggy which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Emily says:

    I hear the bridge is going to be closed for two weeks sometime after Easter. How do you plan to get up to your build? I hope they add extra water taxi runs!

    1. Hi Emily. I had heard that the bridge is going to close (probably the same source of information as you). The latest information is that only one side at a time will be closed. Hope this proves to be correct. If not, then materials will go up by barge and the guys by water taxi. The same for Rose and I. Water taxi I mean, not the barge!

  2. bob says:

    – I am Juan
    – “You are one what?” springs to mind!

    1. For me to know Bob. And for the rest of you to find out!

  3. ed says:

    Nice to have you back John. I don’t miss a day reading whats going on.Keeps me in touch with the Island.

    1. Really pleased to be back Ed. and thanks for reading every day. Regards John

  4. Andy says:

    House is coming on a bundle John, now you are back it will slow down lol… Although Angel will be much happier so he will work even better cos’ Mr John now calls him by his proper name ! I have just come back from 12 weeks in the sun in Oz so your blue skies are a nice reminder, I read your blog daily as I sat in 40C sunshine in Perth.

    1. Hi Andy. Hope Diane and you had a great in Australia. Sure that you did. Yes, the build is now starting to look like a house. Didn’t think my presence ever made you slow down so hope it won’t have the opposite effect on the guys. Kind regards John

  5. Wes says:

    I was wondering if you are taking a picture of the build from the same position everyday to do a time lapse video?

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