Rose and I spent the morning measuring cupboard and drawer sizes in our rented condo so that we would have a clearer idea of the dimensions we want for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Once this was done we discussed how many doors, drawers and open shelf spaces we want for each of the bathrooms. Feeling slightly ‘heavy of head’ by this time (not really my forte) I ‘disappeared’ for a breakfast at Estel’s. Whilst I was gone though Rose set about (there was a method in my madness) sketching out (and she is really good at this type of thing – think it comes from the fact that she is very spatial (and special – will ‘win’ some points for that comment)) designs.
I had only just started to eat my breakfast when the first of Rose’s sketches started to ‘hit’ my In Box and by the time I returned home she had produced outline designs for every bathroom cabinet (even a suggested design for my bathroom).
We spent around an hour discussing and debating each of the sketches – making one or two amendments along the way – and settled on the final designs. We can now (well Rose really) tidy them up for handing over to Daniel Camal our building contractor.
Having completed the main daily task we had set ourselves we finished off general household stuff and drove to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
As we expected the guys had started on the plastering for the inside walls and , not surprisingly, had started on the Ground Floor.
Martin at work in the kitchen area of the self-contained apartment.
Eric checking the angles in the roadside bedroom with a set square.
The column after Martin had finished.
Nicholas and Sam were busy at work plastering the pump room but it is too small for me to get in there to take photographs without cramping their style so Rose and I went up to the First Floor where Porfelio was busy at work fitting the remaining rebar frames for the veranda walls .
Porfelio in the south-east corner.
A walk along the veranda and we could see that concrete had been poured in to the forms to finish off the walls.
Eastern veranda wall.
Northern veranda wall.
We then went up to the Second Floor where we could see Zapeda laying a course of concrete blocks on the roof. A combination of aesthetics and functional. The blocks ‘finish off’ the roof but will also keep rainwater on the roof until entering the down pipes (there are six of them) to flow to the water tank under the house.
Using his broken English (my Spanish is no better I am sorry to say – just about say ‘good morning’ and ‘two beers please’) Zapeda invited me up to the roof. An offer I couldn’t refuse!
Laying ‘blocks on the western (lagoon) side of the roof.
And in the south-western corner.
Completed ‘blocks for the eastern side of the roof.
Forgot to mention in yesterday’s edition that Rose and I had a bit of good fortune. We bought some raffle tickets at a fund-raiser at BC’s and when we popped in there on Sunday we were greeted with the news that we had won a Tropic Air return ticket to Belize City. This will come in very handy for the trip to select tiles. Rose though will have to buy herself a ticket if she wants to come fly with me!
The headline is based on the song made famous by Frank Sinatra. The song was specifically written for Ol’ Blue Eyes and was the title track of the album released in 1958.