“Come Fly with Me” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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.


  1. Fred says:

    John, I have questions, questions, questions. Will you have access to the roof? What a view from up there. If so, you may have to bring the wall up a few more feet. With the plaster on the outside walls, and the inside walls , will you have heat transfer from the concrete structure interfering with your air conditioning unit to be able to cool the house? With the rain water collection tank you could put a sand filter and and ultravilote light system to be able to have potable water. Too many questions. I enjoy reading about the progress every evening. Keep up the good work. Fred

    1. Fred, you do have too many questions but I will try to answer as many as I can. We will not have stairs to the roof but the roof is somewhat of a misnomer. We will have stairs to the Second Floor roof terrace (this is the floor our bedroom is on) but not to the roof over our bedroom and bathrooms. Haven’t really considered the effect of heat transfer in all honesty. All of the hotels we have stayed at in Belize have been plastered inside and out and AC has worked fine. The top floor ceiling though will be insulated. As to the water tank, we only intend to use it for washing. Regards John

  2. Harry the Hornet says:

    Didn’t realise that ‘good moring’ was either English or Spanish. What language can you speak???

    1. Bugger. A typo. Sloppy. Thank you!

      1. Harry the Hornet says:

        Please don’t apologise. You making a spello (typo is an excuse) makes my day that much more enjoyable. Thank you!

      2. Sad that such a thing makes your day.

  3. Larry Merrill says:

    John: Is your water tank under the house part of the foundation?

    1. Yes Larry. After the piles were sunk it was the first thing to be constructed. Will have a capacity of 25,000 gallons. We will use well water though for flushing of toilets.

  4. Jane says:

    Missed a fair number of photos this AM in your note, John. Perhaps a slow computer on my part.im anxious to see the roof shots again.

    1. Have sent you an email Jane.

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