“I’m Doing Fine Now” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Got up this morning with the mouth – following the dental work yesterday – feeling a lot less sore. The gums beld a little early on but I’m doing fine now. Even so I thought I would start off today’s edition going for a sympathy vote!

Started the day by comparing quotes for golf carts purchased in the ‘States versus one purchased on Ambergris Caye. Providing that I gain acceptance to the Qualified Retirement Program (“QRP”) I can import a vehicle absent import tax and the saving of this levy allied to the generally cheaper purchase price in the ‘States can make this a financially attractive proposition. Obviously if we elect to take this route I will need to organise shipping but I have already got a quote for this from Manray Express, a fairly new freight forwarding agent based on Ambergris Caye.

Rose and I then moved on to checking the bathroom and kitchen items that we want and then entered them in to a spreadsheet, along with screen grabs , for forwarding to Daniel Camal our building contractor. Hopefully every thing we want is available . If not it is ‘back to the drawing board’.

With the administrative side of the day out of the way Rose and I were more than ready to go and see our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize so we set off and got there at just before 4 pm.

With the sea wall poured yesterday (photos later) we could see straight away that the focus was back on to the house and a general clean up of the site.

When we got up on the First Floor Porfelio was in the final stages of laying the concrete for the base of the western (lagoon) side of the veranda wall (this wall will be predominantly vertical handrails – with this design our view of the lagoon from our living/dining room area should be reasonably unimpaired).


At just over sixty Porfelio is the ‘senior’ on the build.


Veranda wall base finished. Just needs to set now.

Work had also started on applying a second coat of cement on the other veranda walls on the First Floor.


Northern wall.


Southern wall nearly finished.

Seeing good progress on the First Floor Rose and I, via the scaffolding, proceeded to the Second Floor where Zapeda and Eduardo were applying second coats of cement to the external walls.

Working to a line the guys apply cement vertically around eight inches wide. This then gives them the level (thickness) to work to for the rest of the wall.


Eduardo ‘striking’ his line.


Levelling it off.


Zapeda checking that the ‘line’ (thickness) is right.

With that done Zapeda set about putting the wire in place on the wall (southern side) that he would be plastering next.


With his line set his son, Eric, started removing loose cement from the course that had previously been applied.


Around the front of the Second Floor the base for the north-east corner of the veranda ( this will also be predominantly formed by vertical handrails) had been laid.


A peer over the veranda wall and we could see that the base for the section of the veranda that will feature handrails at the front (eastern side) of the house on the First Floor was being laid .


And it had also been laid on the western side of the Second Floor (again the dominant section of the veranda wall will feature vertical handrails so that we get a good view of the lagoon from our bedroom).


Daniel Camal, our building contractor, arrived whilst we were there to collect some bush sticks (they use these as acrows) for the build that he has started not far away from our build. Coincidently Daniel’s newest client, Kris,is a long time reader of this blog.


Load on board.


And the bush sticks are on the way to be used again. Recycling in action!

From our vantage point on the Second Floor Rose and I could see that the forms had been removed from the sea wall


so we went down to take a closer look.



Close up and personal!

Standing on the sea wall the rear of the house seemed so far away ( it’s around one hundred and fifty feet away).


Rose and I then set off for home feeling that we had had ‘another good day at the office’!

The headline is based on the 1991 single by The Pasadenas which reached number four in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Wes says:

    Yes he mentioned that along with praise for your builder and he took us to El Fogon for lunch. What could be better.

    1. He is a nice guy. Apart from being a Spurs supporter (the local rivals of the football team I support in the UK) !

      1. Wes says:

        Yes he mentioned that as well. Something about his team being superior to yours.

  2. Wes says:

    Saw you place yesterday from the rode as we went north with Chris from Pelican Properties to look at several houses. Lots of activity going on. Glad your feeling better.

    1. Hi Wes. Pleased that your wife and you arrived safely. We bought the land we are building from Chris (he may have mentioned this) and have nothing but good things to say about him. As to my mouth, it feels much better but is still quite tender and sore.

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