“Something To Think About” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

With the mouth feeling less sore this morning after showering, etc I headed off to Estel’s to see how the gums would stand up to some crispy bacon. Just fine is the answer. Not back to their best yet but getting there.

Whilst sitting there waiting for my breakfast to arrive I fired off a couple of emails to the golf cart dealers I have been communicating with. The simple message being a request that they ‘sharpen their pencils’ (for those that have not come across this expression before it basically means ‘improve your offer’ which, in my case, means reduce the price).

Found out when I got ‘home’ ( well to the condo we are renting) -when I went on to Facebook – that on the table next to me at Estel’s had been Wes and his wife. Wes is a subscriber to this blog and has posted a few comments . Small world. Or at least a small restaurant!

Didn’t really do anything too much when I got back to the condo apart from starting to read The Litigators by John Grisham . A book by him that I have yet to read. Had a bite to eat for lunch and then it was time for Rose and I to head off to review progress on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

We got there at around 2.45 pm and could see that there was a lot going on.


Rose purposely heading towards the stairs.



Form work being put in place for the concrete pour to create the base for the handrails for the staircase.


Plastering above the entrance on the First Floor.


‘Lines’ struck for the second course of plaster in the dining room area on the First Floor.


First course of plaster being applied for the hall on the First Floor.

I cannot recall if I have mentioned it before but my late Dad used to be a plasterer. And a very good one at that ( and this is not filial pride). Had he been alive he would have been intrigued ( or maybe amused) at the way plaster is applied in Belize ie flicked on the wall with a trowel. My Dad, who I watched in action many, many times ,used a trowel too. But he spread the plaster on the walls. A bit like buttering a slice of bread. Totally different techniques but the end result is the same. Think my Dad’s technique was a bit quicker though.

Anyway I digress, back to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize . Up on the Second Floor we could see that Eduardo had finished plastering the wall that we saw him start yesterday.


External wall to my bathroom on the southern side of the house.

And Zapeda and his son Eric were hard at work plastering the external wall of our bedroom and the stairwell.


Father and son team levelling off the plaster.

Down on the Ground Floor pipe work had been installed.


A ‘maze’ of pipes that will be hidden by the ceiling for the smallest of the bathrooms in the self-contained apartment.


Pipe work for the powder room and en-suite bathroom on the First Floor being installed.

And Sam was plastering the ramp.


Lots going on.

On the way to the bridge we saw Daniel Camal, our building contractor,heading in the opposite direction – he was going to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. We stopped to have a chat and he asked us to let him know what light fittings and fans we want . Something to think about.

On the way home we stopped to spend a little time on the beach and saw a building of another kind. A replica of a Mayan Temple that some children had constructed out of sand.


Budding Daniel Camal’s ?

The headline is based on the 1969 single by Hank Williams Junior which reached number thirty-six in the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart.


  1. bill emeott says:

    in the u.s. i would call what there doing concrete veneer or sacking.seen it done many times in belize but still dont agree with the method. you can’t tell a belizean how to do things they just wont listen.they waste alot of material its just the way they operate

    1. Never heard of either Bill so I will stick with screeding, rendering and plastering. Agree that some of the methods used here are a little dated but not so sure that they are wasteful. I have seen so many examples of recycling in action that it would be difficult for me to say otherwise.

  2. Jane says:

    Ah, the pipes are going in! That’s an exciting new step in the build. Do you still have a July completion at this point, John?
    Great book, too. One I thoroughly enjoyed!

    1. Yes Jane, still aiming for a second week in July finish.Enjoying the book so far but it is rare that I do not enjoy a Grisham novel.

  3. robert says:

    John to me the guys arent plastering, they are rendering, as i believe they are still using cement and not ‘plaster’. and i thought a final coat of plaster would be floated on, as im sure you Dad did

    1. Robert, you are absolutely right. Been trying to remember what it is called ie rendering, for weeks. Thank you.

  4. Mike says:

    Coming along! The seawall is interesting. I like that you left the mangrove on the water side, I imagine it will protect the wall from erosion during the rare times the lagoon gets rough.

    1. Hopefully Mike it will also act as another barrier to recent the land from flooding when there are high tides.

  5. Harry the Hornet says:

    Do us a favour…..I haven’t seen the word ‘filial’ since I read Charles Dickens at school!
    And obviously Rose is heading ‘purposely’ towards the stairs (or did you mean purposefully?).
    Oh I do love reading your blog!! Have a nice day.

    1. Whichever way you spell it they both mean the same thing. Know what to get you or your birthday! Have a nice day.

      1. Harry the Hornet says:

        They do not mean the same thing (please see Oxford Dictionary). End of.

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