“I’m Down” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Spent a bit of time yesterday morning researching a door lock that we had been told about . It’s the Millennium Ultimate Lock. This is the lock that we will be using on all external doors on the Ground Floor and the First Floor of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize..

Then spent a couple of hours on the PC trying out different tile combinations (the website I used allows you to see what the effect would be) for my bathroom. I have found what I want but now need to find out if they have them in stock. Fingers crossed. If not, it is back to the drawing board!

With that out of the way I then arranged the wire transfer for the fifty percent deposit for the golf cart that we have ordered from Captain Sharks. Using FC Exchange (the foreign currency exchange ‘house’ we have been using to convert sterling to US dollars) this only took a few minutes.

Time out for lunch and then we headed to Tres Cocos to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to review progress.

Walking from the golf cart there didn’t appear to be a lot of guys around. Alfredo out front clearing rubbish and one guy working in the living/kitchen room area of the Ground Floor self-contained apartment. He was creating the recesses that the windows will fit in to.


Should provide for a tight and secure fit.

In the bathroom for the ‘master bedroom’ the ‘blocks had been chased to create space for the water pipes for the shower.


In the hallway the electrician/plumber was securing the water pipes to the ceiling (these will be hidden when the sheetrock (plasterboard) is fitted.




With Apollito sweeping out the Utility Room there were only two of the guys working on the First Floor. Where were all of the guys?

We could hear sounds on the Second Floor but I couldn’t gain access so we went back down to the Ground Floor where , following some gesticulation by Alfredo , the mystery of where all the guys were was solved. They were working in the water tank!

With the camera held securely and some gymnastic movements I’m down. There is some lighting down there but not what you would call bright. The low ceiling – its around three feet eight inches from floor to ceiling- mean the guys either have to work sitting or stooping.

There were five of them – Sam, Oscar, Angel, Edson and Porfelio- cementing the walls of the water tank.





Not an area to be working in if you suffer from claustrophobia!

Needing some fresh air – and I was only down there for around ten minutes – Rose and I then took a walk around the back of the house.


View from the sea wall.

The headline Is based on the B-side (“Help” was the A-side and reached number one in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart) song by The Beatles which was released in 1965.


  1. Harry the Hornet says:

    At least you were OK to stand up in the water tank!

    1. You wouldn’t be able to get down the hatch. Your head is too big!

  2. Brian Murphy says:

    Hello John I have been reading from the begining and must have missed it. How are you handling the openings in the veranda walls? Cables, clear plexiglass Thanks

    1. We did consider using glass Brian but concluded that cleaning it -especially he exterior facing sections- would prove difficult. We have elected to use galvanised pipe which will be painted French Navy.

  3. Jane says:

    That water tank work is NOT for the faint of heart.. What a team you have!

    1. I got down there too Jane. In all seriousness they are exceptionally good. And really nice guys as well.

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