“Wasting Time” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Dental appointment yesterday to have the crowns fitted so up early, breakfast at Estel’s and then the 8 am Caye Caulker Water Taxi to Belize City for my 10.30 am appointment at the Dental Center with Doctor Pedro Habet. Getting used to this routine now. Me, not you, I mean.

Got a result at the ticket counter when the young lady let me exchange the two return tickets I had from last week (Rose and I got a plane back) for a return ticket. A fairly empty boat so I had no trouble getting a seat near one of the doors (providing a nice cooling breeze) and the boat docked just before 9.30 am. All was going swimmingly.

A stroll around to Brodies in Albert Street to pick up some provisions that are not always available on Ambergris Caye and then caught a taxi to take me to the dentist. And with time enough to spare to stop off at The Tile & Stone Center to pick up a printed copy (will be a lot easier to browse than the on-line version) of the Daltille catalogue. It was going so well.

Arrived at the ‘Center twenty minutes early for my appointment and settled down to look at the tile catalogue when I heard the young lady on Reception duty telling me that my appointment had been changed to Thursday. Apparently I had been sent a message to this effect. Having now thoroughly checked my In Box and Messages on my ‘phone I know this not to be the case. Four hours of my day gone. I hate wasting time.

I managed to catch the 10.30 am ‘Taxi so was back in the condo by noon to ‘fire off’ a suitable worded email to the Dental Center. The service had been exemplary up to this point. They responded quickly, and positively, to my note, and are going to reimburse me with the costs I incurred for my fruitless trip. With matters resolved it was undoubtedly time for Rose and I to head to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

When we got there we saw that Alfredo, in addition to keeping the cement mixer supplied, was busy at work removing excess cement from the first section of the external staircase.


In the store room Edson was applying cement to the apertures where the windows will shortly be fitted.


Around the other side of the Ground Floor Sam was finishing off the window aperture in the smaller of the two bedrooms of the self-contained apartment.


Having seen all there was to see on the Ground Floor we took the stairs to the First Floor where Rafael (aka “The Frog”) was busy at work reducing the size of the eastern veranda wall to match the (now) correctly sized southern veranda wall.


“The Frog” in action.

Not far behind him in the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) the electrician/plumber was fitting one of the pipes that will take rainwater to the water tank under the house.


The pipes will eventually be ‘hidden’.

Around the other side of the First Floor Angel was applying cement to the kitchen window that he had cut to the correct size the previous day.


The window I will get to look out of a lot when ‘doing’ the dishes!

Back to the southern side of the First Floor (definitely get to do a lot of walking to prepare for this blog) and we could see that they had applied a coat of cement to provide coping for the southern veranda wall that they reduced the height of the previous day.


Looking much tidier now.

We couldn’t access the Second Floor again because the scaffolding is not in place (the only way to reach the top floor is via the scaffolding on the exterior of the house) but looking up we could see Zapeda busy at work with an electric drill cutting one of the windows to the correct size.


Honestly,Zapeda is ‘on the end’ of that drill.

Seeing all that we could see inside the house we took a walk around the back and on looking up could see that they had started to cover the ‘blocks at the very top.




Not for the faint hearted or those suffering from acrophobia .

Below them Eduardo was finishing off the last of the cantilever beams .


And as we left our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we could see that Edson was doing the same for a cantilever beam on the Ground Floor.


The headline is based on the single released (from the album “Devil Without a Cause”) in 2000 by Kid Rock. The song reached number thirty-five in the US Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart.


  1. Janice says:

    John, where is The Tile and Stone Center located in Belize City. I always have “dreams” and would like to see what is available in Belize.

    1. In Barrack Road Janice. Not that far from the Caye Caulker Water Taxi terminal in Belize City. Perhaps 5 minutes by taxi.

      1. Janice says:

        Thanks John.

  2. Tom J says:

    I don’t know if I would call any boat trip as “going swimmingly”
    Best to you from Montana!

    1. Nearly an English sense of humour Tom!

  3. kathi moore says:

    How do some of the guys work in barefeet?

    1. I haven’t a clue Kathi but they do.

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