“It’s Goin Down” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

A really lazy, do nothing morning for me yesterday. Up too early (what’s new) finishing the latest book I have been reading (this one by Robert Ludlam) because the Internet was ‘down’. That gave me an excuse (who needs an excuse?) to go to Estel’s to ‘feed’ (food and their Wi-fi).

The rest of the morning (the Internet had resumed) I spent reading and responding to emails. A bite for lunch and it was time to go to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Rose and I got there around 2.30 pm and seeing that the scaffolding had been moved from the southern side of the house went straight up to the First Floor and saw where it had been moved to. The western (lagoon) side of the house.


Nicholas and one of the younger guys starting to erect the scaffolding.


Starting the scaffolding on the south-west corner.


“Feels secure”.


“Time to tighten the bolt”.

A walk in to the First Floor and we could see that the scaffold was back to provide access to the roof so up I climbed where I could see that they were busy ‘striking the lines’ for the final coat of cement. This coat though has to be applied so that each section has slopes to take the rainwater to each of the six internal downpipes that run down to the water tank under the house.


Measuring the distance between the drains.



Checking the gradient for the slope.

With the line in place it was time for the young ‘apprentice’ to lay the first bit of cement.


A study of concentration.

On the southern side of the roof another line of cement was being laid.


To ‘go’ with the two lines that had been laid in the centre of the roof.


Lines running west to east.


One of the six drains.

When the roof is finished with the slopes there’s only one place the rainwater is going, it’s goin(g down!

Whilst up there I got to talking to Edson – careful not to interrupt his work rate though – about where he gets his tools from. I was not at all surprised (given how I have seen them recycle stuff so often) when he told me that he had made them from salvaged items.


Float made from a ‘marker’ used by fishermen that had been washed ashore.


Cement ‘finishing’ sponge (held in place- to stop the wind taking it – by the float) was once part of a seat in a boat.

Leaving the guys to carry on in peace I went down to the Second Floor to see that they had filled in the hole where the air conditioning pipes for the Master Bedroom had been fitted a few days ago.


“Much better”.

And they had started the corner seat for my shower.


On our way to and from our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize Rose and I have seen Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill taking shape (and at speed) and yesterday the sign went up in readiness for next weekend’s opening.


Difficult to miss.

The headline is based on the single by Jung Joc released in 2006 which reached number three in the US Billboard Hot 100.

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