“Wish I Could Fly” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Yesterday was much the same for me as every Saturday during the football (soccer for American readers) season is – me on the sofa glued to the TV.

This Saturday my football gluttony consisted of Manchester City v West Ham, followed by an intense (well for me anyway) period of switching channels frequently to keep in touch with the Barnsley v Hull and Wigan v Spurs’ games (with Spurs unfortunately scoring an equaliser to snatch a point). I then watched the Southampton v West Brom game. And, as if that wasn’t enough I then saw some of the Newcastle v Liverpool match. Good job Rose doesn’t mind football!

In between I managed to fit in breakfast and a snack for lunch.

With the football ‘out of the way’ Rose and I settled down with our tile catalogues and the photos we have taken to try to make our selections. After much deliberation we have chosen the tiles for the Ground Floor self-contained apartment and have narrowed down the ‘beauty parade’ for the main areas of the First and Second Floors to five tiles. The plan now is to reduce the list of five to one and make the choices for the veranda areas and our respective bathrooms by Monday.

By this time we were more than ready to take a break from our deliberations and go see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there around 3.30 pm.

On arrival it was patently obvious – because the ‘mixer was in ‘full swing’ and there were guys at the top of the scaffolding tower – that the focus of attention was the roof where the final coat (the smooth coat) was being applied.


I took a quick walk up to the First Floor to see if I could gain access to the roof via internal scaffolding up to the Second Floor but it had been removed for use at the back (lagoon side) of the house. So, knowing that we couldn’t gain access via the external scaffolding (because it was in constant use) we had to satisfy ourselves from watching the action from afar. It’s at times like this that I wish I could fly.

Around the back of the house we could see one of the guys finishing the roof in the south-west corner.



Look how close to the edge he is.

The scaffolding in the north-eastern corner of the Second Floor was being used as the delivery point for the buckets of cement.


Angel and Sam on bucket duty.

At ground level the oldest and the youngest members of the team were keeping the cement coming.


Porfelio (the oldest) on wheelbarrow duty filling the bucket held by Apollito (the youngest) with Miguel (the second youngest) ready with the pulley.

Daniel Camal, our building contractor, was up on the roof directing operations.


Daniel in the light blue sweat top .

We couldn’t get up there but it was obvious that it was all ‘go’.


If you count carefully you will find that there are nine guys up there.

Knowing that we were not going to get up on the roof Rose and I satisfied ourselves by wandering around to see what else had been done since our visit the previous day.


Second coat of cement applied to the north-west corner of the exterior wall of the Second Floor veranda.


And the south-west corner.

Work was underway fitting the shower valves.


En-suite for the smaller of the bedrooms on the Ground Floor.


Bathroom for the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) on the First Floor.

Nothing to do with the build but if you are in San Pedro today why not pop along to the Seahorse Lounge at Coconuts Caribbean Hotel and support the fundraising for the kids of the San Pedro Sailing Club – all proceeds from the barbecue go to the ‘Club. The fun ‘kicks off’ at 11.30 am.

The headline is based on the 1999 single by Roxette which reached number eleven in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Tom says:

    For some reason your house Looks “a lot bigger” to me now than other resents pics. Wow!

    1. It is pretty big Tom but the ground floor is a self contained apartment Our area will be the next two floors. Plus, there is the water tank under the house. Regards John

  2. Larry Merrill says:

    How big is your cistern in square footage. I went back to some ealier photos of the build to see the location of the tank, but I’m not sure of the total size. It looks like it is under the ground floor in the back of the structure but I don’t have a sense of what the depth is? What do you calculate the capicity is in gallons/liters?

    1. Larry, it is under the house(under the ground floor apartment) and is constructed to hold 25,000 gallons.

  3. Larry Merrill says:

    John: Does your water collection system included a roof washer trap or does all the water just go directly into the tank?

    1. No Larry. We only intend to use the water we collect for washing (us,clothes and dishes). Toilets we will flush from the well and drinking water from the bottle. Regards John

  4. Anton says:

    Looks great John ! I never miss your posts.

    1. Thank you Anton. And thanks for reading the blog.

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