“With a Little Help from My Friends” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

With the choice of tiles for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize completed Rose and I focused on the stuff that needs to be done for the importation of our golf cart.

First off was to get the Application Form ‘signed off’ and stamped by a doctor. This was very easily achieved with a visit in the morning to Doctor Miguel Allison in Trigger Fish Street (don’t you just love the street names) with a cost of BZ$ 30 per ‘Form.

After lunch Rose and I made a visit to Gekko Graphics in Buccaneer Street to get photocopies of my UK driving license and “QRP” I.D card.

With the paperwork complete it was straight around the corner to the San Pedro Town Council offices in Barrier Reef Drive. After a short wait in the Transport Department queue the Application Form was stamped for me to go pay the BZ$ 60 fee and then get my photograph taken and be issued with my Belize drivers license. The whole thing only took twenty minutes. And whilst I was getting my license Rose paid this year’s property tax!

Feeling quite pleased with ourselves Rose and I went up to see what was going on at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and to meet Carolyn and Robert (who live on the island and who we have become acquainted with through this blog) to let them have a look at our ever evolving house.

We got there just after 3 pm and they were already there so without much ado we started the tour in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment where we found Eduardo at work applying the finishing coat of cement to the living/kitchen area.



In the ‘master bedroom’ Jose was at work on the clerestory window but aside from that there wasn’t much going on so we made our way up to the First Floor to immediately see that the finishing coat of cement was being applied in the hallway.


Martin and Angel hard at work. Nicholas just lamping*.

* Learnt a new expression today. Lamping is the word the guys use to describe when one of the team is lazing around / doing nothing.

We couldn’t gain access to the interior via the hallway so we walked around the southern veranda and entered the house via the western (lagoon) side and by then Nicholas had responded to the ‘calls’ (I have put this politely) to return to work and had also been joined by Edson.


What really caught our attention though was that they had finished applying the final coat of cement in the dining and kitchen areas.


Dining room looking in to the kitchen.


Kitchen wall where the refrigerator and the pantry will go. Oh, and the water dispenser.

In the living room area Portfelio was at work marking out on the walls where the wooden staircase will go.


If you look hard you can just see the markings for each of the steps for the first flight.


Maybe a little bit easier to see in this photo.


Porfelio at work making the markings for the second flight. Knew that pipe would come in handy for something!

Not being able to access the Second Floor it was time for the tour to come to an end and as we were leaving we could see that Edson and Nicholas (he had totally stopped his lamping by this time) were finishing off the hallway wall.


Carolyn and Robert live very close to the bridge and have very kindly offered us a parking space for our golf cart when the bridge closes for repair next Wednesday. So the trip to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize during the bridge closure will not be as bad with a little help from my friends.

The headline is based on the Lennon & McCartney song which was written in 1967 and released on The Beatles “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. It was made famous though by Joe Cocker’s version of it which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart in 1968.


  1. kathi moore says:

    How long is the bridge going to be closed for? I’m assuming there will still be foot traffic available. It surely needs upgrading.

    1. Hi Kathi. The board in front of the bridge advises a one to two week closure. But ….
      It will still be open for pedestrians and bikes.

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