“Let’s Do It Again” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Yesterday morning I spent a bit of time ‘bouncing’ emails between myself and Benny’s trying to secure an improvement on the discount they had offered on the appliances (ovens (ranges), microwaves, refrigerators, washer and dryer) we need for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Pleased to say that eventually I did get a small (every bit helps!) improvement so we are ready now to formally place an order.

With that out of the way I sent an email to Daniel Camal, our building contractor, in which I detailed the dimensions for all of the appliances we have chosen so that he has the necessary information for when the kitchen (Ground Floor and First Floor) and Utility Room cabinetry and countertops are installed.

Rose and I then made a visit to F C’s Aluminum in Sea Grape Drive to enquire about having an aluminium (English spelling) cargo box made for our new golf cart. We want one that we can bolt on when we need it or take it out if we need the back seats for passengers. He is going to think about the design and revert to us with a price.

We then set off for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there around 2.30 pm to find an eyrie silence. No sound of the cement mixer at work! It became patently obvious why this was so when we saw Porfelio and Angel peering at the engine compartment of the yellow ‘mixer.


A ‘sick’ ‘mixer.

They had already tried to get the red ‘mixer to work but it was ‘sick’ too.


Not expecting much to be going on we went up to the First Floor and were pleasantly surprised to see that a number of the guys were working on the inside of the veranda walls. We had assumed (wrongly it transpired) that they had applied the finishing coat of cement.


Sam at work in the north-east corner.


North-west corner already completed.


Southern wall finished.

In to the First Floor where we found Jose at work fitting the ceiling grids for the Sheetrock (plasterboard).


Dining room area nearly finished.

Hearing noise above us but not being able to access the Second Floor (the internal scaffolding had been removed for use outside) Rose and I went down the stairs and around to the back of the house and on looking up saw that Martin was at work on the wall of the roof.

A shout up to Martin and we found out the reason- one section was thicker (too much cement being applied) than the rest and Daniel had said “let’s do it again”!

With no ‘mixers working young Miguel was knocking-up the cement on the Second Floor ( at least it meant he didn’t have to carry the buckets as far!).


Miguel mixing the cement.


A close up.

And Martin set about applying the correct thickness.


Loading the hawk.


Applying (flicking) the cement.


Using the feather edge.


The finishing touch!

The headline is based on the 1975 single by The Staple Singers which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Fred says:

    John, are you going to have just the outside of your house painted white, or will the walls of the inside veranda be painted some color more gentle to the eves, ie taupe? Looking at the wet cement finish has a nice color. Fred.

    1. No, all walls -inside and out – Fred will be white. The internal floors will be covered with tiles. As will all external floor areas on the First Floor. The remaining external floor areas will be of a coloured cement finished. Regards John

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