“Need You Now” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Started the day yesterday – obviously with a mug of coffee on the veranda – researching the prices of the remaining items (TVs, dinnerware, mattresses, etc,) we need to purchase for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize

On checking my In Box I found that I had received an email (in response to my enquiry) from Hyde Shipping which provided detail for the charges for transportation from their warehouse in Medley, Florida to Belize City. Just need now to get prices for moving the stuff from Belize City to Ambergris Caye and I can get the calculator out to make the cost comparisons versus buying the stuff in Belize.

Knowing that the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge (which connects the southern and northern ends of Ambergris Caye) is closed for repairs (they closed it at midnight on Saturday) Rose and I set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize slightly earlier than usual.

Parking the golf cart at a friend’s house who lives just south of the ‘Bridge, Rose and I made the half a mile walk to our house. This will be our routine for the next week or two. Enforced exercise!

As we drew closer to the build the sound of birds chirping (amazing how much more you hear (and see for that matter) when you are not in a golf cart) was joined by the sound of a cement mixer. Obviously they had managed to effect the necessary repairs

As we walked up the drive (OK there isn’t one there yet but there will be -one day) we could see that Martin and Eduardo were busy at work applying the finishing coat of cement to the external wall behind the staircase.



Martin in the foreground.

Up the steps to the Ground Floor and we saw that they had already finished the external wall of the self-contained apartment.


Drying out nicely.

With no more ‘action’ to see on the Ground Floor we took the stairs to the First Floor and saw straight away that the ceiling grids had been fitted in the hallway.


Ready for the Sheetrock (plasterboard).

To the left (south) we saw that they had finished laying the cement floors in the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) and en-suite bathroom.


Bedroom (sic).



Just around the corner , on the northern side, they had finished laying the major section of the veranda floor.


And had started to ‘sweep’ around to the western (lagoon) side veranda.



Inside the house Jose’s assistant was measuring and then cutting the ceiling grids to the required size.


And then joining Jose to fix them in place.


The remaining section in the living room area leaving just the bedroom and en-suite to do on the First Floor.


Porfelio admiring the view during break time.

Until the windows arrive (hopefully this week) the focus will be on fixing the ceiling grids , finishing the floors and all walls (not many) that do not include windows. For progress versus schedule to be maintained, windows we need you now!

The headline is based on the title of the album by Lady Antebellum (released in 2010) which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 200 and number eight in the UK Albums Chart. The title track of the album also reached number two (in 2009) in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Jane says:

    Hi John – the views, even in the hallways, are wonderful. I’m so impressed with the architectural thought put I to your home! The western veranda has a dip in the wall I hadn’t noticed. Will there be railings of some kind there?

    1. Thanks Jane. We are very pleased with the way the house is starting to look – just the way we had hoped. Where there are low veranda walls (front and back on the First and Second Floors) we are going to have horizontal railings.

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