Have spent (more of it yesterday) what seems like an interminable amount of time (the +7 hour time difference doesn’t help!) communicating with the relocation company we are using in the UK (Excess International Movers) to ship some of our old household items and personal possessions to us in Ambergris Caye (as opposed to Belize City) for inspection by Customs.
Haven’t got a ‘yes’ yet, but then again I haven’t got a ‘no’. So it remains a challenge on my ‘to do’ list.
I then turned my attention to trying to obtain further indicative costings for shipping any online purchases (TVs , dinnerware, pots and pans, etc) we might make in the States for our build in Ambergris Caye,Belize. Having already obtained information from Hyde Shipping I sent emails to M A Pariente, Manray Express and Eurocaribe and now await replies so that Rose and I can decide whether to proceed with this approach or not.
We did visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize yesterday afternoon but I got lazy when we got home and didn’t publish an edition of this blog. Deciding instead to publish a ‘double issue’ today!
So without further ado here is what we saw and experienced during the last two days:
YESTERDAY (23 May, 2013)
When Rose and I got to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize around 3 pm yesterday afternoon we again found Martin at work in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment. He had moved to the hallway that connects the two bedrooms to the living/kitchen area.
Finishing coat of cement for one of the columns in the hallway.
Starting to look like it is ready for painting.
Outside Porfelio was still working on the stairs but was now applying the finishing coat.
There was no ‘action’ on the First Floor and not being able to access the Second Floor (no scaffolding or ladder for Rose and I to use) we contented ourselves with a walk around the house and were pleased to see that work had begun on digging the hole for the septic tank.
It needs to get a lot bigger than this!
TODAY (24 May, 2013)
Around 8.30 am this morning I received an email from Captain Shark’s advising me that our golf cart has arrived in Belize City and will be available for us either Thursday or Friday next week.
Knowing that we had to go to both Atlantic Bank and Belize Bank to sort out a few things Rose and I decided to ‘celebrate’ (Rose goes out for breakfast rarely) the good news about our golf cart by going to Estel’s for breakfast. Whilst we were there we saw the common, but nonetheless eye-catching, attention grabbing sight of the guy walking the dogs.
Taking the step in unison.
Following our very enjoyable breakfast we quickly took care of the banking matters and headed off home. Stopping off on the way though to pop in to Captain Shark’s to make certain that next Monday’s public holiday would not affect the delivery date for our golf cart. Don’t want to cancel the one we are renting unless we are certain we have the replacement!
Following a bite to eat for lunch we headed off to Tres Cocos to see how our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize was progressing and were really pleased that (having parked the golf cart) we saw Daniel Camal, our building contractor, in front of us as we were walking across the bridge. Result, we had a lift!
Within minutes – in an air conditioned environment – we arrived at the site and went up the stairs and saw immediately that Martin, assisted by Appolita, was applying cement to the walls in the store room on the Ground Floor.
Pleased with this we went straight to the First Floor, noticing on the way, that the stairs that
Porfelio had worked on yesterday, were starting to dry out (OK, cure).
With no one working on the First Floor I climbed (intrepidly) the scaffold to gain access to the Second Floor to see that work had begun on the veranda floors.
Eastern veranda floor.
Just around the corner I found Nicholas (the happy new father) busily striking lines for the floor of the northern side of the veranda.
Probably thinking about his new baby son, Nathan Nicholas!
Not far away I could see that José and his assistant Alfonso (aka The Wolfman) were fixing the ceiling grids for the veranda ceiling (or is it roof?).
Very pleased with progress on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize Rose and I headed home.
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