“Get Behind the Wheel” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

First job for Rose and I yesterday morning (well after we had wished each other happy anniversary) was to go to the Tropic Air Cargo office to collect the insurance policy that Willard Young of R F & G Insurance had sent over on the 4.30 pm flight the previous day.

With the policy in our possession( at last) we went straight to Captain Shark’s to give it to Enrique so he could get the permit (and license plate) from the San Pedro Town Council Transport Department.

To ‘allow’ Enrique time to do this I went to Estel’s for breakfast (well,why wouldn’t I) and Rose went shopping. Fair division of labour I would say!

After her shopping spree (sic) Rose collected me from Estel’s and we went to Atlantic International Bank‘s branch in Pescador Drive so that I could make another withdrawal (ouch). Unlucky with our timing because it seemed that most (OK so a bit of an exaggeration) of the businesses in town were making deposits (deposits always take so much longer).

With the banking done we rushed (and i do mean rushed) off to Captain Shark’s to collect our golf cart. Unfortunately we are still waiting for the license plates but this didn’t prevent us from taking it away. And I got to make the maiden journey when Rose told me to get behind the wheel.


Proud new (co-) owner. Note the colour co-ordinated polo shirt and shorts. Oh, and the flip-flops too!

On the way back to our rented condo I stopped off at the gas station (petrol station for my UK readers) and filled up the tank for BZ$ 58.00. Should last a little while. Especially whilst the bridge is closed.

Once ‘home’ Rose and I focused on the plans for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to decide where we want our lighting. This for the 3 am meeting we had planned with Rolando, Daniel Camal’s (our building contractor) plumber/electrician.

It didn’t take us too long (we have been through it so many times before) and by 2.15 pm we set off (in the rented golf cart because we were not returning it until the evening) and got to the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge just before 2.30 pm to find that the repair work was progressing very well.


Pedestrian /bike way very busy.

There has been lots of comment on the island about the bridge and especially that the one/two week repair period will be exceeded. Some believing that it will take at least twice as long. I have a funny feeling that it could be finished by the middle of next week.

As a future frequent user (when our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize is completed) of the bridge I find one aspect of the repairs very interesting. They have dispensed with the girder that ran through the centre of the bridge. This will stop the practice that many of the taxi drivers had of putting one side of the taxi over the girder and taking more than half of the width available. Or if they do, they will have no excuse for not moving over. Anyway, enough of my ramblings.

When we got to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we saw immediately that the guys had finished laying the ‘blocks for the septic tank/soak-away.


And had applied the first coat of cement.


Up on the First Floor José and Alfonso had finished fitting the grid for the ceiling of the western veranda.


And were busy at work fitting the grid for the southern side.


Rose and I saw Rolando and walked around the First and Ground Floors telling him, on a room by room basis, exactly where we want the light and fan (all fans will have lights as well) fittings. When they are all installed we may well find that we have gone for ‘overkill’ but better to have too much light than not enough is our view.

On finishing our meeting with Rolando we took a quick walk around the rear (lagoon) side of the house to see that the stairs from the ‘master’ bedroom’s veranda are taking shape.



In the evening Rose and I went to Elvis’ Kitchen (in Pescador Drive) for a celebratory first anniversary dinner in Ambergris Caye and ‘went for’ the buffet which, at BZ$ 50, is exceptionally good value. I rarely take the camera with me when we go for a meal so you will just have to trust me (or not). Plenty of choice and as much as you can eat.

The headline for today’s edition is based on track six of the 2009 album entitled “Fork in the Road” by Neil Young which reached number nineteen in the US Billboard Hot 200 and number twenty-two in the UK Albums Chart.


  1. Sue wheatstone says:

    Happy anniversary to you both and what a great place to be celebrating it. House is looking great and looking forward to reading about the last phase. Take care. Sue

    1. Thank you very much Sue. Hope things are going well for you in your new(ish) job. Kind regards John and Rose

  2. kathi moore says:

    Love your new wheels. Glad to hear you paid attention to details – colour co-ordination is crucial for photo ops!!

  3. Anton says:

    Have a great second year. Best wishes .

    1. Thank you Anton . Appreciated.

  4. robert says:

    Happy Anniversary to you both. Cart looks great. What material is going to be used to form the ceilings under the outside verandas?

    1. Thank you Robert. As to the external ceilings I think (but am not 100% certain) that they will be using plycem boards.

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