“You Know My Name (Look Up the Number)” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Had a lay-in yesterday morning (after our anniversary celebration the previous night) and did not get up until 6.45 am. It felt really unusual. It was light outside!

After showering, dressing and eating breakfast I popped down to Captain Shark’s to pick up the license plates for our new golf cart and also to see if they could fix the annoying noise coming from the rear flip-flop seat.

Getting the license plates was easy but fixing the seat is another matter. It appears that one of the small pads that ‘cushion’ the back of the rear seat had broken off during transit. A temporary fix was applied until a more permanent one can be fitted when I take the ‘cart in for it’s first service in around four weeks.

Cannot really recall how the rest of the morning ‘disappeared’ but it did and before Rose and I knew it was time to head to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and we got there (thanks to a lift from Rafael (aka The Frog)) in Daniel Camal’s,our building contractor, truck when he picked us up not long after we had walked over the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge. As a consequence we got there around 1.30 pm.

Straight in to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment to find that work had started on finishing off the floor of the veranda to the ‘master’ bedroom.


One small section to go and then the finishing coat.

Peeking my head around the corner to look at the northern side of the house I saw that the guys were hard at it applying cement to the walls of the septic/soak-away tank.


In chamber one was Martin, with Eduardo and Angel in chamber two and Nicholas in chamber three whilst Porfelio looked on.

Wanting to get a better view I walked to the second bedroom to be able to use the better placed window.


Appolito with a delivery of cement and Porfelio pumping out the water on the outside of the ‘tank.

The guys had dug around the outside of the ‘tank so that they will be able to apply cement to the exterior walls.


With no work taking place on the Ground Floor Rose and I went up to the First Floor where straight away we saw that the ceiling boards were being fitted on the verandas.


Rose helpfully pointing out the board. Or is it a gesture?

Just around the corner José and Alfonso were fitting ceiling boards on the southern side.



View from the western side


The (plycem) ceiling board.

Whilst looking up at the boards we noticed that , following our meeting with him the previous day, Rolando (the plumber/electrician) had started on the wiring for the lights and fans.


Wiring for a veranda light on the First Floor western (lagoon) side veranda.

And was really ‘going at it’ in the kitchen/dining room area.



Rolando working on the wiring for the kitchen fan.

Before leaving the First Floor Rose and I had one last look to see how José and Alfonso were doing with the ceiling boards.


Working their way along the veranda.

Before leaving our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we took a walk around the back (lagoon side) of the house to take a closer look at how the garden was looking after the fill-in work that has been going on.


View from the sea wall. Garden, slowly but surely, taking shape.

On the way home Rose and I stopped off at Mr Chi’s in Chicken House Street (think that is the name of the street anyway) to get the license plates fitted.



Guys at work fitting the ‘plate.


Rear ‘plate fitted.

Now you know my name and you don’t have to look up the number!

The headline is (loosely) based on the B side of The Beatle’s 1970 single “Let It Be” which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Andy says:

    John get your am’s and pm’s sorted as I don’t know whether i’m reading in morning or afternoon terms… quote….Had a lay-in yesterday morning (after our anniversary celebration the previous night) and did not get up until 6.45 pm. It felt really unusual. It was light outside!..unquote

    1. I did say I had a lie-in!

  2. kathi moore says:

    The clearing and levelling of your back garden is amazing. When on earth did your guys find the time?!

    1. They didn’t Kathi. It was a completely different bunch of guys. Grat job though. And did they work hard.

  3. D D says:

    My posting went through before I finished it. Un-Belize-a-bly Beautiful Belize! Rose, my sister-in-law is also from Ireland, living here in the USA with my brother.

  4. D D says:

    BI have been following your blog for the past few months. I have a special interest because I have spent 3 vacations in Belize while my daughter lived and worked on Ambergris for the past 5 years. I enjoy seeing the building techniques and progress each post. It is wonderful to observe a couple working to fulfill a dream come true in un-Belizeably-

    1. D D thanks for your two posts. A bit like a serialisation! Seriously though, I do appreciate your kind comments. Rose, your sister-in-law, has just got to be a nice person. It’s in the name!

  5. Tom J says:

    I can obtain and send you some flame decals if you like.
    they may have the logo of a “real football” team on them (Chargers) but what the heck.
    Best wishes from Montana.

    1. Tom, thanks very much for the thought but I think I will pass. Regards John

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