“Beautiful Day” from Ambergris Caye, Belize.

First thing I have to ‘say’ in today’s edition is “Happy birthday”. This message is sent to my little sister Chris (or, if I am serious or want to tell her off or put her ‘in her place’, Christine). Miss you lots Chris and Rose and I cannot wait until you come out here and stay with us. The self-contained apartment in our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize is just waiting for you. Have a beautiful day Chris.

Now on to today’s edition.

Up early yesterday morning at just after 4 am. Obviously went to sleep too early the previous night. So, made a mug of coffee and took the iPad out on to the veranda to knock-out yesterday’s edition and then I settled down to read The Times online.

Then spent a little time trying to get my iPad to accept a download from the SD card from my camera but wasn’t successful. I fear that the iPad may be terminally ill.

During the course of the morning I received a response from Benny’s to the enquiry I had made about fluorescent light fittings (I realised the previous day that we (I) had omitted to choose a light fitting for the store room/garage on the Ground Floor). It didn’t take long to make a choice. Light fitting decisions now finally completed.

Around 1.45 pm Rose and I took a drive to Daniel Camal‘s (our building contractor) wood shop which is located in the DFC area to see what progress had been made on the cabinetry and doors.

Moses (brother of Angel and Nicholas who are working on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize) showed us around the workshop pointing out the various pieces that they are working on.

All doors are finished and now just need staining and the glass varnish finish applied and they are well on the way to making all of the vanity units and the kitchen cabinetry. Once these have been completed they will start work on making the internal stairs that will link the First and Second Floors.

We were very impressed with the quality of workmanship that we saw and set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize in a particularly ebullient mood and got there shortly after 3 pm.

As we walked towards the house we found Josê marking a plycem board for the ceiling for the ‘open’ area on the Ground Floor.


Hearing voices from the Pump Room I wandered over to find that Rolando, assisted by Rafael (aka The Frog), was installing the water filtration system and pump for the forty-five thousand gallon rainwater collection tank that ‘sits’ beneath our house. The plan is to test the pump sometime this week.


Rolando slightly out of shot cutting wires.

Up the stairs to the First Floor and we found Martin and the new guy (still haven’t found out his name) applying the finishing coat to the western (lagoon) side exterior wall.


Martin on the sponge work.


The ‘other’ guy on the high bits!

Just around the corner on the northern side the finish around the clerestory window was being applied.


A few feet away we could see how good the finish was around the kitchen window.


For the sake of this edition I then took my life in my hands and clambered up the scaffolding and walked across the duck board to gain access to the Second Floor.


Through the scaffolding.


And on to the duck board. Balance like a trapeze artist!

Once up there I found Nicholas, Eric and young Miguel applying the finishing coat of cement to the western (lagoon side) wall where the two sliding doors will soon (please Daniel) be fitted.


Miguel and Eric hard at work with the sponge.


Nicholas making sure that the joint between the wall and the ceiling is silky smooth.


Nicholas at close quarters.

The headline for today’s edition is based upon the single released in 2000 by U2 which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number nineteen in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Mary Jarvis says:

    Hi John,Rose,Hope you are both well,house is coming on looking really great and John you are looking like a local with that tan ,haha,love to you both .Mary ,Dave xxxx

    1. We are very well thanks Mary and hope it is the same for Dave and you. Really need to learn Spanish if I want to ‘look’ like a local!

  2. Andy says:

    Firstly…. Happy Birthday Sister of John…. The smooth finish looking good, John & Rose..

    1. And when the paint goes on any blemishes in the finishing coat of cement will show!

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