“Do It Again” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.


Up around 4 am yesterday morning and really did not do much more until around 10.30 am than just sit on the veranda with my friend the iPad. I know it’s sick but I still like it. One day we all get old and slow and can’t do the things we once did so easily ! Just sorry that it has happened to my iPad a lot sooner than I expected. Could be the way I have treated it because Rose’s operates perfectly?

At 10.30 am we drove our friend Dave (he is serving as a member of BATSUB), his wife Wendy and daughter to the Maya Island Air terminal so that they could catch the 11am flight to Philip S.W. Goldson International Airport.

After dropping them off Rose and I headed to Estel’s. Me for a late breakfast and Rose for an early lunch. Following our meal we did a spot of shopping to buy some vegetables ((we much prefer to buy them on the day we ( don’t know why I used “we”) are going to cook them)) for our dinner and then headed back to the condo we are renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Once ‘home’ I took care of some administrative work – the main thing being to complete the Standard Liability form (for insurance) for the stuff we are shipping from the UK – and then spent some time with my book (only four hundred pages to go).

With the emailing out of the way Rose and I were ready to set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there shortly after 3 pm and went straight up to the First Floor and on the way there saw that work was underway to finish off the entrance stairs.

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Mini wall for the stairs to which railings will be fixed.

Once up on the First Floor we found José and Alfonso fitting Sheetrock (plaster boards for UK readers) for the ceiling in the kitchen area. They had fitted these previously but had to remove them for when they ran water through the pipes to test for leaks. The test was carried out in the morning and no leaks were found so, José and Alfonso, had to do it again.

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José pushing the ceiling grid up to the correct position.

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Alfonso and José re-fixing a board in to position.

Up above us Rafael (aka The Frog) was applying masonry sealant to the wall for the landing that leads to the Master Bedroom.

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The Frog at work!

He had already covered the opposite walls.

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Wandering in to the Utility (my) Room we saw how good the windows look now that the protective sheeting has been removed.

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And when they are open now the breeze comes through.

Not being able to access the Second Floor because Rafael (aka The Frog) was working close to the scaffolding (oh by the way the guys had removed the ‘duck board steps that I mentioned in yesterday’s edition – so they weren’t there for carrying the sliding windows up) we went back to ground level.

Once down there we could see that they had applied the finishing coat of cement for the walls between the entrance stairs and the Ground Floor.

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Just the walls for the entrance stairs and the front of the house is finished.

Around the corner the guys were busy finishing off applying the final coat of cement for the Ground Floor northern exterior wall.

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Nicholas working on a cantilever beam.

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And the rest of the guys ‘hitting’ the main wall en masse.

On the western (lagoon) side we were able to see how nicely the wall that he guys had finished the previous day was drying out.

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Just the stairs to do now.

The headline is based on the Steely Dan single that was released in 1972 and reached number six in the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1973.

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