“A Whiter Shade of Pale” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Spent a bit of time yesterday morning trawling the Internet in the hope of finding that Arsène Wenger , the Arsenal manger, has started making some marquee signings for next season. No such luck. Plenty of speculation ( and much of it, I am sure, created by journalists just to fill space) but no actual announcements. Looks like this could be another pre-season when our transfer activity will be a conducted ‘at the last minute’.

Feeling a little disappointed , and quite frustrated, I then turned my attention to thinking about what key performance indicators (KPIs) should/could reside within the contract I have been reviewing for an ex-colleague in the UK. With a brain that wasn’t functioning as well as I would like (opportunity here for my friends and ex-colleagues in the UK to post some ‘humorous’ comments) I ‘took’ myself off to Estel’s for a breakfast that I hoped would get the creative juices flowing. And it did. Just now need to draft the wording for the KPIs.

I can sense that many of you are now starting to say “Enough of what you do in the morning, what about your build in Ambergris Caye, Belize?” So …

Rose and I got to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize a bit later than usual at around 3.45 pm and as we parked the ‘cart saw the very pleasing sight of white exterior walls. The guys had started applying masonry sealant.


There was only one place for Rose and I to go, straight up to the Second Floor.

Once up there we found Rafael (aka The Frog) and Alfredo (he has returned to working on our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize after a holiday in El Salvador visiting his mother and a couple of weeks working at Grand Baymen which Daniel Camal, our building contractor, has a contract for) were busy applying ‘sealant with rollers.


“Come on Rafael, put your back in to it!”


“That’s better”.

They had already covered the exterior wall for my bathroom and although it wasn’t a brilliant white, more a whiter shade of pale, it sure looked good.


Exterior wall for my walk-in closet and bathroom.

Feeling pleased with what we had seen on the top floor we went down to the First Floor where José and Alfonso were fitting Sheetrock (plaster board for UK readers) for the ceilings.


The bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) ceiling fitted. Now needs the joint tape and joint compound to be applied.


Ceiling in for the en-suite bathroom.

Down to the Ground Floor where we saw that Angel had applied the penultimate coat of cement for the lower flight for the entrance stairs.


Inside the self-contained apartment work was underway on finishing off the walls in the bathrooms.


Bathroom for the smaller of the two bedrooms.


Recessed shelving finished for the bathroom for the ‘master bedroom’.

The guys have made real progress on ceilings and walls and it can’t be long now before the sliding windows get fitted. Please!

The headline is based on the 1967 single by Procol Harum which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number six in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Alan Slater says:

    Hi John, I feel I must give you a small heads up, on the difference between sheet rock and plasterboard. Plasterboard has an inner content of plaster only, somewhat consistent of the Plaster of Paris put on a broken limb. Sheet rock has plaster, grit and small beach pebbles or small river rock as an inner content. Most of the homes built after WWII in the US, had sheet rock walls, which by the way, is very hard to cut and drill, unless you use a diamond grit tool. Just try punching a hole in a sheet rock wall and you will find that you will need a lot of the other plaster to set and heal your broken fist!!! In the 50’s they found it cheaper to use plasterboard, also easier to work and lighter to handle.
    Alan S.

    1. Thank you Alan. Interesting and informative. And it has increased my knowledge of building materials further.

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