Up around 4 am yesterday morning and after reading The Times online and taking care of a few emails I decided that I would go wash the ‘Cart and started the task just after 6 am (nice and cool at that time of day).
Around 7.20 am I had just finished wiping it down and applying the chamois when – yes you’ve guessed it – there was the sound of thunder and the rain came down. It was still clean but… At least when our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize is finished I will be able to wash the ‘cart undercover and it will remain clean and shiny for a while!
At 9 am I received an email from Excess International Movers (the company that is handling shipping for us) advising that, as scheduled, the goods we have had in storage in the UK since we moved to Ambergris Caye, Belize, had been collected from the storage unit on the Isle of Dogs in East London. It’s now time to move it on over and hopefully some time next week they will be put on a boat and then around six to seven weeks after that they should be with us. I am sure it will be a bit like Christmas with loads of parcels to open.
I really don’t know where the rest of the day went but it just did and Rose and I didn’t set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize until nearly 4 pm but it is only a relatively short journey (unless the roads are particularly bad, which they weren’t).
Once there we took our customary walk-around to see what had been done and what the guys were working on. First thing we noticed was that Angel had applied the finishing coat of cement to the western wall for the first flight of the entrance stairs.
Won’t be long before the masonry sealant goes on . And then the paint!
A few steps away we could see that the western wall of the Pump Room had also been finished.
External walls for the Pump Room now finished.
Just around the corner on the northern side of the house they had started applying cement to the exterior walls of the septic tank.
As we reached the top of the stairs on the First Floor we found Alfredo hard at work rubbing the veranda wall down to remove any excess cement. He was using a small piece of a concrete block to do this.
Alfredo’s rubbing ‘stone’.
Alfredo at work with his ‘stone’.
Inside the house José was applying joint compound for the ceiling in the living room area.
José applying the compound.
Across the room we could see that they had ‘made good’ around the pipes for the kitchen sink.
Needs the finishing coat now.
Out on the western (lagoon side) veranda was young Appolito rubbing the wall down.
“Put your back in to it Appolito”.
Looking down we could see Martin working on the steps that lead from the ‘master bedroom’ in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment to the back garden so we went down to take a closer look.
Martin loading his hawk with cement.
The steps starting to take shape.
Looking up we could see that the guys had now started rubbing down the walls outside the living/dining room area (western side of the house).
Rafael (aka The Frog) on the left and Appolito on the right.
Back (facing the lagoon) of the house.
The headline is based on the single released in 1947 by Hank Williams which reached numer four in the US Billboard Country Singles chart.