“Give Me Just a Little More Time” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Late with publishing today’s edition today because I watched the 2013 Wimbledon Men’s Final between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray (fortunately it was televised on ESPN here).

A fantastic effort by Andy Murray to win the game in straight sets and become the first champion from Britain in seventy-seven years.

Yesterday Rose and I got to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize around 3.20 pm – around forty minutes before the guys pack up for the week (they finish early on a Saturday unless there is a concrete pour).

We got there fully thinking that at least one (hopefully more) of the sliding windows would be fitted. We thought this because the previous day Nicholas had told us that this was the plan.

As we walked towards the house after parking the ‘cart we knew that the plan had not been executed. Why? Well, we could clearly see all seven of the sliding windows standing in the Store Room/Garage.

Disappointed but undeterred we went into the self-contained apartment on the Ground Floor and could hear voices. Not seeing anyone I peaked my head out of the window of the smallest of the two bedrooms to find Martin, Angel, Porfelio and Nicholas just finishing applying the final coat of cement for the top of the septic tank.


Seeing Nicholas there I immediately asked him if he had heard of Pinocchio. He nodded that he did but seemed puzzled as to why I should ask this question. I then told him that we knew that none of the sliding windows had been fitted and he immediately got the connection (for readers from the UK ‘the penny dropped’). He looked embarrassed and quickly said “Give me just a little more time” and explained that they had got the frames positioned for installation and that a sliding window would be fitted on Monday.

Leaving Nicholas to some ribbing from the rest of the guys Rose and I went to the back garden where the guys working on the sea wall were just packing up for the weekend.


We could see though that they had applied the penultimate coat of cement for the eastern side of the sea wall. All three internal sides done now with the just the top to go before the finishing coat can be applied.


On the way back to the house we walked around the northern side so that we could get a better look at the septic tank (and give Nicholas a bit more ribbing).


Looks good enough to be a garden table. If you didn’t know what it is that is!

Whilst around that side of the house we could see Alfonso and a new guy fitting the ceiling grids underneath the northern First Floor veranda.



Not too many plycem boards to be fitted now.

We went straight up to the First Floor where José was working alone sanding the ceiling joint compound.



(The two photos above were taken when we were in the back garden).

There was nobody else working on the First Floor (something that José had said?) but we did see the frames for the sliding windows as Nicholas said we would. Maybe he’s not Pinocchio after all!


Three frames ready to be fitted.

Wanting to see how the tiling was going in our bedroom we went up the scaffolding (it’s positioning had been altered so Rose could get up there – nice lads aren’t they) to the Second Floor.


Bedroom nearly done.

In the south-western corner of the veranda were the two frames for the sliding windows.


And around the corner on the northern side Alfredo had just finished applying the first coat of masonry sealant to the external wall for Rose’s bathroom.



External wall of the bedroom to do.

On the western side we were able to take a closer look at the wall that has had it’s two coats of masonry sealant.


Ready for painting.

The headline is based on the single released in 1969 by Chairmen of the Board which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart and the US Billboard Hot 100 in 1970.


  1. Tracy Jamison says:

    Found your blog via the message board and must say I am addicted to watching your house materialize. I find myself very excited to see the finished product. I only wish that the exspenses were included in your blog but I know that is a personal thing although it would be very informative for us dreamers. Best of luck to you and your wife.

    1. Hi Tracy. We are addicted to watching our build too surprisingly! Pleased you are finding it interesting. And you are right, the cost of a build is a personal thing even though it might be helpful to those who are thinking of building. Disclosure might also give a false impression. Each build will be different. Regards John

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