“Innocent Man” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

When Rose and I were at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize the day the guys installed the first of the sliding windows (doors) I was quite taken by the motto on the back of the ‘T’ shirt that young Appolito was wearing. A few words that encapsulate the opinion that we have formed about the guys that Daniel Camal, our building contractor, has had working on our house.


If you can’t see the motto clearly it is ” Excellence is not a skill, it’s an attitude”

Well the guys that we have had working on our build undoubtedly have attitude. And the right attitude at that.

Didn’t really do too much at all yesterday morning/early afternoon because it was a grey day with intermittent rainy periods. Just one of those days that you accept that you will get during the rainy season. We need the rain anyway to fill the 45,000 gallon water tank that we have under the house that we are building (or, to be more precise, having built).

Around 2.30 pm the rain took a break for a while so Rose and I donned our rainwear and set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

On arrival we went straight to the First Floor in the hope that the guys had started installing the sliding windows (doors) but as we entered the floor we could see that wasn’t the case. What we did see though was a much brighter area. They had applied the first coat of masonry sealant to the walls and ceiling.


Kitchen/dining area.

It looks very empty at the moment but obviously the sink, cabinetry and appliances need to be installed along with the kitchen island and the breakfast bar. Or, am I jumping too far ahead?


The blue arrow indicates where the breakfast bar will be.

Out on the western (lagoon side) veranda we found José hard at work covering the screws used to secure the plycem ceiling boards.


Next job is the joint compound and then sanding it down.

We then ascended the scaffolding (the guys positioned a duck board for Rose first to provide easier access) to the Second Floor where we found Nicholas applying the finishing coat of cement around the sliding window (door) in our bedroom.


Window covered with protective sheeting to avoid any damage to the frames.

Talking about damage, eagle-eyed Rose spotted a small mark on the door handle and brought this to Nicholas’ attention. Nicholas looked concerned and responded that he was an innocent man because the handle had arrived like that.

We immediately put Nicholas at ease (well I think that we did) when we complimented him on his work. The angles were absolutely perfect. I just know that my Dad, who was a plasterer, would have said the same.


The photo doesn’t do the quality of the work justice but believe me it is seriously good.

Having finished laying the tiles for our bedroom “Wat” had moved to my bathroom and had started laying tiles in there. I have chosen a black tile for the floors ( with a mosaic of black and grey shades for an accent in the shower area) and white tiles for the walls.



Next tile ready to be laid.

Walking outside (with the sheeting up to cover the windows it was quite warm) for a breath of fresh air my attention was taken by a catamaran in the distance.


No real reason for including it in today’s edition other than I like it.

Back inside the house we could see that “Wat” had finished tiling the landing between our bedroom and where the stairs will be.


Looking out in to the back garden we saw that the guys were applying the finishing coat of cement for the top of the sea wall.


The long walk with the cement.


The pour.


Levelling it off.

As we prepared to leave our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize Nicholas was cleaning the area where he had been working.


House trained just like me! (fully expect Rose to post a comment in respect of this comparison)

And the guys were making the last pour for the top of the western section of the sea wall.



Nearly finished.

Today’s headline is based on the song released as a single in 1983 by Billy Joel which reached number ten in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number eight in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Kat George says:

    It’s really coming together nicely.

    1. Thank you. We think so too.

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