“Communication” in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

No lengthy preamble today from me as was the case in yesterday’s edition. Got up, spent a little time on the veranda with my iPad, showered, dressed and had breakfast. Then spent a little time exchanging emails with Excess International Movers (the company we are using to ship our “stuff” from the UK) to see if they have worked out how much it will add to the cost to ship one item (a table) which they couldn’t fit in to the planned number of crates. Hopefully today I will find out.

Knowing that Belize’s final group game versus Cuba in the CONCACAF Gold Cup was kicking off at 3.30 pm (our time) we set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize around 1.45 pm and got there just after 2 pm.

On arrival we saw that Martin was working on finishing off the steps to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment.


Martin ‘knocking up’ the cement.


Forms in place for the steps at the top.

Behind him was a guy striking the lines for the floor area in front of the self-contained apartment.



Floor laying next.

Not too far away another guy was getting the ceiling boards in place ready for fitting in the Store Room/Garage.


Taking a walk around to the back of the house (western or lagoon side) we saw that the guys had finished fitting the last of the plycem boards under the First Floor veranda.


Now just needs filler and joint compound. Oh, and rubbing down.

Finished with our ‘tour’ of the Ground Floor we headed up the stairs to the First Floor where we found “Wat” (actually his name is Christopher and he is young Appolito’s father) laying the first line of floor tiles in the dining/living area (north to south).


Tiles laid for the dining room area.


Christopher laying tiles in the living room area.


Applying adhesive for the next tile to be laid.

Before heading up to the Second Floor we took a look in the Utility Room (my room) where we saw that Rolando had finished wiring the control box.


The room might be mine but the control box definitely ‘belongs’ to Rose!

Once up on the Second Floor (once again the guys very quickly moved duck boards for Rose) we saw that the first coat of masonry sealant had been applied for the concrete table (and base).


Looking north.


Looking west.

Whilst up there we spent some time talking with Porfelio and Angel (with Angel operating as the interpreter) about the wall tiles for our bathrooms. The guys had thought that wall tiles (from floor to ceiling) were only required in the shower cubicles whereas we want them throughout our bathrooms. Looks like a case of less than clear communication on our part (the first case of this we have had throughout the entire process for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize). So, it looks like we (or to be precise, Daniel Camal, our building contractor) are going to hurriedly have to order some additional tiles for our respective bathrooms. Hope that this doesn’t delay things.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the 1985 single by The Power Station which reached number thirty-four in the US Billboard Hot 100 and seventy-five in the UK Singles Chart.

Because of the discussion about wall tiles my planning to be able to watch the Belize game after the visit to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize went awry. We missed the first fifteen minutes. Regrettably Belize lost by four goals to nil and with this defeat exited the competition. Just being there has been a great experience and Rose and I have thoroughly enjoyed seeing (and hearing) how supportive of their team the people of Belize have been. Just like in England (not!).

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