“My Kind of Town” (San Pedro is) in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Up and out on the veranda with my black coffee and the iPad just after 05.00 hours yesterday morning and straight in to The Times online to find (disappointingly) that Arsenal have still to make a major signing. Getting worried now that Arsene Wenger is not going to bring in any one of real quality before the season starts.

I then finished of the ‘change of address’ letters for various institutions in the UK that I have to notify of our imminent move to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

With the letters finished I showered, shaved and dressed and went (yes, regular readers, you’ve guessed it) to Estel’s for breakfast to ‘kill’ the time (any excuse I know) until Gekko Graphics opened and I could get the letters printed (when we move in to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we will get our own printer (and bang goes one of my reasons (excuses)) for breakfast at Estel’s!) but until then any printing requires a visit to Gekko Graphics (and Estel’s!).

By the time I had got home (well the temporary home that the condo we are renting is) I had received an email from Fabro’s Glass Limited providing a quotation for the mirrors we want for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. A quick ‘phone call for a bit of price negotiation and we had a deal and I placed an order. The mirrors should be with us on 2 August.

Once “home” I put the letters in envelopes and took a drive to take them to Robert, a “Brit” on the island who is headed to the UK with his partner for a short visit. They will post them for us when they get there. Thanks Carolyn and Robert.

As soon as I got “home” it was time for Rose and I to head off to Pedro’s Hotel for lunch. And a really enjoyable lunch it was too. Roast lamb and chicken with a full range of vegetables all exquisitely cooked. Too busy eating what was on my plate to stop and take photos so just believe me. The meal was good. Really good.

With our belly’s fit to burst we left Pedro’s Hotel around 14.30 hours and, because we were a little early, decided to take a little detour en route to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

First we went to look at the road that had been laid in Trigger Fish Street. The road has been paved but is not open or traffic yet.


Much nicer parking spot if you are going to El Fogon!

Nearby Chicken House Street had been levelled. I presume in advance of laying slabs for the road.


Better already for pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Leaving the area we then took time to look at what progress had been made on Sunset Boardwalk (we had last looked really closely back in December).


Looking north-west.



Two buildings up close. They have just finished putting the roofs on.

Taking time out like this to have a little wander reaffirmed for me what I have known for years. San Pedro is my kind of town.

With out detour over we headed north and got to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize around 15.15 hours where we could see immediately that they had finished laying the penultimate coat of cement for the floor between the two entrance stairways.


Stairs to the Ground Floor to the left and the stairs to the First Floor to the right.


Ariel view.

Inside the Ground Floor self-contained apartment José was applying sealant to the ceiling in the living/kitchen room whilst, not too far away, a colleague was applying the finishing coat of cement to one of the columns.


Nearly ready for painting!

In the smaller of the two bedrooms we found that they had made good the area of floor that they had taken up a few days ago.


We then went (stepping carefully over the newly laid area) up to the First Floor and went straight to the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) where we saw that the tiling for the bathroom was getting close to being finished.


Recessed shelf tiled.

Out in the main room (kitchen/living/dining) a recently new guy on our build was tidying up around the “southern” sliding window (door).


Nearby Christopher was continuing to the lay the floor with tiles.


From south to north.

We got there just as he had reached one of the columns and was preparing to lay the tile.


Measuring the floor.


Measuring and marking the tile.


Taking the tie to the tile cutter.


Cutting the tile.




And back up the stairs with it. Lighter though!

Up on the Second Floor Angel and Alfredo were applying the first coat of emulsion to the inside of the southern veranda wall.


Alfredo taking care of the final section.

Today’s headline is based on the song, written by Jimmy Van Heusen (music) and Sammy Cahn (lyrics) that was released in 1964 by Frank Sinatra.


  1. Louise Gow says:

    Its really coming along – gets us excited for our build in a few years! – we will be over before the end of the year – hopefully November – would love to meet for a cup of tea. Look forward to the email with the blog link everyday.

    1. Hi Louise. Yes not too long to go now. When you start your build I hope that you have as much enjoyment (most of the time).as we have had. Would love to meet up, although I do not drink tea (Rose does), only coffee. Kind regards John

  2. Loving reading your blog. It’s almost enough to make me want to build rather than buy a fully done home. Almost. I had put an offer on a home on Fire Coral St, but alas, couldn’t come to terms, which was just as well, as now will not be able to move until summer 2014. Do have some of Estel’s fryjacks – they are quite, quite, tasty. Miss the laid back island life!

    1. Hi Marsa. Long time no “speak”. Pleased that you enjoy the blog.
      Building (or having it built) the house has been great fun. Presume you were interested in Mango House? We have a couple of lots in the same street. So if you do et the itch to build there …

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