“Beautiful” San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Given that I no longer work for a living Saturdays (and Sundays for that matter) really shouldn’t be different to any other day of the week. It shouldn’t , should it? For me though it is. Don’t know why but it just is.

Might be that subconsciously I hold a strong recall of it being that way. Not having to (contractually that is – because I did use to work most Saturdays (and Sundays if you talk to Rose)) work made it different. Different clothes (no suits). No deadlines (apart from those I set for myself). Plenty of sport to go to watch or see on TV.

What’s the point of this interior monologue? Nothing much really. A rather long-winded way of explaining (or is it justifying?) the fact that I generally do not do much that could be described as productive or energetic on a Saturday. It’s a lazy day for me and that is exactly what I had yesterday until it was time to go visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize..

We set off around15.00 hours and, to make a change, used Barrier Reef Drive (front street) for part of our route. I was struck by the fact (and given that it is hurricane season) somewhat concerned when I saw that the windows of NEMO’s (National Emergency Management Organisation) offices were boarded up.


Is there something they should be telling us?

When we got to our build we saw that Daniel Camal, our building contractor, was up on the First Floor so we went up there first to see him because we had noticed that three of the small tiles (3″x3″) on the floor of the shower cubicle for the en-suite (to Rose’s handicraft room) on the First Floor are slightly out-of-line. Daniel agreed with us and marked them to be removed and replaced (we are trying to pick-up on as many of the snagging items as soon as we see them rather than wait until the end of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize).

We then proceeded to have a look around and went first to the living/dining/kitchen area where we could see that Christopher had finished laying all of the floor tiles for the kitchen.


Looking good.

And he had laid all of the tiles for the hallway. We are assuming that he will now move in to the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) because we are using the same floor tiles in there. Once this has been completed the guys can install the sliding window (door).


Hallway finished.

Out on the western (lagoon) veranda José had switched to Vinyl Spackling (apparently it doesn’t stretch) to fill the joints between the plycem boards on the ceiling.


On speaking with José he was confident that this change in material had “done the trick”.


Just needs to harden and it can be sanded.

We then proceeded (via the scaffolding) up to the Second Floor to see how work on our respective bathrooms had progressed.


Shelves (useful for toilet rolls) near toilet completed.


Where the vanity unit will be.

Happy with what we had seen we then went down to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment to see how the floor tile laying for the ‘master’ bedroom was going.


Me fearlessly (!!!) balancing on the duck board.

Once down in the self-contained apartment we found that not only had Rene finished the bedroom but had started laying the floor tiles for the kitchen/living area.


Bedroom finished.


Moving in to the kitchen/living room.

On the way out of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we noticed (couldn’t help but see it) that the galvanised piping for our veranda and stairway railings had been delivered. The welder will start working on this next week.


Once assembled the piping will be painted French Navy.

On the way home Rose and I popped in to Carlo and Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill for a couple of well deserved (well we thought we deserved them) Belikins.

Sitting at the bar looking out over the airstrip I was struck by how beautiful the sky looked (opportunity for a couple of photos and the link for the headline!).



The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 2002 by Christina Aguilera which reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number one in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Jane says:

    In my opinion, those of us who worked our whole lives deserve our Saturdays and Sundays….and Mondays and Tuesdays and Wednesdays…. Another great week of blog entries! Thank you, John.

    1. Every week is the equivalent of 3 1/2 weekends for me now. Pleased that you enjoyed this week’s offerings. Enjoy your Sunday. I’m going to.

  2. Kris Jensen says:

    I am thinking that your passion for writing a daily blog-religiously, is indicative of how you approached the former ‘daily grind’, and I suppose has allowed you a place in paradise! Congratulations.

    1. Thanks Kris. Yours is coming along very nicely too.

  3. Paul says:

    People often tell me also that Saturday and Sunday shouldn’t make a difference since I no longer work for
    a living but it still does. Old habits I guess ! By the way, nice balancing act on the plank.

    1. True. And habits are sometimes very difficult to break.

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