With the completion of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize drawing ever closer I have been giving thought as to what to do with this blog (this is NOT an invitation to tell me where to stuff it!).
Long time readers will probably know that it’s raison d’être was as a relatively easy way for Rose and I to document the build of our new home in Ambergris Caye, Belize and share the experience with our family and friends in the UK without having to send a multitude of emails. It has, as the number of you that follow it will know, morphed in to much, much more than this.
I have to admit that although on some days I have found “knocking” an edition out has been a bit of a pain I have overall thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I like the discipline it requires and I like the routine. It’s also extremely rewarding to “feel” the sense of involvement that so ( i come from the world of newspapers so may be guilty of a little exaggeration here) many people have had in our adventure (OK it is only a build but it has been an adventure in to the unknown for us).
Uncertain as to whether to keep it going or not I am using this edition to find out what your views are. Obviously with the build finished the subject matter of the blog would need to be different. Do you think I should keep it going? If so, what would interest you? Obviously it must be something that I can do relatively easily AND find interesting. They are the only caveats. So please do not suggest something like geophysics!
So, a simple question really, what can I do? Please do let me know.
Anyway, enough of my thoughts for the future. Lets move to the present. Well, the past actually -yesterday.
Got up around 05.00 hours and after making the obligatory mug of black coffee it was straight on to the veranda for some Internet time (yes this included The Times on-line and no Arsenal have not bought anyone (of note) yet).
Knowing that Rose and I had lots that we wanted to accomplish (designing the bed that we want Daniel Camal, our building contractor, to make for us; making our final purchasing decisions for the stuff we are going to have shipped from America; making the first moves to sell the condo at Banana Beach Resort that we bought shortly after visiting Ambergris Caye the first time over fifteen years ago) I decided that I needed (deserved in fact) a hearty breakfast so I went to (yes, you’ve guessed it) Estel’s (stopping off first at Atlantic International Bank Limited to make a withdrawal and pay some bills) and got there shortly after 08.00 hours.
Responding to the request made by Louise I include (see how expediently I respond to requests) in today’s edition a few of the photos I took whilst there.
Whoops, wrong folder.
The real view from my table. Matches Salma Hayek any day of the week (apart from Tuesdays obviously because Estel’s is closed!) !
My breakfast. Not the healthiest choice but…
When I got back to the condo we are renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize I took care of some administrative stuff and then eventually Rose and I set about working out the measurements for our bed. With this information Rose then drew a sketch of what we want. This along with a photograph of the type of bed we want will hopefully be enough for Daniel.
That was as far on our list of things to do as we got because before we knew it the time had come to head off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Robert Burns put it so well “The best laid schemes of mice and men…”
We got there around 15.30 hours and as we pulled in to our lot could see Moses, who is in charge of Daniel’s wood shop, with two of his colleagues carrying the sink unit frame up the stairs.
And through the entrance to the house.
They then set about bringing in the door jambs (think that is what they are called).
Sink unit, breakfast bar and door jambs ready for installation.
The excitement didn’t end there though because it appeared that lots of things were going on!
Christopher laying tiles in the First Floor bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room).
From the hallway in to the bedroom.
Up on the Second Floor Ernesto was still at work fixing the tiles in my bathroom but had moved in to the shower “cubicle”.
Saving the seat and floor until last.
A few feet away Alfredo was applying the final coat of emulsion to the walls of the walk-in closet.
A walk out on to the roof terrace and we saw that Rolando had been at work fitting the spotlights for the northern and southern walls.
As we were about to leave the floor and head home my attention was caught by a sailing boat with a name that says it all, “Caye Dreams”. Even though we live here now we still have them!
Today’s headline is based on the single released in 1998 by The Corrs which reached number three in the UK Singles Chart.