“Crazy” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Back with a normal (well as normal as normal can ever be) service with today’s edition. The visit Rose and I made to the BATSUB base was a very interesting one and was a very enjoyable diversion from our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

A consequence of our brief time away from Ambergris Caye is that I am now ‘playing’ catch-up on the work that has been been carried out on our house. I will catch up though by publishing an edition on Monday. Something that I don’t always do.

Enough of future action and back to today (but by the time I publish this edition it will be tomorrow. Confused? Me too. I knew this could prove difficult). I couldn’t even manage the twelve hour clock so what chance have I got ‘juggling’ days! This could get crazy.

Anyway, on Saturday I got up stupidly early at 03.50 hours ( fell asleep on the sofa the previous night at 21.30 hours and paid the price) and the Internet was out (something living here that you just have to accept and get used to – you know it will come back at some time) so I ‘went’ with the Kindle and returned to reading Rabbit is Rich by John Updike. His books aren’t for everyone but I find them quite enjoyable.

The hours quickly passed by and at around 07.30 hours Rose got up and magically the Internet returned. The strange powers of women! With my connection to the outside world in place again I was able to read The Times on-line and then Rose and I had breakfast.

I then tackled sketching the type of fence we want around our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. We are looking at using pimenta (a tree indigenous to Belize) and have a six foot high fence running both sides of the back garden from the sea wall to a fence of the same height at the front (roadside). The plan is to have two, four foot gates that ‘run’ in line with the ramp leading to the Store Room/Garage on the Ground Floor.

I eventually finished the sketch (not the greatest piece of architectural drawing but I think it should be good enough) and it is now ready to hand-over to the guy we have identified to make and erect the fence for us for him to prepare a quotation. If the ‘price is right’ we would like to get the fence started before we move in.

Enough of what I did yesterday and time to move back one day to Friday for the visit that Rose and I made to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Told you it might get crazy.

Work had continued on the bathroom for the bedroom on the First Floor (Rose’s handicraft room) and Christopher wasn’t that many tiles short of finishing it.


As we have found,when it gets to the odd shape of tile part of the tiling Christopher moves on to another room and this was the case again. Christopher had moved to the Utility Room.


And had made a good start.

In the kitchen we saw that Moses and his colleagues had delivered the rest of the carpentry for the breakfast bar.


Really looking forward to seeing this installed.

We did venture up to the Second Floor but couldn’t get in to my bathroom without disturbing Ernesto’s productivity (wouldn’t want to do that) so we went down to the Ground Floor apartment but on the way saw that the inside of the north-eastern side of the veranda wall had received its first coat of masonry sealant.


And the outside of the wall had too.


Once down on the Ground Floor we were able to take a peek at Rene at work continuing to lay the floor tiles for the kitchen/living room area of the self-contained apartment.


Before we set off for ‘home’ we saw that Angel and Alfredo had finished applying the first coat of masonry sealant to the First Floor northern veranda wall.


Alfredo and Angel ‘chewing the fat’ at the end of another day.

Up above them José was continuing with what appears to be the never ending task of filling the joints between the plycem boards.


Under the trees the welder (none of the regular guys know his name so this is my challenge) was finishing for the day but had made progress on the railings.


Starting to take shape.

In tomorrow’s edition I will bring you up-to-date with what Rose and I saw at our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize yesterday. Told you it might get confusing.

Today’s headline is based on the 1961 single by Patsy Cline which reached number nine on the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs chart. It subsequently became her signature tune.


  1. Julian Foster says:

    Looking very good John! I know you two have got to be getting more excited all the time. It is really starting to shape up very nicely. It is really fun to check out each day’s installment.. thanks. And don’t worry, if we get confused on what was done when, we will get over it very quickly!

    1. Still got around 4/5 weeks to go Julian but you are right, we are now starting to get excited.

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