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

Think the drugs (before you start thinking wrong thoughts about me they were painkillers) must have got to me on Monday evening because by 21.45 hours I was in bed and within minutes asleep. There was a price though. I woke around 02.30 hours yesterday morning and, although I tried to go back to sleep, was up fifteen minutes later.

Out on the veranda (yes with my coffee and iPad) I tried to access the Internet but it was down once again. My luck was in though because the new edition of The Times had already downloaded. Still no purchase by Arsenal though.

Internet appeared and then disappeared just as quickly so I decided to go wash the golf cart (at 05.45 hours its nice and cool) and try out the degreaser (thanks to a link that Wes provided) on the seats. The degreaser worked very well but try as I may I just could not shift some really stubborn spots where dirt, or some other substance, has become ingrained. Next time I will try diluted bleach and Cif.

Back in the condo we are renting during the course of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize by 07.30 hours (its only a little ‘cart but I gave it a really thorough clean) I had breakfast and then – given that the Internet was functioning- set about making arrangements for the appliances (ovens, refrigerators, microwaves, washer and dryer) that are being held in store at Benny’s to be barged over to us on Friday 16 August (they will arrive on the island the following day).

Next job was to provide the necessary documentation (proof of source of funds) to Atlantic International Bank for a transfer of money I want (need is perhaps the more correct word) to make. I do understand the concerns that financial institutions have about money laundering but the lengths you have to go to when moving money from one country to another really are a pain.

Rose and I then set about starting a list for all of the items (brooms, mops, buckets, hosepipes, a rake, a shovel, a wheelbarrow, water dispensers, etc) that we need to get for our new home. When we have finished drawing up the list our plan is to visit the numerous stores on the island and record prices. We will then decide which stores we buy what from (obviously our price comparison excursions will include discount negotiations). In future editions I will let you know how we get on (and the prices that we end up paying).

At around 15.00 hours ((cannot be precise because I do not wear a watch much (only if we are travelling) anymore)) we set off for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there fairly quickly (recent regrading of the road north of the bridge has ‘removed’ nearly all of the potholes).

Pulling in to the lot we could see immediately that the sliding window (door) for the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) had been installed.


All windows in now.

Before heading in to the house we stopped to see how Edgar (the granite man from Spanish Lookout) was getting on and as we got closer could see that he had started work on the countertop for the kitchen of the Ground Floor self-contained apartment.


Edgar at work creating the bullnose edges.


The bullnose starting to take shape.

Nearby the welder was at work on the railings for the western (lagoon) side of the Second Floor.




One of the joins.

On the way to the house I saw that Edgar had pulled the granite for my bathroom to one side. Is this the next piece that he will work on ?


Difficult to see in this photo but the granite is black. Even in a dirty and dusty state the granite has a sheen to it and gives off reflections (look hard and you can see me and the house).

Before heading up to the First Floor we went in to the self-contained apartment on the Ground Floor where we found that the tiling for the floor of the kitchen/living room area had virtually been completed (just the strips near the walls to be laid).


Tiles near the entrance laid.


Near the walls to finish.

Wilson, who has taken over from Rene, had started laying the floor tiles for the hallway between the two bedrooms.


The start of the hallway (its wider than it looks in the photo but freshly laid tiles prevented a better angle …).

Up to the First Floor where we got a closer look at the sliding window (door) that had just been installed.


From the inside. In the background is the view that Rose will have from her handicraft room.

When Angel and Alfredo were installing the window they found that some of the cement had not cured properly so they had to remove it.


Cement removed. Obviously ‘making good’ is now required.

Inside the house Christopher had started laying the floor tiles in the living room area.



Christopher at work.

Out on the western (lagoon) veranda good progress had been made on laying the Verde floor tiles.


South to north view.


North to south view.

Up on the Second Floor Ernesto had finished tiling the seat in my shower.



Close-up view.

Today’s headline is based on the single released in 1967 by Diana Ross & the Supremes (the first released following the name change) which reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number five in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Peter says:

    John it is really starting to take shape now hope life is treating you both well.
    All the best

    1. Hi Peter. Yes, nearly there now.
      Life is very good for us and hope it is for you too. Kind regards John

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