“El Cóndor Pasa” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Had a lie -in yesterday morning. Didn’t get up until 04.45 hours. I am surely not going to be one of these people that lay in bed all day. Am I ?

Didn’t really do a great deal. Yes, I spent time on the veranda with a coffee (black, no sugar) and the iPad but … Made breakfast – and of course ate it – showered, shaved and dressed. But that was about it.

It’s surprising though how quickly the time can pass (unless you are waiting for something that is) when you are doing nothing and before we knew it the time had come for us to head off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

We got there around 14.50 hours (some of you regular readers may wonder how I can be so precise about the time when I occasionally make the point that I don’t wear a watch anymore. Easy. Rose does carry one) to find that a delivery from Daniel Camal‘s (he is our building contractor) wood shop. Quickly parking the ‘cart we rushed up the stairs to the First Floor for a better vantage point.

Once up there we could view the off-loading very clearly (and not get in the way of any of the guys) and saw that the frame for the pantry (larder) for the kitchen for our living area (First and Second Floors) along with the framework for the lower kitchen cabinets for the kitchen of the self-contained apartment on the Ground Floor were being delivered.


Ground Floor kitchen cabinet framework coming off.


And going in to the self-contained apartment.

The pantry (larder) took a bit more effort from the guys . It is four feet wide by seven feet high (we’re never going to have enough stuff to fill this. Are we?).



Up the first flight of stairs.


And the second flight.


And through the front door (OK, so there are no doors yet!).


Safely in the dining/kitchen area with the rest of the cabinets waiting to be fitted.

We took a walk down to the Ground Floor to take a look at the other kitchen cabinet frame and found it roughly in the position where it will eventually be fixed.


Struts (may be the wrong word to describe them) at the back will need to be cut so that the cabinet can be fitted around the first of the columns.


The red arrows indicate the struts that will need to be removed to allow the cabinet to fit around the column.

Already feeling pleased we ‘took’ the scaffold up to the Second Floor to see what had been done since our last visit (the previous day) and saw straight away that Christopher had fitted the skirting (base) tiles for our bedroom.


Northern wall finished.


Southern wall nearly finished.

Down the scaffold to the First Floor and Christopher was at work fitting the skirting (base) tiles in the living ‘room’ area.


First two in place.


Christopher at work.

In the en-suite bathroom (for Rose’s handicraft room) the grouting for the wall tiles in the shower cubicle had shown good progress.


Where shower will be fitted, finished.


Recessed shelf and above still to be done.


As is the area around and above the window.

Out on the southern veranda Alfredo and Angel were applying the first coat of the emulsion to the ceiling and the exterior wall.


“Put your backs in to it guys!”

Taking ‘time out’ we stood on the eastern veranda watching the welder at work.


Cutting the support to size.

Our attention was distracted when a condor (ornithologists give me some license here – all will be revealed later) flew by. Or, as they say in Spanish, el cóndor pasa.


El Cóndor Pasa.


Gratuitous inclusion of the view from our our front door (or, to be more precise, where the door will be).

On leaving our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize we took a look at the granite countertops that Edgar (the granite man) has finished.


Just the holes to be cut for the sink pipe work to be done.

The headline for today’s edition (set as a challenge by David Greene,an ex-colleague in the UK) is based on the single released in 1970 by Simon & Garfunkel which reached number eighteen in the US Billboard Hot 100 (it reached number one in a myriad of European countries).


  1. tom e says:

    John, You and Rose must have the patience of a Saints. (St. Joseph is the patron saint of building a house and making a home.) May he help guide you in the rest of your build.

    1. Now Rose has got patience Tom. For standing me all these years. It hasn’t been that long. Probably ten months from start to finish. And we are nearly there now. OK there will be other stuff to do eg the garden, but the big one will be ‘out of the way’.

  2. Paul Cloutier says:

    You must be pleased, everything is starting to come together.
    By the way, it must be great getting up and not have to worry about any deadlines !

    1. We are very pleased Paul. And you are right, it is great getting up and not worrying about anything, kind regards John

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