“Brass in Pocket” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Got up yesterday morning really looking forward to the day ahead of me. This is the state of mind I generally have but yesterday was different. It was the start of the Premiership season and Arsenal’s first game, a home one against Aston Villa.

Sitting on my veranda with a mug of black coffee I had a sense of trepidation. How will Arsenal fare this season with a lack of any meaningful acquisitions? Also would I be able to access their game on the TV? Why was I concerned about this? Because screening rights for the EPL (English Premier League) moved this season from Fox Soccer (which I have always been able to find/access on the TV) to NBC? Last season Fox Soccer televised at least three games simultaneously. Would this be the case for NBC?

By 08.00 hours (the local time for kick-off) I had located the NBC channel (103 for anyone that is interested). Even better than that – (or so I thought at the time)- the Arsenal match was the game that was going to be screened. Ninety minutes later (actually throughout most of the ensuing ninety minutes) I wished it hadn’t been. “Why?” I can ‘hear’ you ask. Because Arsenal were abjectly and maladroitly poor and, not surprisingly, lost the game.

At 12.30 hours in dire need of a pick-me-up Rose and I (loaded with brass in pocket – well, bank notes anyway) went to the Belize Yacht Club to attend the auction of hotel chattels that was due to commence at 01.00 hours. We thought that there might be one or two items (recliners, table & chair set for the veranda) that could be suitable for our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.. A quick look at the items to be auctioned and we knew that this was not going to be the case. All were in a fairly tatty condition and some of the items published (in the San Pedro Sun) to be available for auction (eg recliners, filing cabinets, sixty inch TV) were not on display. Seemed strange but …

We hung around for a while in the hope (mistakenly) that something good had escaped our attention. It hadn’t. So after around forty-minutes there we left and headed home.

With two disappointments in the day so far we needed a fillip. There was only one thing for it. A visit to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. That never disappointments us. In fact we always get a boost when we go there.

Arriving at around 15.30 hours ((around thirty minutes before the guys pack up for the weekend (well Sunday actually)) we went straight to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment to see how Wilson, the newest member of the team, was getting on with tiling the en-suite for the smaller of the two bedrooms.


Shower floor nearly done. Next the walls.

Up the stairs to the First Floor where we found that Manuel had started laying the floor tiles for the final section – the eastern side- of the veranda.


Looking north.


Looking south.


Looking east.

Inside the house Christopher had been busy applying grout for the skirting (base) tiles in the hallway.


Starting to have a finished (nearly anyway) look now.

In to the kitchen where we found that all of the base units for the northern side of the kitchen had been fitted.


With these units in place it’s a lot easier to imagine what the kitchen will eventually look like.


How the northern section on the kitchen will be laid out.

Up on the Second Floor Ernesto had been (there are a lot of tiles) working on the grouting for my bathroom.


Section where the vanity unit will go is complete.


Still a bit to do though where the toilet will go.

No real reason to include the next photograph but I know that some of you enjoy seeing the views that we have from various parts of the house.


From the north-west corner of the First Floor veranda.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the 1980 single by The Pretenders which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number fourteen in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Hello John and Rose
    Hope you are both well. I see the build has developed significantly from when I last looked in
    Coventry are now -4 points so Arsenal are still doing better

    Not been in the Ferry House for some time. Will be hoping to visit the IOD in the next couple of weeks and will report back

    1. Hi Jim.
      Long time no ‘speak’. We are both very well thanks and hope the same applies for you.
      We are now only around 4 weeks from the house being finished. At last!
      Dave (Army – Leeds United) left Belize last Saturday and popped in to The Ferry on Sunday before going to his next posting. Got an email from Abs whilst Dave was there.
      Kind regards from both of us.

  2. Harry the Hornet says:

    An english tenner from me says the Lillywhites to finish higher than your beloved Arse? Deal or no deal?

    1. You’re on. It’s probably amongst , if not the number one, worst bets I have ever had but I have to ‘keep the faith’.

      1. Harry the Hornet says:

        I will accept US Dollars or GB Pounds but no Mickey Mouse currency. And don’t be a pessimist – there’s only one game gone!

      2. Do you mind? Mickey Mouse money! It carries the Queen’s head. It days gone by you would have been taken to the Tower.

  3. Anton says:

    Sorry John, my question was did you pay taxes in the states, and can you apply to get that money back. I was told that when it is for export (use outside of USA )you get the taxes back,in a few months.

    1. Anton. Yes tax was applied in the States but an application by Daniel (our builder) had been made to have this reimbursed. We, therefore, pay the nett price in to Belize. Inclusive of transportation costs of course.

  4. footballbat says:

    Great progress John. I really enjoy seeing this come together every morning. One day (we WILL get back to Ambergris Caye at least once in the next few years), we’ll be on our way to Palapa Bar and I’ll nudge my wife and say – “Hey THAT’s it! THAT’s the one I kept showing you!”.

    Wondering what plans you & Rose have cooked up for the land around you. Will we see pix of Alan, Tommy and Charlie (Ground Force) re-united & scurrying about your BUILD IN AMBERGRIS CAYE, making nice with plants, pathways and gardens?

    I’ve read that you have plans for a fence, if it’s not too forward (and I’m sorry that I don’t read all comments and may have missed this) have you and Rose made a landscape site plan? Belize will tend to and make beautiful on it’s own, but perhaps you have designs on something – else?


    1. Hi Derek. Thanks for your kind words about the blog.

      Rose and I have only got some vague ideas about how we would like to landscape the garden. We intend to move in first and get a feel for the place before we sit down and draw up a plan.

      But if you have connections with Ground Force we would more happily sit back and watch !

      Hope that you do get back here soon.

      Kind regards


  5. Anton says:

    Cheer up John , they were saving the best for Euro . John when you purchased the windows did you have to pay USA sales tax and can you get that money back from some export refund program.

    1. Hope you are right Anton. Somehow doubt that they have much to save though!
      As to the windows, we did have to pay GST on them. Under the QRP you get US$15k of ‘import tax free’ goods and we are using this for appliances.
      We believe paying the tax on them will prove to be worthwhile. They are hurricane proof and we have avoided the cost (because of this) of buying shutters.

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