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

Really enjoying my ‘morning time’ on the veranda yesterday with my black coffee and The Times online on my iPad until I worked my way through the sports’ section. Good coverage of the latest Ashes Test Match. Fairly positive coverage of Arsenal’s victory over Fenerbaçhe. And then I came to it. Arsenal are considering re-signing Mathieu Flamini! He did a good job for the club when he was there its true. But that was five years ago and he’s suffered a lot of injuries since then. And he’s got older. I know we need players but…

It was a very nice morning and it didn’t look like there was going to be any rain (all of a sudden I am a meteorologist) so I decided to wash the golf cart. A combination of where we currently park the ‘cart (close to the road) and the drive to and from our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize combine to make the ‘cart very dirty. And I mean DIRTY. Ninety minutes (amazingly long time for such a small vehicle) later though it was sparkling.

After having breakfast Rose and I did a shopping trip. Normal routine. I drive the ‘cart to the various shops (we normally have to ‘hit’ a few before we have managed to get everything on the list) and then wait for Rose while she does the shopping. We take this approach so that we don’t have to lug the bags around from shop to shop. Well thats my reasoning anyway!

Whilst we were out we took the opportunity of popping in to the Krystal Shipping office (look for the shop window with MASH written on it) in Pescador Drive to pay for the barge costs for bringing our appliances over from Benny’s (Belize City). For the ‘cost interested’ readers it worked out at around BZ$ 73 per appliance. A factor for anyone contemplating living here is that if what you want isn’t on the island there will be a transportation cost.

What we hadn’t realised is that just over half of the premises serve as a general store and those amongst you who like cooking might be interested to know that it stocks a fair range of herbs and spices at reasonable (by island standards) prices.

Back home with our purchases we had lunch and in what seemed like no time at all we set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize . There’s no doubt that when we move my visits to the petrol (gas for non UK readers) station will really reduce!

Getting there around 15.30 hours we immediately went to the Ground Floor self contained apartment and saw straight away that Angel and Alfredo had finished applying the first coat of masonry sealant to all of the walls and the ceiling of the living/kitchen room.




Up to the First Floor and in to the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) and we found that they had finished tiling and grouting the en-suite.


Recessed shelf looking as we hoped it would.



Frame for vanity unit installed.

Out on the veranda Manuel was making very quick progress fitting the skirting (base) tiles. He’s got a hell of a lot of grouting to do though!


Southern veranda finished.

Back in to the house and we saw that Christopher had finished fitting the skirting (base) tiles in the Utility Room.



Grouting next. And then the sealant.

Up the scaffolding (I am really, really looking forward to the day when the stairs are installed) to the Second Floor and after a few steps we saw them. The doors had been hung!


Door for my bathroom on the right and for Rose’s on the left.


Door from my bathroom to the walk-in closet.

And in bathroom they had finished the grouting.


Seat for when I am feeling tired!


Shelf finished.

On the way out we saw that Angel and Alfredo had laid plastic sheets over the tiles on the First Floor’s southern veranda and were about to start applying the first coat of emulsion (finishing coat).


The headline for today’s edition is based on the 2002 single by Christina Aguilera (featuring Redman) which although only reaching number forty-eight in the US Billboard Hot 100 reached number one in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Kris Jensen says:

    Hey John – hope all is well in paradise – working hard to keep the global economy flush here in the US of Eh. Progress is fabulous – bet you can’t wait to plant yourself on that deck with the I-pad. Since we have the same builder, your mahogany doors- look beautiful first, but are they stained or clear coated – I am trying to do some matching for furniture pieces we are looking at.

    1. Hi Kris. Can you do something for the UK economy whilst you are at it!
      The doors are stained. We gave Daniel a description of what we were looking for and be got some samples made up for us. We made the choice and the guys in the wood shop did the rest.
      They are stained and then varnished.
      The stairs they will be making soon will just be varnished. Natural mahogany.

      Went past your house yesterday. It’s looking good.

      Kind regards


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