“Behind Closed Doors” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Up just after 05.00 hours yesterday morning for some ‘veranda time’ (coffee, The Times online – regular readers know the script) in advance of the Fulham v Arsenal game at 06.00 hours (local time of course).

When I got out on the veranda it was obvious that it had rained during the night (puddles on the chairs, table wet, etc) but it gave no hint of what was to come.

Just before I was about to make my move to get in front of the television the sky got very dark and the wind whipped up. This was followed by a lightish downpour of rain just before I got inside. And then the real thing came. It absolutely bucketed down.


View from inside the condo (there was no way I was going outside in that weather!).

The game started and Arsenal quite quickly went in to the lead. And then the signal was lost ( living here this is one of the things you just have to get used to). By the time transmission resumed Arsenal had scored a second goal. Fortunately – even though the storm like weather continued – the signal remained intact until the end of the game. A game that Arsenal ended up winning by three goals to one.

With the weather being what it was outside I decided to stick with the TV and watch the Southampton versus Sunderland game (not the most mouth watering of contests but …) but then the signal was lost again so I gave that up as a ‘bad job’.

Around 11.00 hours ish the rain stopped but by this time – as I understand – over six inches of rain had fallen. We were in for some very waterlogged roads. But, on the upside, an ever filling water tank under our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Around 01.00 hours Rose and I went to Briana’s Deli in Angel Coral Street (Back Street) and had chicken soup for lunch. Many places on the island make a very good chicken soup but for us Briana’s is the best. All a matter of opinion, of course.

After having lunch we backtracked to pick up a banana plant that Carlo (of Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill) had given to us. It’s only a young tree but it looks very healthy and is the first of the fruit trees that we intend to plant.

With our banana tree on board we headed off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and got there at approximately 14.45 hours and set about straight away planting the newest member of our ‘family’ choosing a spot on the southern side of the back garden for this .




Now just need to remember to water it regularly!

With the planting done we went in to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment to find that Moses and George had started work on installing the kitchen cabinets.


Doors to be fitted next.


Frames in place either side of where the oven (range) will be.

In the smaller of the two bedrooms the guys had made a good start on applying the masonry sealant.



And in the en-suite Ernesto had started to tile the recessed shelves.


Still a fair bit of tiling to do though.

Up to the First Floor and in to the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) and we saw that another coat of emulsion had been applied to the walls and the ceiling.



And the door for the bathroom had been hung.


The way that Moses and George are going it won’t be long before we are behind closed doors (OK, it’s a bit weak but…).

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1973 by Charlie Rich which reached number fifteen in the US Billboard Hot 100, number sixteen in the UK Singles Chart and number one in the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.


  1. Sharyn says:

    Denny’s makes really awesome chicken soup also. 🙂

    1. Agreed. As does El Fogon. My favourite though is that made by Briana’s.

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