“Under Pressure” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

How could I (but I did!) publish yesterday’s edition without mentioning that Arsène Wenger eventually entered the transfer market and bought a player. And what a player he bought! Mesut Özil , the German international, from Real Madrid (no less) for £42.5 million.

There is little doubt (to my mind and the vast majority of supporters) that Arsène should have bought to strengthen (improve) other parts of the squad but I think (really, really hope) that he has come up with the goods in Özil. We shall see as the season unfolds.

Another grey, overcast and sometimes rainy day yesterday. Just the kind of weather conditions that the mosquitos like. Ouch, ouch, ouch!

When the weather is like it was (and that isn’t too often here) I generally turn my attention to catching up on administrative matters and that is exactly what I did yesterday.

In between I took care of breakfast for Rose (she is still feeling a little poorly after her fall) and then went to get the ingredients for dinner (I cooked that too – getting to be a right Jamie Oliver!).

The afternoon arrived fairly quickly (well it took as long to reach it but you know what I mean) and it was time to head off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Rose still wasn’t feeling at her best and as much as I wanted her to join me I didn’t want to put her under pressure. So, I went alone and got there around 15.45 hours.

As I pulled in to our lot I saw that the guys (I found out subsequently that it was José) had started to apply masonry sealant to the interior walls of the Store Room/Garage.


Walls starting to ‘take on’ that finished look. Note the ever decreasing supply of building materials.

Around the northern side of the house I found Angel applying the second coat of masonry sealant to the Ground Floor exterior wall.


Emulsion next!

Around the back (western or lagoon side) of the house Manuel had laid the tiles for the steps of the veranda of the larger bedroom and was applying grouting.


In the north-east corner of our lot I could just see( they were partially hidden by the trees and bushes) Alfredo and Wilson who were digging a trench for the piping for the electricity supply for the house. I did think (not for long though) about going over there to take a few photos but the mosquitos (and sand flies) were venomous. Maybe on the next visit to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Wanting (needing) to get some respite from the biters I went in to the Ground Floor self contained apartment to find that Moses had fitted the vanity unit for the bathroom of the larger of the two bedrooms.



And he had fitted the doors and drawers.

In to the bathroom for the smaller of the two bedrooms to find no Ernesto! He had finished grouting the tiles.


Vanity unit next?

Finished with the walk-around the Ground Floor I headed up the stairs to the First Floor and on getting to the top saw that the vent for the dryer had been installed.


External view of the vent.


Pipe for the vent in the Utility (my) Room.

Out on the western (lagoon) side veranda ,Christopher was finishing off the grouting for under the sliding windows (doors).



Close up of the grout.


Christopher on the last window.

Inside the house Moses had finished fixing the architrave for the door leading to/from the Kitchen to the Utility (my) Room.


Time to climb the scaffolding to see whether Ronaldo had started fitting the tap for my bathroom . He had. And what a start!


Looks a mess doesn’t it.

And he had cut the holes in the bottom of the vanity unit for the pipes.


Fortunately it’s the bottom of the unit.

Out on the veranda/roof terrace Rolando had finished fitting the covers for the power sockets.


Southern wall.


Northern wall.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1981 by Queen and David Bowie which reached number number one in the UK Singles Chart and number twenty-nine in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Charles says:


    I’m coming to San Pedro for 1st 2 weeks in September and told “although rainy season the rain is mainly at night or short bursts with plenty of sunshine in between” my wife’s giving me hell saying I shouldn’t have booked in rainy hurricane season for our sailing trip – what is early September weather REALLY like?

    1. Hi Charles. The weather we have experienced during the back end of last year and this year so far has been most unusual. You might even describe it as abnormal.

      I think (don’t hold me to it though) that you will be fine in September. Sure, you might get some rain but this is normally in short, sharp bursts with the sun appearing shortly afterwards.

      1. Charles says:

        Thanks that sounds pretty good. My asked what you meant about the current recent weather – abnormal good or abnormal bad!!!
        The world weather is pretty screwed – everywhere we go people seem to say “this is most unusual!!!”

      2. Abnormally bad Charles. High levels of rainfall and temperature drops.

  2. Don says:

    John, i read this article this morning in the New York times and it made me think of you and when i first introduced to your blog by Tacogirl. I like your post but i also felt your kindness because you were detailed about knowing and reciting your team and people building your home and thought that was cool and probably a big part of your personality. Someone i would like to share a beer with. Here is the article and i hope you see part of you and why.

    1. A lovely story Don and I sincerely thank you for sharing it with me. It would be a pleasure to share a beer with you one day.
      Kind regards

  3. tropicalady says:

    watching your home being built and being a landscaper here for 20+ years ,and hearing you mention trees, you will have to do your homework given the level of your water table. Don’t want to see anyone plant anything that doesn’t have a good chance. don’t need to post this comments. Hope your wife is much better. Are you staying at Banana Beach ? I’m sure I have met you there in the past. Your home looks like it will be lovely and well thought out in advance.

    1. Thanks for the tip Tropicalady. We intend to have raised beds (perhaps 4 feet high) for many of the plants. Hopefully this will work.

      Thanks also for the compliment re the planning for our house. We tried to think of everything but now know that we didn’t! We can live with this though.

      Not staying at Banana Beach. Our unit isn’t equipped for full time living.

      Maybe we will bump in to each other at some time and then we will know each other from our Banana Beach days.

  4. Laurie The Cruisin Camper says:

    I have been away a bit and unable to read your tales….. so sorry that Rose had a tumble, hoping she is on the mend and almost right as rain now. Mosquitions (mozzies) do not like raw garlic – at least here in the Sierra Nevada Mountains. we try to eat a few cloves when we are headed to our place in the woods and it seems to work. Looks like you are in the home stretch…. I think that it is coming along brilliantly!

    1. Wherever you have been Laurie I hope that you had a good time.

      Rose is slowly but surely getting back to her normal self.

      We do eat garlic but not in copious amounts. Will have to increase my dosage!

  5. Kat George says:

    I read that if you take vitamin B1 every day that you will not get eaten by the little beasties.

    1. Don’t think that they have read that!

    2. Seriously though Kat I eat whole meal bread, rice, eggs, fish – all contain vitamin B. Oh, and I take vitamin tablets every day . So …

  6. debbie says:

    sorry to hear your wife fell and hurt herself. as a matter of interest how much did the teeth implants cost there.

    1. Thank you Debbie.

      As to the implants, the cost will depend upon whether it is straightforward or needs, say, a bone graft. A straightforward one costs approximately US$ 1,700.

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