Yesterday up early (around 04.45 hours) as usual and straight to the veranda with the obligatory mug of black coffee and my iPad. The weather was much the same as it has been for what now seems like weeks (I might be guilty of some exaggeration here). Nothing but rainy dayz (I know days isn’t spelt this way but…).
First job for me after ‘knocking out’ yesterday’s edition and catching up on the news was to send emails to the Excess International Movers (the company we are using to ship our stuff from the UK) and Belize Logistics Services Limited (the company that they are using to manage delivery once it ‘hits’ Belize).
I received fairly quick responses from both companies but neither informed me of what I really want. The date of arrival in Belize City! They have now requested ‘tracking’ reports for our consolidated (in Miami) load and have promised to revert to me when they have this. Hopefully then all will be revealed.
The rest of the morning/early afternoon then just seemed to fly by. Breakfast, followed by the completion and submission of a ‘Source of Funds’ form to Atlantic International Bank Limited for approval to wire money from the UK and then a light snack for lunch and it was time to head off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
With the puddle and pothole riddled road north of the bridge it took us slightly longer (don’t want to damage the suspension or flood the carburettor) than usual and we got there around 15.15 hours.
Pulling in to the lot there was a very obvious change. The railing for the south-east corner of the Second Floor was missing. Looking up at the house we saw why. It had been fitted ( as for the previous railings it has been hoisted by ropes on the outside of the house. No pulleys, just brute strength and will power).
First of the two railings in place.
On the First Floor we saw José already ‘making good’ the slight damage to the exterior walls that the railing, on its path upwards, had caused.
José rubbing down. Or is it rubbing up?
At ground level the site clean-up was continuing with Alfredo forming piles of rubbish for eventual removal.
Rubbish ready for collection.
In the distance we saw bright flashing lights in the north-eastern corner of the Ground Floor
the additional welding team that Daniel Camal, our building contractor, had told us he was drafting in, had arrived. And were at work.
Once up the ramp we saw just how much progress they had made on the railing for in front of the main entrance on the First Floor.
Nearly ready for the undercoat and finishing coat of paint.
In to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment and there were signs of Rolando having been there. The ceilings fans (these ones with lights) were being fitted.
The living/kitchen room.
And for the larger of the two bedrooms.
Looking out to the back garden I noticed that the screen for the sliding window (door) had been fitted.
Just the ceiling fan for the smaller bedroom to ‘go’ now.
We then proceeded to the First Floor where Rolando had fitted the ceiling fan (without light) for the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room).
Ceiling fan in-situ. And the screen for the sliding window( door) fitted too!
In to the kitchen/dining/living room area where there was evidence of an internal tidy up too.
Dining area nice and tidy.
And the screens – -all three of them – had been fitted for the sliding windows (doors).
Up the scaffold to the Second Floor where I ‘found’ Moses hanging the door for our bedroom.
View of the door from the landing.
Out onto the veranda/roof terrace for a ‘close-up’ of the railing that had been fitted in the morning.
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 2002 by Mary J Blige which reached number twelve in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number seventeen in the UK Singles Chart.