A nice dry morning when I got out onto the veranda yesterday shortly after 04.30 hours. I enjoy the sound of the rain but sometimes its been known to dilute my coffee too much. I don’t like really strong coffee but I do want to know its in there. I know there’s a simple solution . Like, move the mug. But sometimes I forget its there. A by product of getting old? I prefer to think that it is because I am deep in contemplation!
After taking my dose of The Times on line I decided to take the camera for a little stroll along the beach. It was a nice morning with a cooling breeze and the sun wasn’t out. I also thought that it would give me be opportunity to satisfy requests made by a number of you that I vary the photos a little.
I hadn’t been out there long (and by now it was shortly after 07.00 hours) when I saw some holidaymakers patiently (and I am sure, expectantly) waiting on Caribbean Villas Hotel‘s dock for a boat to collect them for either a diving, snorkelling or fishing trip.
Not a bad ‘waiting room’!
My attention was then attracted by a local guy out in his canoe looking for bait.
He didn’t find any shoals and paddled north in search of the bait he so badly wanted and I went in for breakfast. He was trusting nature and his skill to put food on the plate and I was trusting Rose!
After breakfast Rose and I took care of some errands in town – visit to the bank and picking up some groceries – and then settled down in front of the TV to watch Arsenal’s first match in this year’s Champions League. An away game to Marseille (or Olympique de Marseille to give them their correct name).
We didn’t play scintillating football and rode our luck a few times but goals by Theo Walcott and Aaron Ramsey (again) saw us secure our three points. A job well done.
With the game over and feeling happy – if not with the performance then at least with the win – Rose and I set off to visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
We got there shortly before 15.00 hours and the first thing we saw was the welder near the bodega working on the last vertical strut for the second of the railings for the eastern side of the Second Floor.
Walking towards the house we met Moses who was busy at work spraying (white) some boards for the cabinetry for the kitchen of the Ground Floor apartment.
Instead of going straight in to the apartment we decided to take a walk to the back garden to see how the small rock wall that will ‘sit’ in front of the fence we shall eventually have erected was proceeding.
Movin’ on nicely.
The wall will ‘run’ to the end of our lot at the road.
Whilst out in the back garden we noticed that Rolando had fitted the external units for some of the air conditioning.
Unit for the kitchen/living room of the Ground Floor apartment.
And for the larger of the two bedrooms.
Entering the apartment via the lagoon side bedroom we had a quick walk around to see what had been done and found that Rolando (been a busy boy hasn’t he) had fitted the door for the power control box that is situated in the bathroom for the smaller of the two bedrooms.
Hope I don’t have to open that door too often!
On the way up to the First Floor we saw that the newest welder had finished the railing for in front of the entrance on the First Floor.
And Angel had finished the grouting for the main entrance stairs.
Grouting finished. Now for the final coat of paint.
In to the First Floor where we found Edgar (the granite man) and Rolando in the Powder Room preparing to install the sink.
Holes cut in the granite for the pipes.
In the en-suite for the bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) Rolando had fitted the shaver socket.
Don’t see this being used much unless we actually make use of it as a bedroom for guests. Oh, and you can just see Rose’s impersonation of a horizontal bunny. It amuses her so …
With the ‘tour’ of the First Floor complete I climbed the scaffold to the Second Floor where I found that Moses had fitted the architrave (finishing) for the door to our bedroom.
View from inside the bedroom.
Out on the veranda/roof terrace I saw that the guys were getting ready to fit the granite countertops for our bathrooms.
Countertop for my bathroom.
And for Rose’s bathroom.
With the tour of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize finished we decided to set off for home (well the condo we have been renting during the build) but before pulling out looked up to see that Alfredo had started fitting the screens for the windows of the southern side of the First Floor.
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1975 by Merle Haggard which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot Country Singles chart.