“Movin’ On” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

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.


  1. Alan Slater says:

    ……..And I bet neither one of you have stopped smiling since your return from Bali!!!!! House coming along at a galloping pace now. Only need to have the furniture arrive now. Great to see you back on form Rose and look out for those triplines!!!!

    Alan S.

    1. Hi Alan. You are right. We still speak of Bali even though it was probably around 18 years ago.
      We have a fair bit of the furniture in store on the island but need to start sorting out beds. And particularly our one!

  2. lifeagain says:

    John, i read you blog and view your photos on a 27 inch hp monitor that has unbelievable resolution. When in expand and zoom mode in your photos it puts me at eye level with the ocean, beach and whoever you capture. The fisherman (and all his five toes) as in your sleeping guy on the beach pictures are really good.. Yes, your home is nearing to completion but it looks like you are transitioning into your newer phase of your blog…..your musing and Belize photography.

    1. You might well be right Don!!!

      I enjoy the blog but the house build can only go on so long . Please.

      Keep visiting and see how the blog changes.

  3. Julian Foster says:

    Boy, there isn’t a whole lot more before they finish your house! How are you going to get all the furniture and ‘stuff’ from the barge to (and into) the house.

    Been reading your blog for a good while now and it is neat to see it all come together, but kinda sad that we won’t get daily updates and neat changes soon. But I know you’re ready to move in and enjoy your nice, new house. Will Daniel’s men do that on the side? Just curious..


    1. Hi Julian.

      You are right, not long to go now.

      Some of our furniture we have already bought on the island (Hummingbird Furniture) and delivery of it (for say two people on the truck) should be relatively easy.

      The beds and dining room table and chairs we are going to have made on the island and our choice of carpenter will be influenced by whether they deliver.

      As to the other stuff (from the UK and what we buy in the States eg TVs) the barge company that we will use will deliver and take in to the house. There’s a cost for this obviously but … easier than trying to do it ourselves.

      Stay with the blog – it’s likely to take on a change!

      Kind regards


  4. lifeagain says:

    Great local and cultural photos John. The daily progress on the house is amazing.

    1. Thank you Don. And yes, good progress over the last few days.

  5. Andy says:

    John I think having both your bathrooms outside is quite unique… (Countertop for my bathroom.) (And for Rose’s bathroom.)

    1. Now, now Andy. Didn’t say that the countertops were going to be fitted out on the veranda (didn’t say that they weren’t either). Anyway, open air bathrooms are quite common in tropical countries. Remember that is exactly how it was when Rose and I went to Bali a few years ago.

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