“I Like It” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

After the previous day’s disappointments I was up bright (well it was dark) and early just before 04.00 hours and after making the ‘must have’ mug of black coffee it was straight to the veranda with it and my iPad.

Log on and then upload the current issue of The Times for some pre-match articles on Arsenal’s game against Napoli in the Champions League later in the day. All good reading. The pundits felt that we have a good chance of securing a win and the three points. Views/opinions that I wholeheartedly agreed with. Even had I not I would have, if you know what I mean!

With my reading of The Times completed I sent an email to Excess International Movers (the company we have used to ship our stuff from the UK to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize) to enlist its involvement in bringing this long running saga to a satisfactory conclusion ie we get our hands on our stuff!

It was then time to write and publish (not a particularly enjoyable experience) Tuesday’s edition of the blog.

Following a shave and shower I got dressed and had breakfast and then Rose and I sat down and spent some time discussing the various options we have for moving our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to its completion. We then set off for our meeting at 10.00 hours at our house with Daniel Camal, our building contractor.

With time to spare we tried to see the ‘mirror man’ on the way there but (once again) he wasn’t at his workshop so we continued our journey and got to our lot at 09.45 hours.

Daniel had already arrived but just as good was the fact the Edgar (the granite man) and Victor ( the welder) and his son were busy at work in the area directly in front of the house.

Proceeding in to the house we met Daniel and during the course of our meeting discussed and then agreed upon the steps to be taken. The first action point being that all of the three inch diameter down lights fitted in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment would be removed and used to complete the lighting for the First Floor (fortunately there are six and that is exactly how many are required for the kitchen/dining area) and four inch diameter down lights will be ordered (they are in stock) and used for the Ground Floor.

Daniel then informed us that the four Millenium Ultimate door locks are scheduled to arrive on 8 October and the remaining toilets (one for the self-contained apartment, two for the First Floor and the two for Rose’s and my bathroom) will be available for fitting from 15 October. Daniel then told us that with all other work carrying on in the meantime the house will be completed by 19 October. I like it!

Rose and I then returned to the condo we are renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize, dropped our stuff off and then drove to Pedro’s Hotel for the lunch that Peter Lawrence (aka Pedro) had organised for the Arsenal versus Napoli Champions League Group F game.

Lunch, as always , was exceptionally good. Roast beef, roast potatoes, cauliflower, cabbage, peas, gravy AND Yorkshire pudding. And (by Ambergris Caye standards) a good selection of red wine. What could be better? Arsenal’s comfortable two, nil win that’s what!

Following lunch Rose and I headed north once again and arrived at our lot shortly after 15.00 hours and saw straight away that the landfill that had been taking place when we had visited in the morning had been completed.


Waterlogged area at the northern corner of the house gone.


Northern side around the septic tank filled.

Around the back of the house Victor and his son had bolted the railings for the veranda of the larger of the two bedrooms of the self-contained apartment in place.


View from the western (lagoon) side.


View from the northern side.


View from the bedroom.

In to the self-contained apartment where we found that Rolando had already removed the down lights.


Down lights gone and wires exposed.


And from the hallway between the bedrooms too!

Rolando had started on the wiring for the fluorescent light for the Store Room/Garage.


Getting ready for when our stuff from the UK arrives!

Up the stairs to the First Floor and past Victor’s son who was working on the railings for the landing between the two flights.


Just inside the front entrance Moses was busily rubbing down the door for the Powder Room getting it prepared for its coat of varnish.


No ladder required by Moses, he’s a tall guy.

As we walked down the hallway we saw that Moses had already prepared the folding louvre doors of the closet for the varnish coat.


In to the kitchen where Alfredo was masking around the door to the Utility Room in readiness for varnishing the door and frame.


Ladder required by Alfredo because, like me, he’s a short guy!

Looking up we couldn’t fail to notice that Rolando had fitted the down lights that he had removed from the Ground Floor apartment.


Lights in.


And working!

Up on the Second Floor Alfredo had finished applying the varnish coat for the doors and architrave .


Door to Rose’s bathroom finished.

As we were leaving Victor and his son were working on the railings for the first flight of stairs to the house.



Nearly there.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1963 by Gerry & the Pacemakers which reached number one in the UK Singles Chart and number seventeen in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. tacogirl says:

    House is looking great.

    1. Thanks Laurie. We think so too.

  2. kristina nadreau says:

    If it will help, We used Ernesto Pereira as our interface with customs. He was OK and not excessively expensive. It takes not tless than 3 weeks to get your thlings thru customs, I am told and that was our experience. best luck.

    1. Hi Kristina. We do have a Customs Broker (Millin Gomez) but the problem relates to an unpaid freight bill which our UK shipping agent is adamant it has paid. Hopefully this will be resolved today.

  3. Jane says:

    Lookin’ good, John! I love the lagoon view from the ground floor apartment. When the garden is in, it will be even more lovely. You’ve made such great use of your space on this lot!

    1. The garden Jane. Now that is a project in itself. Oh well, will need something to do!

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