With just under a week to go before we move to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize I was out on the veranda yesterday morning with my mug of black coffee and a pad. Not the iPad this time but a writing pad. Time to start writing the list for the things we have to do in preparation for the move.
We have already cancelled our cable TV and Internet services with Coral Cable for the condo we are renting and made arrangements with Coral Cable for a TV service for our new home and have replaced the Internet service provider by moving to Smart.
Now though is the time to finalise arrangements for our move. Time to start clearing out the cupboards and drawers. Time to start packing the suitcases and bags. Oh and the boxes that Rose has very sensibly been collecting for the last few months.
We know that we have six suitcases and three ‘carry-ons’. We are also fairly well convinced that we will fill at least four to five boxes. Far too much to fit on the back of the golf cart. Even with the back seat folded down. A lot of stuff to carry down two flights of stairs and then walk fifty to six yards to get to the golf cart. So, we have decided to make life easier for ourselves and hire a removal guy.
There are one or two guys on Ambergris Caye that do this and you see them in their trucks -normally pulling a trailer behind them – but I stupidly have never bothered to take a note of their telephone numbers. So, now I am frantically (well a bit of an overstatement but you know what I mean) watching to see one of them on the streets around and about Ambergris Caye. Like the proverbial London bus though its proving to be a case of “you never see one for ages and then …”. I’m just waiting for the “and then”!
With a start on the packing made – two suitcases filled with clothes – I decided that I had done enough to deserve a breakfast at Estel’s so showered, shaved, got dressed, grabbed the iPad, said goodbye to Rose and drove to town.
On the way there I saw Mose’s colleague and we waved and shouted “good morning” to each other. I drove down an unusually quiet Barrier Reef Drive and saw Victor (the welder) and his son Michael. Strange. Why weren’t they working on our build in Ambergris. Caye, Belize?
I parked the ‘cart and walked down the alley to Estel’s ready for my breakfast and then … The doors were locked. Estel’s wasn’t open. But it was Monday. They close on Tuesday. And then it ‘hit’ me. This wasn’t just another day. It was Columbus Day, a public holiday.
Feeling disappointed I got back in to the cart and returned to the condo we are renting during our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and then made breakfast. Not as good as it would have been at Estel’s but …
Rose and I then knuckled down to finalising the list for the purchases we are going to make in Miami and ship to Belize. After spending nearly four hours on this we are nearly there. Just a few remaining items to make selections for and we can start the ordering process (after I let our bank know first!).
With our eyes tired and our finger tips tingling we then had lunch and decided that even though it was a public holiday we would go visit our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize anyway.
On the way there we drove down (or up?) Angel Coral Street (back street) and saw a brightly coloured trailer adorned with brightly coloured balloons. What could this be for?
Stopping to ask one of the many adults shepherding the children we found out that they were going to take part in a parade on Columbus Day to celebrate Dias de las Biblia (the day of the bible).
He couldn’t wait for it to start.
Continuing on way we got to the house around 15.15 hours and not surprisingly found only the security guards but we could see evidence that not everyone had taken the day off.
To our left (looking south) it was obvious that Lloyd’s guys had been at work with the landfill for the ‘spare’ lot that we have.
In front of the Store Room /Garage we could see that Victor (the welder) and his son Michael had made a good start on the remaining railings.
The section of the Ground Floor that the railings are for.
There was also evidence that Moses had been at work. The carpentry for my walk-in closet had been delivered.
Top shelf. Useful for storing suitcases.
Slatted shelving for my T shirts. Hopefully this will allow the air to flow through.
Inside the self-contained apartment Moses had started work on applying varnish for the cabinets.
There had also been a delivery of the concrete blocks that will be required for the soak-away for the septic tank.
There wasn’t a lot to see but more than we had expected once we realised that it was a public holiday.
On the way home we stopped off at the Boca del Rio Park to take a look at the assembly for the parade to Central Park.
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1971 by Paul McCartney which reached number two in the UK Singles Chart and number five in the US Billboard Hot 100.