“Goodbye” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

At long last the BIG day eventually arrived, we moved in to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Fifty weeks after breaking ground Rose and I have eventually moved in to our new home. OK, so we have had to move in to the Ground Floor self-contained apartment and not in to our ‘living’ areas on the First and Second Floors (still waiting for the toilets for our bathrooms to be installed, cabinetry in the First Floor bedroom (Rose’s handicraft room) to be finished, snagging (levelling light switches and power sockets, painting over scuff marks, cleaning up our lot, etc) to be done. But we are IN.

We know that there is still stuff to be completed in the apartment we are living in too – for example the toilet for the en-suite for the smaller of the two bedrooms has to be installed- but it doesn’t matter too much because. Well, just because.

Yesterday I was up around 04.30 hours and, although I knew we had quite a lot to do I just had to spend some time on the veranda. The veranda that I have grown so attached to over the last seventeen months. So it was me, my iPad and a mug of black coffee.

I spent some time reading The Sunday Times on-line (and particularly the Sports section to read about Arsenal’s latest victory) and then focused (it might not have appeared that way when you read it but I did focus) on creating yesterday’s edition.

Even though there was so much to do I took time out to savour the views that I have enjoyed on so many mornings.


Looking south.


Looking east. The view may not have been much but the sound of the wind rustling the fronds was, at times, mesmerising.

I could have sat there for hours but I couldn’t. Too much to do. So, indoors to finish off the packing and ‘say’ goodbye to the condo that has been our home since we arrived on Ambergris Caye on 31 May 2012.


Kitchen/living area.


Some of the remaining stuff (where did it all come from?) to go on the golf cart.


The last look (the centre of the first floor) at the condo we have called home.

Driving very slowly and carefully so as not to lose any of the bags and boxes loaded on the golf cart we arrived at our house. It sounds so good I am going to ‘say’ that again, “we arrived at our house”, just before 10.00 hours to find the security guard and one guy working all on his own on the landfill for our adjacent lot.


Moving the boards for the next section.

Rose and I then spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon finding places for the stuff we will need until we move upstairs and then we showered (the first use of them in the apartment) and got dressed and went out for a well deserved Belikin (or four) and a Bar-B-Q lunch.

When we got home (I am really enjoying writing ‘home’) we weren’t up for too long before the events of the day caught up with us so we went to bed early.

The problem with going to bed early though is that I then wake up really early and that was the case this morning. Up and outside by 02.50 hours. No iPad. No The Times on-line. Just the mug of black coffee. But it was great. Sitting (OK on a packing crate and not a chair) at the top of the ramp.


Rose joined me at around 05.15 hours and we decided to go up to the Second Floor to see what our views look like at that time of day.


Looking west.


Looking south-west.


Looking north-west.


Looking east.

And then the sun started to rise.


Some view!

Got to bring today’s edition to a close now because I have lots to do.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 2009 by Kristina DeBarge which reached number fifteen in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. HeatherOS says:

    sorry for the duplicate post. my computer froze and I thought I had to repost.

    1. No worries. It was worth reading twice!!!

  2. HeatherOS says:

    Congratulations to you and Rose! I have only started reading your blog just a few months ago, but what I have read and caught up on has been great. I know those Belkins were much deserved 🙂 my husband and I will be in San Pedro next fall. We’re hoping to scope out a lot of our own while we’re there, and then one day be able to share that wonderful feeling of calling San Pedro home. I will continue to follow your blog and maybe we can meet up some time next year when we come visit!

    1. Thank you Heather, much appreciated.
      Good luck when the time comes for you. It is not such a daunting task and is well worth the effort (and maybe a worry or two).
      Do please let me know before you visit and maybe we can arrange to meet up.

      1. HeatherOS says:

        That would be excellent! Until then I’ll just keep reading about your little adventures 🙂

  3. Emily says:

    Congratulations, John and Rose! It’s been fun following your build and will continue to follow the blog. We certainly plan to come back to the island to visit eventually, and it will be fun to see your beautiful home as we (no doubt) bike by!

    1. Thank you Emily. Pleased that you have enjoyed the ‘ride’. I will now try cover other stuff so that when you do return there will be very few surprises.

  4. Ab & Hazel Ahmad says:

    My husband and i have enjoyed the progress reports and your sense of humour immensely

    1. Thanks Hazel. Keep reading because I intend to keep it going. The blog that is, not the build!

  5. Ab & Hazel Ahmad says:

    Congratulations on your new life in your new home as retiirees. Bit emotional for my husband and I as this will be us shortly. Tell that Irish lassie Rose I will meet her sometime, tell her I said hoots man. Scottish for cheers.

    1. Thank you very much Hazel. And good luck to you turning your dream in to reality. It can be done.

  6. Kris Jensen says:

    Best to you and Rose John…your patience has paid…can’t wait till the next visit..likely March. Thank-you for your kind hospitality during my visit. Your place is beautiful. We’ll look you up to hoist a Danish schnapps called Aakavit Jubileem on the rooftop terrace.


    1. Hi Kris. You are more than welcome. As to the schnapps, you’re on. See you next March.

  7. Well at long last your in your new home,congrats and lots of love .Mary ,Dave xxxxxxxx

    1. Thanks Mary. We hope that all is good for Dave and you. Oh, and tell him that Manchester United are where they deserve to be!

  8. lifeagain says:

    Congratulations from this end to John & Rose.
    Great sunrise pics…………and our combined congratulations to the two of you in NO WAY means closure.
    Your not getting off the hook that easy…….you brought us together…….now you gotta keep keep us together.


    1. Thanks Don. I intend to keep the blog going (and hopefully grow its audience) but it will take on a broader range of subject matter. Regards John

  9. Kristy says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading the progress of your Build in Belize, and even looked for it when we were there in April. Congratulations, and enjoy your new home!!

    1. Hi Kristy. Pleased that you have enjoyed following the blog. I hope that this continues to be how you feel.

  10. Tom J says:

    HI John,
    Lookin’ good! (better than that!!!)
    In California, they used to have the death penalty for murder but changed the law. I heard they now sentence them to “moving people” for the rest of their lives. Worse than the death penalty in most cases.
    Yours looks lots better. Best wishes from Montana!

    1. Hi Tom. Thank you for your best wishes. They are appreciated. John

  11. Paul Cloutier says:

    Home sweet home, congratulations and hope you enjoy many sunrises and sunsets.

    1. Thank you Paul. And I hope that you will enjoy the many photos that I will now post of them

  12. Bob Scott says:

    Great news John, very pleased for you that it is now mission accomplished, well almost!

    Hope you and Rose have many happy years there.

    We are on the same continent at the moment enjoying the sun on Copacabana beach in Rio.


    1. Thanks Bob. Now starting to draw up the snagging list. Then there’s the final payment to the building contractor to make.
      Hope all is good for you.

  13. Julian Foster says:

    Encore to all the above! Home at last, home at last!!

    Now for a great sunset shot!

    1. Sunset photo(s)soon Julian.

  14. What a day! We, your readers and friends, have been anticipating this nearly as much as you and Rose! Congratulations! We’re so happy this day has arrived!

    1. Thank you very much Bob. Once you make up your mind ‘where’ in Belize I can reciprocate for Rose and you.

  15. Paul Lamoureaux says:

    Good Luck John….Hope you enjoy living there and enjoy the Arsenal a bit less.

    1. Thank you Paul. Hope all is good for you.

    2. Oh, I could never do anything other than enjoy Arsenal!

  16. Chris says:

    Get out of my apartment , I thought I was christening it !
    seriously though so pleased to hear all went ok with the move , let me know when we can sykpe again John .
    say hi to Rosé and send her my love .
    Lots of love Chris xxxx

    1. Chris, we promise to keep it nice. Hopefully we will only be using for a week. So, treat it as us just making sure that everything works.

      How about a Skype some time next week after we have moved -hopefully. Will email you with suggested day/time towards the end if this week.

      1. Harry the Hornet says:

        You can Skype? Didn’t know that.

      2. Only used it the once (a marathon call with my sister). No visual though. Will email you to set up a day/time.

      3. Harry the Hornet says:

        Don’t have to look at you? Now there’s a real bonus!

  17. Andy says:

    Home is where the heart will be Rose & John…. Suspect you are both HAPPY !…. Congrats to you both…. Enjoy… Views look very very good early in the day as they do during the day…

    1. Thank you Andy. And we are – very happy that is.

  18. Jane says:

    John, a particularly nostalgic edition for you but laced with excitement as well. Welcome home!!

    1. Thank you very much Jane. Really appreciated.

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