“Casino Royale” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

After four nights in our new home (albeit in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment and not the First and Second Floors that we will eventually move to) I am gradually becoming accustomed to our new surroundings. I now don’t have to think twice about where the coffee is, where my mug is, etc.

I also have decided where my favourite location is to take the coffee and iPad to first thing in the morning. The small flight of steps at the front of the house that lead to the apartment. Its not the most comfortable seating position but the breeze is great.

That’s where I went yesterday morning when I got up shortly after 04.00 hours. A quick read of The Times on-line (I didn’t want to dwell too long on Arsenal’s loss to Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League) and then straight in to producing yesterday’ edition of the blog.

It took me slightly longer than usual to pull the edition together. Covering more typical blogger subject matter (food being yesterday’s choice) required a greater level of thought on my part. I am sure though that with a few editions under my belt it will flow a lot more easily.

After publishing the edition I showered, shaved and got dressed and headed to Estel’s for breakfast (told you things were starting to get back to normal). I didn’t dwell there as long as usual though, I had things to do, people to see.

With breakfast finished I went to the Belize Electricity Limited (BEL) office in Pescador Drive to organise the switch of ‘name of account’ from Daniel Camal, our building contractor, to my name. The whole process took around fifteen minutes -partly because the system ‘froze’ but primarily because the lady attending to me took a personal call during which (even with my extremely limited understanding of Spanish) she had a conversation about the refrigerator she is about to buy. With all of the information entered she told me that there was a fee of BZ$ 240 (BZ$200 deposit and BZ$ 40 connection/transfer charge) which I had to pay at Milo’s. Fortunately the office is also located in Pescador Drive so, following a short walk, five minutes later the fee had been paid. BEL will now send someone to read the meter so that a final invoice can be issued to Daniel.

Although I was busy I took time out on the journey home to take a closer look at a building that is under construction north of the bridge just behind the Paradise Theatre.

I was happily snapping away with the camera (getting like a real blogger now because I take the camera out with me!) when I saw a ‘face’ I knew on the building site. It was John Harvey of Robin’s Kitchen.


A familiar ‘action’ shot of John.

Seeing me, John came over for a chat and told me that he is working on the build installing the plumbing ( I had no conception that he was a plumber – you learn something every day!) for what is going to be an office complex and spa – with a restaurant, bar and swimming pool. And apparently, when this is built, a casino is going to be constructed. Casino Royale maybe?


Look hard and you can just see the project behind the Paradise Theatre.




Knowing that I had to get back to the house I brought my interlude to an end and got home at 10.45 hours to find the place a hive of activity, Daniel’s guys were working their way through the list of forty-one items that we had sent to him the previous day.

As I parked the ‘cart I saw the chest of drawers for the larger of the apartment’s bedrooms had been finished and delivered.


A quality finish.


And the back too.

The Millenium Ultimate door locks were being fitted to the relevant doors on the Ground Floor,


Lock for the apartment’s front door being being fitted.

As the day progressed the items on the list started to be ‘ticked off’.


Pump Room door lock fitted.


Store Room/Garage door lock fitted.


José bolting the Ground Floor railings and balustrades in place.


Alfredo giving the concrete table on the Second Floor a fresh coat of paint.




Rafael (aka The Frog) on site clean up.


Removing a stubborn post.


And it’s out!


José carrying out repairs on the steps to the Ground Floor apartment.


Clean up around the septic tank and soak-away.



Starting to look tidy.

By the end of the day there were only ten items remaining on the list. Just need our toilets to arrive from Belize City!

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1967 by Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass which reached number twenty-seven in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Carmell Dickson says:

    Hello John!
    I’m new to your blog and wanted to thank you and Rose for sharing your exciting ongoing journey in Belize! My husband and I are seriously considering retiring to Belize. With everything that is going on in the United States it may be sooner. We have done a lot of research and will be planning our first visit soon. I realize that Belize City isn’t too close to where you are but have you had any concerns with the high crime rate in the city? Has it affected the Cays at all? My husband works for Federal Express here in the states (25yrs) and was considering maybe transferring to Belize City working part-time. It sounded like a good idea until we learned about the crime there. I keep reminding my husband that crime is everywhere and that if we aren’t living in the city, it shouldn’t be that big of a deal. Thoughts?

    1. Hi Carmell

      I am pleased that you enjoy the blog.

      I don’t get to spend too much time in Belize City but have been there quite a few times for dental treatment and shopping and have never felt threatened. Like most places around the world there are areas of cities that are dangerous and Belize City is no different. I just try to make sure that I don’t go to them. Or if I do I am extra vigilant.

      I am not au fait with Belize City or its immediately surrounding area to give you recommendations as to ‘safe’ areas to live but they are there.

      We do get some problems (mainly petty burglary and mugging) from people coming to the island from Belize City but these are so commonplace that I am unduly concerned. I just try to make sure that I am not stupid eg locking doors and windows, not walking around with loads of money or jewellery.

      Belize is a great country but of course it has its problems but what country doesn’t .

      Good luck with your plans.
      Kind regards


  2. tom e says:

    Spiffing up the outside is making it look like a beautiful retreat for your guests and a beautiful caribbean style home for you and Rose. It has been a long and lonely road but your prep to plan(s) is showing the rewards.

    1. The outside is going to take some time Tom. A large project in itself. But, bit by bit we’ll get there. I hope !

  3. Andy says:

    A non regular reader would wonder where you are doing it now ? (Just need our toilets to arrive from Belize City!) cos you cannot use the garden now its been cleaned up !

    1. Quite right Andy. The toilets are now installed though so hopefully no confusion going forward.

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