“The Way We Were” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Now we have moved up to the First and Second Floors (we moved up there after the burst pipe incident on Saturday) I have really been trying to get back in to my routine. You know. Get up early. Make a mug of coffee (black). Grab the iPad and go sit on the veranda.

I’ve got the coffee worked out. I know where the essential ingredients are -coffee, water, kettle, spoon and mug- and I know where I keep the iPad. But the dilemma is which veranda? The heavy rain of the last few days though has made the choice a little easier. The veranda with the best cover – the western (lagoon) facing one on the First Floor.

Decision taken -literally for me- it’s time to move one of the two chairs (fit for purpose) that we have until our patio furniture arrives (more about that in a future edition).


Chair in position.


Coffee (black) at the ready.


And the view was there waiting for me!

Given my irregularity in publishing editions just lately I’m not too sure what I have and haven’t told you. I know I’ve told you that they graded the road. I’ve also let you know that the incessant rain has undone much of this good work. I haven’t though let you know that one plus point of the rain is that last Saturday the water tank (45,000 gallon capacity) became full and the tank overflow pipes went in to action.



Every day since Saturday the overflow pipes have ‘gone’ to work. We use some water and the rain comes along and replenishes it.

Oh the bodega eventually disappeared as well. Not before we had secured the ‘permission to build board’ though.


We don’t know where we are going to place/hang it yet but we intend to find a ‘home’ for it somewhere.


Bodega-less area. Just doesn’t look the same.Currently it feels like we have lost an old friend!

On Monday morning Nicholas came to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize to continue (Rafael -aka The Frog- had started the process on Sunday) to finish making good around the pipe that had burst in the Utility Room.


Looking better.

And then he went to the smaller bedroom in the Ground Floor self-contained apartment to re-fit the down light that the water had gushed through on Saturday.


Back where it belongs!

Whilst I was down there with Nicholas (he is a very nice young man and I enjoy talking with him) I noticed that we had another problem. The door to the en-suite for the smaller bedroom could not clear the toilet to shut.


Looks OK doesn’t it.


Not the kind of privacy you need! Time to contact Daniel Camal, our building contractor!

In the afternoon Nicholas returned to apply the finishing coat of cement for the wall in the Utility Room.


Starting to look much better.

Yesterday morning Rolando turned up with a replacement toilet seat. A smaller one that would (hopefully) solve the problem of the non-closing door.


Will it?


Yes! Problem solved.

It was starting to feel like the way we were before the accident.

Read tomorrow’s edition for the remainder of what took place. And what today unfolds!

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single by Barbra Streisand which, in 1974, reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number thirty-one in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    looking very good seems there will always be some issues with a new build or a renovation. love the cistern

    1. Thank you Kristina. Given the number of elements that comprise a build its not surprising that some things are not as they should be at the outset. But as long as they are not big problems – and ours haven’t been- it should be relatively simple to put them right.

  2. Anton says:

    Long life to ” HIGHBURY MANOR ” and those living in it . All the best.

    1. Thank you Anton. Appreciated. It is Highbury House though, not Highbury Manor.

  3. Andy says:

    To save changing your Throne’s seat you could have taken a piece out the door John…. I’m surprised the toilet installer did not test the opening / closing of the door ! Or perhaps he did and kept quiet !

    1. Hi Andy. The plumber did spot the problem and told the carpenter! Our building contractor came up with the solution – a smaller seat. Pretty obvious really.

  4. robert says:

    Hi John. A belated Best Wishes to you and Rose to moving into ‘Highbury’ AC. May your retirement be a long, healthy and happy one.
    Now you’ve got the build under your belt, with hindsight, is there anything you’d do differently.
    By the way, the pic of the ‘grader’ was actually a ‘compactor’ !!!! Its a total waste of time, money and effort to keep ‘patching’ potholes, the road needs drainage, i see this is included in future plans, just wonder how far away that 50 mil. project is?
    See you mid Dec.

    1. Thank you Robert. Still lots to do though.

      As to things that we would have done differently,will be covering this in a future edition.

      A compactor, not a grader, thank you. I think a paved road north of the bridge will happen – lots of tourist money up here now – but it will be a while yet.

      See you both soon.

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