“The Tide Is High” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Regular readers know the score ((if you are not a regular reader then just choose a previous edition -or loads of them (please)). Up early, coffee, blah, blah.

So what did yesterday hold? Well it rained. Nothing new there, it feels like it has been raining for ever. But yesterday wasn’t too bad because when it stopped it was a beautiful, sunny day.

I am not an expert on the subject – in fact I know nothing – but when Rose and I were standing on the veranda yesterday morning (I’m not always out there on my own) we looked out at Lloyd’s guys working on filling our lot that is immediately south of our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize and it was obvious that the flooding of our waterlogged lot and that of our neighbour, Jason, had been caused by more than the rain. I mentioned this to Rose and quick as a flash she replied “The tide is high“. There’s a lot more to Rose than meets the eye!



Difficult to discern where the land ends (should) and the lagoon begins.

Do you remember the concrete hatches that we had for the water tank under the house and the septic tank by the side of it? You know the ones that we had replaced with the lightweight aluminium ones made by Victor (the welder).


Old concrete hatch for the water tank.

We’d got Lloyd to get his guys to move them to the north side of our lot with the intention that they would form a base for the two foot high rock wall that we are going to have built in a few weeks. That all changed yesterday morning when inspiration ‘hit’ me. Why not use them to fill the gap between the ramp and the front garden.


The ‘cart can get up there but …

So I had a word with Lloyd and within minutes his guys were ‘on the case’.




Three smaller hatches moved.

And then to the big one – the one that had been on the water tank.


“It’s heavy, we need help”.


“That’s better”.


“Phew I’m glad that’s over”.

Three of the guys then went back to land filling leaving their colleague to move the old hatch covers in to position.



Just the big one to go.



It’s in!



It looked like my idea had worked but there was only one way to find out. Drive the golf cart up the ramp.





Mission accomplished!

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single by Blondie which was released in 1980 which reached number one in both the US Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    Do you have crocs or alligators? I thought it was crocodiles???????? I think the crocs are endangered. you should be safe, unless you are planning to tether a goat there. Plz keep the blog going.

    1. Hi Kristina. You are correct, its crocodiles and not alligators. And we have no intention of having a goat!

      Oh, and I do intend keeping the blog going. Don’t know what I’ll write about but …

  2. Julian Foster says:

    Well done John!! When a good idea comes along you gotta go with it. If it hadn’t worked then you’d just have had to come up with another idea for the blog today! No big loss… maybe a crocodile hunt? But, seriously, well done!!

    I’ve been reading about the serious flooding throughout most of the rest of Belize. Have you seen much flooding going into town?

    1. Hi Julian. It’s like the ‘cure’ for the ramp will work so you are right, I will have to think of something else for a future edition.

      The heavy rains and high tides have made a mess of many of the dirt roads on the islands with more water than road. This causes deep ruts and makes for a very bumpy ride. Beats English roads though!

  3. lifeagain says:

    John, your so bright your mother called you Son. Good idea and it will be very stable because the concrete blocks are so heavy.
    Does you neighbor have any pumps around the property? They are pretty inexpensive now and a few strategically placed or on the ready will minimize a lot of wear and tear on the foundation of the property and limit the depth of the water that’s accumulates.

    Gators…..i am glad someone asked you about the alligator issue and also Robert mentioned it in one of his notes in comparing his two choices as to where to live. I have a unfounded fear of Alligators. Yep, makes no sense what so ever but have you accepted no or limited lagoon activity for you and Rose because of the gator probability?

    1. Hi Don
      I think Jason intends to put more landfill in and have a sea wall constructed at some point.

      The crocs do apparently come out but we understand that it is nocturnal activity and we only plan ( at the moment anyway) on fishing during daylight hours. We do have the sea wall in front of us as well.

  4. Kat George says:

    Do you get gators in the lagoon?

    1. They are there Kat. Haven’t seen them personally (pleased to say) but we have been told that they are.

  5. Jane says:

    Brilliant idea, John! Looks like it works beautifully….

    1. Thank you Jane. I don’t have many but …

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