“Do It Again” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Decided to take a break from writing an edition yesterday but I will tell you that Sunday morning was a very wet one. Not so wet though that it stopped me from braving the elements and heading off to town (over the very bumpy and puddly road south) for breakfast at Estel’s.


View from the First Floor , eastern side, veranda just before I set off.


Motorcyclist wearing his improvised rainwear.


Rain? What rain? Or was he still ‘benefitting’ from the night before?

I got to Estel’s shortly after 08.00 hours and was surprised to find that it was packed. Not so packed though that I wasn’t able to secure a table. And one near the door so that I was sheltered from the driving rain. I really enjoy eating there when it’s a bright, sunny day and you can look out and watch people walking along the beach and just enjoying the views. But sitting there when it’s bucketing down and you are dry and snug and you have a table (whilst others stand around waiting for one to become free) comes a very close second. Not a very nice side of me I know but it’s a real bummer when you get there and find all the tables taken and you know, you just know, that people that go there do not go for a ‘speed’ breakfast.

Anyway, I enjoyed a very nice hour and a half there (told you people don’t rush) and managed to ‘knock out’ Sunday’s edition as well as eating my breakfast. Who says (women that’s who) that men can only do one thing at a time!

On getting home Rose and I spent some more time unpacking boxes and baskets of stuff that we had shipped over from the UK and then went to meet our friend Frank (from BATSUB) for lunch at Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill . Rose and I went for the barbecued chicken and Frank went for the combo (he has a fierce-some appetite!).

We said goodbye to Frank just before 14.00 hours (he caught the Maya Island Air 14.00 hours flight to the Municipal Airport), had a few more Belikins and ‘called’ it day. Hard life isn’t it!

Yesterday was a day of unpacking more boxes (and finding ‘homes’ for the stuff) and then setting about cleaning the windows. And boy, do we have some windows. They provide great light and fantastic views but …

We knew that Nicholas and Rolando would be coming to the house at around 17.30 hours so after finishing the windows we just chilled out on the top floor admiring the views over the lagoon.




Fish (bonefish I think) just under the surface.

At bang-on 17.30 hours we heard a knock at the door and looking down over the railings I saw that it was Nicholas and Rolando.

I am sure that you have been wondering why they were coming to the house. Another ‘thank you’ drink? No, we had some work for them to do.

As part of our build plans we decided to use water from the well for the flushing of the toilets and irrigating the garden (with the rainwater collection system providing for all of our other water needs). Well, the toilets flushed OK but the water, with it’s sulphur content, gave off a smell that Rose and I do not find at all pleasant. It also leaves a stain around the pan and I think (I don’t know) that it would also (over time) have a damaging effect on the parts in the cistern.

So, there was only one thing to do. Get Rolando and Nicholas to do it again. That is disconnect the well pipe feed and make a connection for the water from the tank under the house.




Nicholas (the ‘apprentice’) under the watchful eye and tutelage of Rolando finishes the job off.

After just under an hour we were ready to flush the toilets and after a couple of flushes for each of the six toilets (yes six!) the water was clear. And NO smell. Mission accomplished!

After saying goodbye (and paying of course) Nicholas and Rolando there was only one thing to do -no,not try out the toilets – resume looking at the lagoon.


Boatman returning to the bank.


The sun setting at the end of another great day.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1972 by Steely Dan which reached number six in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number thirty-nine in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    John, I am missing my dailies!!!!!!!!!

    1. I’ll be back to a normal routine very soon Kristina. Promise.

  2. lifeagain says:

    Good photos and captions John,
    Little touches here and there means you are way past the home stretch and officially…in.
    Is the water in the lagoon salt water or fresh water?

    1. There are quite a few ‘little touches’ to be made already Don. And the list is getting bigger!

      The lagoon is saltwater.

  3. Great shot of the sunset there, what a view hard to take huh

    1. Very hard(not) Hazel.

  4. Shirley says:

    Congratulations !
    Looks fantastic.. I so envy you two , We are signing our contract today or tomorrow to get started on our build in Placencia and am so excited . We will not be there for it though but have a few good friends that we trust to be our eyes there to watch over it for us. ( we will be there in March for 2 weeks ) How long did your build take from when they started digging.

    1. Hi Shirley. Good luck with your build. From the time that they broke ground to the final snagging job was 52 weeks. It should have taken (as per our contract) 42 weeks.

  5. Julian Foster says:

    I have finally found someone who has a better setup than me!! Or at least a much better place to be retired! I don’t think anyone retired with less remorse than me — but I’m happy that you are in and enjoying your neat new home. Have fun!!


    1. Thank you Julian. We are.

  6. footballbat says:

    My parents have the sulphur smell from their well water in Florida (in their showers as well). They claim one gets used to it. Perhaps, it’s always a surprise to this out of state guest. I can understand why you would make the change. Beautiful photos. Thank you.

    1. It’s so much better now that we have made the change Derek.

  7. Jane says:

    Ahhhh. Just excellent photos today, John!

    1. Hank you Jane. I thought it was a bit of a hotch, potch but there you go.

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