Regular readers may (or may not) have wondered where I have been. Had I given up this blogging lark? With our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize had I decided that it was time to call it a day.
No, far from it. I have still been getting up early. Still taking my mug of black coffee on the veranda ((more often than not on the first floor veranda on the lagoon side because it has provided cover from the frequent (seems more like constant though) rain that we have been experiencing)) along with the iPad.
Think about writing an edition but then the thought of completing our orders from stores in the States for the stuff that we want to ship to Belize for our new home under the “QRP” has taken over. And I mean TAKEN OVER.
I mentioned in a previous edition that, having chosen what we wanted, we had experienced difficulty in getting the online stores to accept payment by our credit and debit cards because we do not have a US address.
I contacted my credit and debit card companies in the UK to forewarn them that I would be using the cards to avoid them being blocked. They weren’t. We placed the orders. Got to “check out”. Gave the payment information. Received notification that the order had been accepted. And then … Some three or four hours later received an email that the order had been cancelled because “the payment could not be verified””.
So we tried a different card. Same result. I ‘phone the UK . No problem there. So we start again and the to do. Go to the top person. So I use search engines to find out who the CEO of Walmart is! This revealed it is a certain Michael Dukes. Back to the search engines and I acquire his email address and ‘fire off’ an email describing our experience.
I didn’t get a response from him (but then again I never expected one) but within around five hours I got an email from a resolution specialist (named Sharon) in the Customer Care department in which she explained that if I included the address for the credit card within the card information section and used the shipping address’s State and Zip Code plus my telephone number it should work.
Only one thing to do. Try to order some stuff. So we did and we went for the higher priced items – including the TVs. Items chosen we proceeded to the “check out”. Payment method entered the order was accepted and within a few hours we started to receive shipping information!
Buoyed by this success we went ‘shopping’ again and again. But then … emails informing us that the orders could not be processed because “payment could not be verified”. We were right back where we started from!
So, back to the credit card companies. All OK there. On to the Customer Services department of Walmart who have assured me that it will be cleared up by the Billing department. Hopefully it will but until then we are in a state of limbo. Who knew it would be so difficult to spend money!
Anyway, having now shared my frustrations with you I’ll tell you about what the rest of the week held for Rose and I.
Well the first thing to let you know (well those of you not living in Belize) is that it rained. And it rained. And it rained. As fast as we used water from the 45,000 gallon tank under the house the rain replenished it and the overflow pipes went into action.
Lloyd’s guys continued with the land filling for our adjacent (‘spare’) lot but just as it started to look good the rain came down and there were waterlogged areas everywhere. A bit like King Canute (Cnut)really.
And then rain came down and…
The road to south to the bridge (not particularly great at the best of times) really suffered (and so did
I every time I used it) got worse and worse. Large puddles hiding deep rut holes.
Deep hole just before (or after, depending on which direction you are travelling from!) near Legends Burger House.
And the tortuous stretch just before the bridge.
I watched (well Rose did too) Arsenal’s great victory over Borussia Dortmund on Wedneday and took the opportunity of putting the ‘cart in for it’s service at Captain Shark’s and when we collected it saw a novel (well for me anyway) of dual purposing a washing line.
Fish vying for space with the laundry!
On Friday Nicholas and Rolando came to fit covers over the overflow pipes for our water tank to prevent the creepy, crawlies from getting in and contaminating the water. They had intended just fitting covers with holes punctured in to the but Rose had a brainwave (she has many). Why not use the mesh used on window screens as a further prevention? Great idea, so we went with it.
A bargain at BZ$ 2.60.
“Go on, try in get in there now!”.
The rain continued
Rain clouds over the lagoon.
but the overflow pipes for the verandas did their job.
Anyway it’s time to bring this rather rambling edition (a more ‘normal (?) service will resume with the next edition) to a close, I have a call to make to Walmart!
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1975by Maxine Nightingale which reached number two in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number eight in the UK Singles Chart.