“Little Bit of Everything” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

So what I have been up to since the last edition I can just feel a few (and I do mean a few) of you wondering. Or am I being a little (or a lot) pretentious? Egotistical? I’ll leave it to you to decide. But … if you think I am then please DO keep that to yourself. Not something we need to share, is it?

Well, I have continued to get up early -between 04.00 to 05.00 hours (its been this way since the mid eighties when traffic in London started to get heavier and heavier (and less bearable). So I started to set off early (and stay at work late).

Now I don’t have to worry about (and get agitated by) traffic congestion. OK there is the occasional build up of traffic on Ambergris Caye (normally around school start time when it can ‘show’ itself in Coconut Drive near Tropic Air but its second league stuff in comparison with what I faced and had to contend with when living in London. Do I miss it ? Are you serious?

It’s been cold here -OK not as cold as the winter conditions that many of you who are reading this are enduring but its cold when you have acclimatised to walking around in a T shirt, shorts and Flip Flops. On some days I’ve actually taken to wearing a sweat top. And I have dispensed with sitting on the veranda to take my early morning mug of black coffee. Long-time readers I bet would never have thought that you would read this I’m sure. But it’s true. It really is.

No complaints though. Well not from me anyway. Why? Well I may have had to wear an additional piece of clothing (or two when it rained) but I still had the shorts and Flip Flops on!

“Enough of the weather” I can sense you muttering. “What have you been doing since the last edition?”. Well I’ve been doing a little bit of everything.

Rose and I ‘hit’ some of the remaining unopened crates of stuff that we shipped from the UK and ‘found’ some of the framed prints and paintings that we decided to bring with us and spent some time trying out where (or not) in the house we will hang them.

I was particularly pleased to find the print that had hung in my office when I worked on The Sun (OK so I should have left it on the wall when I left the company).


‘My’ framed facsimile of a poster from around 1896 by Louis Rhead. To my ex-colleagues – now you know where the poster went!

I also ‘found’ the front page replica that my colleagues presented me with when I left News International in 1995.


Front page news!

I also spent a fair bit of time collecting and clearing rubble and other assorted debris from the front garden. There’s still loads of clearing to be done but it’s starting to look a bit tidier.

We have also purchased the first plants for our garden. Two palm trees (don’t know exactly what type of palm yet but I will find out). The shopping around was made easy for us. A boat pulled in at the end of the back garden and the younger of the two guys shouted out to Rose asking if we wanted to buy some palm trees.

Rose took a quick walk down the garden, had a look at the two trees, did some negotiating and within minutes Edward and Edward (a father and son team) were planting the trees where we asked them to.


What else has happened since the last edition? Well we have received an offer for our condo at Banana Beach which we have accepted and we now wait (and hope) that the sale proceeds to a happy (for us) conclusion.

We put it up for sale around three months ago and when we did had been confidently told by our realtors –Pelican Properties – that once the high season arrived they expected to sell it. And -fingers crossed- it looks like they have.

Work on the spa and office suites which will be located just north of the Paradise Theatre has continued and, with the walls being built, you can now start to visualise what the development will look like.



It surely won’t be long before they start building the casino!

Oh and talking about property sales the ocean lots across the road from us have been cleaned up and a ‘For Sale’ sign erected.


Are we going to lose this view?

We always knew that there was a risk that we might lose the ocean views from the front of our house but hoped that we might enjoy them for some considerable time. This might not now be the case. But, we will still have the view of the lagoon and the tremendous sunsets.


The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in May of this year by Keith Urban and reached number thirty-three in the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Kat George says:

    Are you still breakfasting at Estelle’s? Plan on being in San Pedro in January. Have been following you blog and would like to meet you.

    1. Hi Kat. Yes I am still having breakfast at Estel’s.
      Please email shortly before you arrive and we can hopefully arrange a meet.

  2. Emily says:

    Land can languish for sale for a long time, so hopefully you’ll have your view for awhile yet! I love the print you shipped over from The Sun. The frame looks great with your stairs, and the image is attractive and colorful. Glad it arrived in good shape!

    1. Hopefully you are right Emily. But then again when bought our lots back in 2007 we always knew that the beachside lots could be built on at some time.

      As to The Sun print, I first moved into the office where it hung on the wall thirty-one years ago and as I moved office so did it. I’m certain that if it could speak it would admit that it much prefers its new home!

  3. Julian Foster says:

    Hi John,

    Hope all is well. Haven’t heard from you for a while — and I know you’ve earned a break but I’m hoping that all it is is that you’re enjoying your new “digs”. Have fun!


    1. Hi Julian. All is good thanks but I have been a little pre-occupied with other stuff.

      Back to the blogging (with a vengeance) very soon!

  4. kristina nadreau says:

    ty for this post. love the palms

  5. Hello John,
    Way to shop for the Palm trees. They will do just fine…it’s almost like they were meant to find a great home and to a great family. This Palm tree transaction only helps to make Wal-mart look even less efficient.


    1. Thank you Don. Appreciated.

  6. Tom U says:


    Traveler Palms are great also… I planted them at my house in FLA. and loved them. Google it to see if you like them,,, Great vision screens…

    1. Hi Tom. The Traveller Palm is on our list. They remind us of fans!

  7. Jane says:

    John, I noticed the “For Sale” sign, too. Fingers crossed it will take a long time to sell!

    1. Hopefully they have put too high a price on it Jane!

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