“Wanna Be Startin’ Somethin'” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Just to show that I don’t just ‘cut and paste’ the opening section of an edition ( because Im sure that on occasions it may seem that way) I’m starting today’s one differently with the view from today’s starting position ‘work station’.


Yes, you’ve guessed it, at Estel’s.

For those of you that have had the pleasure of having a meal there (and for those of you that unfortunately haven’t ) I took the table in the south-west corner. To be honest (pointless being anything else really) I could have chosen virtually any table because when I got there just before 07.30 hours it was virtually empty.

I meant to mention in the previous edition that Rose and I spent a fair bit of time at the back end of last week generally tidying up and making ready the self-contained apartment on our ground floor. Why? Well, because at the weekend it got its first use as a place to stay by someone other than us (we spent around a week in it when our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize was nearing completion). Our guests? Frank our friend serving as a member of BATSUB and his dog Ziggy.

Frank is leaving Belize in August when he moves on to Germany for his next posting and has asked Rose and I if we would like to adopt Ziggy and we have told him that we will consider it and a key element of this decision making process will take place in April when we are going to look after him when Frank heads back to the UK for a holiday.


Here’s Ziggy if you are wondering what he looks like.

Frank will be away for three weeks and this should provide ample time to find out if Ziggy gets on with us and if we get on with him. We do know already from his weekend visit that he is very well trained, friendly and obedient. He also appears to have taken a real shine to Rose. Who wouldn’t though (this comment must earn me Brownie points)!

In addition to getting the apartment ready I’ve also spent time watching the clean up of the lots immediately north of us. The next best thing to working yourself is watching someone else working (or is it the other way around?).

The three guys on the clean up have worked really hard, no matter what the weather conditions and have done and continue to do a pretty impressive job using only the most basic of tools – shovels, machetes and pick axes.

They completed clearing the beach front lot early last week and it now looks ready to build on.


Really spruced up.

Since then they have been working on the lagoon side lots immediately north of us.


Looking west.


Looking east.


Get that machete going!


And the shovel.

And then time for a well earned break


in the shade.

And then back to work.



Nearly finished.

With so much activity going on I’m sure our near neighbour will wanna be startin’ somethin’ (yes, I know it is terrible) real soon. A house perhaps?

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1983 by Michael Jackson which reached number five in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number eight in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. kristina nadreau says:

    you are lucky to have an opportunity to live with Ziggy. Kris

    1. True. But if he does end up living with us I think it will prove to be lucky for him too.

  2. sher says:

    whats it like living there?how expensive?any growing industries?

    1. They are really broad questions Sher.

      The first one I can answer really simply with “It’s great”.

      As to the other two, can you be a bit more specific. For example “less expensive than where”. It’s more expensive than living on the mainland but cheaper than living in Central London.

  3. Barbara says:

    Ziggy looks adorable!

    1. Thank you Barbara. Not ours yet but we agree.

  4. Jane says:

    Both are lovely lots, John. Are either sold yet, I wonder?
    Passed you yesterday in the cart, but noticed too late to shout!

    1. Think that the owner is going to develop them himself Jane.
      Saw you as well but for me too it was too late to wave. Next time!

  5. Carmell Dickson says:

    Hi John!
    I know that you and Rose are enjoying getting your garden in order. It has been fun to see the progress you are making. I was wondering if you guys are into any water activities? I believe I would have a hard time staying out of the water if I was there! 🙂

    1. Hi Carmell. Rose and I are taking our Masters License and if we gain them we will buy a boat. And then some fishing and generally just poodle around.

  6. Emily says:

    John, is the beachfront property just cleared the old “cut-through” lot from the road to the beach (and vice versa)? Seems to me it should be by its placement, but without seeing the big picture from your top floor, I can’t recall for sure. Thanks!

    1. Hi Emily. The cut-through to the beach runs through the lot immediately south of the lot I featured in the photo.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s