“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. 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.

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

  2. 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! 🙂

  3. 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!

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