“Lay It Down” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

In the previous edition I mentioned that I was diligently (OK, maybe not diligently but I am gradually ‘ticking’ them off) working my way through my current ‘to do’ list.

Yesterday I felt like I was really going to start cracking it when I set off from home with my mini list. And my instincts subsequently proved to be correct.

Before I left home though some more of Lloyd’s guys turned up at the gate in the back garden with some more sand to complete the land filling job.


Approaching our back gate.

And within minutes the wheelbarrow was in action again.



With work underway I set off and my first stop was Giovanni’s Plastic Signs


to order the lettering for our boat’s new name. I chose the font and colour -red- was given a price and ordered it there and then. It will be ready and fitted on the boat Friday afternoon.

Next stop was Caribbean Depot in Blake Street to order three lorry (truck for non UK readers) loads (8 yards to a load) of gravel for our garden. My visit included measuring the width of the lorry to make certain that it could get through our gate. It could. So I placed the order!

On the way I home I stopped off at Osmin’s in Boca Del Rio to place the order for the galvanised steel gates/doors that we are having made for all external doors. They should be fitted within around (I try not to be too precise/specific since living here) four weeks.

I hadn’t been home long when the first load of gravel arrived.


Would it get through the gate?


Yes! And within minutes the load was tipped.


And then it the turn of Lloyd and his guy (don’t know his name yet) to lay it down.



had been laid on the southern side of the house and


at the back of the house.


Much better.

With time left it the day we hoped that we’d get a least one more delivery but it never arrived (get used to this kind if thing if you move here) so Lloyd and his guy called it a day. They were back here this morning though to start laying the small rock walks we want to define certain areas in the front garden.


Delineation of the path from the front gate to the house.



And within a couple of hours the walls were in place.




Before I get this edition off-stone there’s just time to feature another of the Julian photo challenges.

Julian sent me this photo and asked me to find the location and take a photo myself.


“Now where could this be?”.

The Bowen residence in Coconut Drive (opposite Wine de Vine)



The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released (rather aptly) by Lloyd in 2010 and reached number sixty-four in the US Billboard Hot 100.

Oh by the way, I’m still waiting for the two loads of gravel!


  1. Al Stuck says:

    ok does anybody know where i can get truckloads of cement ? we want to build our church/house in grand belizean !!
    Please if anybody knows email me at sailswimming1@aol.com . Thank you God Bless
    Pastor Al Stuck

    1. Don’t know anyone on Ambergris Caye that supplies pre mixed concrete. Think you are going to have to buy the materials and hire a mixer and crew. On the mainland I am sure it would be different ie you can buy pre mixed.

      1. Al Stuck says:

        Hi we are not looking for pre mixed concrete, we are doing the work ourselfs. just need to know where it can be purchased.
        Thank you

      2. Al there are a number of places on the island that you can purchase sand, cement and aggregate. We bought most of ours from Caribbean Depot in Blake Street. Opposite the Crystal Water/Belikin depot.

  2. footballbat says:

    It’s great fun watching your dream come together, it’s a bit of ‘living the dream’ vicariously that I really enjoy. Many thanks John for giving us a ‘window’ to Ambergris Caye. I hope to get back again one day.

    1. Well thank you Derek. Glad to be of help!

  3. Julian says:

    Good job John. I’ll have to find some more deviously vague pictures to send. Wouldn’t want you to get too cocky – although I think you may have done the easiest first (just as I would have done)!!

    The yard is shaping up very nicely. By the way, I cannot remember and am too lazy to look back but do you have a dock built in the back yet? I don’t have a clue how deep the water is right off your seawall so I don’t know if you really need a dock or not. At least it is not my worry, lol….

    Take care,


    1. Hi Julian keep them coming. Will feature a couple in the edition I am going to knock out later. You have sent me a couple that I am struggling with!

  4. Steve Ward says:

    wow looks so much better with the gravel and lines, really shaping up John

    1. Thanks Steve. When the next 16 yards goes down it should really look the way we have envisioned. Watch this space!

  5. Bob Farris says:

    Now that is quite the stack of fishing floats.
    I am suprised that Rose would allow a straight path to your door.
    Cathy made me put at least one zig in ours, and no a curve won’t do.

    1. I let Rose decide where the path would go!

  6. Paul Cloutier says:

    John, it’s looking great.

    1. Thank you Paul. We are pleased with the way it is shaping up.

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