“Close to You” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

On Thursday Rose and I went to Belize City to attend the July Wine Club Social at the Radisson Hotel.


I booked seats on the 17.00 hour Tropic Air flight to the Municipal Airport and cognisant of this I had arranged with Caribbean Depot to make the final (well I hope they prove to be final) two deliveries of gravel by 15.00 hours. We’d agreed -Carmen of Caribbean Depot and I – (well I thought we’d agreed) that if they couldn’t be made by this time that it would be deferred until Saturday.

Three o’clock came and went and I was just about to go and shower and change when the ‘phone rang. It was Carmen, the lorries (trucks for non UK readers) were on their way. The best laid plans and all that …

Fortunately the two deliveries were made within minutes of each other and the 16 yards of gravel had been tipped by 15.50 hours.




Ready for Lloyd’s boys!

Rose and I got to the Radisson Hotel in good time for the 19.00 hours start and had time enough for coffee before meeting the guys from BATSUB (Nick, Tod, Nanda, Geordie and Frank (Ziggy’s Dad) for a fun filled evening.

Frank was MC for the evening and had chosen some extremely high in alcohol content (lowest 13.5%, highest 15.5%) for the evening which included his own contribution of Buckfast. A particularly lethal wine that reminded me of drinking cough syrup!

At my age I should know better but I’ve got to admit that I over indulged. Caused in no small part by Frank’s very deft habit of just being on hand with an evil glint in his eye and a bottle in his hand when a glass empties!

The rest of the night is a bit of a blur for me.

Hi Ziggy here. The lovely Rose – my new Mum- and John came back to my house with my Dad, Frank in the early hours of the morning. They were very happy to see me and I was happy to see them. There was a lot of giggling going on and I think they had been out drinking some of that stuff called wine.

Rose (or Mum as I think I will now call her) made a big fuss of me. Stroking me and kissing me on my face and neck. I think I will get quite accustomed to this. And she smells so nice.

They stayed up for a while but it was fairly obvious to me that they were a little ‘worse for wear’ and it came as no surprise when they went to bed which gave me the opportunity I’d been waiting for to commandeer John’s iPad and camera!


Selfie. Good looking guy, aren’t I!

The next morning I was up bright and early waiting for them to get up. I mean I know from my time at their house that John gets up early but I think someone must have slipped some sleeping tablets in his drink because he didn’t get up until 08.30 hours.

I was ready for some more kissing and stroking from Rose but I had to wait until they’d eaten breakfast. It was worth the wait though! And then it was time for some games in the garden.


“Stay there Mum, I want to be close to you“.


Not as big as their garden but I like it.

I’m going to have to ‘sign off’ now before he (John that is) sees that I’ve got his iPad. So until the next time …

Rose and I got the 15.30 flight back to San Pedro and on landing went straight to Captain Shark’s Boatyard to check on the adjustments they had made for the Bimini.


Looking good!

We hadn’t been there very long when the guy from Giovanni’s Plastic Signs turned up to fit the name on our boat.


Rose posing with the name.





It’s on!


Proud owners of Gunner.

The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1990 by Maxi Priest which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number seven in the UK Singles Chart.

Come back tomorrow for the next thrilling instalment!


  1. Kathi Moore says:

    Buckfast – I;m surprised they still make it and that it would be at a wine tasting. It’s horrible – not that I ever drank it!

    1. Hi Kathi. Understand that Buckfast is still as popular as ever in Scotland. Not a drink for me either.

  2. Loved the perspective from Ziggy’s point of view! Also, thanks again for the time you and Rose spent with us…it helped us decide what route we should take with our future plans to live on Ambergris Caye.

    1. Rob you are more than welcome. Rose and I enjoyed meeting Riki and you.

  3. robert Vernon says:

    You’d better tell the Coast Guard your not Gun running !!! Is the outboard fixed and ready to go ?
    By the way , has the vandalism in the Boca del Rio park been fixed? This community policing sounds like a good idea, until one of them gets shot by a crackhead. Did you know Suzanne who committed suicide, we knew her quite well, she looked at the bungalow, very sad state of affairs.
    Knowing Army guys , it probably was cough syrup with added alcohol !!!
    We fly off on Thurs. and atlast found a home for Murray

    1. Hi Robert. Towing the boat to the mechanic this morning. Hopefully he won’t take too long to fix the problems. And then, off we go.

      Pleased that you got a home for Sandy Murray.

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