“It’s My Party” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Hi Ziggy here so none of that “out on the veranda with a mug of black coffee” twaddle!

It’s been some time since I last managed to wrest control of his (John’s, that is) iPad and let you all know how I am faring and a visit to Ambergris Caye at the weekend presented the opportunity. So, here goes.

Nine of us set off from Price Barracks, Ladyville on Saturday morning and caught the 09.00 hours (I’m from the military so I use the 24 hour clock) Belize Water Taxi service to San Pedro.

We docked around 10.30 hours and then marched – when you’re in the Army that’s what you do, you don’t just walk- to Pedro’s Hotel where we had booked rooms for the night and dumped our kit bags (I didn’t actually have a kit bag because my Dad carried my stuff in his). And then we were ready to start celebrating Tod’s twenty-second birthday. Let’s PARTY!


Tod is on the right. He’s a nice guy. I like him.

We spent a bit of time swimming in one of the pools at the hotel and then headed to Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill for lunch (Dad had pre-packed mine) and after a few beers (a few! Who do I think I’m kidding? Not when you’re in the Army!) we were joined by Rose (I like her) and John.

After a bit of slobbering over me by Rose (I quite like it by the way) we all headed off to the Palapa Bar & Grill and on the way I wanted to stop off at the Feliz Bar & Grill.


The place was crying out for people like me!


“I’ve got all of the required qualifications!”

But try as I might we drove straight by. “It’s my party” Tod forcibly (too forcibly if you ask me) said. “And I’ll pass by if I want to”.

It wasn’t all bad though because I got to drive by my soon to be new home.


“How about this neat Google Earth aerial shot?” “All that garden will soon be mine. All mine!”

The Palapa Bar is only a short drive north of my new house so it didn’t take us to long to get there and then the fun started. Time for a swim


with my BATSUB colleagues





“And I got to spend time in one of the tubes.”


But swimming is thirsty work


“So time to head back to the dock.”


It was a great day but I’m still only a youngster so Dad took me back to the hotel for a good night’s sleep and they went out to celebrate Tod’s birthday.

On Sunday Dad went to Shark Ray Alley and Hol Chan Marine Reserve for a spot of snorkelling so John came and collected me and we went to Estel’s Dine By the Sea for a spot of breakfast.


“I think this place could be a regular haunt for me. Got to see about being able to sit at the table though!”

We then went back to see Rose (have I mentioned that I like her?) and after a run around in the garden it was time for a nap.


We went to meet Dad to get the 15.00 hours boat back to base but there was time for one last drink before we left!


The headline (sorry but I’m under orders to stick with this -in my opinion- silly theme) for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1963 by Lesley Gore which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number nine in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Pat says:

    Thanks for the note John.. Glad Ziggy is getting a nice new home with you and Rose.. He seemed to love swimming, AC will be a nice change from Ladyville. Next time I’m back in San Pedro I’ll be sure to look you and Rose up for a spot of tea or a cold Belikin.

  2. Pat says:

    John, is Ziggy your dog from the UK? I’ve missed some of your posts.. Was there on AC first week of July and stopped in at Molly Malone’s Irish Bar next to your house.. It was late and we stayed there drinking until past 2am so didn’t want to bother you and Rose with a drop in.. The house looks great, really quite impressive to be honest..

  3. Carmell Dickson says:

    Lookin good Ziggy!!!!!!!

    1. If he were with us I know that he would say thanks Carmell. He will look even better when he joins us permanently this coming Saturday after his haircut and shampoo this week!

  4. kristina nadreau says:

    Welcome back Ziggy, always a pleasure to see you furbaby. xoxo kris

    1. If Ziggy were here I know he’d say thanks. He’s with us permanently from this coming Saturday so I think he will be making an appearance quite frequently.

    2. Ziggy’s back in Ladyville at the moment (he joins us permanently this coming Saturday) but if he were here I know he’d say thanks. When he joins us I’m sure he will be posting reasonably frequently. He can give me a rest!

  5. Emily says:

    Great seeing you again, Ziggy…you have been missed! Looks like you had an excellent visit to the Caye. I do have a question, though…looks like Feliz was all closed up. I do hope they are still doing okay. It was such a nice (and happening!) spot on the island. I know it is slow season, though.

    1. Hi Emily. Ziggy arrives for good next Saturday.
      As to Felliz, don’t know if you are aware but Heather and Kevin left there some while ago (still on the island though) and since then we haven’t visited.

  6. Kris Jensen says:

    That’s a doggone good story there mate 🙂

    1. Kris, you’re getting as bad as me!

  7. robert Vernon says:

    Has he got his demob suit , Sorry, forgot, your the fashion icon LOL
    By the by, did Sand Bar reopen ? Trust the Veralls are doing well.

    1. New collar! Not a fashion icon now (not that I ever was). As you are aware, shorts and a polo shirt is about it.

      As to the old Sandbar, it is open as Island Time Beach Bar. Doubt that its doing brilliantly at the moment because numbers are down.

  8. woof4treats says:

    Oh my! Ziggy! You are quite the Party Dawg! Miss you.

    1. San Pedro ain’t seen nothing yet. You wait until I move there! I should know all of the good bars by the time you arrive next May Kathy!

    1. I’ll pass on your appreciation to the mutt Ziggy Richard. Nothing to do with me!

  9. robert Vernon says:

    John, When does Ziggy get his relocation papers ? You need a 4 legged friend to keep you in check !!!

    1. He joins civvy street next Saturday Robert.

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