Since the last edition I’ve reverted to getting up early (anytime between 04.00 to 05.00 hours), made the mug of instant, sugar and milk free, coffee and taken it along with my trusty iPad (the Air version if you must know) out on to the veranda. The one on the first floor facing west ( the lagoon) if you are at all interested. If you’re not then you’ve probably packed up reading by now … For those of you still with me I’ll continue. Well, I’ve started now …
The weather has changed quite a lot since I first put pen to paper (or should I say “finger to iPad). The temperature has dropped to the extent that I have been ‘forced’ to open the drawer with the sweaters in. Worse than that though – I’ve actually been putting them on!
And it’s rained, oh how it’s rained. The water tank under the house has constantly been in overflow mode and the front garden is starting to resemble a quagmire again. Little doubt that when the rainy season eventually ends we’re in for some more landfill (are you reading this Lloyd?).
It’s been a week of primarily doing stuff at home. I’ve done a fair bit of reading and I’ve started the annual renewal process for my Qualified Retirement Program status. Rose and I have also spent a little time getting the ground floor apartment ready for our friend Dave to use this coming weekend.
We made friends with Dave when we lived in the UK. Dave is serving in the British Army and at the time had a posting at the Ministry of Defence. He was someone that we spent a lot of time talking to about our decision to move to Belize. It was ironic though that he got here before us. He got a one year posting and arrived here in April 2012. Nearly two months before we did.
We enjoyed spending time with him during his tenure and didn’t expect to see him out here again unless he came to visit on holiday. All that changed around two months ago when we got an email from him advising that he’d been posted here again. This time for six months.
It’s not been time spent totally at home though. Oh no. I’ve braved the elements – sweat top and poncho (yes I’m still using it Larry ) – for my weekly meeting at Pelican Properties Limited/Belize Real Estate Limited and, of course, a visit or three to Estel’s Dine By the Sea for breakfast. Well someone had to go there!
I’ve also spent a little time snooping and generally looking around and about. So what did I find out/see you’re wondering.
Well the Three Kingdom Bar has had a face lift (and maybe a change of focus). This was a bar for lonely men looking for company (you’ll of course appreciate and understand that I’ve never frequented it – honestly) and now
it’s the a Blue Hole Club with karaoke. Who would gave thought!
Now the next change I noticed is nearer to home. The little grocery store on the eastern side of the road just before the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge (southern side) has been razed to the ground.
Hoarding where the grocery store once stood.
And it’s rumoured that in its place there’s going to be a sixteen room beachfront hotel.
Building underway – right next door to DJ’s.
Now the other rumour I’ve heard is that the Palapa Bar might be changing hands very soon.
And the final rumour I’ve heard is that the budget for the road north of the Sir Barry Bowen Bridge has been exhausted. Don’t know if this is true or not but one thing is for sure and that’s that no work on it has taken place this week.
Time will tell if these are scoops or poops!
The headline for today’s edition is based on the album released in 1977 by Fleetwood Mac which reached number one on both the US Billboard Hot 200 and the UK Albums Chart.