No Woman,No Cry” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

My ‘me time’ out on the veranda (you know which one) with the mug of black coffee just didn’t feel the same this morning even though my routine was the same as most mornings.

I was out there early – shortly after 05.00 hours- I had my iPad and Ziggy for company but it just felt different. A feeling of loneliness. The stark realisation that Rose had left us for a month finally truly hit me (and I think Ziggy too looking at his mournful eyes).

Rose and I have never really spent that much time apart in the thirty-five years we’ve lived together. I used to have the occasional business trip that might take me away for a few days, maybe even a week. And in 1995 I did spend eight weeks on an assignment in Dublin but Rose we weren’t apart all that time because Rose used to fly over every weekend. So I don’t suppose I should be surprised that it feels strange.

I became acutely aware of the sense of losing my Tweedle Dee ((obviously I’m Tweedle Dum(b?)) when we got ready to take Rose to catch her Tropic Air flight to Philip as.W. Goldson International Airport and I put her suitcases on the golf cart.


And I looked up and see that Ziggy knew something was up.


And then it was time to say goodbye.





When Rose got to the international airport she had a surprise waiting for her. A personal escort to the check-in desk. And a uniformed escort at that!


I wanted to make sure she got on that plane. Maybe I’m not so Tweedle Dum(b) after all!

Alone on the way home I stopped off to see the grill masters getting ready for the noon BBQ Cook Off at Estel’s Dine By the Sea. A cook off in aid of the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation.






I was tempted to grab a seat early but I just knew that I had a disconsolate Ziggy at home so that’s where I went . I was disconsolate too but for me it was a case of no woman, no cry.

I returned to Estel’s around two hours later when I found the event in full swing.





Ribs on the ‘go’.




Guests enjoying themselves whilst waiting for the ribs.


Eve Dirnback, one of the ‘Foundation’s organisers, taking time out for a photo session.

And then there was no time for photos. My food had arrived.


Now I approaching my tasting in a careful way. One bite from each and a score. Then I finished them off from left to right. And then time to make my vote for the People’s Choice.


I got the winner right and with Yellow I picked the eventual third place. But I didn’t choose Charles’ Green. Maybe I just eat at Estel’s too much!

If you want to support the Sunshine Scholarship Foundation then there’s an opportunity on 28 February when there’s another fundraising event. This time at Corona del Mar. If you do you can bid for some jewellery that Rose made for the auction.

The headline for today’s is based on the single released in 1974 by Bob Marley & the Wailers which reached number twenty-two on the UK Singles Chart (when re released in 1981 it reached number eight).


  1. Nina says:

    Hello John and company. I hope I am not intruding on you. I love your blog and have enjoyed reading it for some time. I am considering relocation from the US to Belize. Have read as much as I could on different blogs and this one is my favorite by tone and content and comments. I was hoping that somebody wouldn’t mind giving be some advice and insight. I fully understand that you may be tired of people asking for advice and, please forgive me if my post is out of line.
    I am 54 year old woman considering early(lol) retirement. I love tennis, golf and gardening. Any help would be appreciated. Meanwhile, i hope John will survive the separation and the love will become even stronger by the rime Rose is back. Happy Valentine to all!

    1. No intrusion at all Nina. I am more than happy to try to provide answers to any questions you may have. Feel free to pits them here (that way an answer I provide may be of help to someone else) or email me with them :

  2. Susan Watts says:

    John, my husband travels all the time, so I know what you are feeling. Best advice is to stay busy, and be thankful you don’t have feet of snow, wind chills that dip to -20 (yes that is minus 20) and a mile long drive way to shovel! (mine is only 1/10th of a mile thank God) Give Ziggy extra hugs too!

    1. I’m keeping busy Susan. Whilst Rose is away I have everything to do!! As to Ziggy, he’s not at all shy in letting me know when he wants some attention.

  3. lepiane says:

    Frank from San Diego here… I’ll be in on the 17th and I’m wondering if I’m walking into a Fat Tuesday San Pedro style. If all flights are on time I should make it from Tropic Air to the hotel in one piece. Anyhow, I hope we cross paths… On this, my 3rd trip, I’d love some feedback from expats on island life full time.

    1. Hi Frank. I’m sure that your travel arrangements will work just fine. You can nearly always find me at Estel’s at breakfast time (for me anytime between 7.15-8.15.

  4. woof4treats says:

    Hope Rose enjoys her time in England and gets to enjoy a “proper” cup of tea and sweets.

    1. She’s having a great time Kathy. Not for the tea though – she has loads of English tea here on Ambergris Caye. Think she’s currently enjoying eating British sausages again!

  5. kristina nadreau says:

    the ribs look divine. You and Ziggy will be very happy to see Rose when she returns. Bon Chance’

    1. They tasted better than they looked! We miss Rose but we’ll get by until she returns. It will be a struggle but …

  6. Tom wagner says:

    You and Ziggy need to suck it up! Where is Harry the Hornet when you need him?

    1. We’ll get by Tom. Harry would normally be there for me but unfortunately his Mum is in hospital at the moment and , quite rightly, his focus is on her.

      1. Harry the Hornet says:

        My thoughts and sympathies are with Ziggy.

      2. Why didn’t I expect anything different from you Harry? Oh, I know, I know you too well!

  7. Jane says:

    While I’m sure Ziggy doesn’t quite measure up to Rose’s company, I’m pretty sure you boys will have a fine time together. And wih today’s communication, you can FaceTime every day and not miss a thing. Have fun!

    1. We are already having a good time Jane. FaceTime confuses Ziggy though. He can hear Rose but not see her!

  8. Jim Montgomery says:

    Hi John, I feel like I know you from reading your blog since I discovered it while you were building your house. We have been coming to SP for the last 5 years and have seen the house go up. ( We stay at Reef Village) I am sure the next month will go by fast, Best Wishes.

    1. You probably know me better than I know myself Jim! Do say Hi if you see me when you are next on Ambergris Caye. I would love to meet you. You probably tell me stuff about myself!

  9. Erik Jensen says:

    Somehow, I think you’re going to make out just fine. 🙂
    Have a good trip Rose.


    1. I’ll do my best to struggle through it Erik.

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