“Higher Ground” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Sitting out on the veranda, the western, lagoon facing, one on Sunday morning shortly after 04.00 hours with the prerequisite mug of black, unsweetened, instant coffee and my iPad reading the Sunday Times online I relived Arsenal’s superb performance the previous day when trouncing Aston Villa to retain the FA Cup.

The day had been a good one. No, a tremendous one (if I were from the USA I might be tempted to say it was an awesome one. But I’m not, so I won’t.). A morning spent with the one I love -Arsenal – only kidding, I mean Rose of course. And some good friends.

On the day I left home at around 08.20 hours to pick up some groceries that we needed for our pre-match breakfast. Eggs, bread, milk and orange juice if you must know and then went straight to Maya Island Air to pick up our friend Geordie who is one of the six strong BATSUB team based at Price Barracks, Ladyville.


The Geordie has landed!

We drove straight home and then around 09.30 hours Peter Lawrence (aka Pedro of Pedro’s Hotel)arrived and Rose , with culinary direction from me (who do I think I’m kidding), rustled up breakfast. What did we have you’re thinking. Well, we had:
scrabbled eggs
sausages (Cumberland style)
beans (Heinz of course)
orange juice

Now I know that I should have taken a photo or two but there was no time to waste waffling around with the camera. We had an important game of football (the real type I mean) to watch. So you’ll just have to trust me that it looked as good as it tasted.

We then settled down to watch the game which Arsenal won at a canter


and we retired to the veranda (yes, the western, lagoon facing, one) to celebrate.



“Don’t you just hate it when the bottle is empty”.

With the champagne finished Peter left us – our company obviously was not scintillating enough for him – so we cleared up and went to Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill where we continued to celebrate. With Belikin this time though!

Anyway, enough of Arsenal’s FA Cup victory (did I really just write that) because I’m going to bring you up-to-date on our garden clean-up.

In the last edition I included a few photos showing what an overgrown mess of weeds our garden has become. I’d tried manfully to keep the weeds under control (OK maybe not manfully enough) and had failed miserably. Only one thing to do. Call in Lloyd, our ‘go to’ man!

We ran through with Lloyd what we wanted to be done and last Tuesday shortly after 07.00 hours he turned up with Gonzalo. Introductions were made, Lloyd departed and Gonzalo set about the task in hand wielding his machete like a man possessed.

The piles of weeds grew and grew


and clear earth could be seen again!

And then Gonzalo – with Lloyd’s son Anthony manning the wheelbarrow – started work on the southern corner of the front garden.


With the pile of weeds in the back garden getting higher and wider


and all the while the front looking cleaner and cleaner.






There’s lots more to do. Some beds to create, a mini rock wall in front of the front fence and a lot of black dirt to be spread so that we end up with some higher ground (this could go down as my worst ever song title link) that we can grow trees and plants in.

I’ll of course share this project with you (if only I could share the cost as well!).

Before I bring this edition to a close I’m including a plug for a fundraiser being held this coming Sunday. If you’re in San Pedro it’s an event not to be missed.


The headline for this edition is based on (I know that you know but …) the single released by Stevie Wonder in 1973 which reached number twenty-nine on the UK Singles Charts and number four on the US Billboard Hot 100.


  1. Fred says:

    The house looks good from your pics John, It really looks great from the water taxi. By the way John, I have not read any comments form Harry, hope he doing well


    1. Thank you Fred. We are very happy with the way house turned out. Harry is OK. He’s off travelling again.

  2. John, we’re going to miss the fundraiser, but will be down on the island June 11, spending two weeks for Lobsterfest. Just a thought…I’m known for my creative and World Famous (a “legend in my own mind” only) omelets. Latest creation is an omelet filled with ceviche plus other “goodies” topped with a little Marie Sharp’s Green Habanero sauce. I’d love to make one of them for you & Rose while we’re here. Let me know if the offer makes you salivate.

    1. Hi Rob. Sorry for the delay in responding – had to wait for Rose to stop drooling. We’d love to accept your generous offer of omelet à la Rob. See you very soon.

      1. Rob Chodowski says:

        I forgot to mention, in case you were wondering…I don’t do windows or weed. Anything else is “on the table”.

  3. kristina nadreau says:

    good job…………….

    1. Thank you Kristina. Lots more to be done though.

Leave a Comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s