We held a thank you BBQ for the 5 guys and 1 Gringo who built our house. As the people who worked with me will know, sometimes I’m not the easiest person to get on with and there were a couple of times the guys had worked hard all morning for me to come along and say ..i don’t really like that ..lets do something else. I must be the only person in Belize who never fell out with his builder and actually talk to them after the completion of the house . Well to say thank you we bought 2 crates of the finest local beer (there is ONLY Belikin ) 5 whole chickens and H produced one of her famous upside down pineapple cakes …Famous because she always says she will bake one and then trots off to the cake store and buys one 🙂 We shot pool all afternoon and when the fridge was empty the guys left ..It was a fantastic day and one of the guys said he never played pool ..well we all got HUSTLED!! good job we did not play for money 🙂
Sometime ago I was out kayaking and found a piece of driftwood that had been battered by the sea for at least a couple hundred years and wanted to do something with it. It was quite a large piece …too heavy for me to carry, so Romy and Jian said they’d help me. We went round to Eco lady’s house and borrowed her chainsaw and kayaked round, cut the log and floated it back to the truck. Even though we cut it, it took all 3 of us to lift it into the truck , weighing +400lb it was a beast! The Crazy gringo saw the smaller piece we’d cut off and said he might be able to turn it into a pool table light for us . On the day of the BBQ they arrived early and we were banished into the house whilst they carried something upstairs hidden under a tarp. After an hour of drilling banging and hollering , they shouted us upstairs and BEHOLD the most magnificent pool table light imaginable …..i call it “The Meteorite” it weighs about 90lb and is hung from two thick steel chains . The guys presented it as our moving in gift, it took them 4 days of hard graft to make it and is truly spectacular.
Instead of going to church at Easter i took an early morning invite from my neighbour 1/2 mile away to go sailing to Sarteneja. The same fishing village that Keith & Kelly had mistaken for Corozal (got off the water taxi too early….doh!) it’s either 40 miles by car or 20 miles by sea ONE WAY, so we set off in the Hobie Cat and had to sail into the wind tacking as we went. It was a glorious day, light variable winds and 4 1/2 hours later we arrived , it sounds a long time but it was a lovely to sail in the pristine waters of Belize ..I packed my leatherman knife with fire striker JUST IN CASE 🙂 . The winds were very tricky as we approached Sarteneja and we headed for the loud thump of drums supplied by 6 foot high speakers that we heard over 5 miles away..Good old Bob Marley ..YEAH MAN! ..well we saw there was a race under way and thought they were racing around two points so we cut cut behind the lead boat expecting him to go away from us ..Nope he stayed parallel with us and turns out we were in the middle of the race!! but far enough away as not to “Steal” anyones wind and Belize being the polite country it is , we never got the bawl of ” WANKERS” we most certainly would have gotten back in Blighty 🙂 . We ate rice and beans sank a Belikin and watched the next race . The boats are fishing vessels , BUT with extra long pimped masts and large sails. We watched the race and made our departure with a favourable wind completing the 20miles back in an hour and 30 mins ….. 1/4 of a mile from home a risky “JIBE” and over she went ..not another rescue at sea i thought! Well alls well that ends well, we managed to flip her back and sailed safely home . All praise to the captain who was a very sprightly 70 years old and managed to get on top of the up turned boat before me.