Twenty and Two
Every thing about our time in Belize…….. click this link and listen whilst you read http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0vgxnTX2QiU
We just had our twentieth wedding anniversary and flew over to Caye Caulker for 3 days of fun in the sun. Mid week out of season is just how we like it and many buckets of beer were consumed sat in the blue waters of the lazy lizard bar at the split. The weather was perfect and we lazed around in the day and partied at night . Most notably we had a meal at Habanero’s on our wedding anniversary washed down by a nice bottle of red wine. We ended up in the rankest place on the island but danced the night away ,with our bellies full of grog …. and paid for it the next day 🙂
We went back to stay at Popeyes Beach Resort and had a lovely sea view on the second floor and I watched the sunrise over the sea in the morning , Christina and Ron looked after us ,our stay could not have been any better.
We arrived in Belize 2 years ago last week and the time has flown by ,we are well and truly relaxed doing what we want when we want . I am making some progress with the guitar ..i now have the start to Dueling Banjo’s down to a tee . H is expanding her cooking skills she can now do scrambled eggs and Toast at the same time 🙂 .The weather is a glorious 82 degree’s all year round with a lovely sea breeze perfect for hours in the hammock.
We have had locusts arrive in the area on a migration ,not a biblical plague of such but they can be seen flying sluggishly in the early morning and at dusk. They have mostly orange wings and some purple or pink. They flash there wings in a courtship display whilst emitting and loud cricket like sound .quite spectacular. Sometimes when the conditions are right they migrate across the Atlantic ocean from Africa to the Caribbean . This fellow was cigar sized and posed happily for the photo.
H returned from her trip to the Uk with a dart board and our Didgeridoo ,we had a wooden top made for the pool table in H’s roof top lounge which now doubles as large dining table .I had it made so it would split into two and is connected by dowel joints, an idea i robbed from our friends the Sibbo’s in the UK. We use one half of the wooden table top and hang it on the hammock chains and it forms a great place to hang the dartboard from ,which stops stray darts going through the screens . We have been practicing feverishly to crush all comers who dare challenge us 🙂 ….The Bertlams can be seen to be truly thrashed into defeat as i play a victory tune on my Didgeridoo!
Our friend Buffalo Bill was 65 last week so i offered to take him on a fishing adventure through Ranchito Lagoon and into the New River , it was a good 6 mile round trip and we were rewarded with 2 large Jack Crevalle caught on a new shiny gold lure with a treble hook on the back , we had one more take that got off the hook and we paddled back with the wind in our faces back through the lagoon , as we’d been sat down for 6 hours Bill was quite stiff as he stepped off the kayak when we returned back to shore , the boat started to move back and he was unceremoniously baptized in the warm waters of the lagoon , luckily no injuries sustained… he drove back to rock lodge where h rustled up some rice and sauteed vegetables and the jack was filleted and lightly fried and finished off with a lime butter sauce , absolutely delicious about 5 pounds of meat from one fish , the dogs had to finish it off and bill took the fish carcass home for his house sit cats. A couple of days later i returned with Nod my next door neighbour ,this time taking an easier route to “The spot” a mere ten minute paddle on a lazy river ….when we got there i saw the Silver King rise…my nemesis the elusive Tarpon! I cast my waiting golden lure 80 feet right in front of him ,he readily took it and dove deep ..the line went slack and he erupted out of the water doing a cartwheel high in the air and dove again …. he lurched out again spinning and shaking his head and spat my lure out in defiance and was gone …. next time King i’ll have your crown ….. I’d waited 20 years for that fight and was happy to see him on his way ,he was a good 4 foot long and known in these parts to grow over 6 feet.