A new life in Belize

Dark Clouds

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There have been some dark clouds recently over Rock Lodge, our friends constantly reminding us that this would pass, and over time things will improve. Well last week the last dark cloud moved away and we now see this wonderful place we live in… basking in wall to wall sunshine again. It’s surprising how a change, just one detail in your life and everything becomes simple once again. We were sat quietly in the roof top lounge H reading and me hammock testing, and five Toucans glided silently on to our ripe banana trees, left hopefully to attract the Toucans we saw last year at this time. Two adult Aricari Toucans and three chicks, the adults not eating but at vantage points looking over their young.  A lovely sight to see. The week before we saw a lone  Keel Billed Toucan a very rare sight in these parts down on H Cove.

Aracari toucans gorging on ripe bananas just outside our window

Aracari toucans gorging on ripe bananas just outside our window

 

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After pouring the roof for our friend Rodi, we went to go back and take down all the framing and bush sticks used to hold the roof up whilst it set. There are no acro props here but simple bush sticks around five inches in diameter that serve as props between the roof and the ceiling.  Twenty such props were used on Rodi’s small roof pour. She had the idea of putting a final skim of concrete on the roof so we could place our hand prints in the concrete and sign our names, which we all did. The end goal is to build a simple palapa on top to make a lovely breakfast and daytime reading room connected to her elevated jungle house just like in the Tarzan films …  more updates to follow . So here it is as it stands a tree top lounging area, the photo was late afternoon Pimms  overlooking the lagoon, she sure knows how to Rock It  🙂

kicking back Belize Style

kicking back Belize Style

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Wood Nymph and Man Mountain had been bleating on a about a present they had for us, but they were still building it. Firstly I hate presents, normally always a waste of money and effort, largely because I think that humans are so bad at guessing what people really want. My first thoughts being, I really don’t need anything! So now I’m going to be stuck with something I don’t want. The whole point of moving here was to rid our lives of all the unnecessary crap that we all accumulate over a lifetime.Well that fateful day arrived when they turned up with gifts. Yes it went to plural…. even more unnerving. We stood there, eyes closed and arms out stretched to have lumps of wood thrust into our hands. THE BIG REVEAL and we opened our eyes to find two mahogany carved and routed personalised darts score boards. My jaw dropped, I was speechless they were just what we wanted!! In fact  …we didn’t know we needed them until they appeared. This inspired me to smarten up our dart board holder, and now we really do have a swish games area.

 

Nymph and Mountain with our new score boards, they even put my old nick name on  £   for those in the know

Nymph and Mountain with our new score boards, they even put my old nick name on £ for those in the know

 

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We got invited for two thanksgiving meals an American tradition to commemorate the Indians giving food to the starving Pilgrim Fathers.  If only they had killed these English do gooders the world would have been such a different place today! Anyway we had a conundrum, and opted for our neighbours instead of Nymph and Mountain …. a very hard choice to make. We did however send the Pecan Pie we had already ordered for Nymph’s meal.  As gesture to say that we would be there in spirit, they saved us a slice. It was really yummy, made by Morgans Spiced Foods in Corozal Town. The meal at the neighbours was great, their grandchildren magically appeared with her daughter and we sat around and shot the breeze until a lovely turkey dinner was served, the highlight being the stuffed mushrooms and the homemade stuffing, finished off with either pumpkin pie or blueberry pie, absolutely delicious.

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Leaving the western world behind, a place of choice and plenty and coming to live a simple life in a relaxed country, free of bureaucratic control has turned out even better than we could ever had imagined. So many expats down here try to build a little enclave of their distant homelands, possibly to give them comfort and quell their fears of this frontier like life style they live. A friend told me of how there are certain groups ,the concrete suv drivers that generally don’t mix with the people who live in wooden houses. We are lucky, in our group of friends it makes no matter how much money or worldly things you possess or don’t. Simply sitting around a beach bonfire having a tipple, laughing and eating hot dogs on a stick, is truly, in our eyes what living life is all about. The photo below was taken at a best friends, wedding in Italy and I thought at the time, life doesn’t really get any better than this. As I type this blog in my hammock, watching the sun rise over the Caribbean .I realise I feel, like I did, that night, every day we spend here.

A parallel universe..somewhere!!!

A parallel universe..somewhere!!!

 

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2 responses

  1. Looks like pste and copy from word doesn’t work to good ,we have lost our internet connection so i tried to do most of it off line …you live and you learn ..bear with me .i’ll correct it for next time 🙂

    December 6, 2013 at 3:01 pm

  2. Jill

    will those bananas last until we get there? 🙂

    December 6, 2013 at 10:58 pm

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