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Thursday, January 29, 2009

A Little Bird Colour

So first of all I took all these pictures and uploaded them, now I have to try and name them. I will do my best, but if I make a mistake, comments are welcome and I can always edit.

This first one could be a Blue-Grey Tanager, but I think he looks just a little bit too blue and not enough grey.

This one I know for a fact is a Blue-Grey Tanager.

This bird could be either a Hepatic Tanager or a Summer Tanager, anyone know?

I think this might be a Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher, but not positive. Anyone out there know for sure?

We know this is a Golden-Fronted Woodpecker.

A Yellow-Winged Tanager

I don't know what this one is, he is cute and yellow, but I can't seem to pin him down in my bird book.

Here we have two Yellow-Winged Tanagers eating while the woodpecker sits on the branch, patiently waiting.

Here we see a Yellow-Winged Tanager and a Black-Cowled Oriole sharing a meal of fresh fruit.

A Yellow-Winged Tanager all by himself.

And of course, the Golden-Fronted Woodpecker.

Elvis Has Entered the Building

We just got back from our cycle into Seine Bight and guess what? Elvis has finally opened the new grocery store. There is quite a selection of drygoods, including shower curtains and towels along side the grocery items. There seems to be a decent supply of alcoholic beverages, some chilled in the coolers, although there will still be a need to head into the village as there is no 'Tutti Fruitti' to be seen.

Now if we could just get a post office in Seine Bight.......

Sorry no pictures as the camera doesn't do well on this road in a bicycle basket.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Maya Beach Sunrise

I know I have never seen the same sunrise twice. Whether they are stormy or sunny, they are all incredible. Each one is different and unique and I wanted to share some of them with the world that watches our blog. Enjoy and feel free to comment.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009


Here it is, a new year.

This time last year we were weathering the brutal cold of an Edmonton winter. January was especially cold and only reinforced our decision to retire and move to Belize.

February we sold, gave away, or threw out almost everything we owned. We downsized to what a small SUV could hold and headed to Victoria where we put most of it into storage.

March we headed to Belize. We arrived on Caye Caulker and found short term places to live while waiting for our long term rental.

April was Bob's birthday and we went to the Belize Zoo for the first time.

May we moved into the Sand Castle.

June we held onto each other as Tropical Storm Arthur cruised over the caye and nearly drowned us. We took a quick trip to Victoria, then when we came back we headed to Hopkins for a visit. We met some great people and had a wonderful time.

July was a lazy month as we just hung around home, doing some swimming and tanning as we could.

August we went to Maya Beach and Placencia to check out the area. We found we liked it a lot.

September we said goodbye to our friends on Caye Caulker and moved to the Diving Pelican in Maya Beach. We made some new friends and learned to kayak and went snorkelling at False Caye (a twenty minute paddle from our beach). At the end of the month we went to Corozal to pick up our friend Tracy who came to visit us from Edmonton Alberta.

October our visit with Tracy continued and we went to Punta Gorda for the first time and Nim Li Punit as well. We snorkelled at the reef during our visit to Caye Caulker and returned again to Lamanai.

November had the next visitor, Joyce, who also is from Edmonton. We picked Joyce up in Corozal and brought her back to Maya Beach for much needed rest and relaxation.

December had us heading back to Caye Caulker for some snorkelling at the reef and birthday dinner at Habeneros. We also made it to Caves Branch (Hummingbird Highway) for some cave tubing. At the end of the month, Bob's daughter, Tamara came to visit.

January we continued our visit with Tamara and went to San Ignacio where we went to Xunantunich. We also went to Jaguar Paw for some more cave tubing, this time more tubing than caving. Back to Caye Caulker for a sunset sail and of course, snorkelling at the reef.

Wonder what next year holds for us.