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Thursday, May 28, 2009

It's Another Season

Let's see.... we have Conch Season (which closes on July 1st),

Conch ceviche and fritters are the best.

Then we have Hurricane Season which officially opens June 1st,

We have our first Tropical Depression 1 today.

Then there is Hicatee Turtle Season,

Cute little guys aren't they? That armour can weigh up to fifty pounds.

We have Wet Season and Rainy Season,

What is the difference between Wet and Rainy Season? I took this picture of the rain on September 8, 2008 at Maya Beach.

We have Dry Season

They should call it 'Dusty Season'.

Lobster Season, (opens June 15th, we have all been waiting for that),

Caye Caulker Lobsterfest 2008

Tourist Season,

that speaks for itself....

and now we have to add Earthquake Season...

Map compliments of Al Jazeera News.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

The Continuing Saga

Well yesterday we sat on the deck and watched two female iguanas play with the gnatcatchers. The gnatcatchers have a nest in one of the trees in the yard and the iguanas just feel they have to keep trying to get to it. The gnatcatcher won another round, but they separated to keep him moving. One went up the front door screen and the other one came up the back steps. When the one got to the top of the steps, the other one came back down and headed back towards the gnatcatcher.

This one came right up the steps while I was standing there and ran past me to run up into the roof.

This one is the lookout over the front door.

After last Sunday's party we decided to go 'on the wagon' for a bit, as we were hurting the next day. Well, yesterday we walked into the village to take some pictures of the new road in Seine Bight. Cree's was open and will be more often now as the 'dust' is gone or so says Franz. So we thought we would have one and see how we felt. One rum and coke,,,, mmmmm good. Two rum and coke, was there coke in that one? Okay, that's enough, let's head home. Just a second, we didn't take any pictures. I know, let's get a picture of this guy screaming down the road making dust.

Sure will be glad when the road is done and we aren't breathing in all this dust crap!!!

The tarring of the road ends at the for sale sign north of Bahia Laguna.

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another Road Update

This morning we rode to Seine Bight again, and David and Merna are back. They arrived just behind us with a fresh load of fruit and vegetables. He has no meat or fish that we could see (the big freezer is empty).

The road has been tarred up to the entrance of Nautical Inn and as we rode past they were preparing to continue on, it looks like up to the 'sold lot' just past Bahia Laguna. The 'tar' truck was all fired up and ready to spread that tar. Looks like the push is on to complete the road as far as they can before the rainy season stops it.

We came home to some excitement. Iggy (the iguana that lives in our roof) was visiting his lady friend on the beach and decided to cross the yard. There was a Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher that really didn't want Iggy crossing into his territory. The fight ensued. The Gnatcatcher won as Iggy crossed to the bush and then turned tail and ran. Iggy's lady friend (Iggette?) came sauntering past after all the excitement was over.

Meet the Blue-Grey Gnatcatcher.

Gnatcatcher chasing Iggy.

Coming in for a dive bomb. Look at Iggy run!

Iggy makes the shelter of the bush.

Iggy heads back to the beach with Gnatcatcher in pursuit.

And stay away Iggy!!


Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Road Update

Yesterday afternoon we rode our bikes into Seine Bight to find that David's was closed yet again. What is up with that? It seems that since he opened up his new store in Placencia Village, either his store in Seine Bight is closed or is empty.

During our ride we found that the road has been tarred (can't really call it pavement) a little more than halfway between David's and Cree's place, closer to Cree's. Looks like it will get to our place in another two weeks, only because this upcoming weekend is a holiday.

The road between our place and the end of the tarring is mostly hard pack and really nice to ride on. Those with vehicles will think they suddenly obtained new shocks.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Seine Bight Gets A Road

Yesterday afternoon, we rode the bikes into Seine Bight to check out the paving... and they were!! Paving that is. They have now paved the section from the ballpark to Elvis' old store (locals here know it as the 7-11). There was lots of action all around the paving, even some in the paving. The workers were trying to smooth the gravel? over the fresh laid tar and people were walking through it, driving through it and yes, we even rode our bikes through it. The guy said, "Come through."

Looking north from Elvis' new place to his old place across the street. The cone at the far end indicates the end of the paving.

Looking south from Elvis' new place, you can see where the old (last weeks) paving ends and the new begins.

Cool roller they were using.

I think I want one.

This guy was walking around looking for patches of tar, when he found one, he covered it up with a bit a gravel.

Well, all this was thirsty work, so we headed towards Sam's Place, a little bar on the beach. You wouldn't know it was much of anything from the outside, just looks like some blocks of concrete but inside, it is a bar.

Pool table.

With these speakers, you can tell this place must rock at night!

My view out the window.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Update On The Beach Bums

Well, what can I say? It is May 15th.... Adriane's Birthday, she never told me about it, I had to find out from Barnacle's Blog.

It is exactly one month today that LOBSTER season re-opens. Man, I bet a lot of people besides us are counting down the days. Once LOBSTER season opens, then we can look forward to LOBSTER FEST!!!!!

This should hold us.

Yesterday I received a parcel in the mail. My brother Ken sent me this way cool web cam and get ready, because now I can do movies, real movies....

Here is Ken!!
(This picture was taken when he came to visit us in Edmonton, hence the winter jacket.)

Here is the web cam. It can either be attached to the centre of my laptop lid or there is also a stand it can sit on. Pretty cool!! Thanks Ken, you are the bestest brother.

The other day, more road equipment came in and it looks like they are getting ready to pave. We now have a grader, a roller and what looks like a tar truck parking across the road at night.

The road looks ready to pave.

Yesterday, we rode our bikes into Seine Bight to check out the road. It is paved up to the ball park on the south end and it looks like the paving of the actual village will begin any day now. I have just sent CB (Canadian Bob) into the village again to check it out. That update will be on tomorrow's posting.

The storms we were having seem to have passed and the sun is back. Time to get back to work on those tans.

Sunday, May 10, 2009

It's Official - The Deck Is Open

Yes, it is indeed official. Yoli's deck is open.

Yesterday was the annual appearance of the Lost Reefers at Yoli's. The three C's were evident.

For those who don't know what the three C's are, or the CCC's they are celebrating, carousing and of course cavorting. Now just to cover my own butt, I looked them up in the Merriam-Webster.

Celebrating - to perform (a sacrament or solemn ceremony) publicly and with appropriate rites.

Preparation of the public ceremony.

The ceremony itself.

Carousing - to drink liquor freely or excessively.

One of many carousing.

Cavorting - to leap or dance about in a lively manner


Looks like this picture covers carousing and cavorting.

After all was said and done, everyone had a great time as the following pictures show.

Everyone had a great time, we can't wait until the next party.

Saturday, May 9, 2009

And The Wheels On The Bus Go Thump, Thump, Thump!!!

Yesterday was our monthly trip to Dangriga to update our passports. This time we talked our friend Pam into hopping on the bus and coming with us. We are always telling her, "Pam, you just gotta come with us, you never know who and what you are going to see on the bus. It is an adventure!!!!" She broke down and agreed. The arrangements were made. We girls had appointments for much deserved (and needed) pedicures. We decided it would be easiest if we phoned her when we got on the bus and she could go out and wait for us to pick her up. No problem.....

At this point I should probably give a little history on bus service on the Peninsula. Right now, we have three bus lines.

There is the Ritchie bus line that leaves Placencia (according to their new schedule) at 5:45 a.m., 7:00 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Leaving Dangriga for the return trips at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. In reality the bus is at the appointed line stop at 5:45 and leaves sometime around 6:00 give or take a few minutes. I will say that the bus leaves Dangriga at the appropriate times but depending on how many stops to pick up and drop off the rest of the day leaving Placencia is pretty much get there and turn around. Ritchie bus line also runs the Placencia shuttle that goes back and forth between the village and the turn around past Plantation. Then there is Martinez bus line. We haven't seen the buses running for awhile now and the only exception is that there appears to be one of them broken down and was parked across the street from David Perez's produce stand in Seine Bight. There are also some short buses running here and there for the road crews and workers. Enough of the history lesson, I am sure you see where I am going with this.

Friday morning arrives, we are up early, showered and on the road at the appropriate time. The first bus goes by empty but doesn't stop. The next bus comes by and although the sign "Dangriga" is in the window, it also keeps going. The third bus comes down the road and in the window there is a sign "CHARTER". What the heck is going on here? The fourth bus comes along and I phone Pam, "we are getting on the bus. Wait a minute, it kept going, nevermind I'll call you back." This bus kept going, sign in the window said "CHARTER". A woman leaned out the door and indicated that another bus was following. There was another bus following and it stopped so we jumped on before any minds were changed. Of course it was packed full. I phoned Pam to let her know we were on the bus, but I couldn't hear so I just waited a moment, then yelled into the phone "I can't hear you but we are on the bus, it is a dark blue one!" and hung up.

So here we are on the bus, a nice woman getting off at the Green Parrot held her seat for me so I could sit down. Bob was somewhere at the back of the bus. It takes awhile for the bus in the morning as it picks up and drops off people going to work along the peninsula. Evenutally we got to Pam's place and we were on our way. Pam worked her way down to me (about half way down the bus) and stood beside me (I did offer my seat, she declined).

We were talking away as only two friends that saw each other the day before can. Yak, yak, yak. All of a sudden the young man standing just in front of Pam started having a seizure. I give everyone kudos. The relatives took control and helped the young man into a more comfortable position, no one panicked, and the bus driver kept a watchful eye on the whole proceeding in his rearview mirror. The bus never even slowed down. Welcome to Belize buses, this was Pam's first time on a Belize bus. All this before we even reached the Southern Highway. We eventually got seats together at the back of the bus and finished the trip off in conversation.

Pam's first bus ride.

We arrived in Dangriga a little later than usual but not too bad. Pam had some errands to do and Bob and I had our Immigration stuff to do so we decided that Pam and I would meet up at Gerry's (Tangles) place to do the 'girlie stuff' as soon as we were ready. I was there for 9:00 a.m. I don't know about anyone else, but there is nothing so relaxing for me as someone pampering me. Pedicure, foot massage, beauty treatment..... I just melt.

Finished product.

Bob decided he would gather up some of our shopping and take the 11:00 bus home leaving the girls to put the 'dang' into Dangriga. After getting "beeuteaful" (now is that a Criole word, or did I just make it up?) we went for lunch.... bbq chicken and bbq pork done on the grill sitting on the sidewalk outside the restaurant.... mmmm it was good. That said, we wandered around town and hit the mall. The mall being the outdoor collection of tents and shacks (fresh air market) down where the river and the beach meet and where you can buy almost anything you are looking for in Belize with the exception of some large appliances. On our way to the mall, we came across some geese, yes geese!

A gaggle of geese.

They were fenced in a yard with a couple of guard dogs. One inside and one outside the fence. We moved on when the one outside came to check us out. He was friendly enough, but I have had my share of Belizean dog bites so I wasn't taking any chances.

After shopping I just had to introduce Pam to Bibi's, where you can have a drink (One Barrel Rum or beer), you can have a coke, sometimes with ice, sometimes not, you can just watch the dominoes players or you can just sit and rest.


Pam at Bibi's.

Bibi's place is very laid back.... drinks, dominoes, big screen television, music, sometimes there is punta dancing and almost always, there are chickens.

There had to be a total of seven or eight chickens and one rooster. The chickens were climbing on the speakers, the television and eventually went up to the rafters. The rooster followed.

This is Bibi's bicycle. I had to take the picture because the headlight is almost as large as the bicycle. I hope he doesn't use highbeams.

And then we got on the bus to come home. Everything was going fine until we turned the corner on to the Southern Highway. I don't think we had gone a mile when we heard a huge BANG!!! One of the tires had blown. Good thing this bus had dualies (large double wheels found on the rear of heavy duty pickup trucks and some buses) because the driver had to keep going. He slowed down to a crawl because there could be a potential for fire. We weren't sure we were even going to make it all the way home. It was almost embarrassing when a tanker truck that was passing, slowed down to tell the driver he had a flat. Like he didn't know. Whop! Whop Whop! Whop Whop Whop! Everyone on the bus knew.

Normally, it is an hour and a half by bus to get from Dangriga to Maya Beach, we were thinking we should double that. Then we realized we had no cellular coverage. We couldn't even let the guys know what had happened. We played a game. Let's just get across the Kendal Bridge. Then it was let's just get to the junction of Southern Highway and dirt peninsula road. Next it was, will we get to the shrimp farm? We knew once we could see the tower at Lost Reef, we could use the phones again. I think when the towers came into sight, everyone on the bus was phoning someone. We felt sorry for the driver, under the circumstances he did a great job.

So all is well that ends well? Dropped Pam off at home and I continued on. We finally lost the rest of the tire on the stretch of pavement at Coco Plum. Whop! Whop Whop! Whop Whop Whop! THUNK!!!! Then it was all quiet. You could have heard a pin drop on that bus. I saw the driver check his rear view mirror and the conductor leaned out the door. He gave the 'thumbs up' sign and we carried on. I got home a little late but none the worse for wear. What can I say, it was another day in Belize.