Monday, January 26, 2009

Does It Get Any Better Than This?

Our son Kevin and his wife Marcia were here recently with grandson Zack. This shot was taken on the palapa at the end of our pier.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Shirley's Hummingbirds Update...

Two weeks ago, they were no bigger (l) than a small marble!

Now look at them... quickly... because they won't be in that nest long!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Bandolero (Agave) Plant Update...

Last August I blogged about the Agave plant we have along our fences. Well, that 20 foot stalk produced a "flower" that has now fallen off. It is a tight bunch of little Bandolero "plantlets" with the roots already started. We will put some directly in the sand, some in water for a while and then in good potting mix (our own concoction of black rain forest dirt, sand, sawdust and seaweed)... we'll let you know how this all turns out!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Joyce's Luscious Homemade Bread...

Joyce is huge part of our "Belize Family." She keeps our rental cabanas and our house spotless and on an "even keel."  To top all that she is a fabulous cook... and here is an example of it... can you smell it?

Friday, January 16, 2009

Guest Photos and Review...

One of our guests, Julie Gabbard took some very nice photos of The Maine Stay beach and pier. She also wrote a wonderful review for Trip Advisor. Thanks Julie!

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Odds & Ends, Bits 'N Pieces, Nooks & Crannies...

I guess I should get off the topic of critters and on to something else. Work really IS progressing on the Placencia Peninsula road. The trucks are rolling by every day with the fill for the section between Seine Bight and the airport. A good base is being laid, smoothed, rolled and prepped for paving. See the pics here... all between Seine Bight and the airport!

And a new multi purpose community center is being built on the site of the old basketball court at the end of the football field. The old community center was torn down to "straighten" the road in the middle of Seine Bight Village... no more "S" curve for trucks and cars to clash & crash their way through!

Also, the master suite in our house is finally getting finished up! Pics here. Just the walk in closet to finish up.

The Maine Stay Cabanas are continuously busy through the rest of this high season... and that's very nice... plus we are getting more future inquiries and bookings than ever before. Guess folks like staying in a place that doesn't look and act like a "resort."

PBS hardware seems to be on it's last legs... not adding any stock and the word on the street is you can have the whole ball of wax for a mere 1.5 million... US$, I presume. Albert Lowen's stock room is becoming quite the hardware store and MnM and Wallen's hardware are rising to the challenge. PBS has been the only Peninsula source for Belize hardwood, so it will be more of a challenge to get now. New building for the Chinese grocery (7-11) in Seine Bight is mostly built and the rumor is it will also stock hardware, electronics and appliances! The Village's version of WalMart?

Hot news... hope you weren't waiting for your breakfast! "This morning a container loaded with 22 tons of papaya left Little Belize in Orange Walk enroute to the Port of Belize. But it never made it- at least not on time because on the northern highway the container carrying the papayas overturned – causing traffic to be backed up..."
Source: Channel 7 News

Friday, January 9, 2009

Leaf Cutter Ants

While waiting for Karen to have her residency interview at the Immigration office in Belmopan, I was wandering around outside and came across this colony of leaf cutter ants... pretty amazing creatures!

Saturday, January 3, 2009

More Hummingbirds!

Everything happens in clusters! Our next door neighbor, Shirley, has a hummingbird nest in a tiny little tree in her front yard. Very easy to get some amazing photos. The nest is the size of half a chicken egg! Updates to follow...