Wednesday, November 16, 2011


Many of our guests enjoy the solitude and peace of our 100 foot pier and Palapa in the early morning for a Yoga session. There are also several yoga groups.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

The Maine Stay 3 - Completed!

Well... it was almost like the "move that bus" silliness on HGTV as we finished up just before the first guests arrived. It's really done though and our new arrivals seem delighted! More photos.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Lola's Art... How Can You Resist?

Every time I glance at these great pieces of Lola art on our wall, I think back to our first visit to her Gallery in Seine Bight. These are each signed "Lola 2001" and are very special for us... since this was during the time we had just purchased our property and just finished "our" new Cabana (now TMS 1) to spend our vacations. You can see a lot more of Lola's art in her Facebook gallery page.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Clock Vine...

I have shown examples of the Clock Vine (Thunbergia grandiflora) flower before. This one caught my eye as I walked by the shop. Karen loves this plant... and for good reason. It blooms profusely and just about constantly in this environment. She has planted it on the long fence bordering The Maine Stay. And as we add lighting to the fence bordering Kokomo, I suspect it will get planted there as well.

Friday, October 7, 2011

It's All In Your Perspective...

As I was checking on the final construction details on our new Cabana, I snapped a few shots of the guys working. Here, Alejandro is working on some bedside tables in the front yard of the Cabana. I hope he steals a look occasionally.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

The Maine Stay Cabana Project

As we wind down on the newest construction project... 

Temporary Workshop for the New Cabana Under Construction

Temporary Workshop for the New Cabana Under Construction

Temporary Workshop for the New Cabana Under Construction

Front Porch & Deck of New Cabana

Front Porch & Deck of New Cabana

Front Porch & Deck of New Cabana

Wednesday, September 21, 2011


President Carter Laments The Loss Of Price  
And tonight, the tributes to Mr. Price continue to pour in from local and international organizations.Just before 6:00, we received one from Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and The Carter Center. It calls Price the founding father of Belize and says, quote, "His humble personality belied the stature of his statesmanship. His courage, wisdom, and good humor were a gift not only to Belize but to all of the Americas." End quote.
Very high praise, indeed, and Price's passing has stirred high praise in all those who knew him.
Yesterday we spoke to two of his disciples and his biographer for a greater insight into Price's political life:
Jules Vasquez Reporting
Who would ever think in the early 1930's that these spindly legs of the boy scout named George Price would someday carry an entire nation forward and beget a national hero?
Certainly not his mother, Irene from Yo Creek, seen here in a photo from the 1920's as she posed with her first son. But her third child grew into a great man.
Rt. Hon. George Price"Thank you, thank you, thank you to all. The honor is also for the many who have been loyal and are still loyal to the peaceful, constructive, Belizean revolution."
Price always stayed on message, the peaceful constructive revolution, and social justice were his credos:
John Saldivar - PUP Standard Bearer"That was his lasting legacy, the whole concept of social justice, which basically means that there's nobody who's going to be left behind. No matter where you're from, no matter how remote the location that you live in, or how depraved the environment that you are coming out - your circumstance in terms of your economic position - he believed that representation was for everyone."
Godfrey Smith, Price Biographer
"In two words, social justice, I think anyone who worked with Price, or knew Mr. Price, knew that he stood for social justice. So while he avidly foreign direct investment, while he firmly and unflinchingly believe that solution to Belize's economic problems lay in foreign direct investment, at the same time, that was back by his belief that while one sought develop the country through FDI, the government was there to ensure that social justice was their for the benefit of the people."

And for him, the people were paramount, Price toured the country in his famous Blue landrover, Fording rivers and through remote villages, and from there, by foot, or even sailing down a river, never losing the common touch:
John Saldivar - PUP Standard Bearer
"Part of the DNA of a People's United Party politician is getting down, meeting his people, understanding you cannot represent a person that you don't know. You have to know them, and you don't want to know them from their fence. You want to know them from their kitchen. When you're in the kitchen, you're family. That's Mr. Price's philosophy in getting out and meeting the people. He did not care too much to be on the outside. He wanted to be on the inside, to see how they are living, how they were eating, how they were getting along."

Bill Lindo"You see he always had a very simple thing, this thing about social engineering is about not that the rich shall have more, but that they poor shall have. The rich are always rich. He always used to tell me, he said, 'Look, a man wants a house. Everybody is a human being, they're made in the image of God. They have a right to a home.'"
And while those ideals may not have been fully realized - in fact they may have been unrealizable - according to his biographer, the genesis of Price's nationalist ideology is still somewhat of a mystery - did it come from deep reflection? Inspiration? His biographer says it was not from his education:
Godfrey Smith - Price Biographer"There was nothing academic - no individual figure - that exercised so great an influence on Price, that he said, 'Aha! I want to be a politician. I want to engage in the struggle against the British, to lead the country to self-government and independence. I suppose that all that I am left with is the sense that he was living at a particular time when the needs were so obvious. The dire straits of the country, economically, were so bad, that he felt he had to do something about it. And I can't determine, or pinpoint what actual combination of factors core-less to impact him into action, but certainly, he had a desire to be useful in a practical to people and to his country."
And more than just practical, he was heroic and all agree, visionary; he saw nationalism beyond the horizon.
John Saldivar - PUP Standard Bearer
"Where else in the world, I mean this is our George Washington. This is our Norman Manley. This is our Cipriani and Buzz Butler. He is the founder of our nation, and certainly, I am very much pleased that across the political divide, that we've all come to appreciate this today, because the out-pouring of love and condolence has been immense. And certainly this loss will be felt, but he will never leave. As long as there is a Belize, there is George Price."

Godfrey Smith - Price Biographer
"I remember reading some papers in the Caribbean - there was a moment in the struggle, when Price was considered the most vehemently anti-British, and the most aggressive nationalist leader, throughout the Caribbean. That has been documented by Jamaica Gleaner newspaper and others in the Caribbean. So he had courage, and he had conviction and determination. And making these descriptions, they sound bland; they sound ordinary. We throw them about everyday, perhaps undeservingly. In Price, however, they stick because he actually embodied these traits. This is not to say that the man was perfect, or a saint. He had obviously serious flaws, and he had serious weaknesses. It is my view, however, that his strengths, looked at from a macro-level, towered over his weaknesses, and made his weaknesses seem vanishingly small."

Smith's biography of George Price - which will be the first authorized biography of the national hero - is set for publication before the end of the year.
And for more of the official tributes which have come for Mr. Price - you can see them at when we post tonight's news...

Monday, September 19, 2011

US Ospreys In Belize

posted (September 15, 2011)

The United States Government has once again chosen Belize to conduct military training exercises, and this time, it's the Marine Corp that's in the country to execute a 10 day deployment for training.The Marines flew into Belize last Thursday aboard four of their newest combat utility aircraft, the MV-22 Osprey, that will be at the center of its training exercises.
In coordination with the Belize Defense Force, the Marines will fly over the Belizean countryside conducting unit training, which will include low-altitude flights, flights into confined areas, self-deployment capability exercises, and over-water exercises.
Training locations include Price Barracks, the Hattieville Range and the Jungle Warfare Training Center. The Osprey is a unique aircraft that can be refueled in mid-air. It's able to take off and land like a helicopter, but flies like a conventional aircraft, allowing it to fly twice as fast, while carrying three times its weight, and travelling four times farther than the helicopters it has replaced. 

Friday, September 16, 2011

Baby Parrots...

There are a bunch of baby wild parrots in the scrub trees in the Kokomo subdivision. They look to be just a few weeks old and are testing their wings carefully. It's very hard to get close enough for a decent photo.

Nikon D5100 ISO 450, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000

Nikon D5100 ISO 450, 300 mm, f/5.6, 1/1000

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Agave (Bandolero) - Vodka!

In the past I have blogged about the Agave plants we have along our fences.

"the 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!"  The answer is... the ones grown in the potting mix.

Here's how things turned out... 
I guess we have enough for now...
Plastic bag propagation... 
Stump of stalk that produced the plantlets...

Friday, September 9, 2011

Kendal Bridge...

New Kendal Bridge Construction

Three years ago, a particularly nasty Tropical Storm named Arthur formed off the coast of Belize on May 31, 2008 and quickly moved ashore, dumping as much as 15 inches of rain on the country and in the mountains of Guatemala.

 During subsequent flooding, the Kendal Bridge over the Sittee River at Mile 13.7 of the Southern Highway between Hopkins and Maya Centre was destroyed, cutting off road access to points south, including Placencia and Punta Gorda.

Since then a steel and wood causeway structure has serviced reasonably well, but it is only several feet off the river, and with any significant rise in river level during rains, it is sometimes under water.

For those of you who don't get to cross very much, here are a couple of shots of the Kendal bridge construction process.

Facebook Kendal Bridge Information Page.
Original Post and Flood Photos here.

"Temporary" Kendal Causeway