Yesterday our one-month guests at the Kumquat Cottage checked out. Nige was stunned when he went to the home and they’d not only left the house keeper and the gardener tips, but us as well! It was accompanied by a nice note letting us know how much they enjoyed their stay, and how grateful they were for all of the recommendations, advice, and attention we gave to them.
Knowing that I was a tea lover, she also left me some of her spare tea, since she didn’t want to carry it back to the States with her. Guests like that are such a pleasure to have. When guests are only staying with you a few nights or a week, sometimes you don’t have enough time to get to know them real well. But when they’re with you for a month, they feel like old friends by the end, and it’s a bit sad to see them go. That’s how I feel about these folks.
After a morning of mostly office work, Nige brought home lunch for us, which we enjoyed on the patio. While eating, we spotted three little toucans in a nearby tree. This is our first toucan sighting on our property, so that was quite exciting (sorry, they were too tiny and too far away to get decent pics). I wonder where their mama is?
After lunch, we headed out to see our new tenant at the San Ignacio rental. Just needed to make sure he was getting settled ok, and we had some paperwork for him. After a short visit, we dropped him in town and headed over to the Bowen & Bowen factory.
In case you aren’t familiar with them, they are the manufacturers of not only Belikin beer, but also Lighthouse Beer, Guinness Beer (via a licensing agreement), and they are the only distributors of Coca-Cola here in Belize. They also distribute Crystal Water.
I’d been to the factory on the island of Ambergris Caye before when I lived there, but this was my first visit to the Santa Elena location, since Nige usually handles returning bottles, etc. It was quite a busy and hopping place. First time I’d seen a forklift in a while.
In any case, in anticipation of the four-day holiday weekend celebrating Good Friday and Easter, the stores will be going dry for the majority of that time, so we decided to stock up on our beer and wine. A case of beer at the factory cost $49.95 bze ($24.98 usd), however, you must pay another $5 bze if you don’t have the crate to carry it in, and another $6 bze for the bottles (all of which you can return later). Still, that same case at the local markets cost about $70 bze, so it’s cheaper to go to the factory.
While we were there, we also got two five-gallon jugs of water ($3.50 bze versus $4.50 bze at the stores). Errands done, we headed home and tried to beat the heat. The heat wave right now has been relentless. We’re on about a week straight of high 80/low 90 days, and the humidity is just about the same.
It was so bad last night, we actually slept with two fans on us instead of one. I wish I could take a dip in the river to cool off, but my leg is still not quite 100% to get down there with, so hopefully in a day or two I can do that, since I am feeling a lot better.
How do you beat the heat?