10 August, 2007


I am sure glad the weekend is here. It's been tough taking all these pictures.

Anyway, the septic tank pit is finished as far as the digging goes. Below, you can see we hit ground water - about six inches before we wanted to, but it'll work. Bob is planning on putting a dry concrete mix into the hole and letting the water suck into the mix and complete the job.

Ground Water in the Septic Tank
Raymond Finishing the Corner of the Pit
Bob really loves his diamond saw blade. He takes delight in showing how easy it cuts through just about anything. Here, he's cutting one of the large blocks in half for the tower.
Making a Cloud of Dust
Back at the property, Bob is mixing mortar to complete bricking up the tower.
Mixing the Mortar
Laying One of the Last Courses on the Tower
Bob using his truck as an expedient scaffolding. And viola! The finished product. Well, not quite finished. It will get a top coat of mortar to smooth it out. I'll then paint it, and then, Bob will add the boxes, poles, and wire. Hopefully, it won't be too long before Belize Electric sends me the estimate for the installation of the transformer. Then, we'll be rocking.
Finishing up the brick work
the tower on its own
We're going to let Franz (Mennonite house builder) know that we're ready now for the well driller to come and do his thing. We're going to put it fairly close to the tower, and cap it till we need it. We're keeping our fingers crossed that it'll be sweet water.

And, Below, you can see the job that Ed and his Cat have done. We now have a flat piece of property, about a foot higher than it was before. It even looks bigger now for some reason. Ed also said he saw near the canal (right picture, left side toward the trees) a rather large rattlesnake. Fun, fun, fun.

The difference between a US diamond back and a Belizean rattler is the US version is dangerous and the Belizean one is deadly. We'll be most watchful. He also told me of an American up near Xiabe (pronounced "shy-bay") who will buy them as long as they weigh at least three pounds. He milks the venom to help produce anti-venin and also grinds parts of the snake into various powders... Sounds like a mix of science and voodoo. I could be wrong, who knows?
Looking to the Street
Looking to the Canal

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