Gorgeous HOT Weather, Sad Dogs, Losers and A Hospital?

Jeff is out of town and when I’m not busy taking semi-staged, sad dog pictures to forward him… Subject:  Dad, My Days are Empty Without You – Frannie Subject:  When Are You Coming Home Dad? -Elsie I’ve been out and about running ERRANDS.  Food and hardware shopping for the camp…blogging and writing projects for me…whatKeep reading »

Halloween JUST Snuck Up On Me This Year!

Halloween is HUGE In San Pedro Belize.  But this year….it’s fallen off my radar.  Maybe it’s the fact that it falls on Wednesday? Leaves you wondering WHAT weekend it will be celebrated on? So I went thru some of my old photos of Halloween’s past. And took a photo of the ONE Halloween decoration thatKeep reading »

Fight Night! MMA Comes To San Pedro Belize

Though I know it exists and I know it is wildly popular…I have never ever seen a UFC fight or an MMA fight. Fighting?  It’s not my thing.  Randy “Macho Man” Savage and Hulk Hogan are the last fighters to appear on my radar screen.  Probably the late 80s, when my little brother was wayKeep reading »

Cake and Other Things On Ambergris Caye

Mid October and things are quiet on Ambergris Caye.  We are muddling through the low season (arguably at the slowest September to US Thanksgiving).  Businesses are starting to re-open after vacations and renovations.  The news cycle – at least MY news cycle – is slow. The tropical unrest that was hovering off the coast ofKeep reading »

THE BEACH IS BACK! And Other Friday in San Pedro Snapshots

There is only one thing to talk about right now.  The plague has subsided.  The sargasso has stopped…for a few days now.  Since the Tropical Depression that turned into Hurricane Michael breezed by us. LOOK!  The sea floor! I won’t get too cocky but I’ll show you some pictures.  The water isn’t TOTALLY clear yet…thereKeep reading »

The New Mirabs Department Store: WOW in Belize City

My alarm went off at 4:45am and then again at 4:50am. I do NOT get out of bed this early for just anything.  But yesterday was something I’ve been looking forward to for a while.  ESPECIALLY since I got a sneak preview less than one month ago and WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TAKE PHOTOS INSIDE!!!Keep reading »

Gorgeous Flowers, Pacas Preppy and Dodging Michael

Happy Sunday. This morning I awoke to a coolish breeze – had me reaching for my quiltie last night – and a… You might want to be seated for this. …a clear-ish beach. Far from perfect…and perhaps just swept out to sea for a day or two but it was a sight for sore eyes.Keep reading »

Snapshots in San Pedro: Mixed Weather and Good Eats

I was ready to sit down and blog a few hours ago.  After a quick walk with the dogs.  We hurried out; dark clouds were looming.  And as we closed the outside door to the balcony…a gust of wind and SLAM.  I didn’t know it until we hurried back in light rain but…the lock brokeKeep reading »

October 1st: Conch and Construction North

Again, two topics with pretty much NO link between the two.  I’m throwing caution to the wind – and saying that this could be a new trend. COULD be…it’s already making me uncomfortable.  I did GOOGLE “conch and construction” to see if I could find a way to tie them together.  I came up withKeep reading »

Friday Recap: Chic New Look at Red Ginger & Sargasso Clean-Up

September and October in Belize have a rhythm all their own.  Much of it imposed by the HEAT!  Steamy hot – bright sun in the morning, torrential downpour at lunch, cloudy late afternoon- tropical weather. It’s the low season – which means the tourist flow slows – and many businesses take some time off…to renovateKeep reading »

Cayo Rosario Development Update – WHY THIS PROJECT?

I haven’t posted here about Cayo Rosario in a while – but that does not mean it has not been on my mind…or my computer screen or in the 2 inch binder I now have of press releases, documentation, GOB regulations and guidelines, meeting minutes and more. So let me give you a summary ofKeep reading »

Sherlette, Queen Of the San Pedro Jump Up Parade, IS BACK!

The 2018 Jump Up Parade for September 21st – Independence Day was extra awesome this year.  It just seemed a little bit longer…a little bit more colorful…super fun. And despite the fact that it is always BLAZING hot in late September in Belize (think 100% humidity and temperature that feels over 100) and the paradeKeep reading »

Beautiful Belize Turns 37 Today: The 2018 Jump Up Celebration Parade

You might think I’m crazy but September 21st is my favorite day of the year.  Yes, it’s INCREDIBLY HOT.  Always.  And it’s slow season.  But Belize celebrates Independence Day is such a ridiculously joyous way, I can hardly get enough. I may have missed the ceremonies in town last night – but here is aKeep reading »

Birding on Ambergris Caye For Dummies: Migration is Coming

Birds.  You wake up to their screaming (I mean singing.  Charming chatter) and notice them staring at you from the trees but what are they really up to? I honestly never gave it a moment’s thought until I moved to Belize.  But with age and living in one of the most beautiful natural spots inKeep reading »

The 2018 Uniform Parade Through the HOT Streets of San Pedro

September 10th.  The first national Holiday in a month that feels like one long holiday in Belize.  Yesterday celebrates a small crew of Brits and their slaves ousting the pesky Spanish once and for all in 1798 – the Battle of St George’s Caye. September 21st, my home of Belize turns 37 years old. YesterdayKeep reading »

Hip Hip Hooray! It Was the 10th Day of September…

First…let’s play the song. And sing! I love this song.  (ALMOST as much as my fave fave fave – Tell Them That You Born There) It was the 10th day of September In ninety-eight Anno Domini when our fore-fathers won the glorious fight at Old St. George’s Caye Hip! Hip! Hurrah. Hip! Hip! Hurrah. ThenKeep reading »

El Secreto Resort is Closed and Here’s What It Looks Like

Rumors have been flying over the past few months.  That El Secreto Resort at mile 11 Ambergris Caye is closed.  Indefinitely. The website is down as are their social media accounts.  Google has them marked as “Permanently Closed” and the last TripAdvisor review is from April 2018. A bit shocking.  This 5-star “barefoot luxury” resortKeep reading »

Morning with Frannie: Sun, Sargasso and Super Special Sea Beans

Yesterday started with some heavy rains leaving puddles all over Ambergris Caye. These not-so-Roseate spoonbills were enjoying our new situation. By afternoon the sun was BLAZING and the sargasso (which has hit our shores with a vengeance over the past week) was fragrant. If you don’t know about the sargasso situation here in Belize and aroundKeep reading »