This morning after our run, pool-down, and breakfast, we were getting ready to head to town on errands when we heard Bernie roll up in the tractor.  Fortunately, when you're retired and living on an island, dealing with slight changes or delays in plans is much easier than when you're on a tight schedule in the US and have to go to work each day.  So we put our errands on hold until afternoon, and Barry pitched in and helped with the sand moving and raking, while I observed and took photos.  The end result was a nice fluffy beach in front of Chico Caribe instead of hard-packed sand and rocks (ouchie on bare feet) from construction.  A really nice improvement!
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Bernie is an old hand with tractors from his Texas ranch experience
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Barry spreading the sand -- so much for lounging in a hammock! :)
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The finished product (looking north)
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The finished product (looking south)
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Barry is a tireless worker -- even interrupted a brief pool break to help a little more!
After all that excitement, we headed to town on our bikes after lunch.  In addition to buying some fresh veggies and Belikin beer, we picked up our local checks (or "cheques" as they call them here) at the Belize Bank.  We'd ordered these several weeks ago, and they took a bit longer than originally promised, but at least they finally came in.  We also placed an order for some "business" cards at Gecko Graphics.  In our case (since we're not running a business), these are just personal cards with our contact information and this blog's address to share with people we meet here.  We'd spent some time yesterday designing them, which was quite fun, actually.  We added some palm trees and a bicycle with a basket graphic to them, to represent our lifestyle here.  They are supposed to be ready no later than Friday.  Fun!

Finally, we bought Paisley a new red leash at this cute shop as the clasp on the one I'd bought before we even brought her home from the breeder in 2008 had broken a couple of days ago.  Cost was $14.50 BZD ($7.25 US), not bad at all.
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Still decked out in Independence Day regalia, Pampered Paws is THE place for dog gear on the island (and grooming/boarding besides).
Adam
9/28/2011 12:25:18 pm

Nice job Barry! Just don't forget this is "retirement", but I will never fault a man for helping to build a beach!

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Betsy Burns Kennington
9/29/2011 12:38:23 am

Life sure is a "beach" for you two. I am enjoying reading of your retirement. I know your mom and Barry's family are so proud of you. Lots of love, Aunt Betsy

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