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Cottage gecko

In addition to the great things about Hickatee Cottages I shared in part 1 of this post, there's even more that we loved about being here.  They have this great little dipping pool.  It was cool, refreshing, and just right for lounging around in.  Even though I am bird watching in this photo, I did enjoy this pool daily after our hikes and bike rides.
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Flowers in our cottage
There are cute stone paths around the property, perfect for watching birds and butterflies from.
The paths did get a bit wet after a heavy rain one night, but they didn't take that long to drain.
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Umbrellas outside your door are a thoughtful touch
There's a pretty creek with lily pads.
And the road right outside the property is great for birdwatching too since it's the perfect wood's edge environment.  We spent many an hour here.
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Jacket bulging in front from binoculars, of course!
The office/restaurant/lounge is well equipped with a bar, sitting area, and library, in addition to outdoor dining.  We loved eating meals out on the porch.
This great library full of books on Belize could have occupied us for a couple of months!
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The bar and office
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Great place for a meal

Fantastic food

As I mentioned in an earlier post, the food here is super tasty and beautiful as well.  Kate is a wonderful cook!  Continental breakfast (hot breads, butter, jam) and an excellent French press pot of coffee is included in the daily cottage rate, and a HUGE plate of fresh fruit is just an extra $10 BZ ($5 US) and worth every penny.  We got two of these every morning.  I'm sure we could have split one, but we love fruit!  There's also a hot breakfast available for $15 BZ, but we had eaten so many eggs at Mama Noots that we skipped it.
My favorite breakfast was these hot and melt-in-your-mouth English pancakes (similar to French crepes), served with raw sugar and lime.  Ian explained that these pancakes were historically made before Lent began to use up all the eggs in the kitchen.  Sure enough, a quick glance at Wikipedia under "pancake" says the same. 
And here is the other dinner we enjoyed on our last night at Hickatee.  (Our first night's dinner is documented in a previous blog post.)  It was delicious and healthy to boot.  Dessert was more of the yummy local dark chocolate drops and a shot of "Belizean Bailey's" liqueur.  We did not leave hungry!
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Salad
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My fish cakes
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Zucchini soup
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Barry's chicken breast
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Hot rolls melted in our mouths

Delightful hosts

Ian and Kate were great -- helpful, knowledgeable British expats who positively bubble over with enthusiasm for what they do and where they live.  They seem to be doing exactly what they were born to do, and we enjoyed all they had to offer and share.  From birds, to bats, to butterflies, to howlers, to plants, to spiders, and even to salamanders, there's very little about the natural world that one or both of them don't know.  This makes Hickatee such a delight for nature lovers like ourselves, and very hard to leave!
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Ian and me
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Kate and me
Stay tuned for blog posts on our short trip to Placencia and finally back home to Ambergris Caye.
8/19/2012 11:53:06 pm

Holy YUM. That food looks fantastic. Oh my...another spot for my list.

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BeBelize Emily
8/20/2012 10:29:58 am

Yes, you definitely need to add it to your list, Rebecca. One of the highlights of our time in Belize FOR SURE.

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Mari
8/20/2012 03:46:24 am

I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog, Emily. Thanks so much for taking the time to document your lives there. I really appreciate it and I anxiously check every day to see if you've posted something new. I've already read through all of your old posts, too. :) My husband and I are planning our first trip to Belize for sometime around the new year. I can't wait!

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BeBelize Emily
8/20/2012 10:31:35 am

Thanks Mari! We really appreciate your kind comments. We normally don't post every day, but please don't give up on us when we take a break...sometimes we just aren't doing interesting things, but this trip certainly provided plenty of material for the blog!

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Mari
8/21/2012 11:57:25 am

Don't worry. I totally understand. It's difficult to blog frequently. I used to have a food blog and I know how much work it is and how much it means to have someone speak up to tell you what they think. I'm making a list of all the places you've been that I hope we can visit while we're there. We'll have a lot to cram into 3 weeks, but if we like it, we'll just pack up and move there. :)


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