How could I (but I did!) publish yesterday’s edition without mentioning that Arsène Wenger eventually entered the transfer market and bought a player. And what a player he bought! Mesut Özil , the German international, from Real Madrid (no less) for £42.5 million.
There is little doubt (to my mind and the vast majority of supporters) that Arsène should have bought to strengthen (improve) other parts of the squad but I think (really, really hope) that he has come up with the goods in Özil. We shall see as the season unfolds.
Another grey, overcast and sometimes rainy day yesterday. Just the kind of weather conditions that the mosquitos like. Ouch, ouch, ouch!
When the weather is like it was (and that isn’t too often here) I generally turn my attention to catching up on administrative matters and that is exactly what I did yesterday.
In between I took care of breakfast for Rose (she is still feeling a little poorly after her fall) and then went to get the ingredients for dinner (I cooked that too – getting to be a right Jamie Oliver!).
The afternoon arrived fairly quickly (well it took as long to reach it but you know what I mean) and it was time to head off to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize. Rose still wasn’t feeling at her best and as much as I wanted her to join me I didn’t want to put her under pressure. So, I went alone and got there around 15.45 hours.
As I pulled in to our lot I saw that the guys (I found out subsequently that it was José) had started to apply masonry sealant to the interior walls of the Store Room/Garage.
Walls starting to ‘take on’ that finished look. Note the ever decreasing supply of building materials.
Around the northern side of the house I found Angel applying the second coat of masonry sealant to the Ground Floor exterior wall.
Around the back (western or lagoon side) of the house Manuel had laid the tiles for the steps of the veranda of the larger bedroom and was applying grouting.
In the north-east corner of our lot I could just see( they were partially hidden by the trees and bushes) Alfredo and Wilson who were digging a trench for the piping for the electricity supply for the house. I did think (not for long though) about going over there to take a few photos but the mosquitos (and sand flies) were venomous. Maybe on the next visit to our build in Ambergris Caye, Belize.
Wanting (needing) to get some respite from the biters I went in to the Ground Floor self contained apartment to find that Moses had fitted the vanity unit for the bathroom of the larger of the two bedrooms.
And he had fitted the doors and drawers.
In to the bathroom for the smaller of the two bedrooms to find no Ernesto! He had finished grouting the tiles.
Vanity unit next?
Finished with the walk-around the Ground Floor I headed up the stairs to the First Floor and on getting to the top saw that the vent for the dryer had been installed.
External view of the vent.
Pipe for the vent in the Utility (my) Room.
Out on the western (lagoon) side veranda ,Christopher was finishing off the grouting for under the sliding windows (doors).
Close up of the grout.
Christopher on the last window.
Inside the house Moses had finished fixing the architrave for the door leading to/from the Kitchen to the Utility (my) Room.
Time to climb the scaffolding to see whether Ronaldo had started fitting the tap for my bathroom . He had. And what a start!
Looks a mess doesn’t it.
And he had cut the holes in the bottom of the vanity unit for the pipes.
Fortunately it’s the bottom of the unit.
Out on the veranda/roof terrace Rolando had finished fitting the covers for the power sockets.
The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1981 by Queen and David Bowie which reached number number one in the UK Singles Chart and number twenty-nine in the US Billboard Hot 100.