“The Game of Love” in San Pedro, Ambergris Caye, Belize.

Yesterday morning out on the veranda -yes with the mug of black coffee and my iPad- my thoughts were not as they have been in recent weeks (it seems like months though) on what is the next job to do/get done. Oh no. They were focused entirely on what is the most important thing in the world for me right now.

I honestly do want to get the garden clean up finished so that Rose and I (more her than me) can start deciding what we want to plant where (soil condition permitting of course). I want the dock to be finished. Of course I do. And obviously I want the sick engine on our boat brought back to full health. But for the next five weeks the most important thing in my world is the 2014 World Cup.

Now I know that football (and for non UK readers you call it soccer) is not for everyone but I am from the Bill Shankly ‘school’ where football is concerned and totally ‘buy in to’ his view, and I quote:

“Some people believe that football is a matter of life and death, I am very disappointed with that attitude. I can assure you it is much, much more important than that.”

So yesterday morning top of my agenda – yes before The Times online and Facebook – was to make my selections for the bracket that Carlo & Ernie’s Runway Bar & Grill is running for THE World Cup.


As I worked my way through the group stage and on to the next rounds I really wanted to select England to win it but in the end the head overpowered the heart. I know it’s the game of love but there’s a big prize at stake for the person that gets the most selections right and I’ve got a sick engine to pay for!

With my winning (I hope) selections made it was time to open the front gate so that Lloyd and Nelson could get to work on finishing the garden and the dock. And it was obvious that Lloyd has the World Cup on his mind because he brought his eldest son Anthony along with him.

They started off – and Nelson got the ‘honour’ for this – of knocking up some cement to finishing off filling the supporting posts for the dock.


“Go Anthony.”

And.then it was time for the pour.


I didn’t just sit around watching them work though. Oh no. I got the bucket and squeegee out and started washing the windows (and we’ve got a lot of windows).


Whilst I was on the top floor though I took some time out to go up to the roof to enjoy the view and to catch the breeze.


And to watch the guys working of course!



Leaving the cement to dry Lloyd, Nelson and Anthony then started work on the cement strips we want for the front gate to provide additional support and freedom of movement for the front gate.


Lloyd ‘creating’ the path for the wheel on the front gate.


Nelson nearly at the end if his long walk from the back garden with the cement.

And ready for the pour.





The headline for today’s edition is based on the single released in 1965 by Wayne Fontana and the Mindbenders which reached number one in the US Billboard Hot 100 and number two in the UK Singles Chart.


  1. Jane says:

    Love the way things are looking at your place, John! More lovely with every chore checked off.
    As much as I would love to see the US in you choices, John, I was pretty happy with the Brasil win yesterday!

    1. Thank you (again) Jane. In my other selection I have the USA going a little further in the competition. Not winning it, but …

  2. kristina nadreau says:

    love the good common sense of a concrete pad for the wheel on the gate! Living in Belize, I may have to learn something about futball. Something new. I have no interest in team sports from the USA.

    1. And the concrete strip works just the way we had hoped. Football isn’t for everyone. Can’t understand why but …

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