Seven weeks before the scheduled opening, the rooms at Murella Living are starting to take shape and colour. Wooden floorings are being laid out, bathroom fittings are being installed, and the features that adorn one wall in each room – stylised depictions of Gozo’s classical sights or traditional motifs – are being painstakingly created by artisans. The property is abuzz with activity, and Alex Scicluna (CEO of the Jubilee Group of Companies) flits around the building, coordinating and assisting in the work in his legendary hands-on management style – seeing him flitting around the building is reminiscent, at this time of the year, of a male bird scrambling to fetch enough tidbits of food to feed a hungry clutch of nestlings.