Tuesday, June 21, 2011

A day in the life of the McCanns

24 May 2007
Today Kate and I went to the Shrine at
Fatima to pray for Madeleine´s safe return. It was another early start
leaving at 6.30am. Mark Warner, who have looked after us so well,
laid on a car and driver. We managed to continue the campaign with
telephone conversations and e-mails. The actual visit was
veryencouraging with the rector and thousands of pilgrims praying for
Madeleine as well Kate and I. We lit candles for Madeleine and also 3
for Madeleine’s grandparents. The trip received a lot of publicity which
should help maintain the profile of her abduction. We are planning a
relatively quiet day tomoorow although the British Ambaasador is coming
to visit and we need to start finalising our plans for interviews in
areas of Europe where the coverage of Madeleine’s disappaerance has
been limited.

No Update for 25 May 2007.

Day to day life for the McCann's

Usually there’s some free time then for a few stories or games with the twins before heading out.
9.00-9.15 We take Sean and Amelie to
Kids’ Club. They really enjoy it and run in. They know the staff well
and the staff are all excellent. Both love the domestic corner and
Amelie particularly likes to look after ‘babies’. We use the kids club a
bit like nursery at home but we think Sean and Amelie still think they
are on holiday!

9.30~12.15. We return to the apartments,
usually for a series of meetings with our press officer, Mark Warner
Reps, occasionally Consulate staff, lawyers and British Liaison
officers. During this time we catch up with family and close friends,
usually by telephone and discuss ideas how to keep Madeleine’s profile
high especially throughout continental Europe.

12.30 Time to pick up Sean and Amelie
from Kids’ club then head back to apartment for lunch, which has usually
been prepared by one of our family/friends group who have been
tremendously supportive.

13.30 –14.30 This is time to spend time playing with the twins either in the apartment or in the play area next to kids club.

14.30-15.00 Usually we take the twins
back to Kids’ Club although Sean has had the odd afternoon in the
apartment as it’s a bit cooler and he’s not much of a sun worshipper!
They have been taking part in many different activities including
painting, singing, stories, swimming, trips to the beach and they have
lots of toys to play with.

15.00~17.00 We try to get some time
together alone, going for a walk to talk things over or getting some
exercise. This is often the time for quiet trips to the church for

17.00-17.30 Meet kids for high tea with
other mums and dads. They love pasta and have been doing really well
with their vegetables although a few chips have been squeezed in.

17.30-18.30. Games with kids at play area. Amelie loves trying to get in the baby pool!

18.30-19.30 Bath and story time with the twins.

20.00 We put the kids to bed.

20.30-23.00 We try to sit down for a
family meal, again usually cooked by one of the small family group out
here with us. Chat about the day’s events and plan the next day

23.30 bed and prayer for Madeleine that she will be returned to us safely ASAP.
In addition to above we try to attend
various church services during the week, and make multiple phone calls
to family and friends. We try to watch the main news early morning and
late evening but have had almost no time to read the newspapers or even
look at the pictures!

Kate is a keen runner and in the last few
days has tried to include a run in the daily routine. Yesterday (Sat)
at 7am we ran to the monument at the top of the steep cliff overlooking
Praia de Luz. We reached it in 19 minutes.