It is now Friday 8 April 2016, and what is going on in Luz? The answer is a heck of a lot so let me crack on!
In under 4 weeks time it will be the 9th anniversary of Madeleine’s disappearance. You can make your own prediction for this event. Personally, I am going with the view that there will be a minor upturn in the news stories coming out of Luz, but this time around I do not see 3 May as attracting a vast amount of media speculation. I hope to be able to pop down to apartment 5A at the time to see if this is correct or not.
I am just about to polish up and send off my offer help to the McCanns in respect of local Luz knowledge. I drafted this 2-3 weeks ago, but then I got sandbagged. First it was Clarence Mitchell as the headline speaker at a conference in Australia. Then it was the Easter break. And just as I thought it was time to roll, Gerry McCann turned up in a small flurry of news about whether Leveson recommendations had been implemented.
There is no point of dilly-dallying any longer. My proposal will get emailed to Gerry today. I fully expect it to be ignored, but I can only wait and see.
Friday is going to be a busy day..
After a 10 day intensive driving instruction course, our granddaughter sits her test today. She settled into the driving remarkably well. But she suffers from ‘examination nerves’, so it might be thumbs up and it might not.
For me personally, it is now 4 weeks sine I whacked my arm. The arm is still visibly swollen. It is an odd mix of jaundiced yellow combined with some hints of purple. It seldom whinges any more. But it has had 4 weeks out of action, so basically it does not function. I need to get the arm back into action, for everyday use. Plus, I need it for some Madeleine-related photos and videos. Try a a simple experiment for yourself. Try taking a photograph or a video sequence using just one hand. So arm exercises are on the menu.
What else? We have an in-law out here at the moment. She is thinking about renting a place here for 3 months, in a test to see if she wants to buy a property here. When I say here, I don’t mean Luz. She seems to think the next place east, Porto de Mós, is the place to be. It could be an interesting visit.
We have a bunch of relatives scheduled to head our way in May. This is not really an issue. Assuming my arm gets better, we can have some fun time with more grandkids in the spring sunshine.
Rumbling along in the background is the biggie – our imminent move to Portelas. Bits and pieces are happening. The overgrown garden has been checked for what needs to be done to claw it back from jungle. A top secret mission was conducted to get interior measurements of things like curtains, in preparation. From my personal viewpoint, it has been a joy to start chucking out some of the junk we have lugged around Luz in the 7 places we have resided since we started living here. Basically, with 7 moves, we have been too busy moving to worry about the junk, but this time, a fair bit is heading on its way out.
Anyway, enough of this. It is Friday, 8 April 2016 at 01.30, and I need to get my proposal to Gerry McCann.