Sunday, April 19, 2020


Malawi is a small landlocked country in Africa (where I lived for a couple of years).

It's one of the most vulnerable of African countries, where the first confirmed cases of COVID_19 have been reported. The impact of the coronavirus on the people of Malawi could be devastating.

Malawi has only 350 clinical doctors to treat a population of 18 million people. Even the largest hospitals lack the basic equipment needed to treat the most serious cases.

Chifundo UK and Chanasa Malawi are two small sister charities whose aim is to empower girls and women in Malawi. They are now making masks and gowns for those who care for people with COVID-19. 

The focus of this appeal is to support the health service for the poor and vulnerable in the Blantyre District.

Admittedly, we don’t have all that we need in this country to combat COVID-19, but the situation is so much worse in a poor country like Malawi.

You can find out more and support this appeal here.

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Scenes from Edinburgh cemetries during #DailyExercise

The UK Government is, at the moment, allowing us out for one form of #DailyExercise once a day in addition to visiting the shops (as infrequently as possible), travelling to work (for those with essential jobs that can't be done from home) and medical emergencies including helping those who are self isolating.

Our route for our #DailyExercise takes us through a small community park and two cemeteries. You can see the nature notes from these walks over on my Crafty Green Poet blog, but here are photos of some of the most notable gravestones in the two cemeteries