Tag Archive: Nchalo

Could you live in Nchalo?

Nchalo has that ability to make or break you, especially around October…when you ditch the heels for flip flops and the Coco Chanel for a can of insect repellent!

How to saw a log

On a scorching hot day in Nchalo, 2 men arrived for work. They’d be sawing up an old log in my garden. They came with a small bag of tools and one long saw that wobbled with the hot wind.

Learn how the Malawians saw a log…

Malawi in colour

When I think of Malawi, the first word that springs to mind is ‘Colour!’ There is something special about this time of year, just before the rains. The orange and red Flamboyants are in full bloom, the pink bougainvilleas pop against blue skies, the women wrapped in bold printed fabric, the red bricks exposed as green and blue paint peels with age and the dusty sunsets that paint the afternoon skies in yellow light. As if Picasso has come to Malawi with a full palette of paint!

The Shire fisherman; how to keep crocodiles away

With two feet apart, firmly anchored on either side of the old leaky ‘dug out’, Sale stands quietly – casting his net into the depths of darkness. Alone and drifting down the Shire… Continue reading

Slow down, you’re moving too fast!

I thought life in the Shire Valley would simply be an extension of my days in Mozambique! I thought I’d potter around with endless time, taking photos and writing posts upon posts of… Continue reading

The Real Life; Blood, Sweat and Homeschooling!

‘Definitely a couple of daisies to the left. A rose bush maybe in the centre and a blue butterfly bush to the right, to balance the colours. A Hibiscus too – where will… Continue reading

The Malawian Guitarist

On a trip to the southern tip of Malawi, while photographing the flood devastation – I bumped into this talented guitarist; seemingly happy and eager to play on, regardless of the tragedy surrounding… Continue reading

How to make it your ‘home’ as an Expat

After camping in our own home for four months, that mystical removals truck from Mozambique arrived, loaded with all our kit! I cannot deny that four months of simple living; with no TV,… Continue reading