Tuesday, 1st July

My daughter Georgina and son William have just left for Zimbabwe, where their father grew up. Since 2009, Georgina has been supporting the Emerald Hill Orphanage in Harare, via her NGO, ZOF. It aims to fund technical training for Zimbabwe orphans, so they will have a skill when entering the job market http://zofafrica.org/.

They'll be living at Emerald Hill and helping out with the children most of this month, as well as helping their aunt Anna prepare her yearly Verandah Gallery art show, proceeds of which also support Emerald Hill. There's some lovely art out there, plus calendars, cards and wrapping paper that's almost too beautiful for wrapping http://verandahgallery.co.zw/

some last-minute communications

Elsa is sorry to be left behind