It was a long drive to London with a new baby in the back seat. Before we set off I had rigged up some fairy lights around the headrests to distract her. That worked fine until we were stuck in traffic, 13 miles of roadworks on the M6. She liked that even less than we did. … Continue reading When Georgie met the Queen
We didn’t believe it until we saw it in the papers, that’s why it wasn’t too hard to keep it a secret. For over a month we asked ourselves - is it really true? Was it a hoax? Maybe the letter got lost in the post? Because when they first wrote to Georgie, they gave … Continue reading Most Bloomin’ Excellent
After almost two years, 14,000 cases and nearly 4000 deaths, Sierra Leone finally has an Ebola story worth celebrating. What a lot of time I’ve spent talking about this horrible disease on this blog. The first time I referred to the outbreak, pretty casually, was here in June of 2014. In fact, I was very … Continue reading For Sierra Leone, Ebola done done.
Things don’t always end the way you’d like them to. Last week, Georgie came home and Liberia reported its first new cases of Ebola since being declared Ebola-free in May. For Liberia it was, perhaps, inevitable given the porosity of the borders between Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea but nevertheless it was a worrying and … Continue reading Then I guess we’ll just begin again
One year on and we are there again. Kaffu Bullom, a Chiefdom of Port Loko district. A wonderful Chiefdom on the peninsular, surrounded by the sea, home to the airport and numerous ferries and boat crossings to Freetown. If it were in England I would describe it as wooded but here we say it is … Continue reading Just another Monday…
We sit here, in our London flat, Georgie and I. Georgie's bags are packed and ready and we are getting set for the trip out to Heathrow and for Georgie's final stint in Sierra Leone. It feels like a long time now since I left there in August. A very long time since we first … Continue reading Some fantastic news.
Georgie writes: Imagine it is Christmas time or a birthday or something important and you want to get home to be with people you love and feel comfortable around. You start the journey home by packing your things, booking travel. You get to the station, find the right train and get a seat, and as … Continue reading Lockdown