This time of year, as Malawi steadily heats up, the trees of the Shire Highlands burst forth in the most splendid display, and none more so than the brilliant purple/blue of the Jacaranda tree that seems to turn even the most run-down parts of Blantyre into a botanic garden.
In fact the tree – a native of South America – is a bit of a political issue in parts of southern Africa as it was much beloved of British colonials and is a very visible legacy in almost every major city in British Africa. However, I am assured that the particularly spectacular display in Blantyre is just as much to do with the legacy of their first president (UK educated and a Church of Scotland elder) who loved the tree.
Regardless of the politics, the wonderful display lifts our heart as we drive around Blantyre, and we hope the header photo by Ian Cumming (Bing wallpaper) and these iPhone snaps of ours from the last few days give you an idea why.
It’s as if “trees of the fields” are making one final “clap of their hands” to raise their spirits and ours, before we all hunker down for the stifling heat of the next few months that will last until he next rains come.
You will go out in joy and be led forth in peace; the mountains and hills will burst into song before you, and all the trees of the field will clap their hands. (Isaiah 55:12)