Painting by Sylvia Kingsley, UK
Connecting with women all over the world is one of the best things about having a blog.
So, let me introduce you to three of my loyal readers, in Europe and beyond, with whom I keep in regular contact.
I am happy to say that during this difficult time, they and their families are all healthy, and things are easing up a little where they live.
Sylvia Kingsley from Watford, England
Sylvia and I started conversing sometime ago when she kindly sent me comments about my blog.
I soon discovered that Sylvia, like me, is a journalist by trade. In fact, she is extremely accomplished having worked for several British publications, as well as, internationally for operations like the Canadian Press. She is also a freelance travel writer, which has taken her to India. Italy, Mauritius, Central, and South America.
With a passion that extends from the pen to the brush, Sylvia is also a professionally-exhibited artist and a few of her paintings are featured here.
Sylvia has been on her own throughout this crisis, and at nearly 93 years young, she knows that she is certainly among those at “high risk”.
“Normally I would have been on the move, meeting with painting groups, going to lectures, and spending time with friends,” Sylvia lamented.
Still, to break up the monotony, she sometimes escapes in her car, park in a ‘leafy lane’ and just rolls down the windows.
Good for you Sylvia. I can relate.
Inga Brinker from Bielefeld, Germany
Inga lives in the region of North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, where she was born and also grew up.
She is 46 years old so her life is busy with a husband, two boys, 13 and 10 years old, and working part-time. She is the export manager for a kitchen furniture parts company.
For so many women in this age group, COVID-19 has been super challenging having to juggle the stay-at-home order with running a household, working, and helping to school her children.
However, unlike France and Italy where people were not allowed to leave their homes except for essential services, in Germany fortunately, one could still go out for a walk which turned out to be Inga’s saving grace.
“We went for a walk nearly every day and hiked through the beautiful Teutoburger forest on the weekends,” says Inga.
Where will the family go when they can travel again?
“We have decided to go to France in July, but only as far as Brittany on the North coast. Very few people and lonely beaches. I think I will start to cry when I will see this after all these months!”
However, Inga says she will not be going to Paris anytime soon as she believes the risk of COVID-19 will be still too high for a while. (Boo hoo!)
You can find Inga on Instagram at #very.inga
Robyn Poulton from Melbourne Australia
I don’t know who started following who first but I found Robyn on Instagram and was instantly attracted to her high energy! She also started following and commenting on my blog!
This stylish savvy lady is 68. She was married for 21 years, now divorced, and living happily as a single woman surrounded by “many true friends”.
Robyn has had a highly successful career that took her from modeling; to the film industry promoting and marketing Australian and international films; to sales and brand management development for the world’s luxury skincare lines; Clarins Paris, La Prairie Switzerland, Sisley and Guinot, resulting in a number of trips to … well, Paris of course.
(So envious! Beautiful skin and Paris!)
“Life here has had its challenges with COVID-19,” says Robyn, “mainly BOREDOM with restrictions; Melbourne is a social city, so quite a challenge to stay in touch with friends and still get up to mischief! However, where there is a will there’s a way!”
Love to hear more about how you are getting into mischief Robyn.
You can find Robyn on Instagram at #robyn_poulton.
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