Interview with Esmé of

Esme_editedHi Esmé, your fame for sharing, promoting and blogging has preceded you, so who better to interview? It’s common knowledge that we are either leaders or followers, and I come firmly in the latter category, so am the ideal person to start the inquisition. Oops, I mean interview… I promise it will be painless.

I’m delighted to welcome you here today so I can nose around. I have, suitably laced your coffee – as you like it – so let’s make a start.

Where were you born and how long did you live there?

Hi Joy, before I start to answer your questions, please may I take this opportunity to thank you for your generosity, lovely coffee with a dash of …. and your awesome company.

OK, I was born in a then small village called Bellville, close to Cape Town in South Africa. We lived in a coastal village called Somerset West, Cape Province in South Africa for 40 years before we left with our family and immigrated to Vancouver, Canada.

Do you have any special memories of the early years and when you started school? And what were your favourite subjects?

I started school and must admit that was never my favourite pass time. I would rather have stayed out and about on the sport grounds and participated in all type of sport activities. I played, netball, hockey, did all kinds of track events as long jump and high jump to name a few.

I was never a great school achiever, but made do and passed all my grades. In high school my best subjects were “Home Economics”

Home economics, domestic science or home science is a field of study that deals with the relationship between individuals, families, communities, and the environment in which they live. Home economics courses are offered internationally and across multiple educational levels.

typewriterTyping and yes I started to type on one of these (Picture right), then after my school education and Pittman Shorthand (Shorthand means writing by hand using various symbols to write quickly) I went to a Technical College and graduated as an Office Secretary (that’s what we were called back in those days).

Then, while working at various departments at the University of Stellenbosch, I gradually started to work on a computer with a floppy disk (for those that does not know what this means: It is a magnetic storage medium for computer systems) as well as a Teletype machine with a ticker tape – WOW, I am giving away my age with all this information.

What sort of child/teenager were you?

I was a very quiet and reserved child and teenager. Keeping to myself, never part of the crowd, doing my own thing alone. Never then, and not even now, a party animal. If I had to go to a party, I always ended up as the ‘wallflower’ and keeping myself company until enough time passed in order for me to be excused and leave for home. Not very exciting, but that’s me – as I am one of those extremely introverted personality type and conservative specimens.

Were you a practical child or a dreamer?

Being an introvert and doing my own thing, I tended to be a dreamer, but when I had to I could be practical and get things done. The reason for thing being I usually had to figure it out for myself as I did not do the crowd and team thing well.

Have you always been good at organizing and taking charge?

Yes, I have always been very methodical, and organized, but not taking charge of anything in a group. Remember, I said “INTROVERT”.

What genre do you prefer to read?

As a child I did not read books as you would think, so no specific genre, unless you call ‘Cooking and baking” a genre.

Did you have aspirations to write when younger?

Write, me? No, never. The introvert in me will never be able to put pen to paper, or fingers to a modern electric typewriter to write a novel.

What is your favourite way of relaxing?

In the kitchen, cooking and baking up a storm for my family and friends.

Favourite hobby?

It may be rather obvious, but I love cooking and baking, and then something not known to many, I love to do pin pricking and create hand stitched greetings cards.

Who do you admire?

My mentor and previous Boss, CHAIRMAN EMERITUS of the company and retired. He is a true gentlemen and a mensch, a person of integrity and honour. I have learned so much from him during my tenure at his company. Although he has retired, I am in a fortunate position to still meet with him as he is a friend and not only my former Boss.

If you won a million tomorrow, what would you do with it?

Without a doubt in my mind, help our children to pay off their debts and get a good footing in life to continue and make an even bigger success as what they have done to date. After that, take a sabbatical from work and do a yearlong travel and see the world.

What are your top hates / loves?

My biggest pet peeves:

People who talk while their mouth is full of food.
People constantly on their mobile phone while in company and/or while you talk to them.
Rude and inconsiderate people.


My husband, soulmate and best friend and then our children and grandkids.
The beach at sunset, breeze in the hair, waves lapping at the shore.
A nice hot cup of coffee is the cure to almost anything.

If you could pass another/change a law, what would it be?

Equal Rights.

Name three things for a bucket list…

Visit Thailand
A trip to the Maldives
See the Northern Lights in Yukon

Has your life turned out the way you thought it would?

Pretty much, yes, I would say so. I have a wonderful husband; (a girl cannot ask for more). Two awesome children, now adults with families of their own. Four (2 on each side) grandkids and a job that I love and happy with.

Although we moved to Vancouver, Canada more than 22 years ago, I will not give it up for anything, as we have an incredible and awesome life here, way better than we would have had in South Africa. Do not get me wrong, we will never deny our heritage, but facts are facts and we are here and incredibly fortunate for the wonderful life we have in Vancouver Canada and this is HOME to us. We are proud to be Canadians.

Yes, we do miss it to be closer to our family from time to time, but fortunately, we can from time to time go and visit them, on the other side of the globe, when the longing gets too much.

Thank you so much, Esme. What an interesting life you’ve lead. I know you are always busy, so really appreciate your time.

You can find a wealth of recipes, fascinating interviews and masses of great blogging and social media activities on Esmé’s website:

© Copyright Joy Lennick 2019


50 thoughts on “Interview with Esmé of

  1. Jane Sturgeon 10/01/2020 / 11:13 am

    Joy, what a lovely post and it’s great to meet Esme. Esme, your cards are wonderful and you’re not the first person I have heard of recently to re-settle in Vancouver and thrive there. Huge hugs for you both. Xx ❤

    • joylennick 10/01/2020 / 4:06 pm

      Thank you Jane. I loved Esme’s cards too. So cute and original. Husband and I have been to Vancouver and the island, Both are fabulous places to live. Hugs x

      • Jane Sturgeon 10/01/2020 / 4:39 pm

        Ohh, what an adventure that must have been, Joy. Hugs Xx

  2. robertawrites235681907 10/01/2020 / 1:32 pm

    This is a lovely interview with Esme, Joy. I know Somerset West, it is nice to know where Esme was from. I am an introvert, but I am very controlling and always take the lead on everything. The reason I am an introvert is because people tire me from a social perspective. I thrive on work and get exhausted by socialising. That makes me an introvert.

    • joylennick 10/01/2020 / 4:11 pm

      Hi bossy-boots…..You’re allowed because you are so good at so many things you undertake!. As long as you remember to say please and thank you..and I’m sure you do!! Hugs xx

      • robertawrites235681907 10/01/2020 / 6:43 pm

        Yes, I am a real chatterbox so I always speak to people and know all about their families and lives.

  3. willowdot21 10/01/2020 / 3:06 pm

    This is a love post Joy and it was great to learn more about you Esme 💜

  4. joylennick 10/01/2020 / 4:12 pm

    Glad you enjoyed it, Willow. Thank you. x

  5. joylennick 10/01/2020 / 7:03 pm

    Roberta, Me too. I’m a real chatterbox and love learning about people. Fun eh! Hugs xx

  6. EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon) 11/01/2020 / 3:07 am

    Dear Joy, Thank you so much for the honor and privilege to be featured here on your blog. See you again at B.O.S.S. and #senisal and other features running this year.,
    Again, thank you from the bottom of my heart.

    • joylennick 11/01/2020 / 12:42 pm

      My pleasure, Esme. Work well done deserves recognition. You are most welcome. Very best wishes.Joy x

  7. kimsdiytribe 11/01/2020 / 3:31 am

    I am SO glad to have the chance to learn more about this fabulous lady! She has been such an encouragement and help to not only me but SO many others. Thank you for sharing!

    • joylennick 11/01/2020 / 12:35 pm

      Thank you Kim. Only too happy to sing Esme’s praises.

    • EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon) 11/01/2020 / 7:53 pm

      Dear Kim, Thank you so much for your kind words, and you’re such a wonderful blogging buddy and support. Thank you for joining me on many of my ventures over at EsmeSalon

  8. CarolCooks2 11/01/2020 / 5:06 am

    A lovely post, Joy… Those pin pricking cards Esme makes are beautiful… X

    • SundayMeetGreet (@SundayMeetGreet) 11/01/2020 / 5:43 am

      Hi Carol. Thanks for popping in. Hope you also enjoyed the laced coffee. Did you get any? We had such a great time, that I am unable to recall when you arrived… Thsnks Joy

      • CarolCooks2 11/01/2020 / 12:16 pm

        Quite early Joy… I think you had had one too many laced coffees by the time I was only on my second one..But no worries you did behave..sort of…haha xx

  9. ellenbest24 11/01/2020 / 11:14 am

    A superb interview, thank you Joy. You drew out secret things that hid inside Esme; so effortlessly. Esme I want a hand stitched card to give The Husband fir Valentines, i have never known of such a thing. Such a clever woman. You hide your introvert so well. Your hates are mine too … especially bad manners at the table. I often wonder if you live on some time warp? Because you pack so much in on so many platforms. A great read thank you both.

    • EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon) 11/01/2020 / 7:56 pm

      Dear Ellen, Thank you so much for your kind words and no I just do whatever I can in the time I have. Wish I had more as I would love to do more, but as I am working full time, my time is limited.

      As for the card, please PM me and I will be happy to help and make it. We can then chat re the design etc.

  10. joylennick 11/01/2020 / 11:45 am

    Thank you so much Ellen. Esme is such a capable, amazing woman, isn’t she? Delighted to have interviewed her! x

  11. Gloria 11/01/2020 / 1:49 pm

    Lovely to learn more about Esme. I remember the secretarial course, the typewriter, and the giant computers!! Great memories though.

  12. Liz Gauffreau 11/01/2020 / 7:10 pm

    I enjoyed your interview with Esme. Thank you for introducing her to us. (I just took a little stroll through her delightful blog.)

    • EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon) 11/01/2020 / 7:57 pm

      Hi Liz. Great meeting you and thanks for popping over and browsing around. I hope to see you at some of the features we have to offer

    • joylennick 11/01/2020 / 9:24 pm

      Glad you enjoyed Esme’s interview, Liz. She is a talented lady. x

  13. The In-between Moms 12/01/2020 / 1:41 am

    This was a great interview! My husband and I want to visit the Maldives as well. And I am also a introvert and a dreamer.

    • EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon) 12/01/2020 / 9:53 pm

      Thank you so much for your response and comment from one introvert and dreamer to another. I hope to meet you on my end of the blogosphere as well.

  14. D. Wallace Peach 12/01/2020 / 9:27 pm

    A lovely interview with a lovely blogger, Joy. I’m always amazed when outgoing and friendly bloggers like Esme call themselves introverts and share stories about being shy wallflowers. Me too, so I believe it, but it always surprises me. And I’ll meet you in the Yukon to see the Northern Lights, Esme. That’s on my bucket list too! Great interview!

    • EsmeSalon (@EsmeSalon) 12/01/2020 / 9:54 pm

      I may seem outgoing to others, as I am sitting here quietly behind my computer and then I can talk and chat with you all, but face to face, that’s something totally different.

      Please let me know when you do the Northern Lights

      • D. Wallace Peach 12/01/2020 / 10:13 pm

        🙂 I know how it is. I’m an huge introvert. 🙂

    • joylennick 13/01/2020 / 9:16 am

      It’s a small world, Tandy. Thanks for reading.

  15. dgkaye 14/01/2020 / 2:15 am

    So nice to see Esme here and learn more about her. I love to hear about happy people and happy lives. And I love the hand stitched cards. Brilliant! Hugs to both! 🙂 xxx

  16. joylennick 14/01/2020 / 10:17 am

    Thanks for your kind comments, Debby. She’s yet another hard-working, talented lady! Hugs xx

  17. Jacquie Biggar 01/02/2020 / 12:58 am

    Esmé, we’re neighbors! I live in Victoria, and like you, would never move.
    I love your hand stitch cards, so pretty!

  18. joylennick 01/02/2020 / 1:00 pm

    Lucky you, Jacquie! A lovely part of the world. We loved Vancouver and Vancouver Island and surrounds. Yes, Esme’s cards are most attractive, aren’t they! Hugs x

  19. YesterdayAfter 11/02/2020 / 11:36 pm

    What a wonderful interview Joy! Esme is a wonderful soul and inspiring blogger! I am happy that she is one of my dear bloggers friend! It was a great read well done you two! 😉

  20. joylennick 12/02/2020 / 9:50 am

    Hi, I’m so pleased you enjoyed it. Esme sounds like one very hard-working lady! More power to her. Best wishes.

  21. Debbie from Deb's World 16/02/2020 / 9:03 am

    This was a lovely interview with Esme Joy and I enjoyed learning more about her through your questions. I was impressed with the hand pricking and card making, is there anything you can’t do Esme?

  22. Darlene 17/03/2020 / 1:38 pm

    How wonderful to see Esme, a fellow Vancouverite, here on your blog. A great interview! I love how we all connect here in blog land!

  23. joylennick 17/03/2020 / 2:00 pm

    Thanks, Darlene. It’s like being part of a large family with LOTS in common, isn’t it!! Hugs x.

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