As we tackle the Covid-19 Pandemic in 2020, I’m reminded that we are all in this together. During this series ‘In Isolation with’, I take a peek into the lives of wonderful humans across the globe to see what connects us all in isolation; what keeps us sane, what gives us hope and what we look forward to again post-Covid. As we socially distance physically, may we continue to uplift one another and connect more deeply in other ways.
Ingrid Jones is the Founding and Executive Director/ Content Director of Mikateko Media. Mikateko Media publishes the Inflight Magazines of SAA, Mango and FastJet Airlines ( Sawubona, Juice and Places) as well as South Africa’s Big Issue amongst others…
I’m holed up with my husband, Peter Jones, and my daughter, Malaika. He is 69, she is 20. We live in a wooden house on the coast in the Overberg where the whales come to play and the baboons are the only intruders into our houses.
We have three routines running at the same time. My work schedule, her student schedule and his stroke schedule. He is a stroke survivor and we have to work around his medication times because his blood levels have to be maintained, he is physically incapacitated and we have to keep positive. We are on diaper run, we dial into our specific work situations and for the rest, we stay out of each other’s hair to maintain sanity.
3 things you’re thankful for today
1. An extraordinary way that I can connect with people across social media platforms to keep them positive. We read our favourite books today and shared it on Facebook.
2. A well-stocked bubbly fridge.
One thing you’ll do as soon as isolation is over
Hire a bus big enough to transport my tribe to a secluded beach, light a bonfire and do the dance of life around it all night long. My husband will be in a vehicle where he can be comfortable with one of our friends who can’t do busses.
One thing you’ll NEVER do again once isolation is over
Buy anything that was made in a sweatshop in China. Not that I did, but now I’m an advocate for buying local even more.
Two places you’d love to go to in South Africa once it’s safe to move around social distancing style
Two places you’ve added to your global bucket list once flight bans are lifted and it’s safe to travel
1. Antarctica – far away from crowds
2. Scotland – to see the castles in winter
Any favorite armchair travel books/movies that will help get you through?
I read what I want and I am watching all the things I haven’t made time for because of an over busy schedule.
Two tips for isolation survival?
1. Stay connected to the people who matter
Any local small businesses you’d love to mention?
The best baker in Pringle Bay. Robyn the Baker: Contact on +27726405235