5 minutes with Pauline Jaffray, founder of Dunbar-based PJ Design and East Lothian Life

Pauline Jaffray

Pauline Jaffray

Where did you grow up?

Innerwick and Northumberland.

On a scale of 1-10 rank how happy you are with your lot?


What would it take to get this to 10?

More time to do things, relax and enjoy.

What did you want to be when you were growing up?

I never really knew. I liked being outside and had a great interest in farming. At one stage I quite fancied working at the Milk Marketing Board.

If you could give one bit of advice to your 18-year-old self, what would it be?

Enjoy today, spend quality time with your family and appreciate all you have and the people who are part of your life.

When was the last time you cried and why?

I am easily moved to tears.

What’s your greatest achievement?


What three things would you still like to do before you die?

Loose weight.

What’s your favourite food?

Good quality home cooking with local produce.

Where was the last place you went on holiday?


What was the last book you read?

Maggie & Me by Damian Barr.

If you ruled the world, what single act would you carry out.

I would love the world to be at peace and in harmony and stop all these terrible atrocities that take place, especially to women in war torn countries.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

My weight.

Name three guests, dead or alive, that you’d have at your fantasy dinner party.

Anne Boleyn, Clint Eastwood and Davy Jones.

Who or what is your greatest inspiration?

My family.

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

Too many to mention.

Do you have any regrets?


What makes you see red?

Unfair/cruel treatment of people and local bureaucracy.

In no more than five words, write your own epitaph.

She cared, tried and loved.




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