06.30: Alarm goes off. The Brainy One is already at work in the office. The Boy Child is still asleep. I get up, clean my teeth and have a quick wash. Dress in shorts and t-shirt. Put the first load of the day (bedding) into the washing machine and switch it on.
07.00: I leave the house and walk to the supermarket. I see one other person.
07.15: I arrive at the supermarket, put on facemask and gloves. I wipe down my basket with anti-bacterial spray. The store is almost empty and I have everything on my list in no time at all. I use the self-service tills and use contactless to pay.
07.45: Back home, washed hands and spend 10 minutes wiping down the shopping before putting it away. Washed hands again.
08.00: Breakfast of Shreddies and a cup of tea.
08.20: Jump in the shower and make our bed. Open more windows.
08.45: Make tea in my re-useable cup and put Tilly into her harness. Check I have poo bags in my shorts’ pocket.
09.00: My friend, The Canadian, arrives for our social-distanced dog walk on the Common. Tilly is ecstatic to see her. I’m pretty pleased as well. 🙂 She also brings me a birthday present.
09.10 – 10.30: We walk and talk our way around three laps of the Common. Tilly runs around chasing the birds and playing with other dogs. I drink my tea. I forget to take a single photo.
10.40: Back home and say goodbye to The Canadian. Take Tilly’s harness off and check she has breakfast and water. Washed hands. Also check that The Boy Child is working on his half-term history project. He tells me it’s break time. 🙂
10.50: I hang out the bedding. I change into my gym kit and do a high impact step class in The Boy Child’s playroom (so that he can see me from the kitchen table where he is working – break is over).
11.30: Upstairs for my second shower of the morning. I can hear The Brainy One on a work call.
Noon: Put another load into the washing machine and think about lunch (because I am starving).
12.15: The Postie-in-the-Van delivers a box of flowers for me. They’re from my oldest friends for my upcoming birthday. Washed hands.
12.30: The Postie delivers a handful of birthday cards. Washed hands. I arrange the flowers and put the vase in the living room.
12.45: I hang out the second load of washing. The Brainy One appears for lunch (he makes his own).
13.00: Washed hands. I make lunch for The Boy Child and me. He has a ham toastie, fruit, yoghurt and a bag of crisps. I have a chicken sandwich, fruit and yoghurt.
13.30: The Boy Child and I have a round of Snakes and Ladders: The Lockdown Championships. He wins and doesn’t gloat at all …
13.45: I read a few blogs and take a look at the crossword in the Times (general knowledge: I picked up the paper in the supermarket earlier). The Brainy One goes back to work. The Boy Child torments Tilly.
14.00: The Boy Child goes off to watch a film. His choice is Paddington. 🙂
14.20: A courier brings another parcel.
14.40: I take Tilly out again as I have a few cards to post. We walk around the block to the post box and then detour via the Common before home again.
15.30: Washed hands. Snack time for The Boy Child and me. We have a cup of tea and a chocolate biscuit. I did some more of the crossword.
15.50: I sit down at my desk for the first time today. I was hoping to make a start on a scrapbook page, but the 100 Day Project has rather overtaken everything else. 🙂
17.00: Into the kitchen to think about supper – steak, oven chips, grilled tomatoes and Béarnaise sauce. Washed hands. I also bought in the two loads of washing from the line.
17.40: Supper underway. The Boy Child fed Tilly and I laid the table. A bottle of wine might have been opened. The Brainy One closes the office for today.
18.00: Watched the news headlines on the BBC – we can meet family members from next week. 🙂
18.30: I cleared the empty plates away and ran the dishwasher. The Brainy One and The Boy Child take Tilly out for her third walk of the day.
18.45: Read an email from a former RAF colleague – he sends photos!
19.00: Do my daily 10 minutes of Pilates. Boys and Tilly come home.
19.15: Tackle the ironing basket.
20.00: We stand on our driveway for what is apparently the final Clap for Carers. We wave at all our neighbours and shout questions across the road to each other – “Have the babies arrived?”
20.15: Empty the dishwasher and reload it. Put ironing away.
21.00: The Boy Child goes to bed and I make a pot of tea for The Brainy One and me. We watch two episodes of In Defence of the Realm (1996), which we found in the archive section of the BBC’s iPlayer.
22.30: Take Tilly into the garden for her final wee. Stand looking at a clear night sky – lots more stars visible now that the pollution over West London is less and there are fewer aircraft in and out of Heathrow.
22.45: Bed time. Face and hands washed, teeth cleaned.
23.00: Into bed and read for 10 minutes. Check Tilly is in her own bed and not on ours. 🙂
23.05: Lights out.