I try to sleep in, but I never can. My husband, Sten [a businessman], will have gone for a run in the fields near our home in Sussex. I have the house to myself, so I clean the kitchen and listen to Radio 4. I leave the kids, Joe, 21, Esme, 19, and Cece, 16, to sleep. Joe is just finishing his second year at Newcastle University, studying marine biology, and is devastated he’s missing out on time there. Esme’s got into Exeter to read English and is very concerned that it might be delayed. I have hot water and lemon then Illy coffee with Rude Health’s coconut drink, and a Dr Karg’s spelt biscuit with some hummus.
I put on a bit of make-up (I use Trinny London’s BFF cream) but living in the country, I don’t dress up – I wear an old pair of Gap jeans, a Zara shirt and Birkenstocks. I haven’t washed my hair for six weeks, partly to see if the self-cleaning theory really does work, and it seems to.
I’ll drive to the butcher and get chicken or lamb for dinner. Then I’ll come back and go for a 15k run. I don’t listen to music because I like to hear nature. I’ve been keeping healthy [in lockdown] with daily doses of Ancient + Brave’s collagen powder and True MCT oil, and regular runs.
I usually have vegetable juice for lunch. I’ll chuck whatever is in the fridge into a NutriBullet and have that with Scandinavian bread. And I write in our kitchen – I’m just starting my third novel, about an old lady who adopts an ex-police dog.
I’ll watch Netflix in the spare room. I need that time alone, otherwise I’ll go insane. I’ve been rewatching The Killing.
I’m still going full-out with food because I enjoy cooking. Recently I did lamb chops marinated in redcurrant jelly, soy sauce, garlic and rosemary (my own recipe). We eat around a big kitchen table, made from old church pews. Sten got it made for my birthday in 2012.
Post-dinner we’ll watch something. Sten hates TV series, apart from Netflix’s After Life and BBC Three’s This Country. I’ll have dark chocolate, usually After Eights.
I have a bath before bed as it relaxes me. I wash my face and use Affinity Organics’ Rose & Frankincense oil. Then I’ll read A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara. It’s harrowing but amazing.
My top tip for staying positive is...
Live in the moment. Before lockdown, people were paying a premium for their life just to slow down. Use this time to regroup your brain.
My go to beauty product is...
Affinity Organics does great antibacterial handwash. My daughters use the cleanser, too, which helps with spots.
I can't turn off...
The Iditapod podcast, about the Iditarod in Alaska, an annual long-distance sled-dog race. I became obsessed with dog sledding after reading Winterdance by Gary Paulsen. It’s thrilling, terrifying and uplifting.
Summer in Mayfair, by Susannah Constantine, is published on 25 June by HQ , £8.99