Ian Drummond – Director, Indoor Garden Design
So you’re self-isolating…who’s your favourite person to be locked up with? My partner Allan of course and our puppy Hamish who is an adorable Cavapoo. Alternatively, it would be Katherine Tate’s character Nan!
Name one thing that’s changed about your daily routine that you’re going to take forward after lockdown’s over? It’s been incredible to be able to use digital technology for meetings – so instead of travelling in my Mini Countryman all over London for meetings I get to do them from home. I think I’m definitely going take that forward – it’s a less stressful way of doing things. For the first time ever I am managing to establish a much better work/life balance. I am really going to try and hold on to this post lockdown. I’m sure we are all spending lots of time cooking, eating and thinking about food and I have discovered that my new favourite sandwich is chicken, bacon and cranberry – I’m in that Christmas mood already.
How many cups of tea/coffee are you now drinking per day? I’m holding back on coffee but the tea is on tap.
Best new Netflix/boxset series or book you’ve discovered? Netflix: Pennyworth starring Paloma Faith – Paloma plays my new favourite female villain. Also Unorthodox is incredible and the new Killing Eve series.
What do you miss most about life before lockdown? I desperately miss seeing my family and friends.
DIY vs gardening – which wins? Gardening all the time! I am totally clueless when it comes to DIY!
What time is wine o’clock? We try to wait until after breakfast!
When working from home is your background choice radio/tv/silence? Radio – it varies from Smooth FM for background easy listening and then Radio 4 to keep updated with the news and current affairs. I’ve also created an IGD playlist filled with gardening themed tunes. Ian’s playlist
In hindsight, what would you have prepared in advance (ie food/diy products etc)? Food probably because at the beginning it was a bit chaotic but now we have a two week meal plan. We are shopping once a week usually from our local M&S.
Is the government doing a good job of keeping you informed? I don’t think so- they do have a tough job on their hands and it’s good that we are having daily updates but for the last few weeks it’s been hard to discern what is actually being said.
What’s your predicted date for return to normality? I don’t think there’ll be normality as we knew it. I think there will be a ‘new’ normal by the end of June – when we slowly come out of lockdown with restrictions in place and we’ll have to go cautiously.
Best new follow on social media? @pictures_of_newyork – Beautiful images taken by the New Yorkers that for the last few weeks have been filled with the most wonderful blossom lined streets in Manhattan.