Since most of my time revolves around the shop now, I thought I'd document a typical day here. When we first started I had visions of sitting in the shop making pretty things, leafing through magazines for inspiration and floating around making everything look lovely. Ha! Not a bit of it. This is what my days are typically like:
5.30 - 6.00am Get up (reluctantly - I'm not a morning person)
6.30 - 7.00am Leave home.
7.00 - 7.30am Open up shop, turn off alarm, switch on kettle and coffee machine, make myself a cup of coffee and breakfast (cereal). I don't have breakfast at home as it's too early for me. Sign onto lottery terminal and unlock scatchcard machine.
7.30am Move all the plants and outdoor stock outside (they are stored inside the shop overnight). Count papers, arrange on shelves, put by regular orders, count milk and put in fridge.
8.00am Switch on lights, open the shop, eat breakfast in between serving customers.
8.30am Chat with earlybird customers, can learn useful things - one reminded me this week that Marlborough Summer School allows local businesses to have leaftlets in the foyer. We need to promote the shop as much as we can. Mental note to design a proper shop leaflet (this has been on my 'to do' list for months). Water all the plants.
9.00 - 12.15 Serve customers, in between which stock up shelves, place any orders for groceries, tidy, weigh and bag up the birdfoods (we buy in sacks and divide into 1kg bags), box eggs (we buy in trays and box them up ourselves), check perishable stock for sell-by dates. These are ongoing daily tasks - I never really manage to catch up with all of them. Take photos for our website and facebook and try to resist the tempation of all the chocolate and sweets I am surrounded by (usually I fail).
12.15pm Try to each my lunch - get interrupted several times to serve customers.
1.00pm Our Post Office clerk goes for lunch so I cover the Post Office counter as well as the shop (we don't close at lunchtimes). Fortunately lunchtimes are fairly quiet and I usually have the chance to tidy the greetings card racks which become untidy on a daily basis, or re-arrange some displays.
1.45pm Check/update my "to do" list, this can include updating our website & Facebook, making signs and tags for stock, working on marketing and promotion, choosing and ordering greetings cards, sourcing stock. I rarely get these things done in shop time.
2.00pm - 4.30pm see 9.00 - 12.15
4.30pm Count newspaper returns, put in crates and take out to shed for collection. Vacuum and mop the floor.
5.00pm Cash up - this can take a shorter or longer time depending on interruptions.
5.30pm Put up Closed sign, bring in remaining plant stock. Sign off Lottery terminal, lock scratchcards and cash register. Switch off coffee machine and lights.
6.30 - 7.00pm Arrive home, eat my tea (luckily Mr. Bloom is home before me and cooks the tea) and flop on the settee until bedtime. Same again tomorrow!