A day of hard work and the weather outside to match: gloopy. This buttercup is keeping me sane. When you’re self-employed and have a deliberately strange work/life structure, you do forget (as was always the plan!) what a long day at the desk is like. “Hour 9 in the big mother louse….” Precisely. You develop small treats, like this – no offence – and (yippee!) nipping out to buy more post-its; or allow yourself some folksie tunes ‘cos it’s after 7pm – the high life indeed. So the buttercup’s a smiler – she’s grinning and I’ll be off to join her in a mere 40 hours….

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