AM to PM in lockdown with Paul Martin

By Anita Jaynes on 28 April, 2020

During COVID lockdown we’re reviving our AM to PM feature which delves into the lives and day-to-day diaries of members of our local business community. It’s great to be nosy and find out how others are coping, structuring their days and getting through these tricky times. 

In this post we put the spotlight on tv presenter, artist and antiques expert Paul Martin.

Paul Martin is best known as a tv presenter and natural history enthusiast on programmes including Countryfile Diaries, Flog It! and the Antiques Road Trip. He’s also an author of two books on antiques, a skilled artist and musician. He lives with his wife Charlotte and their children Dylan and Meredith in Corsham. Paul also runs his own shop in the town, Paul Martin’s Table Gallery. He can be found on Instagram @the_table_gallery

Paul at home with his wife Charlotte.

7am – I get up come rain or shine to help Charlotte muck out our two horses!

8am – It’s breakfast, we have a bell and I ring it and that tells our children to come down for breakfast. Muesli and coffee for me.

9am – By now we’ve started home schooling and Charlotte is working full time form home (she works at Bath Spa University). The remote school timetable begins, sharing three laptops between four of us, drop-out on our broadband and all of us jockeying for time online. 

10am – Time for a coffee and then our fragmented day continues. We will take a break with the children and may go outside and do some sport to keep active or perhaps do some reading with them. 

11am – My tv work has ground to a halt as we cannot go out and about to film, so I’m busy photographing my stock for the shop, re-working my website and doing my social media posts. 

Noon – I’m getting to grips with Instagram (please come along and follow me) and this week I’m doing a course on how to use Instagram more effectively. I’m learning! 

1pm – Time for a sandwich for us all. Then we either go trampolining for 20 mins in the garden, or we do art or music for 20 mins. It’s just not good for children to be on their screens continually. The arts provide wonderful moments of joy during the day. 

2pm – This might be the time where I go and do a shop for essentials which, for us, includes food for our dogs and cats or I pop to the shop to pick up the post. I also move the furniture around to ensure no woodworm takes up residence. Top tip – agitation of furniture stops the moths from settling. The National Trust do this in their properties.

3pm – Formal school ends but then afterschool clubs begin and that’s continuing online – this might be chess, or science or similar. Something a little more fun. 

4pm – We stop at about this time and as a family we go for a 7km run around Corsham.

5pm – A little chill out time before tea for us all and just chatting to each other. 

6pm – Charlotte or me will be on tea duty (we’re all veggie) and we enjoy cooking from scratch. The other one will take the children to ride their ponies for an hour or so. 

7pm – We eat together, Meredith has been making parcels to send to her friends because she misses them so she may work on that for a while. We then start to plan for the next day’s tasks. 

8pm – It’s Merlin time!! Watching re- runs of the tv series Merlin. 

9pm – Children are in bed, Charlotte and I will read them a story if they want one though Dylan tends not to these days. 

10pm – When I can, I will go and play snooker for a while (I have a snooker table at home) and the time can fly by. Sometimes we have a glass of wine, sometimes we don’t. It’s our time to relax. 

Visit Paul Martin’s Table Gallery online at: thetablegallery.com And read our exclusive Paul Martin: In Profile here.

Pictured above: Paul in his mancave.