I so much like doing not very much. Doing nothing bad, doing lots can be bad but doing not much I usually find very satisfactory.
On Saturday night I cleaned my flute. My wonderful flute, who has been my partner for 34 years, has been suffering in the heat and humidity and I have been neglecting her. I just use her but care little for her wellbeing.
I sit down and watch the BBC news. The main story seems to be whether Andy Murray will win his next tennis game. I am riveted.
I dismantle the flute and scrape off as much fungus as I can. I oil her carefully with almond oil and polish her silver with Silvo.
I do this very slowly and carefully. The sun goes down.
It is time to watch the Lions. Australia win. It seems that the scrum is how you win games. In my day no penalties were awarded at the scrum unless the scrum half put the ball in crooked. Now every scrum half puts the ball in crooked and no one cares. Penalties are awarded at nearly all scrums for offences that no one, including the referee, understands. I do not like this modern game.
It takes me about 4 hours to clean the flute.
Patrick Olwell makes the best wooden flutes ever made. This is a fantastic documentary on how he does it. It costs $6 to download. Best $6 you will ever spend
Four hours ? Time well spent I’d say, even if your flute is destined to survive you anyway.