Blow into It and Move Your Fingers Up and Down

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.

A sorry sight

A sorry sight – click on photo

Look at all the fungus

Look at all the fungus

A shameful head joint

A shameful head joint

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.

Can Andy do it?

Can Andy do it?

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.

Tools

Tools

I do this very slowly and carefully. The sun goes down.

I have a boat

I have a boat

Nearly 200 years old

Nearly 200 years old

I should really remount the two bottom keys. Never use them and they tend to cause problems.

I should really remount the two bottom keys. Never use them and they tend to cause problems.

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.

Lets have a scrum

Lets have a scrum

It takes me about 4 hours to clean the flute.

Next year will be her 200th birthday

Next year will be her 190th birthday

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

http://videolla.com/9004/shows/7dfgggub/the-keymaster-patrick-olwells-story

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1 Response to Blow into It and Move Your Fingers Up and Down

  1. Mike Taylor says:

    Four hours ? Time well spent I’d say, even if your flute is destined to survive you anyway.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2293058/My-bagpipes-gave-pneumonia-Musician-catches-deadly-fungal-virus-beloved-instrument.html

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