As Yorkshire Pudding rightly points out, idleness has become a way of life for some of us and a very pleasant change it is too compared to the hustle and bustle of our working lives.
I’m two and a half weeks into a two month project that is keeping me busy for much of the week and I admit that I’m starting to miss my hours of idleness – or creative pottering as I prefer to think of it.
The one thing it has got in the way of is my watching the winter Olympics on tv. I’ve never really paid much attention to this quadrennial event before, partly because I didn’t have the time when I was working, partly because I’ve never seen the attraction in crashing down a mountain with a couple of planks tied to your feet, but mostly because we Brits just aren’t very good at snow sports.
Sochi 2014 has changed all that for me. Ice dancing still has all the allure of a wet weekend in Whitby, but the rest is pretty amazing, especially the newer events like slopestyle, halfpipe, snowboard cross and freestyle skiing.
These people have to be just as fit as the summer Olympians, but they mix it with the prospect of imminent death or serious injury just to spice things up a little.
But there is always curling which is reminiscent of the game I played as a schoolboy called Deck the Prefect. This involved skidding a heavy school bag across the ice, not unlike a curling stone, the object being to take the legs from beneath any prefect on playground duty. Happy days.
The real attraction though is that it is played indoors, out of the wind and sleet, and you are given a mug of cocoa and a chocolate biscuit halfway through.
I will have to get some practice in if I am to make the team for Pyeongchang in 2018, but that sounds like a perfect piece of creative pottering in my book.