"That leaves us needing a reason to keep pottering about on the island."
He wouldn't potter about in a garden excavating the pedestals of statues.
A few weeks ago he had been happily unemployed, a retired man pottering about on his own private business.
Fiona Bruce planned to potter about on the less challenging slopes.
"My father used to bring home lots of fish and I would potter about, trying out all sorts of different things with them."
Every morning after breakfast she went out and was happy pottering about in it.
But he can potter about and garden, being a Griqua by birth.
"To bimble" - to potter about, especially in a rather old car.
His father got up; he heard him pottering about.
Next time he'd come by himself and spend all day pottering about.