It struck me last night while watching Country File, how people with a passion for something get such a lot more out of life. I suppose if you are not that kind of person then you can't manufacture that kind of life. The programme was from the Channel Islands and it went round the late Gerald Durrell's Country Park. Apart from all the things he started, the staff had begun a project to enhance the number of choughs on the island as they were in danger of dying out. It was fascinating to watch the little birds grow into noisy irks - it was also fascinating to watch the enthusiasm of the folk involved in the project.
Later Adam went to look at a herd of 'curly' pigs from Hungary. They were lovely (particularly the runt of one litter who needed some TLC and so had grown up in the kitchen and followed them everywhere). The chap who kept them had started out with a pair just as a bit of a hobbby - but they had gradually taken over his life and he was now curing the meat and making it into pancettas, hams, pork joints etc. It looked delicious
We all know of gardeners who have spent their lives creating beautiful gardens - and often leaving them to the nation - Sissinghurst being a case in point .
I know we can't all be like that but a bit of a passion, the desire to get involved in some project - to keep a diary (I have a friend who has done this for many years), to search for, and catalogue wild flowers, to travel the world ,or even more ordinary things like cooking or making a good vegetable garden.
My son walked over the fields to our farm last night quite late, when it was dusk and rather wet. He came because he felt like a walk and to lend me a book to read. He is a chap who has intense enthusiasms (like his father before him) - it makes him an interesting man to chat to.
The farmer has the same kind of interest in the countryside - theflowers, the birds, the wildlife, what is growing in the fields. It is never boring to drive around with him down country lanes (this was underlined in Suffolk last week).
What a lot folk miss out on if they just go on their way living rather than being enthusiastic about it.