Here in the Goode household we’ve been watching BBC2’s Lambing Live, a series of programs screened live, with some prerecorded material, at 8 pm every evening this week. It follows in the footsteps of Spring Watch and Autumn Watch, which followed a similar format, exploring Britain’s wildlife.
By coincidence, today Fiona and I visited a rural school down in Somerset, complete with its own farm, where we saw some impossibly cute fresh-born lambs (pictured), as well as some young pigs and cows.
I get the impression that people are becoming more interested in the countryside, conservation, nature and farming. This has to be a good thing. The parallel with wine is that both the trade and consumers are beginning to care more about what happens in the vineyard, and viticulturalists are starting to see their vineyards as agroecosystems where the vine itself is but one component. Sustainability will soon be seen not as some sort of luxury, but as a moral duty.