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In this frank, funny and informative new show, Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen shares heart-warming tales and honest anecdotes from her remarkable farming, family life in North Yorkshire. It's a life that has almost gone in today's modern world, one ruled by animals and the four seasons.
We’ll hear how Amanda grew up in Huddersfield, but was inspired by James Herriot’s books to leave her town life behind and head to the countryside. After working as a freelance dairy milker and alpaca shearer, she eventually settled down as a shepherdess at Ravenseat, one of the highest and most remote places in England, where she’s raised a flock of 1000 sheep and a family of 9 children with husband Clive.
Accompanied by some of Amanda's wonderful photography, we’ll experience the highs and lows of the farming year, which in 2018 included the extremes of the Beast from the East and one of the hottest summers on record. Ravenseat is a tenant farm and may not stay in the family, so when Amanda saw a nearby farmhouse up for sale, she knew it was her chance to create roots for the next generation. The old house needed a lot of renovation and money was tight, but with her usual resourcefulness Amanda set about the work herself, with some help from the family, a visiting plumber and a travelling monk. It's fair to say things did not go according to plan.
We’ll hear how Amanda juggles life as a shepherdess, home renovator and mother to nine children, with life as a best-selling author and being taken to the nation’s hearts with the Channel 5 hit series ‘Our Yorkshire Farm’. Funny, charming and filled with unforgettable characters, ‘Adventures of the Yorkshire Shepherdess' will delight anyone who has dreamt of a new life in the country.
The Yorkshire Shepherdess - Amanda Owen
Bestselling author, passionate photographer, newspaper columnist, public speaker, social media personality, tea-maker and mother of 9 – Amanda is a (very busy) woman of many talents, but first and foremost, Amanda is a shepherdess! Life is never dull at Ravenseat, their traditional hill farm in Upper Swaledale. There, Amanda and her husband Clive tend to their sheep, cattle, horses, dogs and ‘free-range’ children in one of the most remote and beautiful areas of the country. It’s a traditional way of living that’s virtually disappeared – but Amanda wouldn’t change it for the world and feels privileged to be living out her dream in some of Yorkshire's most glorious scenery. The connection to nature and the freedom and independence that living off the beaten track brings more than makes up for the challenges that the long, hard winters bring. Amanda likes to share the challenges, rewards and realities of the unique life she’s built in rural North Yorkshire – sharing her inspirational stories and experiences through her writing, photography, public appearances and media work.
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