Our Yorkshire Farm: Amanda Owen watches as flood water rages
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The Yorkshire Shepherdess is the star of Our Yorkshire Farm alongside her husband Clive Owen and their nine children. In a recent interview, Channel 5 star Amanda Owen explained why she was drawn to Ravenseat and the life of being a shepherdess in such a rural landscape.
Trees A Crowd host David Oakes began: “You worked as a farmer in Wiltshire in Cumbria, in small city farms around the Huddersfield area.
“Is there something particular about Swaledale about Ravenseat that makes you want to make this your home?”
“Yeah, absolutely it’s the landscape, it’s everything you can imagine, this is what inspired me,” Amanda replied.
“This is so cheesy to go back in time to James Herriot’s All Creatures Great and Small.
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“Those books really resonated with me. I loved reading I was always a reader.”
“Did your parents give those books to you intentionally?” David asked.
“It was just the fashion at the time, everybody was into them, it was the books, it was a television programme and I read them and I loved them,” she replied.
“I watched the television and thought, ‘I want that life’ and the only way I could see to live that life was to become a vet.”
“But unfortunately I wasn’t clever enough,” Amanda added before noting another book inspired her shepherdess life.
The Our Yorkshire Farm star revealed Hill Shepherd by E. Forder and John Forder made a huge impact on her aspirations.
“There wasn’t even much of a narrative with it, it was just these pictures, and they just blew me away because for me, living where I lived it was like a different world,” she explained.
“I couldn’t believe that life still exists. Those places are still there.”
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“There’s a picture of, I think it’s called The Judges, and it’s three gnarly old shepherds,” David said. “It’s glorious, it takes you back.”
Amanda continued: “There’s a picture of two shepherds in the Lake District in the sheep pens working with the sheep.
“Now, it isn’t a Countryfile picture, it’s got mud, it’s got sheepdogs.”
“The picture was real, it was absolutely fly on the wall,” The Yorkshire Shepherdess added.
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Discussing her childhood, she explained: “I had normal suburban upbringing.”
He asked: “Do you think it’s important to have a bit of urban living and rural living?”
Amanda replied: “100 percent, even now, I think it sets you straight because you don’t have this kind of feeling that you’ve never seen anything else, it gives you a different form of appreciation.”
Our Yorkshire Farm is available on My5.
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