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”Becoming a shepherdess was my way of rebelling”

Amanda Owen lives and works on a Yorkshire farm with her husband and nine children. She is also the author of two bestselling books. So, what’s farm life really like?

”I love the connection to the past: You see initials carved into a brick wall and know that someone was doing the same thing as you 300 years ago”

T he day starts early for shepherdess Amanda Owen. ‘It’s up at 6am, getting the kids to do their jobs before school; there are certain things that have to happen every day, regardless of the season, like mucking out stables and lighting fires', she says. ‘I’ve got everybody reminding everyone about everything! My husband Clive and I work well together: this morning, he was out tupping the sheep [preparing them for mating season], then he came back to finish cooking the porridge, while I went out with my dogs to bring the sheep down from the field. The weather was cold but glorious, though it’s not always like that; the worst is the sideways sleety rain and mud – it can make your job much more dicult, but you have to deal with it.’

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