Our Yorkshire Farm: Amanda Owen reveals water issues
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Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 46, has spoken out on her and her family’s future and whether or not they will continue living on Ravenseat farm. The Our Yorkshire Farm star was quizzed on her plans during a candid new interview with Poet Laureate Simon Armitage on BBC Radio 4.
Amanda got onto the subject when Simon quizzed her about whether she and her husband Clive Owen will continue to live at the farm, even if the couple’s nine children don’t want to become farmers.
The television personality revealed in response that their future on the farm is uncertain at this stage, as she doesn’t want to “look that far ahead”.
The mum-of-nine divulged: “I don’t look that far ahead.
“I say to the children they can be whatever they want to be and go wherever they want to go.”
Amanda went on to admit that her children tend to go through phases where they want to move away from rural life and develop their careers elsewhere.
She added: “And of course they go through stages where they’re more enthusiastic about the countryside, as they get older into their teens obviously they want to go away.
“Raven [Amanda’s eldest child] when she went to York, she was heading to the bright lights, couldn’t wait to get to a place where her phone worked and she could order a takeaway without it being cold and stuck to the paper – it’s all brilliant.
“But you know within a month or two I’m getting text messages asking how to make Yorkshire pudding tins out of bean cans and can you prove a loaf of bread on a radiator when you haven’t got on open fire.
“So it’s instilled into you the kind of life you lead in the countryside,” Amanda explained.
Amanda and her husband Clive are parents to nine children together, seven of whom still live at home.
Miles, 15; Edith, 12; Violet, ten; Sidney, nine; Annas, seven; Clemmy, five and Nancy, all still live in the Owen family home at Ravenseat while Amanda’s two eldest children have moved out.
20-year-old Raven is currently studying bio-medical science in York, while 16-year-old Reuben has started an apprenticeship as a mechanic.
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Raven was born during the foot and mouth outbreak in 2001.
2,000 cases of the disease hit farms across the British countryside at the time, and over six million cows and sheep were killed to halt the spread.
The situation meant Amanda was forced to have a “face up” birth, as she was stranded on her and Clive’s farm.
Amanda’s insight into her family’s future in farming comes after she confirmed the Owens are planning to relocate to a new farm.
The shepherdess and her spouse Clive have planned to move to another farmhouse a mile away from where they currently live in the Yorkshire Dales.
The mum-of-nine told The Home Page: “Each of the buildings on the farm are named after people who are long gone, but whose memory lives on and it’s important to keep the heritage of the place going.
“A house is a house,” she added.
“But living somewhere wild, like here, really shapes your character.
“You are facing a battle against the elements here which makes you more independent, and it gives you the freedom to be yourself.”
The Poet Laureate Has Gone to His Shed, 19:15 Saturday 10 July on Radio 4 and BBC Sounds
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