Yorkshire Shepherdess Amanda Owen says she now has hundreds of people visit Ravenseat farm each day and that it’s ‘more tiring smiling than shovelling s***’ – but admits she ‘capitalises’ on curious fans by running a cafe
- Shepherdess Amanda Owen, 47, opened up about her Our Yorkshire Farm fame
- She said she found it ‘invasive’ that people knew where her farm is located
- She added she understands show’s biggest selling point is that the farm is real
- Said her writing about her life on the farm and the TV show is a ‘vicious circle’
Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen has opened up about her experiences of fame and said she found it ‘invasive’.
The mother-of-nine, 47, who looks after a thousand sheep as well as other animals on Ravenseat farm with her husband Clive, 67, and their brood, told the Sunday Times Magazine she struggle with people asking for her picture when she was out and about.
She revealed hundreds of people come each day to her farm and use the cafe she and Clive have opened there – adding that she understands what makes Our Yorkshire Farm, which airs on Channel 5 on Tuesdays, so popular is that the farm is real.
‘Hundreds come past each day. Sometimes it can be more tiring smiling than shovelling s***,’ she said.
Yorkshire Shepherdess, Amanda Owen, 47, pictured, has revealed she finds fame invasive, but admits she capitalises on it
Amanda runs Ravenseat farm with her husband Clive. She says hundreds of curious fans come to visit in hopes of catching a glimpse of her or her children
‘There is a time when I’d like to shut the door and say, “This is my life, this is my time.” And that’s got quite difficult,’ she added.
She admitted Clive and her capitalise on the visitors coming to their farm in order to run the cafe they have opened on site.
But she added she found it difficult that she now has people to answer to, and that people sometimes take her picture or record her while she is working on her farm.
‘Of course it’s invasive. People know where we live and they can arrive there — but that’s the unique selling point, that the farm is real,’ she said.
Amanda said it is a vicious circle to write about your life, because you never run out of material
Going strong: Amanda met her husband in 1996 when he was already divorced with two children, after she arrived at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess
Amanda, who wrote several books about life on the farm – the latest one, on seasonal living, being published this Thursday – said it is a ‘vicious circle,’ and that she couldn’t stop writing about it, because the material is there.
She added that her nine children, aged 20 to five, have not been affected by fame and have not receive any negative comment.
She said the show, books and the publicity surrounding a farm was all a way to finance her nine children’s future. She added she had never employed childcare, because it would have proved more stressful for her than convenient.
She added she benefited from a ‘waterfall effect’ where the eldest kids have taken care of the younger ones as they’ve grown up.
Following in mummy’s footsteps: Clemmie (pictured Lleft) rehomes a lost chick and the girls find a brood of fledgling kestrels nesting in one of their traditional stone hayloft in one of the episodes
Amanda has not been afraid of speaking her mind on social media in the past.
Recently she slammed a troll who said her children ‘won’t cope in real world’ after an unconventional upbringing on the ‘quaint’ farm.
The mother-of-nine, 46, lives with her brood and her husband Clive at 2,000 acre Ravenseat farm in the Yorkshire Dales after moving to the land in 1996 to train as a shepherdess.
Amanda has grown a large fan following thanks to the popularity of Channel 5 show, Our Yorkshire Farm. However, she has now hit back at a troll who criticised her for the ‘unconventional’ way in which she’s chosen to raise her brood.
Speaking on Sophie Ellis Bextor’s podcast, she commented: ‘They [my children] are getting really good life lessons they can translate and take to any other life wherever that should be – whether it’s in the countryside or in the city.
‘Because people say [to me], “Oh they are not growing up in the real world, they’ll never be able to cope with real life.”‘
Full house! The writer, 46, and her husband Clive, 67, share Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clementine, five, and four-year-old Nancy
‘But they are actually learning lessons, that will set them up really well to be people who are hands-on and people who’ve got a degree of common sense and can do things.’
Amanda went on to say that one of her nine children even learned how to ride a bike without any help from the parents, noting that this is an indication of their independence.
The Yorkshire shepherdess previously appeared on poet Simon Armitage’s BBC Radio 4 podcast, where she told how she will leave it up to her children to decide if they wish to become shepherds and stay on the family farm.
‘I don’t look that far ahead,’ she explained. ‘I say to the children they can be whatever they want to be and go wherever they want to go.
‘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.
Free spirits! The doting parent said she has instilled independence in her children (Owen is pictured with some of her children on the Moors)
‘Raven (her 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.’
Back in April, the writer blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of children who cannot look after themselves.
The sheepherder suggested today’s youngsters had ‘no sense of independence’ or work ethic.
‘The snowflake generation, they can’t do anything,’ Amanda told the Radio Times. ‘They don’t know anything about how to look after themselves, or a work ethic, all of that has gone out of the window. It’s our fault as parents.
In April, the sheepherder (pictured) blamed parents for today’s ‘snowflake’ generation of children who cannot look after themselves
‘If you put your child on a pedestal, with no sense of independence, and think you have got to entertain them the whole time, what can you expect?
‘I rebuff swaddling children, because I want to see them go on and do well and be themselves, whatever that is. I feel like it is their life and all I do is prepare them.
‘What we do on the farm, hopefully, is preparation for the big world. The lessons they get here will stand them in good stead.’
Amanda met her husband in 1996 when he was already divorced with two children, after she arrived at his farm as a 21-year-old trainee shepherdess.
Amanda grew up in a traditional three-bed house with her parents and one sibling in the large market town of Huddersfield.
At 6ft 2in, the blonde was encouraged to follow the same career path as her model mother, but she hated the clothes and make-up that she had to wear.
She left her comfortable town life to work on farms around the country, but it’s when she knocked on the door of Ravenseat Farm that she found her calling.
Many of her children help out on the farm when they are not at school – or travelling to and from as the journey takes one-and-a-half hours each way.
‘In order to make a big family work they all need to tow the line. It’s not about child labour – it’s about pulling together,’ Amanda told the Daily Mail in an article in 2018.
With the nearest shop so far away – and the risk during winter that they could be snowed in for weeks – the TV star buys food in bulk, and manages to feed her large family for just £130 a week.
Their water is free, channelled from the stream on the moor, and they heat the house and water with a roaring fire, which burns every day no matter what the weather.
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