Shepherdess Amanda Owen is often seen tending to her flock of sheep in the Yorkshire Dales and has to be suitably dressed for the job and the weather. However, earlier this week, the mum-of-nine had the day off and got the chance to get dressed up for a day out.
The Channel 5 star donned a pretty dress in order to attend The Great Yorkshire Show.
Amanda looked lovely in a blue and white floral frock and added a large hat for the occasion.
Wearing her long hair loose over her shoulders, the farmer completed her outfit with a pair of sparkly drop earrings.
Making the most of her glam look, Amanda snapped a selfie at the event, which she later shared on Twitter.
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The 46-year-old Our Yorkshire Farm star is married to Clive Owen, 66, and the couple live on Ravenseat Farm with their family.
They are parents to Raven, 20, Reuben, 17, Miles, 15, Edith, 12, Violet, ten, Sidney, nine, Annas, seven, Clemmie, five, and Nancy, four.
Their eldest child recently left home to attend university.
Meanwhile, their eldest son has started an apprenticeship as a mechanic.
England boss Gareth Southgate will be standing nervously on the sidelines while England takes on Italy in the Euro 2020 Final this evening at 8pm BST. But when he’s not leading the England team to victory, Gareth can be seen entering and exiting his huge mansion located in North Yorkshire. The former Middlesbrough FC player, 50, lives in a beautiful Grade-I listed property known as Swinsty Hall.
The 16th-century building includes what appears to be original brickwork and sprawling grounds.
The England manager’s home is also located next to Swinsty Reservoir, near Harrogate, where he is regularly seen walking his dogs and running, according to the BBC.
Gareth shares his home with his wife Alison and their two children.
The home reportedly features six bedrooms, four bathrooms, a private cinema and a wine cellar.
Speaking about Amanda’s popularity, Helen said: “Well she’s an inspirational woman, she’s a force to be reckoned with.
“I’m not surprised that so many people love her series because I think she probably does what lots of people want to do.”
Helen continued: “She has her kids about cooking and budgeting and rural life and looking after animals and husbandry and with all of that comes empathy and life skills.
“I’m really thrilled that so many people are behind that show, because it’s not an easy way of life but it’s an enviable way of life. She makes it work.”
Helen, who resides with her husband, Leeds Rhinos rugby ace, Richie Myler, and their two children Ernie, six, and Louis, four, in Leeds, admits that after growing up on a farm in rural Cumbria, it’s something she often considers returning to.
She explained: “Every six months I say to my husband, ‘Let’s do something different and go and farm,’ and then my parents are like, ’It’s a hard way to make a living’ and it is, [but] it’s a really fantastic lifestyle.
“When you have seen it like I have and you’ve grown up in a climate of all the things like foot and mouth and BSE and all the rest of it, I know that I’m very lucky to do a job that I like so I’ll hang on to it for as long as I can.
“Hopefully my dad will stay living on the farm as long as he can so I still get that as my second home, my family home. I’m very lucky that my parents live where I grew up so I go and visit my parents all the time.”
Helen, who is currently a judge for National Grid’s Voices for a Green future competition, admitted that she was left blown away after seeing viewing figures come in for her programmes including On The Farm and Countryfile.
She revealed: “We get millions of viewers on On The Farm – it always surprises me when people are as glued to the countryside.
“I sort of grew up on a farm in rural Cumbria and that was my life and I loved it. I’m passionate about it, but I don’t think I ever really expected people in central Manchester or central Liverpool to be as interested in rural affairs as they are.”
The small screen star added: “It just goes to show, it’s a credit to how many people in this country love our countryside.
“I think that it’s actually a credit to us as a nation, I’ve been really lucky I’ve lived abroad and I’ve done a lot of travelling and I feel very, very grateful for that but the thing that brings everybody back to the UK is what we have on our doorsteps, you know this green and glorious land and I think shows like Countryfile and On The Farm celebrate that, so I’m always humbled and flattered.”
Helen is a judge for National Grid’s Voices for a Green Future competition, offering young people a voice on climate change.
Children aged 7 – 15 who are in school years 3 to 10 can enter the competition by sharing how they would look after the planet if they were in charge. Four lucky winners will have their ideas broadcast at COP26 in front of world leaders this November.
Amanda and Clive are already parents to Raven, 20, who is studying bio-medical science at York University and Reuben who, after tinkering with the farm’s many machines, has just started an apprenticeship as a mechanic.
The Owens have shared an insight into their wedding day.
Amanda and Clive, best known for appearing on Our Yorkshire Farm’s, shared a sweet, previously unseen wedding snap on Saturday’s instalment of the show.
The episode was dedicated to the lambing season, and the family were seen pulling together for the Easter rush, the Daily Star reports.
They were rescuing lambs who had been separated from their mothers and ensuring they were properly fed and looked after.
After a power cut at the farm, Amanda spent some time to reflect on her wedding to hubby Clive, as the couple shared a sweet snap of their big day.
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In the picture, Amanda could be seen sporting a stunning white veil and gorgeous wedding dress, patterned with a green floral design.
The stunning shepherdess donned a pair of white silk gloves for the occasion, as she stood stroking a beautiful brown and white horse that stood between the couple.
Clive, meanwhile, was suited in a lavish black suit and patterned waistcoat, along with a burgundy cravat.
The pair, who wed in 2000, looked a vision of romance in the sweet snap, surrounded by lush greenery in their rural setting.
The couple share nine children together, and though Clive isn’t originally from a farming background, has lived at the farm in Ravenseat for 25 years.
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The farm was already in his possession when the duo met.
Clive admits he fell for Amanda despite their 21 year age gap, and when Amanda turned up at his doorstep to borrow a “tup”, or male sheep, he found himself immediately attracted to her.
“I do remember this six-foot something woman knocked on the door. I was very taken with her. You couldn’t not be,” Clive said.
Amanda, meanwhile, recalled: “It was a slow burn thing we kind of got to know each other. Made friends first then went out a little bit together.
“With us both coming from non-farming backgrounds we were kind of peas in a pod really but we didn’t know that at the time.”
Before exchanging vows with Amanda, Clive was married once before, and has two children from his previous marriage.
But after he met Amanda in 1996, the rest was history.
Their farm has more than 1,000 years of history, with Amanda previously telling The Home Page: “You feel very temporary, like we’re just part of the bigger story before it’s passed on to someone else.”
Elsewhere on Saturday night’s programme, the kids helped to fix a lamb’s broken leg when they came across it limping around a field.
Amanda has often reflected on how the farm is a learning experience for the youngsters, as they learn practical skills – as well as becoming more acquainted with life and death.
As one sheep sadly died, Violet and Edith were sent out to retrieve its tag information, and hardly seemed fazed by the maggots crawling across its wool or the sad state of the animal.
Violet has said in the past that she wants to be a vet when she’s older, so it’s all good practice.
Amanda admitted the family had been reliant on tourists in previous years, which became an unreliable source of income due to several lockdowns.
She said: “I know a lot of people will think ‘Well, not a lot has changed with your life as a shepherd’ and while it may seem like in the countryside, the pandemic is so very far away but that’s actually not the case.
“In the first instance, we have diversified as a farm and we are very reliant on tourists.”
Amanda continued to the Mirror Online: “The first six months of the year is very hands-on with the sheep throughout the winter but, come the end of lambing season, we’re looking after people instead, shepherding tourists.
“Of course, that never happened last year – the people never came.”