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The struggles and juggles of shepherdess Amanda

Rural way of life suits author Amanda

Twenty years, 1,000 sheep, one husband and eight and a half children - that's how a North Yorkshire shepherdess sums up the time that she's spent living on a remote hill farm in the Dales.

Amanda Owen has written extensively about her unusual, rural lifestyle. And as she prepares to welcome her ninth child to the fold at Ravenseat Farm, she told Helen Pearson, even when the going gets tough, she wouldn't want it any other way.