Our Yorkshire Farm’s Amanda Owen on stepping back and ‘handing over control’ of Ravenseat

Amanda Owen discusses handing more control to her children

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Our Yorkshire Farm was back on Monday evening as Channel 5 viewers finally got to catch up with Clive and Amanda Owen and their family at Ravenseat in an all-new series. The latest season of Our Yorkshire Farm sees the Owen family face arguably their biggest farming tests to date – from the Covid pandemic to unprecedented weather. And joining Jon Kay and Sally Nugent on Tuesday’s BBC Breakfast, Amanda opened up on just what life was like filming over the past few months.

Teeing up the discussion about lockdown, Jon probed: “I’m wondering what lockdown was like living where you do.

“Because I live in a city and it’s very different, you know, nobody was going to work, shops were shut,

“You look out the window and we were clearly in lockdown, but I guess looking out the window for you, life carried on pretty much, didn’t it? You had the farm and it was still operating?”

“Yeah, nothing changed Jon,” the Our Yorkshire Farm star replied. “When lockdown began we were lambing.”

Amanda continued: “So it’s so intense and it’s such a busy time as a shepherd that you don’t think of anything else.”

However, the effects of lockdown did soon creep up on Amanda and the Owen family.

She continued: “I guess once we finished lambing and we’d normally be expecting visitors and tourists, of course, they never came.

“That was when it became clear and obvious that things had changed, so it was a strange time – it was isolation on top of isolation.”

With the changes, therefore, taking place at Ravenseat, Sally then chimed in: “And what were the other practical problems during lockdown for you, in terms of running the farm? There must’ve been so many.”

“I mean, yeah, where do you want to start?” Amanda cheekily replied. “Just actually feeding the children – which is where the recipes in the book came along.”

The Yorkshire Shepherdess then delved into how this challenge in particular led to her stepping back and letting the children take the reins of proceedings at the farm.

Amanda went on: “(We were) looking at how to utilise what you already had in the store cupboard and basically, I suppose, hand over a bit more control to the children.

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“They started cooking, they started baking – why give them Play Doh when you can give them dough and they can make bread? You see what I mean?

“So it really was – we all had to pull together and at the end of the day, anybody who was able to come out of that period and have kids who are mentally alright, I think you’ve got to say they’ve done well.

Amanda beamed with pride as she commented on another aspect of the show she’s put firmly in the children’s hands.

“The homeschooling went awry but look at what they did achieve – they filmed a programme!” Amanda concluded.

After seeing Amanda appear on BBC Breakfast, many viewers were quick to praise the star for the show and her interview.

Vivien said on Twitter: ”@AmandaOwen8 Hi Amanda I’ve just watched you on BBC breakfast,  and I have to say you are a breath of fresh air.”

Alan Coleman added: “#BBCBreakfast Our Yorkshire farm lifted me when my depression was making me struggle, watching the family work and laugh, especially when the smallest started to develop their own personality was a great inspiration. Best wishes to Amanda, Clive and her entire family. Thank you.”

While Yvonne weighed in: “Thanks – just put the programme on for record. Would hate to miss the new series Amanda.”

BBC Breakfast airs daily at 6am on BBC One.

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