A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen


I have had a fondness for stories set in Yorkshire and have read all the James Herriot books.  We are such big fans that we named our son Tristan after one of the characters.  When I discovered another Yorkshire author named Amanda Owen I knew I was in for a treat.

First I followed Amanda, aka The Yorkshire Shepherdess, on Twitter.   The photos of the Yorkshire countryside, the sheep, cows, horses, chickens and of course Amanda, her husband Clive and their 9 children are beautiful. Her handle is @Amandaowen8 if you want to take a look.

All children are up at 6:00 a.m. and eat on the go, all have chores they do, automatically working as a team.  Even the 7 year old goes out to gather wood and brings it to start a fire in the black range.  No fire means cold baths. Yikes!


I have thoroughly enjoyed reading these 12 chapters broken down by each month’s events.  Here is a great article from The Guardian and one from Country and Townhouse if you want to read more.  If you enjoyed James Herriot then this will be your cuppa of tea.  Fresh bread, cakes and stews are always on the menu so I thought I would share two freshly baked loaves I made this week.


Linking up with Joy’s British Isles Friday


11 thoughts on “A Year in the Life of the Yorkshire Shepherdess by Amanda Owen

  1. I wish you would elaborate on why you love Yorkshire! Have you visited there? Do you have a family connection? Or is it just that the authors write vividly and capture your imagination?

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    Liked by 1 person

    • Mae, my ancestry is actually from Cumbria England and is so close by. I have always wanted to visit there and enjoyed reading about my GGG grandparents lives in the area. Also, I love Herriot and his vivid descriptions of the area.


  2. That is gorgeous bread! I remember loving All Creatures Great and Small but it’s been ages since I read it. I think I’d love this one. I’m trying to imagine my 8 year old up by 6am and gathering wood for a fire. I’m failing miserably there! Though to be fair I don’t think I can imagine myself up at 6am gathering wood for a fire. Do you think the sheep could wait till 9ish? I’m adding this one to my list.

    Liked by 1 person

    • Katherine, it’s a life style the kids grow up in, immersed in a schedule and helping. Sometimes they don’t leave the farm for 7 weeks during summer holidays but imagine a life where kids not only amuse themselves but assist in fixing meals, or tractors and enjoying nature. That’s not how I grew up but these children are surely self sufficient!. I loved this book


  3. Pingback: Movies and Books #BriFri – Joy's Book Blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s