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Some type of heaven

Home. Today is a Fell day. I’m up on my beloved Howgill’s treading a familiar path. My company is that of Shadow, sheep and swifts that whirl then twirl about the folds of gentle fells. Warm winds blow that tangle hair. Saturday a day for solitude and silence.

The photo above is from the Twitter account of a woman who has become a bit of a social media phenomena over the last few years.

Luckily for her the exposure is just enough to help her business of making woolen clothing from her flock in the Howgill Fells of Westmoreland in the Yorkshire Dales.

Her farm is just 37 acres. I find it incredible that she can make a living from it, but I’m glad she does. I’m reminded of the book, Durable Trades, which rated the number one trade as being “Shepard”, which I still doubt, but perhaps it’s true, judging by Alison O’Neill.

You can read an overview about her here, and look at this video made in 2014.

Her website is here at Shepherdess.

Written by Tom Hunter

September 20, 2021 at 8:07 am

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    She does a lot more than clothing to make ends meet. But a lovely part of the world, the Dales. Possibly NZers might not enjoy the middle of winter! It was quite cool there in May when we visited, let alone January.


    September 20, 2021 at 8:14 am

  2. Thanks for that. Have edited it up a bit so any other readers can just click on it. Will add it to the post also.

    Tom Hunter

    September 20, 2021 at 8:35 am

  3. I would guess with the UK being part of the EU up till recently she has probably availed herself of the farming subsidies either from the EU or the UK.

    I guess also she maybe literally leading the simple life, on a relatively large lifestyle block.


    September 20, 2021 at 8:44 am

  4. A setting used for filming

    All Creatures Great and Small
    Harry Potter films
    and the latest Indiana Jones movie


    September 20, 2021 at 8:51 am

  5. In the late 1960s, while sheep and cattle farmers were begging for more subsidies, an enterprising cocky near Wanganui leased most of his land to neighbours and proceeded to make a fortune growing flower seeds for export.


    September 20, 2021 at 1:47 pm

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