In recent weeks, Our Yorkshire Farm star Amanda Owen, 46, has been giving her fans an insight into life as a shepherdess during tough weather conditions. The mother-of-nine said the weather had thankfully started to improve as she opened up on SAD. She said: “It’s one thing the weather being bad when you’re working in an office but when you’re outside, and it’s still snowing in the middle of May, it makes life very hard.
“People talk about seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and some may be sceptical and think, ‘You’re just peed off because it’s raining’ and dismiss it.
“But no, SAD is a thing. It can feel like we’ve had 8 months of winter due to the bad weather recently and you feel like you’ve been a bit cheated.”
Amanda went on to say the weather had finally started to pick up for them and hopes tourists can return soon.
“We’re literally only just coming to the end of lambing time so it feels like summer isn’t here yet,” she added to The Mirror.
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that comes and goes in a seasonal pattern.
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Amanda Owen stood in a snow blizzard as she discussed how it had affected farming
Amanda Owen regularly gives fans an insight into the changing weather conditions
It is sometimes known as “winter depression” because the symptoms are usually more apparent and more severe during the winter.
A few people with SAD may have symptoms during the summer and feel better during the winter, adds the NHS.
Last weekend, the shepherdess shared pictures of her with her “favourite yow” following a tough winter.
She wrote: “Out on the rounds & we’ve caught up with our favourite yow.
Amanda Owen stars on the show with husband Clive and their nine children
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“She’s withstood a long, hard winter so it’s time she enjoyed grass day & sunshine on her back. #shepherdess #sunshine #outdoors #yorkshire #flock #countryside.”
The farmer was seen smiling alongside her sheep, pleased to be back out in brighter weather.
Just last week, Amanda showed further evidence of the changing weather conditions as she shared pictures of her children outside in the “cold rain” and “icy wind”.
Earlier this month, the shepherdess also shared a video of her standing in a heavy snowstorm.
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She wrote on Twitter: “The weather patterns are certainly more extreme but tbh we do have our own microclimate here so it’s not that strange to have snow now.”(sic)
Amanda’s long winter on the farm is currently being shown on her current series of Our Yorkshire Farm.
Ahead of its most recent episode, she confirmed the family were still wearing winter woolies.
The popular Channel 5 series, which began in 2018, gives viewers an insight into Amanda and her family’s life on the farm.
She shares nine children with her husband Clive Owen.
In a recent interview, the farmer said she believes the natural and non-scripted idea of the show is what viewers are drawn to.
Discussing the filming process, she explained that the family have “no idea where the story will end”.
“I think that resonates with a lot of people,” she added to the Sunday Express.
“I start off with ideas of how I’d like things to go, but it rarely materialises.”
Giving an example, she said she has had an idea in mind about how she’d like her children to be dressed, but watches it back and realises it didn’t happen.
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