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An inspirational autobiographical story,
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This review is from: One Girl And Her Dogs: Life, Love and Lambing in the Middle of Nowhere (Paperback)One Girl and Her Dogs is a heart-warming autobiographical story about 23-year Emma's bid to take on a farm in a rural location and build a business around her skills as a shepherdess and dog trainer.
Emma took on the tenancy of Fallowless Farm, near Elsdon from the National Trust, after she split with her fiancé a couple of years ago. This area of Northumberland is remote in a way that it would be difficult for anyone from a town or city to understand.
The book is an insight into how difficult it is to generate an income from a small tenant farm in 2012. The plain fact is that it isn't and Emma combines building her own flock of sheep with numerous other jobs including contract lambing, clipping and sheepdog demonstrations.
The countryside is a stunning place to live but it doesn't pay the bills.
Emma light-heartedly compares herself to Hannah Hauxley on more than one occasion. Hannah was a shepherdess that lived an isolated life in rural Yorkshire and was discovered by the media in the 1980s.
But farming and a fondness for animals and the countryside is where the comparison between Hannah and Emma begins and ends. Emma should be a poster girl for Northumberland and young farmers in the UK.
One Girl and Her Dogs has done the rounds of the family. It showed my 11 and 13 year old daughters that it is possible to follow your passion and that it's also possible to live and generate an income from the land in a rural Northumberland. But it's not easy.