They farm sheep, and children, with the current count standing at seven (7). On arrival, Amanda emerged from the shed where she had been shearing sheep, accompanied by the two-week old new arrival asleep in a cot. The older children help on the farm, eldest Raven looks after guests.
In the evening they all jump aboard a quad bike and trailer and go down to a deep pool in the Swale for a swim and sunbathe.
It's not an easy life up there. The isolation, elements and market prices of lamb all conspire. But even so, it's a life truly worth living.
If you want to stay in the Shepherd's hut, book early. It's busy. But it's really worth going. A truly unique experience, in a wonderful place, with wonderful people.
|The Swale runs through a gorge downstream of Ravenseat.|
|Ravenseat, in the distance.|
|The old bridge.|
|Quad, taken for a trip to the local swimming pool.|
|Amanda, with one child (out of a possible seven).|
|Setting sun, with stormy skies.|
|Bull. And wine.|
|Chalky, the dog. Very friendly. Especially around food.|
|The inside of the hut is beautifully decorated.|