In 2007, after 20 years of living in London, Kate Humble and her husband, Ludo, decided it was time to leave city life behind them. Three years later, now the owner of a Welsh smallholding, Kate hears that a nearby farm is to be broken up and sold off. Another farm lost; another opportunity for a young farmless farmer gone. Desperate to stop the sale, Kate contacts the council with an alternative plan - to keep the farm working and to run a rural skills and animal husbandry school alongside it. Against all odds, she succeeds.
Here, in Humble By Nature, Kate shares with us a highly personal account of her journey from London town house to Welsh farm. Along the way we meet Bertie and Lawrence the donkeys, Myfanwy and Blackberry the pigs, and goats Biscuit and Honey, not forgetting a dog called Badger and his unladylike sidekick, Bella. And we are introduced to the tenant farmers Tim and Sarah, the locals who helped (and some who didn't), and a whole host of newborn lambs.
Full of the warmth and passion for the natural world that makes Kate such a sought after presenter, Humble By Nature is the story of two people prepared to follow their hearts and save a small part of Britain's farming heritage, whatever the consequences.
©2013 Kate Humble (P)2013 Headline Digital
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"an amazing listen"
Such an amazing experience just listening to Kate Humble took me right back to my own childhood on my grandads farm in Wem in Shropshire with all the love and tears of heartache and joy came flooding back WELL DONE Kate Humble and ludo and everyone that has made this all possible Great big hugs and to listeners everywhere this book is a must. X.
Humble by Nature Love the highs/lows of Kate & Lodo's Journey brilliant book
Made be want to visit the farm maybe stay & meet all the animals this is a happy book & a good listen would definitely recommend
It actually exceeded my expectations. It was an interesting story, well read by the author which is always a pleasure.
"What a lovely book"
I really enjoyed listening to Humble by Nature, especially as it was narrated by Kate herself. The ups and downs of reaching a goal that Kate and her husband felt passionate about, unfolds as you listen. A wealth of information, easy to listen to and very enlightening.
I really enjoyed this title. I'm someone that has no land but am drawn to the countryside and have aspirations of having a small holding. Inspirational (and brave) stuff.
"Cheerful, interesting listen"
Humble by Nature is a really lovely book depicting Kate Humble and her husband's journey to becoming smallholders and agricultural advocates for the Welsh (and British) farming communities. There are some sad moments in the book and also some practical descriptions about livestock (and dead stock) that can be difficult to hear but are an important part of Kate's story. Overall, the story struck a chord with me as a country girl currently living in the city and counting down the months until I can return to rural life. The book is also read beautifully by the author.
"Beautifully written and read."
An Inspiring, realistic story of farming, full of love for the land and the animals.
"The beauty of Wales"
a little slow and ponderous
How about part 2 Kate, after Brexit has settled down ??
"Brilliant, a must for all animal lovers"
I loved this, and wished it had been longer. Kate's story is a battle for 'The Good Life'. I laughed and cried with her, and cheered inwardly when they had successes.
She beautifully, and knowledgeably, tells the story of nurture and nature.
"Fantastically interesting and inspiring"
Fantastically interesting and inspiring to any wannabe smallholder. fascinatingly real, honest and dare i say humble! Great book :)
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