Kate Humble (Image: Getty / BBC)
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Since swapping London to live on a farm in Wales with husband Ludo Graham in 2007, Kate Humble has embraced the simple life. She’s filmed her journey for her TV series Escape To The Farm, and even written a book about it.
Here, Kate, 52, tells us what motivated her move…
Escape To The Farm was a huge success for you…
Yes, it was a lovely thing to share with people. Lockdown gave us the incentive to do it and we had the stories on our doorstep. I think people were ready to enjoy a glimpse of simple, everyday life on a farm. Seeing animals being born and being connected to the seasons – and viewers seemed to like my rather shambolic cooking!
Kate Humble swapped life in London for rural Wales
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Tell us about your new book and why you wrote it…
It’s odd, because the pandemic wasn’t the motivation for it – I wrote it before anybody had heard of Covid. The motivation was a gradual realisation that my life had got out of kilter. I didn’t have time to do the things I really enjoyed. I was also disillusioned by the way we have become such a wasteful society – if something breaks we just throw it away.
Kate said it was 'liberating' to feel free in her fifties
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The catalyst was when I lost both my dad and my father-in-law two years ago, all within a month. For me, that was a stark reminder you only get one shot at life. So I started to reevaluate my own life. Now I’m in my fifties I don’t give a damn about what people think I should wear and how I do my hair – it’s quite liberating. Coming to terms with my age also became the inspiration for the book.
What do you hope readers will take from the book?
That a simple life is not about deprivation – it’s about enrichment. It’s the simple things that make us happy.
The presenter said she was 'desperate' to move to the countryside
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What prompted you to move to your Wye Valley farm?
I was desperate to move out. I love the countryside and I just felt it was the right time to make that move. Everyone dreams about being self-sufficient and living in the country, but I grew up being a bit of a tomboy – I never cared about roughing it or getting dirty. For me, it was a dream come true – and I’m proud of the way my husband has taken to rural life too. It takes a lot of hard work and early mornings – but I love it.
Kate said lockdown has made her appreciate the little things
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Is it true you didn’t want to be a presenter at first?
Yes, on my second day as a TV researcher my boss asked me to do a screen test for a presenting job. I was horrified, but grew to love it. I’m not great at being a celebrity and going to fancy parties. It’s probably why I moved out of London.
Did lockdown change your lifestyle?
Lockdown has really made me appreciate the beauty we have right here on this island. I did a walk on the Exmoor coast and it’s beautiful. We don’t need to travel far to have an adventure.