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Kate Humble reveals why she values her rural isolation

by Brigette Demarest (2020-04-16)


picjumbo-premium-fitness-yoga-stretchingKate Humble has three unbreakable rules when she appears on TV: she doesn't use make-up, she wears her own clothes and she has to be outdoors.

She's practising what she preaches today - her blonde curls are tied back with an elastic band and she's wearing woolly socks and slippers, muddy jeans and a black fleece after taking her beloved dogs Badger, Bella and Teg for their daily walk.

‘It's pretty much the same outfit I wore all the way through filming my new show,' she laughs. 

‘But I've been able to do this job for 20 years because I've always been honest with the audience. 






Presenter Kate Humble (pictured) has three unbreakable rules when she appears on TV: she doesn't use make-up, she wears her own clothes and she has to be outdoors


'I've just said, "This is me." If you put me in sequins it's not going to work - I'm going to be really uncomfortable and dreadful to watch.'

The new six-part Channel 5 series, called Twice The Life For Half The Price, sees Kate join six families desperate to leave the rat race behind and radically overhaul their quality of life. 

Kate has been there herself, when she and her TV producer husband Ludo Graham moved to a four-acre smallholding in the Wye Valley from London in 2007.






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She knew instantly she had found her home for life, describing it as her own ‘muddy, green little patch of heaven'. 

So not only was she a cheerleader for the families taking brave steps into the unknown, but she also offered a practical pair of hands as they navigated the first few months.

It all proved a huge emotional throwback for Kate. ‘Oh my God, I spent quite a lot of time in tears because I've done it myself. 

'When people said, "It's so brave to up sticks and move to rural Wales," it didn't feel brave because I was so desperate,' she says. 

‘It was brave of my husband knowing he was going to be stuck in Wales with this madwoman. But for me it was completely fabulous.

If you have any issues concerning where and how to use For years (www.penname.me), you can get in touch with us at our own internet site. ‘It may not work for everybody, but for those it does work for it's a liberation. What's extraordinary is that in every single family I met for the show I saw a physical change - it's like somebody had lifted a ten-ton weight off everyone's shoulders.'






Kate and her TV producer husband Ludo Graham moved to a four-acre smallholding in the Wye Valley from London in 2007


Some of the families wanted to live a fully sustainable life by growing vegetables and keeping pigs and chickens, some wanted to pay off their mortgage and live simply, while others were opting to work flexibly from home, meaning more quality time with their family. 

But they were all keen to leave behind conspicuous consumption. ‘It's a big life change as you're uprooting from friends, communities and possibly jobs. 

'All the families had dreamt about it for a long time so it wasn't just a whim,' says Kate. 

‘These are regular folk - not super-rich. They're people who thought, "We're going for it." And everyone is now radiating joy.'

Among the participants are Phil and Vicki Goldby, who lived in a four-bedroom house with one bathroom in Epsom, Surrey, with their nine children aged between 16 and two months.

Not only were the older children home-schooled, but they were also using a downstairs room as a fifth bedroom.