A former nanny with a dream decides to move to one of the country’s most remote parts in order to look after a petting farm, in Channel 5’s Ben Fogle: Make a New Life in the Country, tonight.
Cara, 43, bought the petting farm for £210,000 and made the move from London to John O’ Groats, remote Scotland, in 2016, as Ben followed the early days of her relocation, before visiting her three years later to see her progress.
At first, Cara, who moved by herself, is seen struggling to manage the petting farm, which counts 50 animals including donkeys, pigs, chicken, goats and rabbits.
In spite of working around the clock to keep all the animal fed and happy, she makes no profit at all, sometimes earning £10, and sometime as little as £1 a day.
Cara had to take a loan in order to buy the farm, and was left with only £10,000 after buying it, which covered the move and settling in. This means that she was left with no savings to keep her head of the water, the farm being her only source of income.
In the episode, we see her struggle to make ends meet and cover her monthly costs of £3,390, looking after the farm, its animals, herself and paying back her loan.
Londoner Cara, 43, left her job as a nanny in London to buy a petting farm for £210,000 in John O’ Groats, Scotland (pictured) She features in tonight’s Ben Fogle: Make a New Life in the Country on Channel 5 at 9pm
‘It’s such a strange experience to know that no matter how hard you work does not correlate with how much you earn,’ she says while preparing some hay for the farm’s donkeys.
‘I’m very independent, very strong minded, but I’m not superwoman, that’s the reality,’ she says.
At first, her sole income is a self-service shop she has set-up for locals to come and pick vegetables and pay through the ‘honesty box’ she sets up for them. But on slow days, money is hard to come by.
‘This is all I earned today, after all I did,’ an exhausted Casra says, ‘£10, that’s probably like a pound an hour.’
Cara says living her dream is not easy and demands hard work, yet says she does not regret her decision to manage a farm in the country’s most remote location
‘We had one day where it was super stormy, the weather was crazy windy. One person came, bough a cauliflower and I earned a pound that day,’ she recounts, sitting on her couch.