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My Hero Hannah

Updated on November 12, 2012

Hannah My Heroine

Hannah Hauxwell

This is the story of a 46 year old spinster Hannah in three parts.:

The first part is all about Hannah Hauxwell's desperate struggle to maintain her farm in the North Yorkshire dales. The award winning documentary "Too Long A Winter” is a documentary showing how she toils alone on her family farm. It is a dilapidated 80-acre farm that she has run by herself from the age of 35. She has no help. She has no electricity or running water and she struggles to survive on less than £300 a year. Her life in the harsh Pennine winters was a constant battle against poverty and hardship. She had to work outside tending her few cattle in ragged clothes in temperatures well below freezing. In this very moving documentary she captures the hearts and mind of a nation as she gamely battles the elements to survive alone on an isolated farm with no electricity or running water – and in abject poverty. This documentary made her the nation’s most unlikely celebrity.

A Winter Too Many:

The sequel to "Too Long A Winter" comes 16 years later. When a combination of fading health and a series of devastatingly bitter winters culminates in Hannah having to turn her world upside and we watch as she surrenders to life and accepts that she must leave her beloved farm.

Innocent Abroad:

At the age of 65, Hannah starts travelling for the first time in her life. She embarks on a journey that takes her to places she once only dreamed of. She retraces the steps of Victorian ladies embarking on ar grand tour of Europe which commences in Paris. Along the way her journey takes in Switzerland, Germany, Austria and Italy, before arriving home in splendour on board the Orient Express.

The moment I saw this documentary about Hannah I recognised a life force that made me appreciate what I have and put everything in perspective. Hannah's life is her message and that is what I believe every human being aspires to achieving. When you life and just your words becomes your message then you have done something special in my view. Hannah touched me and after watching her life mine will never be the same.

The thing that impressed me most was that Hannah was herself, before and after.

This is probably one of the most moving documentaries I have ever seen and if I had a fraction of the qualities this lady possessed I would be the most decorated hero ever!

To buy the DVD "Hannah Hauxwell - Winter Tales" from Amazon click this link.

Hannah Hauxwell in Amazon Books


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      Xavier Nathan 5 years ago from Isle of Man

      I too was very moved by this woman's indomitable spirit bac2basics . Her humility and gratitude struck me and made me question myself. People like Hannah, in my opinion, are here to remind us of the special qualities we all have but somewhere along the line seem to forget. I am glad my hub has reconnected you with Hannah and you can of course watch her documentary on YouTube now if you want to get re-inspired. Remember there are no coincidences and perhaps Hearty wanted you to find Hannah as he knows this is what you need right now. I think I might watch her documentary again as it has been a while since I wrote this hub about my heroine.

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      Anne 5 years ago from Spain

      Hi Spirit. What a strange coincidence. I have been thinking about this lady for weeks and weeks but couldn´t remember her second name. I thought about writing a hub on her too. I remember seeing some of the documentaries on her years ago and was both moved and impressed by her indomitable spirit, and the hardships of her life which she just took in her stride. I have thought of her so much recently because I too live alone and struggle with the upkeep on my own place at times. Nowhere near as bad as dear Hannah of course, but a struggle never the less. This hub is a great tribute to a great lady.

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      Xavier Nathan 7 years ago from Isle of Man

      Her documentary had a profound effect on me. She touched my soul.

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      Garry Bannister 7 years ago

      She sounds like an impressive lady!