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We were thrilled to see Nancy Birtwhistle win The Great British Bake Off 2014.

The bubbly 60-year-old from Lincolnshire wowed the judges with her consistent bakes and positive attitude but it’s not just baking that Nancy’s good at.

Nancy Birtwhistle | The Great British Bake Off | BBC Pictures

When she’s not in the kitchen, multitalented Nancy keeps occupied with a whole range of hobbies. She grows vegetables, rears guinea fowl and has even rescued chickens, causing her children to call her back garden ‘Good Life’.

The former GP practice manager also enjoys cycling and her interest in training dogs has seen her compete at Crufts.

Nancy proves that it’s never too late to learn a new skill. Long before The Great British Bake Off 2014, she renovated a house in France and worked hard to learn the language along the way, meaning she could read French patisserie books.

She also studied for a master’s degree in business administration after having children. We’re exhausted just reading about all of Nancy’s pastimes but her husband Tim is used to her resolute approach to life.

‘She’s focused on whatever she does. If she’s determined to do it, she will,’ he said on The Great British Bake Off final as his wife went on to win.

Mary Berry, Nancy Birtwhistle and Paul Hollywood | The Great British Bake Off | BBC Pictures

Nancy loves to share her passions with her family. She and Tim have five children and eight grandchildren between them and they have all encouraged her interest in baking, which she took up following her retirement seven years ago.

They’re equally impressed by her many other skills and one family member recently Tweeted that Nancy had showcased her talent for knitting by making a cosy sweater.

‘She doesn’t just bake @nancybbakes #GBBO she knits too!! A jumper for her son!!! Could be the sewing bee next!! Xx,’  Jessica Devine told her followers.

Nancy Birtwhistle and her son | The Great British Bake Off 2014 | Pictures | Photos | New

Nancy Birtwhistle’s son models the jumper she knitted for him

Nancy became known for her perfectionism on The Great British Bake Off 2014 and she admits that she’s very precise about all of her interests.

‘I think attention to detail is one of my attributes,’ she tells the BBC website.

‘I apply this to many things in life, not just to my baking.’

We’re inspired by Nancy’s can-do approach and fascinating hobbies. Hearing about her pursuits makes us want to pick up the knitting needles or flex our green fingers in the garden.

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