Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Shepherd's Life

Hi there,
KNITTERS! Many of you follow @herdyshepherd1 (Herdwick Shepherd) on Twitter. He's James Rebanks, a Lake District, England Herdwick sheep farmer who now has 60.4K followers as of today. The guy posts fabulous photos of scenery, livestock, and his family and brings us close up into his world. In early April, his first book, The Shepherd's Life: A Tale of the Lake District, was released in the U.K. where it became an instant #1 international bestseller. However, it will not be released in the U.S. until May 12, with a slightly different title and cover.  

Sooooo, it dawned on me! We happened to have a family friend, Jeffrey, who was on his semester study abroad trip in England. Jeff is cousin to bride Alexa, so sort of like a nephew twice removed, that sort of thing. I would ask him to bring me the book back from the U.K.! He agreed, but had one condition. He asked for some sort of shout out on my blog! He's always wanted to be an Internet celebrity!  

meet Jeff

Well, there was sort of one other condition. I promised to get him his favorite lemon bundt cake from the local NOTHING bundt CAKES store. Our families have a whole relationship built around these cakes! So last night we made the exchange!

I tweeted out our photo, and the author was kind enough to "like" it!

Jeff had an incredible time touring around Europe. This was one of my favorite photos he sent in his newsletter emails--

a sheep near Stonehenge


from Buda castle in Budapest overlooking
the Danube with the Chain Bridge and
Parliament in the background

xoxo Tammy 


  1. what a fun way to get a book from way over there. I'm glad he had a great trip and you received a great book!!

  2. So very sweet! Pun intended. �� ✈️ signed MIA Sharon xo


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