I can’t quite believe that it’s been 6 months since I started this blog! I’ve really enjoyed writing and sharing my farming life, thoughts and general ramblings with you all, and I hope you’ve enjoyed reading them?

I have a million and one ideas whizzing around my head and a whole host of different directions this blog could take in the future, so I’ve decided to try and play around with a few new ideas, to test the water.

One of my better ideas (I think?) was to shine a little spotlight on some of the fantastic farmers out there, sharing stories and daily lives with the general public through social media.

As I have just finished his wonderful book, The Shepherd’s Life, I thought I would start this new series of posts with the one farmer who probably needs the least help in the spotlight department, James Rebanks.

If you are already one of Rebanks’ 65,500 Twitter followers, then you will already be familiar with the life of The Herdwick Shepherd.

Farming Herdwick Sheep on their traditional home in the Lake District fells, Rebanks gives an incredible insight in to a world from days gone by, where traditional breeds and shepherding techniques are still used on a daily basis. These breeds and methods have been long left behind by a farming world increasingly focused on intensive, commercial farming, but they still play a vital role in life and work on the Lake District fells. When following James you can expect a never ending stream of beautiful photos, a unique insight in to the daily life of a fell shepherd and his surroundings and regular updates on his best-selling book.

The book has proved immensely popular around the world and is being translated in to a whole host of languages including Swedish and Korean! You can find the book on Amazon (CLICK HERE) but you should be able to find it in your local book store too. Pick up a copy, it’s well worth it.

So there we go, a quick introduction to The Herdwick Shepherd. I have a long list of farmers that I love following, so I’m hoping that this will become a regular thing and I can share them all with you!

You can follow James, a.k.a The Herdwick Shepherd on Twitter, @herdyshepherd1

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