Where to begin? I’ve got two bits of news that are nothing but good.
No. 1: Sheep
A flock of 30 sheep arrived Wednesday at Fort Negley, a Civil War historical site here in Nashville.
Within two minutes, they were chowhounding a mess of invasive plants, properly into it. They’ll be there for a week, eating themselves silly while tidying up the overgrown parts of the park.
These hard-grazing sheep are the Nashville Chew Crew, and you can hire them to clean out any overgrown area you please.
I have long had a fantasy of keeping a little flock of sheep in my yard. You know, small fluffies that occasionally give up a fleece or two for me to picturesquely spin, then knit into small fluffy garments. The Nashville Chew Crew could tidy up my yard in an hour or so.
Here’s urban shepherd Zach Richardson:
His border collie Duggie (in action here) needs to get an Instagram feed. The whole thing is so great. A sensation!
No. 2: A New License Plate
Dolly Parton lives and reigns here as a sort of goddess. I’ve seen her exactly once, across a restaurant, having dinner and being ignored/adored by everyone in the room. She is magnificent. If only I could carry an image of her on the back of my car, issued by the state of Tennessee as an official emblem of my admiration—
HOLD ON NOW.
The funds raised go to her Imagination Library program, which sends free books to preschoolers to encourage a love of reading. Currently over 1,600 local communities provide the Imagination Library to over 750,000 children each month. Dolly has sponsored this program for decades.
If you’re a Tennessean, sign up here to put a little Dolly on your ride. I’m plate #442—once they have 1,000 orders, they’ll produce them. AWESOME.
(Chew Crew photos from The Tennessean.)