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We take Byteball Bytes – Plus Cryptocurrency Cashback On ALL Purchases!

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Not only can you pay with cryptocurrency in our store, but you can now get cashback in Byteball Bytes, a digital currency, on every purchase. Bytes are the native currency of the Byteball platform and can be used to move money and buy and sell things. We take Byteball, but we do also give it away!

If you already use Bytes please do pop over to our store where they are accepted and do be sure to pop your Byteball address into the box on the checkout – you’ll receive 10% cashback in Bytes for free from the Byteball Foundation.

If you don’t use Bytes but are curious about crypto, just pop your email address into the box on the checkout – you’ll have some Bytes reserved for you – check your emails.

The Byteball system is really quite clever in that anyone can make applications for it, currently you can; exchange currency, buy insurance, play the lottery, and bet on the football. What all these things have in common is the need for a middleman. If Arsenal win then the bookie pays out to anyone who bet that Arsenal would win. Of course, the bookie sets the odds in his favour – the house always wins.

Where platforms like Byteball offer an exciting challenge to these third parties is the way they do away with the need for third parties, and the fees they charge. A transaction on the Byteball network cost a tiny fraction of a transaction on the VISA network, for example. The implications couldn’t be more serious for major financial interests.

Where third parties are expensive they are not always a safe option. If you are a retailer and you accept a VISA payment, for example, VISA could provide you with that money and then take it away again, upto six months later, if they found that your customer had used a stolen card. As a retailer you could mount your own action to recover the money, but to VISA the case is closed and the ball’s in your court.

Byteball Bytes are sold by the Giga Byte (GBYTE), and one of them is currently worth around £100, so why are the Byteball Foundation giving money away? Byteball was started differently to many crypto related projects. The aim has always been to give 99% of the Byteball platform native currency away for free. This is to encourage use of the Byteball platform and allow the developers to work on a really stable platform and user friendly contracts.

Smart Contract:

If Arsenal win pay Geoff

If Chesley win pay Sarah

Sarah and Geoff’s money is held in Smart Contract until official winner is announced.

Money released to either Geoff or Sarah.

Smart contracts can be scaled up with thousands of transactions happening at the same time. It could easily be a replacement for VISA, MasterCard or any other payment system.

Byteball doesn’t use a blockchain.

Instead of a blockchain, Byteball writes the public ledger and confirms transactions using a Directed Acyclic Graph – each transaction verifies other transactions happening at around the same time. The system is infinitely scalable. More is more.

Each transaction verifies others (click image for source, Wiki)

Not Just A Cryptocurrency.

The really exciting thing about Byteball is that, like Ethereum, one can build smart contracts. Unlike Ethereum, Byteball can execute them in unlimited number. Byteball is energy efficient.

“Byteball enables trust where trust couldn’t exist before. When a contract is created on Byteball platform, it can be trusted to work exactly as agreed upon. Why? Because it is validated by multiple nodes on the decentralized network, which all follow the same immutable rules. The counterparty, even if it is a total stranger, has to behave honestly because only the rules have authority. Such a contract is called a smart contract” – Byteball.org

Right from within the Byteball wallet you can already; exchange currency, buy delayed flight insurance, bet on football results and play games, with active development of many more applications using these smart contracts.

We like it because it is fast, secure and elegant in use. Simply click Pay with Byteball bytes at the checkout. And remember to add your email or Byteball address at the checkout to receive free Byteball Bytes with your order.

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2 For 1 Offer On Natural Dyes – buy one, get one free!

Throughout June we will DOUBLE your natural dye orders absolutely free! 2 For 1 Offer until June 29th.

Simply choose your colour from our range of natural dyes, order as normal, and we will ship TWICE the amount.

You can order as much or as little as you like, pay using whatever method you prefer, and we will take care of everything. You can even claim cashback in our digital currency giveaway!

Buy ONE, receive TWO!

Two for One offer valid on ALL dyes from Dartmoor Sheepskins:

  • No minimum or maximum quantity.
  • Place order as normal, receive DOUBLE what you pay for.
  • Place as many orders as you like.
  • Offer ends Friday 29th June.
Lac Dye Powder
Offer valid on our entire range!

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Size Matters, but quality matters more.

Gerald.

Meet Gerald. Gerald and I travel hundreds of miles together. He is, as you can see, quite small. But don’t be fooled, he has the heart of a lion, the strength of an ox and the ability to cling on that rivals Theresa May.

Unlike May, he is welcome to spin his sticky web all over my wing mirror till his heart sings. I’ll take him touring around Dartmoor, show him different styles of dry stone wall… visit a pub… who knows?

I first met Gerald on drive back home and was struck by how plucky the little fella was, popping his head out on the motorway. Often he emerges as I start the engine as if to say “where we going?”

One of the things I find since starting up Dartmoor Sheepskins, working with the dyes and selecting the finest incenses, is an increase in my attention to detail. I notice the little things in life more. Not that long ago a tiny, dare devil spider would probably not caught my attention but Gerald really did. For this reason I think he deserves a little post this site. This site that helps me appreciate the little things in life that so often used to pass me by.

 

 

 

 

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Magical Myrrh – a light-hearted bassnote to the aroma of life

Sweet and resinous yet dry like a pine forest, Magical Myrrh is clean and medicinal, a light hearted bassnote to the aroma of life. If gravitas could be cheeky, it would be Myrrh.

myrrh gum
myrrh gum incense cut and sifted

Brighten things up around the house with Magical Myrrh! Myrrh will leave a youthful energy around your home. Sweet and resinous aroma, yet dry like a pine forest. Superb resin, beautiful!

Now you can get hold of some for just £4.50 for 50g –Buy It Now

Not sure which incense would suit you best? Try our multi pack ON SALE NOW, just £9.99 (for limited time)

 

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Perfect Palo Santo – rediscover your inner peace

Perfect Palo Santo wood produces a clean smoke which clears negative energy and brings everyone present to a calm state of poise.

Just Be.

It’s been used for millennia in ceremony and in spiritual practice. We believe this sacred wood deserves a solid home in modern life, and that’s why we offer it here in easy to use chip form.

Like all our incenses, Palo Santo is a meditation in its own right. Take time out of the hustle and shift your consciousness into a place of poise and readiness. Palo Santo helps you rediscover an inner peace that was within you the whole time.

Burning this sacred wood releases the effect. Simply place a chip onto a lit charcoal disk, as you would with a resin incense. It’s easy to light the chips themselves in a censer. Waft the fragrance around all corners of the room. The effect is beautiful and almost instant. A cool calmness will fill the space and leave you ready for anything.

You can be assured that your Palo Santo has been sustainably harvested, from naturally fallen trees. Ethical sourcing is at the heart of all we do.

Clear the energies in your life, and do so with a clean conscience! Palo Santo is just £4.50 for 25g from our Store.

 

 

 

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Thoughtful Frankincense exists outside of time

Frankincense creates a space embude with calm. When burning this ancient resin you’ll find your thoughts unhurried. It’s as if Frankincense exists outside of time. A meditation in its own right, and a modern miracle in space clearing.

We’re all readily contactable these days, even on a quiet walk in the countryside a fuzz fuzz from your pocket requests attention. Maybe it’s important?

Know where you are right now.

On a recent walk with the dog along the banks of the river Dart – a walk that could well have been mundane – my son and I started a simple game of hide and seek. At first I had all those ‘sensible’ thoughts like I should look after my non waterproof shoes… We should go home and cook food… Where on earth is my son!?

Remember to be yourself.

It took me a while to come back to myself. Come back to what was actually happening. We were running around on a boggy floodplain hiding behind trees and it was fun.

How often we lose ourselves. How often we live a life all in the mind, pretending, rehearsing, imagining dealing with things that aren’t real. Things that won’t be helpfully influenced by our internal dialogue.

Frankincense smoke brings the mind to a peaceful rest leaving you free to think spaciously and creatively. With the calm comes an expanse of consciousness often hidden under layers of unhelpful thoughts.

Just being

Experience life outside of time, our frankincense is priced at just £4.50 for 50g. Do try frankincense on its own, but in combination with Myrrh the effect is very special. Both resins have been used for millennia, both have medical properties. The wise men knew a thing or two when they brought these incenses along with gold.

All our incenses are among the best available anywhere. We also source the finest Copal and Palo Santo – why not try them all with our generous multipack – on sale now at just £9.99 (for a limited time).

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Easy care plants are the stars of the May garden

With summer seeming inevitable, we take a quick look at the garden in May.

 

 

Chinese rhubarb catching the sun behind an ornamental grass and a collection of potted succulents.

Everyone LOVES Topia! It flowers right up until a hard frost, giving generous prettiness for six or seven months of the year. Easy to care for.

Alliums are a firm favourite, dead easy to care for just plant and forget. Mostly I forget where I’ve planted them.

Almost black lilies. These should be lifted over winter to avoid being eaten, but I always seem to get away with leaving them in.

A key feature of our garden are the wild birds we are gradually taming. We not only feed them with seed but also with many plants and our moss lawn!

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Massive Beltane Sale – 48% Off – Ends Midnight Tonight!

Kings Tor Dartmoor sheepskins at sunrise

Fall in love with our products this summer, enjoy 48% discount in our Massive Beltane Sale!

Beltane marks the beginning of summer and what better way to celebrate than with a massive discount at Dartmoor Sheepskins.

Starting at 12am on May 1st for 48 hours only – 48% discount on all our products!

Use the coupon code ‘Beltane’ when you get to the checkout.

Coupon cannot be used with any other offer, one coupon per customer (can be used on a basket full of items), standard postage applies. Coupon expires at midnight on May 2nd, valid only for products available on dartmoorsheepskins.co.uk.

Whether you want natural dyes for a bigger project, or to experiment with a colour you’ve yet to try…

dye kit used to produce squares of cotton in different natural colours

Some of the finest natural incense found anywhere on earth

Or a bespoke perch for your feathered friends

Check out our full range of quality natural products in our store – come and meet us in our blog.

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Taming Wild Birds – Can You Tame Wild Birds?

It is entirely possible to tame wild birds, but relatively few have actually been domesticated.

We’ve been feeding wild birds with seed over the winter, and protecting House Martin nests for just over a year now at Sheepskin Towers. The results have gone further than we’d hoped. We’re starting to tame wild birds that visit the garden.

We get rock doves, great tits, jackdaws and surprisingly… A Sparrowhawk.

Now, most gardeners try to deter Sparrowhawks on the grounds that they have been nurturing small birds and hate to think of them being eaten. I tend to think that sparrowhawks need to eat and my garden is full of food.

It’s a conflict we all feel watching anything narrated by David Attenborough. On the one hand we want the prey to escape, on the other as Attenborough explains, if the mother doesn’t catch this cute little creature then her babies might not make it through winter.

I guess I must come to terms with the fact I have effectively been a sparrow breeder for the last twelve months. The arrival of a sparrowhawk is an endorsement if anything. The bird buffet extends well beyond sparrows.

This little female pheasant has been raised for humans to shoot. She has until October 1st when it becomes legal to hunt pheasants (after they’ve raised their young). She’s been enjoying the delicious seeds we put out for our feathered friends, and she’s getting tamer. Here she is enjoying a dust bath!

House Sparrows, Sparrow Hawks Favourite

Watch these House Sparrows feeding here:

Part of this interest in wild birds has come from a tame cockatiel.

Meet Steve, our female cockatiel, at 90 grams she’s more than double the size of a house sparrow. When we got her she hadn’t been out of a cage. She was untamed and had only ever been touched by a human when she was bought and sold. The lady who had her before us had put a lot of the groundwork in – sitting by the cage talking for hours. Spending time with her. But the little dog she lived with was an accomplished hunter, a Jack Russell with very sharp wits. So for her own protection Stevie stayed inside the cage until her owner could bare it no more and we took her home with us.

The process of taming a bird isn’t rocket science. Just go super slow. Spend time with the bird. Don’t be a threat, have food around. Move slowly. Be yourself, if you’re chatting and eating carry on chatting and eating!

Our job with Stevie is to slowly get her used to a harness so we can take her outside. Without a harness she’ll be easy picking for all the wild things.

So what is the difference between a tame bird and a domesticated bird? A tamed bird is one that will tolerate or enjoy human company, come close, maybe even allow a human to touch it. These tamed birds are the same as their wild counterparts and they could breed with them. Our Stevie could meet up with a wild Australian cockatiel and make babies.

A domesticated bird has been selectively bred to the extent that they are genetically different from their ancestors. So different that there is no wild counterpart that they could breed with.  The number of truly domesticated birds is relatively small and includes some breeds of chickens, pigeons and some, but not all, budgies.