5 quirky Dartmoor churches

There’s some very special chapels and churches on Dartmoor. Here are five within easy reach – all unusual for some reason, and worth a viewing.  Poundsgate Methodist Chapel From Poundsgate Methodist chapel with its plain wooden pews. A place of contemplation on the edge of just-about-tamed moorland. It’s a humble building, and makes one imagine … Read more

Glyphosate and Sheepskins – General Information

More commonly known by its trademark Roundup It is used not only to kill weeds in crops, but also as a desiccant prior to harvesting. The little silica packet that keeps your camera dry is a desiccant – it dries water from the crop and makes harvesting easier. Glyphosate is sprayed onto plants about four … Read more

Five Beautiful Reminders of The Westcountry That You Can Buy Online

The nicest thing about the Westcountry is Dartmoor, obviously.  I once overheard a couple of older ladies chatting together on the local community bus, as you do. One said… “I’ve just been to Dartmoor, it was lovely” She paused for a beat before adding “still, you don’t like Dartmoor, do you”.  It wasn’t a question … Read more

Massive mycelium networks move carbon, nutrients and messages between trees.

Mushrooms: are they the LEAST understood life form? I was raised with the idea that fungi is neither plant nor animal, and somehow therefore less significant than lifeforms that can lord it up with their very own kingdom. I was also told not to pick them, but the ones from shops taste great when fried … Read more

Yes, you CAN buy Logwood Trap Dye online in the UK – from Dartmoor Sheepskins in Devon

You can buy Logwood Trap Dye online from Dartmoor Sheepskins in the UK. Logwood chemically converts rust (iron oxide) into a more stable compound (ferric tannate). The tannic acid in the ground logwood bark can convert any surface rust it comes into contact with, but it won’t ‘soak in’.Start your rust conversion by removing any … Read more

Logwood Dye In Stock – Nature’s Own Rust Converter.

The tannic acid in logwood bark reacts with the iron within the rust, and this produces iron tannate – which is much more stable than rust.  American trappers use logwood bark in a hot dye bath to chemically convert the rust on their traps. The logwood is loaded with tannin – tannic acid, which reacts … Read more