Sunday, 30 April 2017

Eco Friendly Portable Barbecues

Eco Friendly Portable Barbecues

Merlin Farm Holiday Cottages offer luxury and Eco Friendly accommodation a short walk from Mawgan Porth Beach on the stunning North Cornwall Coast. The perfect base to spend your Holiday in Cornwall; Enjoy picturesque coastal & countryside walks, cycle trails along estuaries and through historic mining landscapes. Taste organic Cornish wine at a nearby Vineyard, sample freshly caught fish at a local restaurant and enjoy picnics & barbeques on the beach. We have been searching the internet to find 'eco' barbecues, here is what we have found...



EcoQue Grill
This amazingly portable grill features the reflective pyromid design that focuses heat efficiently. EcoQue Grills consume up to 75% less fuel than similar sized grills by reflecting more heat up toward the cooking surface for optimal performance. You can cook a meal for four with as few as nine briquettes, or cook with twigs, wood chunks, and other found fuel.
By changing the orientation, height and amount of fuel, you can fine-tune the heat for anything from a fast grill for steaks to a more gentle roast for veggies and fish. In fact with an EcoQue you can BBQ, bake, fry, roast, boil and even smoke your foods!
Made of durable stainless steel, with a cooking surface is 1300cm sq.  It folds into a carry bag (made from recycled materials) just over 4cm thick and fits in picnic baskets.
Optional foil liners are available to enhance performance and make clean-up faster. £109.99 for a 12" and £129.99 for a 15" Barbeque inc. delivery. https://www.bushgear.co.uk/products/ecoque-portable-bbq-15


LotusGrill
The German LotusGrill is considered more eco-friendly than other charcoal grills, because you use very little charcoal. Thanks to the fan assisted charcoal burning it comes up to temperature quickly and allows you to start cooking your mouthwatering food in under 5 minutes. One fill of the charcoal basket gives you about 45-50 mins of cooking time and the great thing is that the parts of a LotusGrill BBQ that get dirty are made from stainless steel and can all be washed in the dishwasher. A 32cm diameter grill costs £144 inc delivery https://lordsathome.com/lotusgrill-smokeless-charcoal-grill-bbq-green-standard.html? or £189 for a 40.5 cm diameter http://www.grooves-inc.co.uk/lotusgrill-limettengruen-lotusgrill-hardware-electronic-pZZa1-2097661565.html



EcoGrill
EcoGrill is the Eco cool way to BBQ. 100% environmentally friendly, easy to light and fun to use. Due to its design it maximises the use of the charcoals within it and prolongs burning time giving over 2.5 hours grilling while the heat remains even, and up to 5 hours as a heat source.Perfect for toasting marshmallows after dinner and keeping warm whilst waiting to watch the sunset. When it's finished all that remains are ashes and memories. The Eco Grill is light and compact (20-25cm diameter) and is easily lit with its own natural and odour free resin wick which quickly lights the coals (no need for lighter fluid) and is ready to use within 20 minutes of lighting. An EcoGrill costs £10, although if you buy in bulk (5+) cost £8 each. Optional extra's: reusable grill stand £5 & cooking pan £10 http://www.eco-consumer-products.co.uk/index.php/buy-online/eco-grill?page=shop.product_details&flypage=yagendoo_VaMazing_2.tpl&product_id=1&category_id=1

Do you know of any other 'Eco Friendly Barbecues' or are you a manufacturer of one?
If so, please get in touch to let us know


Eco Friendly Picnicware

No Barbecue is complete without funky picnic plates and these are no exception! Made from sustainable bamboo fibre these plates are Bio degradable, Non-toxic, BPA free and Dishwasher safe. Currently in the sale at £3.85 from Natural Collection.
Co-ordinating bowls, cups and bags also available: http://www.naturalcollection.com/search/?search=vintage+ivy



Sunday, 8 January 2017

February Half Term 2017 Cornwall

Cornwall is a great place to spend a family holiday and here are just some ideas of what to do this February Half Term...






Page still under construction, bear with us whilst we find more things for you to do this February Half Term.....

To book a stay at Merlin Farm visit www.merlin-farm-cottages-cornwall.co.uk
Arrive Friday 10th or Saturday 11th for 7 nights
10 nts for the price of 8 arriving Friday 10th 

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Husqvarna Automower Challenge Day 1 - Installation



We were delighted to have been one of hundred participants selected to test the new Husqvarna Automower in our garden in return for feedback and video reviews via social media.


A garden survey was undertaken by Grahams Garden Machinery, who will also be installing the Automower. Our garden, which includes gentle slopes, a huge ornamental rock and an orchard will apparently be no match for the Husqvarna 430X, so let's see......


We have kept the lawn cut short in preparation for the Automower's arrival and have had an electrical supply fitted to a central location within the garden. Upon installation the friendly chaps from Grahams Garden Machinery connect the Automower docking station and cut a groove (using a nifty machine) around the perimeter of the garden to sink a guide wire. A wire is also fitted centrally guiding the Automower back to the docking station.


A quick set up chat, a pin code is required to access the control system, which is all pretty straight forward. Options include setting time parameters, cutting heights, which days you would like the mower in action and number of times per week, etc. We have set the mower to work during daylight hours as we generate electricity onsite via 216 solar PV panels, so it makes sense to make use of the solar generation. 


And we're away.....the Automower springs into action, gliding across the lawn quite happily (and so quiet!) although it doesn't have much grass to cut for the moment. It rather feels like we have another pet, so we have named him Malcolm the mower. The dog and pet donkey aren't sure what to make of him! 

 
Thanks to Huqvarna for giving us this opportunity, so far we are delighted with the Automower. It will be saving Darrel so much time, whole sunny days can be lost mowing this monster of a lawn! We'll be updating everyone with our video reviews on our YouTube channel, also look out for posts on our Facebook and Twitter. Don't forget to check out the Husqvarna Automower website too. Please also feel free to share this information with anyone you feel would be interested in this product.
 
Thanks also to Grahams Garden Machinery for a smooth and friendly installation.
Brighton Cross, Truro TR2 4HD. Tel 01726 884001
 
*Trade in any petrol, battery or electric walk-behind lawnmowers, sit-on or robotic mower that are in working condition and save 10% when purchasing a Husqvarna 420/430X/450X at your local participating Husqvarna dealer http://www.husqvarna.com/uk/products/robotic-lawn-mowers

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

April Giveaway - organic apron set from Ochre & Ocre

Merlin Farm loves the beautiful range of organic textiles for the home from Cottage in the Hills, home of Ochre & Ocre. You can be in with a chance of winning the new 'Roost' apron, tea towel and oven glove set by visiting www.facebook.com/merlin.farm.cornwall simply like & share the post and answer a simple question. Competition ends 30th April 2016 and the winner will be announced soon after. Good luck! Make sure you check out Cottage in the Hill's website too


Saturday, 26 March 2016

Suggestions for a Windy Wet Easter Saturday in Mawgan Porth



Guests arriving yesterday were teased by beautiful sunshine, although bittersweet after experiencing heavy traffic on their journey down to Cornwall. So you can see how lovely it can be, but what to do when the weather turns and it's wet and windy? Don't be down hearted there are still lots of lovely things to do. Here are a few suggestions....
(I have compiled this for our guests staying at Merlin Farm in Mawgan Porth so have tried to suggest places as nearby as possible)

HOT CHOCOLATE/CREAM TEA STOPS:
The Merrymoor Inn overlooking Mawgan Porth Beach http://www.merrymoorinn.com
The Beach Hut overlooking Watergate Bay https://www.watergatebay.co.uk/food-and-drink/the-beach-hut/

INDOOR ATTRACTIONS
The Eden Project, St Austell. The biomes offer great shelter, we often go on wet days and wander round the tropical rainforest biome. Great food, fun and educational for children https://www.edenproject.com
Lobster Hatchery, Padstow. Quite small so won't take long to get around. http://www.nationallobsterhatchery.co.uk
Pirate Quest, Newquay. http://piratesquest.co.uk
Blue Reef Aquarium, Newquay. http://www.bluereefaquarium.co.uk/newquay/

SWIMMING
Oasis, Hendra, Newquay http://www.oasis-hendra.co.uk

CINEMA
What's on? Batman v Superman, Kung Fu Panda...
Nearest Cinemas at Newquay and Wadebridge, for more details visit: http://wtwcinemas.co.uk

OTHER IDEAS
Kernow Chocolate Factory, St Eval http://www.kernowchocolate.co.uk/index.php/
Disco Beads, Mawgan Porth. Make your own jewellery https://www.discobeads.com

Thursday, 15 October 2015

RNLI Minecraft Beach Safety Project - ideal half term activity

Is your child aged between 7-14 years and Minecraft mad? The RNLI would like them to take part in a pilot project to see whether Minecraft can be used effectively to increase children’s knowledge of beach safety running from Friday 23 October 15 (ideal half term activity). Children will be challenged to craft beaches with lifeguard huts, rescue craft and colourful safety flags and signs. The aim is to make the beaches safe for characters to enjoy a swim. For more details visit: http://rnli.org/howtosupportus/getinvolved/Volunteer-zone/volunteer-zone/Pages/Volunteer-news-content/rnli-news/Calling-all-parents-of-Minecraft-fanatics.aspx Did you know that the RNLI rely on donations to provide, a 24-hour on call lifeboat search and rescue service around the UK and Ireland, and a seasonal lifeguard service? To find out how you can help visit: https://rnli.org/donateorbecomeamember

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Top 5 woodland walks in Cornwall

Woodlands can be enjoyed in all seasons and in most weathers if you dress accordingly. These are our top woodland walks in Cornwall.

 
Cardinham Woods, nr Bodmin
The 1.5 mile flat tree lined Lady Vale Walk is perfect for families and follows a stream flowing through the woods. There are also another 3 trails of varying lengths and gradients to choose from. There is a lovely children's play area and a visit to the delightful Woods Cafe is a must! http://www.forestry.gov.uk/cardinham
 
Tehidy Woods, nr Illogan
Tehidy Country Park is the largest woodland in Cornwall covering 250 acres and over 9 miles of paths including a circular walk which runs around the edge of a lake taking around 30 minutes. Little children will love feeding the ducks! Flat and with a lovely cafĂ© onsite for refuelling.
 
Idless Woods, nr Truro
A well-laid path stretching for 2.8 miles and framed by a variety of tree types offering climbing challenges for mini adventurers. Bluebells carpet the ground in the Spring. Scan the woodland floor for pine cones and nuts in the autumn. Look out for deer and otters.
 
Carnanton Woods, St Mawgan
A great woodland walk in the Vale of Lanherne along the River Menalhyl. Wander deep in to the woods as far as the ruins of Lawry's Mill then return for refreshments at the 16th century Falcon Inn or the village Tearooms. Look out for deer.
 
No.5 coming soon...still deliberating. Can you help? Do you have a favourite that's not above?