COVID-19: Re-opening and Staying Safe at Trill Farm

4 Jun 2020 | 0 comments

We have been hugely grateful for your support over the past few months, from taking places on rescheduled courses and accepting vouchers in the place of refunds, to ordering from our online shop and supporting our enterprises in their veg box and meal deliveries.

We have been monitoring the latest government guidelines and advice, and are very pleased to announce that we plan to allow visitors back to the farm again in July and August. We will be starting slowly, with small retreat groups and trial picnic farm lunches, before introducing courses in August, subject to the continued easing of lockdown restrictions and if we feel it is safe to do so.

There will be a number of procedures in place to promote good practice and the safety of everybody living, working at or visiting Trill Farm. We intend to continue to offer a supportive, welcoming and nurturing community for all, whilst living, working and offering experiences in line with the latest government guidance.

More detailed information will be sent to anybody visiting Trill Farm for a lunch, a retreat, a course or a stay, but in the meantime, please be aware that:

  • Booking is absolutely essential – the farm remains closed to the general public
  • Visitors who have any symptoms of COVID-19, or have been in close proximity to anyone with symptoms, should not come to the farm. Full refunds are available up to and including the day of your visit.
  • Social distancing measures will be in place – please maintain at least 1m distance from anyone outside your household or social bubble, and more if possible
  • Hand washing and/or sanitising will be required on arrival
  • Although we usually encourage public transport, please use personal transportation to visit us
  • Bring a face covering or mask to protect yourself and others in case social distancing is not possible
  • Lunches will be served outside with members of different households or social bubbles seated apart from each other
  • The shop will be open for one visitor at a time
  • Unaccompanied walks around the farm will not be permitted

If you have any queries, or would like to reschedule your visit, please get in touch by emailing post@trillfarm.co.uk

Spiced Mulled Wine

3 Nov 2019 | 0 comments

4 cloves
half a cinnamon stick
A few slices of ginger
1 bay leaf
1 sprig rosemary
lemon peel, finely pared
1 bottle red wine
1 tablespoon Trill Farm honey
splash of brandy

Put the spices, herbs and lemon peel in a
stainless steel pan. Add half the red wine and
bring to just below boiling. Simmer very
gently for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat
and leave to infuse for an hour. Add the
honey, the brandy and the rest of the
wine. Gently heat but do not boil,
strain and serve.

 

Top Tips for Lighting a Fire

2 Nov 2019 | 0 comments

Fires are one of our favourite things about winter. Whether it's to warm up against inside after a blustery walk, or to gather around outside in the dark evenings, with a glass of mulled wine and a hot pot of stew. The flickering flames are meditative, and it truly heats your bones.

We have wood burners in the guest house, in the Old Dairy Kitchen and in our course workshops on the farm to keep us all warm. Maybe you have fires at home and are already fire lighting wizards, but it is a skill that many of us have lost, so here are a few tips to help you on your way.

1) Find a safe space for your fire.

This is simple if it's inside: in a fire place or a wood burner. But having fires outside can be riskier. Make sure you have the land owner's permission before lighting a fire. Find an open, flat area, where your fire is unlikely to spread to nearby bushes or trees. Clear the ground of leaf litter, or even better, use a fire bowl so that you don't leave any scorch marks on the ground.

2) Collect your materials.

Wherever you are lighting a fire, you will need three types of fuel: tinder (no, not the app, the very first thing you light, for example newspaper or cotton wool), kindling (small, dry sticks) and small or split logs. You will also need something to provide the initial spark; you could use matches, a lighter, or a fire steel (we particularly like these ones by the Friendly Swede). It's a good idea to have a pair of thick gloves available, for adding more fuel when the fire gets going.

3) Prepare your fire.

There are many ways to lay a fire. We like to use a 'waffle lay'. This means laying three bits of kindling out parallel to each other, then another three on top perpendicular, as if you are going to play a big game of noughts and crosses. You can then put your tinder (in this case, scrunched up balls of newspaper) on top of the waffle, and build a pyramid up around it. The waffle helps the air to flow in under the fire and allow it to breathe while it gets established.

4) Light your tinder.

Light the newspaper or other tinder, and carefully add more kindling onto the flames, taking care not to smother them.

5) Add larger fuel as the fire grows.

As the flames grow bigger and hotter, then can consume larger fuel. If you have a wood burner, make sure you close the door. It can seem counter-intuitive, seeming like your cutting off the air supply and locking the heat away, but the open vents actually draw the air in at the bottom where it is most needed, and the doors will radiate the heat out in to the room.

6) Stay safe, and enjoy!

Shut the vents down once the fire has got going, and especially if you are leaving the room. If you have a fire outside, have a bucket of water nearby, ready to extinguish the fire with if needed, or to provide cool water for accidental burns. If you have a fire outside, try to leave no trace. Make sure your fire is fully out and well dowsed with water. If you lit a fire on the ground, re-cover the area with leaf litter.

Winter Market - 30th November 2019

2 Nov 2019 | 0 comments

Trill Farm's popular Winter Market returns on Saturday 30th November 2019.

Open from 11am - 4pm, we will have a selection of products available from all of our farm enterprises, plus mulled apple juice and mince pies hot from the Old Dairy Kitchen.

Stalls will include:

The perfect opportunity to do your Christmas shopping. The Old Dairy Kitchen will be open for Farm Lunch at 1pm (booking essential) so why not make a day of it?

We look forward to seeing you soon!

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