Good Ol’ Aussie Damper
A great day for a batch of Damper today. For our international friends Damper is the traditional bush bread of Australia.
In colonial Australia, stockmen developed the technique of making damper out of necessity. Often away from home for weeks, with just a camp fire to cook on and only sacks of flour as provisions, a basic staple bread evolved. It was originally made with flour and water and a good pinch of salt, kneaded, shaped into a round, and baked in the ashes of the campfire or open fireplace. It was eaten with pieces of fried dried meat, sometimes spread with golden syrup, but always with billy tea or maybe a swig of rum.
Here at Emu Ridge, we love doing things the old Aussie way, we even make our Eucalyptus Oil the same way they did 100 years ago! Why change something that works so well! It’s important to keep those traditions alive, it makes up our history and we are very proud to tell our visitors about our history.
So, if you find yourself camping on Kangaroo Island, give the Damper a go.
Make sure to check out our other blog on camping
When life’s strong winds come blowing…
What a wonderful metaphor for those hard moments in life. It’s all about learning and adapting and change. Letting go can be very hard and often the hardest type of change, but to know that something can be born from letting go can make it all the more easier.
All businesses go through hard times, even here at Emu Ridge. The Eucalyptus distillery was created out of necessity as the sheep industry proved impossible for the Turners. Creating something from nothing with a young family on an Island would be a tough gig for anyone, but the Turners soldiered on and grew their business into the amazing tourist attraction and oil producer it is today.
The picture of the quote it very fitting for Emu Ridge. It looks like a Eucalyptus tree blowing in the wind, and quite funny that we used to be called Windy Ridge too!
For more information on our history, take a look at our other history blogs
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Farewell to Jun & Gaeton
We say farewell to our Frenchies Jun & Gaeton, they were around for lots of changes at Emu Ridge in the last 3 months. Kitchen extensions nearly complete, lots of building painting and tiling as well as so much more, painting of our little house that we have now moved into, yay! Thanks so much you have been a pleasure to have hope your enjoying your travels in Aussie land. A farewell BBQ and a sneak peak at the new kitchen.
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Where did the word “Kangaroo” come from?
I wouldn’t dare say this was true but wouldn’t it be funny if it was! Does anyone know?
Kangaroo Island’s native kangaroo
Yes, there are kangaroos on the island. The Kangaroo Island kangaroo is a sub-species of the western grey kangaroo, and is native to the island. If you visit us at Emu Ridge you will often find them laying around out the back of our shop, we hand rear orphans and then set them free so they know its a safe place to be and they also invite their friends which is great!
How did Kangaroo Island get its name?
Captain Matthew Flinders, and his hungry crew members, discovered Kangaroo Island on 2 March 1802. They found no inhabitants but were compensated for this by the discovery of what they needed most of all – fresh food! In his journal Flinders recorded, ‘the whole ship’s company was employed this afternoon in the skinning and cleaning of kangaroos. After four months’ privation they stewed half a hundredweight of heads, forequarters and tails down into soup for dinner, on this and the succeeding days, and as much steak given, moreover to both officers and men as they could consume by day and night. In gratitude for so seasonable a supply, I named this south land KANGAROO ISLAND’.
The human history of the island, which started many thousands of years ago, is rich and colourful. At the same time it is also full of suffering, endurance, privation, success, failure, courage and bravery. Its Aboriginal occupation ended about five thousand years ago and was not renewed until the early 1800’s when escaped convicts, from New South Wales and Tasmania, whalers and sealers kidnapped Aboriginal women from the mainland and forced them to live with them on the island.
Looking back at Emu Ridge
It’s funny how much this rings true for us and for a lot of people!
We can all go through life working hard and keeping busy. We all get to a point where we need a holiday or a change to break the monotony. It’s so important to look back and reflect on how life has changed. Businesses grow, the kids get older, the house expands. Certainly for us since we opened in 1991 a lot has changed, and we are proud of where we are today 🙂
Don Burke officially opened Emu Ridge in April 1991 and the kids had a ball the distillery was their playground! Wow how things have changed they now have children on their own!
The original Emu Ridge shop front
The Turner kids playing on their “playground”
Equipment and machinery – The Still is STILL being used today!
What the Shop and entertaining area looks like today.
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