Emu Oil and Tall Poppy Awards 2015

SA scientists awarded 2015 Tall Poppy Awards

Wind Power of the future…

Self sufficiency is the way of the future right? Emu Ridge were pioneers in alternate power systems and is proud to have operated self sufficiently for the first 2o years of business. Our first source of power was steam, our 5 horse power Liberty steam engine was designed by Rod Muller of Strath Steam, it operated 2 water pumps on our refining still and  charged an old tractor alternator which charged an inverter which made our lights and power, a year later we had solar panels installed and a few years later we added a wind generator all combining so well together and worked very efficiently. In 2012 Emu Ridge succumbed to connecting to the grid as the business was increasing in size and being on a stand alone system  battery storage was becoming increasingly difficult. Bev and Larry hope to upgrade their solar system later this year and are hoping a system will become available to enable the wind power to go back into the grid as well.

This video of a future wind turbine looks great! It happens so rarely, but occasionally brilliant innovators collaborate on a project that perfectly merges beautiful design and functionality to create a product that can have a real impact on the world.  That is just what the French design company New Wind accomplished when faced with bringing clean wind energy to urban settings.

We would love one on little old Kangaroo Island pleease!!!

 

 

Gideon Captures the Milky Way at Emu Ridge

Gideon Captures the Milky Way at Emu Ridge

Gideon, from Israel, is Wwoofing with us at the moment and has been a great help. He has quite a talent behind the camera. Thanks for sharing these awesome nights shots of Emu Ridge! Certainly a different perspective of our place. We love them! If you would like to see the Facebook album of his night time shots, please click here.

The night sky is disappearing before our eyes. The thousands of stars once visible to the naked eye are now obscured by the glare of industrial light and the haze of pollution, the Milky Way is now rarely seen. The Milky Way used to be a part of everyone’s life experience. We are amazed when visitors start taking pics of our night skies in awe of our beautiful stars and say it is something that they have never seen before!

Wwoofers like Gideon have always been a big part of our lives here at Emu Ridge.  We have met so many wonderful travellers through our doors, friendships that will last forever 🙂

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Photo courtesy of Gideon Shinaar

What is the Milky Way?

The spiral galaxy that contains our solar system. Made up of an estimated two hundred billion stars or more, it is seen from Earth as an irregular band of hazy light across the night sky. The solar system is located in one of the revolving spiral arms, about 50 light-years north of the galactic plane and some 27,700 light-years from the galaxy’s center, which lies in the direction of the constellation Sagittarius. It takes approximately 250 million years for the solar system to orbit the galactic center, which is believed to contain a massive black hole. The Milky Way measures about 100,000 light-years in diameter and is the second largest galaxy, after the Andromeda Galaxy, in the cluster known as the Local Group. See also spiral galaxy.

 

 

Wallaby Orphans

We have been hand rearing orphaned animals at Emu Ridge  on Kangaroo Island since 1992. They are little rascals just like a child or domestic pet as they grow. If you are visiting our beautiful island make sure you drive safely and if you see a dead animal on the road please check the pouches for little ones and it you find a baby or injured animal please call the local vet or National Parks in your area and we are always happy to help.