2019 Australian Cider Awards announced

WINNERS ANNOUNCED on the 8 November 2019 for the 2019 AUSTRALIAN CIDER AWARDS

We congratulate Graham and Mary Jones for Winning the Best Traditional Cider at the 2019 Australian Cider Awards with:

Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove 2018 Draught Cider

Hosted by Cider Australia, the show promotes and rewards excellence in cider production and brings together the Australian cider community in a celebration of the cider category’s rapid advancement.

A field of 267 Australian and international entries across 24 classes were judged by a panel of respected industry professionals including visiting guest judge Tom Oliver from Oliver’s Cider & Perry in the UK and Jody Scott from Zeffer Cider in New Zealand.

Of the record 16 gold medals awarded this year, 14 were won by Australian producers in a show of the outstanding skills of our local cider makers. Within each class, bronze, silver or gold medals were awarded based on points achieved, with the highest score winning best in class and the overall category trophy.

2019 Australian Cider Award winners:

Best in Show: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider
Best New World Cider: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider
Best Traditional Cider: Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove 2018 Draught Cider
Best Perry: Small Acres Cyder – 2017 Sparkling Perry
Best Intensified / Distilled Cider or Perry: William Smith & Sons – Charles Oates Distilling Apple Blanco
Best Australian Cider or Perry: Barossa Cider Co – Squashed Apple Cider
Best International Cider or Perry: Cester Camillo – Sidro del Bosco, Italy
Most Successful Small Producer: Small Acres Cyder, New South Wales
Most Successful Larger Producer: William Smith & Sons, Tasmania

Graham and  Mary also recently won the MOST OUTSTANDING SOUTH AUSTRALIAN CIDER/PERRY EXHIBIT at the ROYAL ADELAIDE SHOW

Kangaroo Island Ciders – Colony Cove Draught Cider

For more info on our Cellar Door for Kangaroo Island Ciders see this link Come and taste it for yourself at Emu Ridge Kangaroo Island Ciders Cellar Door

Image source of Graham: Roger Wyman

 

Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets now packaged by Bedfords

Bedford  Group is now packaging our Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets for us! This great Group offer Employment, Training and Support for People Living With Disability. We are proud to be working with them and creating jobs. Changing Lives of People With Disability by Building Capacity, Independence & Wellbeing.

At Emu Ridge, our Eucalyptus and Honey Sweets are a delicious natural Gluten free product that is 100% Australian Produced. We send our Eucalyptus Oil and Honey off to the Blackeby Sweets lolly factory in Adelaide, the sweets were then sent back to us so we can package them here at the shop. But thats all changed. Bedford Industries are now packing them for us!

Bedford  Group has been changing the lives of people with disability for over 70 years by building capacity, independence and well-being. They are the second largest employer for people with a disability in Australia. Offering exceptional tailored services and provide a broad suite of NDIS support services including social participation activities, training and accommodation to over 1,500 people in South Australia and Victoria.
They aim to build healthy relationships, foster skills to last a lifetime, and pride themselves on providing hands-on support. Above all, they promote individual choice and control to empower people with disability to live fulfilled and happy lives.
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Annie and Elin hard at work packing our most popular item, Eucalyptus Sweets

Our Eucalyptus and Honey Drops are very popular. They are great to have handy for anytime but are also handy for a sore throat or annoying cough..

Gluten free made in SA from 100% pure Kangaroo Island Eucalyptus oil and Honey.

Ingredients: Sugar, glucose syrup, Gluten Free, Kangaroo Island honey (3.4%), Kangaroo Island eucalyptus oil (0.5%), food acid (330).

 

The dedicated staff bagging and weighing our sweets!

 

Sealing and date stamping.

 

All finished ready for sale!

You can make your own if you like, the recipe is below using our Eucalyptus oil and Honey. If you don’t want to make them, there is also the option of buying them, as well as many of our other great natural products, on our Online Store.

Eucalyptus and Honey Toffee Recipe

Ingredients:

3 tablespoons pure Kangaroo Island Honey

1 cup sugar

85gm butter

3 or 4 drops of Emu Ridge Eucalyptus Oil

Place the sugar, butter and honey in a saucepan. Stir over a low heat until the sugar dissolves. Bring to the boil and cook for 10 mins or until a little toffee dropped into cold water forms a hard ball. When ready remove from the stove and add the Eucalyptus Oil. Pour into a greased shallow tray or patty pans and chill. Break into pieces when set.
This recipe is from Bev Turners Recipes and Uses Book as was given to her by M. Wilson. The recipe book has lots of hints tips and recipes and is available online or phone Emu Ridge.

Acoustic Neroma

Diagnosis

The slow-growing benign nature of this tumor means that symptoms are slow to become noticeable for many and can take years to know that medical attention is needed. Acoustic neuromas tend to grow very slowly, and they don’t spread to distant parts of the body. Sometimes they are too small to cause any problems or symptoms. Bigger acoustic neuromas can interfere with how the vestibulocochlear nerve works and so causes symptoms.

What Are The Possible Downsides and Complications?

Damage to the facial nerve can happen following treatment, causing facial palsy. Damage to the vestibulocochlear nerve can cause permanent deafness, but more often results in partial loss of hearing. If the trigeminal nerve is permanently damaged, this can also result in loss of feeling in the face.

The eighth cranial nerve – also known as the auditory or vestibulocochlear nerve – consists of the vestibular and cochlear divisions, which runs from the inner ear to the brain. The cochlear division is responsible for transmitting information about hearing and vestibular division is responsible for balance.

An acoustic neuroma is a benign tumour that develops when the specialized (Schwann) cells surrounding the vestibular division of the auditory nerve, grow at an abnormal rate in the internal auditory canal. The tumour if left untreated, can grow into the auditory canal and all the way through to the brain.

Acoustic neuromas generally grow slowly, so symptoms develop gradually. The main ones – dizziness, hearing loss and ringing in the ears (tinnitus) – are due to the effects of the tumour pressing on the auditory nerve. If the tumour grows large enough, it also may press on the nearby facial nerve and cause facial paralysis or tingling. Although the tumors are not cancerous, they can become life threatening if they grow so large that they press on brain structures that control vital body functions.

People with a hereditary disease called neurofibromatosis have a higher risk of developing acoustic neuromas and can develop tumours on both sides of the head.

Because the tumour grows so slowly, the symptoms are easy to miss or misinterpret. The earliest and most common symptoms of an acoustic neuroma are a gradual reduction in hearing in one ear and tinnitus, a ringing or noisy sound in the ear.

Other possible symptoms that may occur, depending on the extent of the tumour, include: dizziness, loss of balance or clumsiness facial paralysis, numbness or tingling, headache, a feeling of something clogging the ear, or mental confusion.

Most of these tumours grow slowly, taking years before they become large enough to cause symptoms. Once diagnosed, they must be treated or carefully observed; they do not resolve on their own.

1.8mm removed from ear to brain, it still remains in my cochlear

TREATMENT

Occasionally, doctors may recommend no action at all beyond regular monitoring. This is because an acoustic neuroma typically grows at a slow rate in the initial stages. However, in most cases, treatment is required. Options may include:

  • Surgery – microsurgery techniques are used to remove the tumour. However, side effects can include loss of hearing, and facial nerve damage.
  • Stereotactic procedure – a non-invasive device that directs gamma radiation at the tumour. Side effects may also be experienced with this procedure.

All patients will require close follow-up. Patients and their physicians need to pay close attention for hearing loss, balance and facial muscle weakness. Hearing tests and MRIs will be performed periodically to assess changes in growth or new growth.

PROGNOSIS

Acoustic neuromas are not malignant and do not spread to other parts of the body.

However, some untreated neuromas can grow very aggressively and cause severe and permanent damage to nerves, ear and brain tissue. Hearing loss and balance problems related to the tumour may remain, even after treatment by surgery or radiation. If an acoustic neuroma is diagnosed early, when the tumour is small, treatment is more likely to preserve hearing.

ENJOY EACH DAY ITS ALL A GIFT!

Again thanks for reading for a better understanding, Im happy to answer questions if someone would like, yours sincerely Bev

 

 

WWOOF Volunteers a rewarding experience!

Meet Beverley & Larry Turner WWOOF Australia Hosts at Emu Ridge Farm

https://wwoof.com.au/members/sa265/

Emu Ridge farms eucalyptus oil and produces a range or natural products. We are the only commercial eucalyptus oil in South Australia, operating a tourist attraction, retail & online shop.

We reached out to Bev and Larry to see what they have been up to and why.

How long have you been a WWOOF Australia Host and why did you choose to be part of this program?

Hi we began hosting WWOOFers when we began our business about 25 years ago, if it wasn’t for their initial help with the down turn in wool prices we would not have survived our challenging days, many farmers lost their farms, but we diversified to a new sustainable way of  farming from sheep to eucalyptus oil, and went back to farming our natural resources.

What is it like living where you do?

Kangaroo island is a beautiful unspoilt wilderness fresh, clean and green just the way we like it! Kangaroo Island lies off the mainland of South Australia, southwest of Adelaide. Over a third of the island is protected in nature reserves, home to native wildlife like sea lions, koalas and diverse bird species. In the west, Flinders Chase National Park is known for penguin colonies and striking coastal rock formations, like the sculpted Remarkable Rocks and the stalactite-covered Admirals Arch.

Things to do on Kangaroo Island whilst you are visiting Bev and Larry: https://southaustralia.com › places-to-go › kangaroo-island

What is the main Airport I fly into to visit you?

You have 2 ferry choices, Kangaroo Island Connect and the Sealink Ferry and you can also fly with Rex or Qantas, its ½ flying ti,e or about 45 minutes on the ferrys.

Describe your Sustainable Lifestyle and why you chose to live like this.

Emu Ridge believes in farming our natural resources in a sustainable way, promoting and selling PURE NATURAL AUSTRALIAN PRODUCTS. At Emu Ridge, we have a genuine belief in the need for sound environmental management in every aspect of what we do. Farm land is more commercially viable and ultimately self sustaining through re-vegetation and farming of our natural resources. This has meant a change in direction from general farming practices (i.e. from wool production and grain cropping to farming our native vegetation which nature has spent thousand of years developing specifically for our environment).

        

Our main concern is the redevelopment and preservation of the natural environment. Most importantly, we want to farm without the use of chemicals or sprays. Waste products are recycled and re-used throughout the distilling process, helping to preserve the environment. The boiled leaves from the “old cook” are reused as a fuel for the fire in the distillery, and also as sterile mulch. We are also responsible for our own water.

We produce a Eucalyptus oil that is unique to the world. The leaves that we use to make our oil from is called the Kangaroo Island Narrow Leaf Mallee or Eucalyptus cneorifolia. It grows predominantly on the eastern side of the island. There are over 1000 species of Eucalypts, among those, there are only around 10 which have enough oil in the leaf to be of commercial value, ours is one of the top three and you will only find it on Kangaroo Island.

               

Emu Ridge is a unique attraction where you can find out how a traditional Aussie bush product is made. They will show you the past and present process of eucalyptus oil distilling. Eucalyptus oil was Australia’s first true export overseas and one of Kangaroo Island’s major industries that employed more than 600 people in the 1930s. Emu Ridge is now the only remaining commercial eucalyptus oil distillery in South Australia, and is proud to have preserved a major part of KI’s heritage and produce a eucalyptus oil that is unique to the world.

What would be a typical day for a WWOOFer?

A typical day vairies greatly depending on the time of the year and the stills of the volunteers, caring for our orphaned wildlife and the emus is their main job and its something so satisfying and unique. It could be bottling or making oil, making souvenirs, cleaning anything that needs doing of the day, jobs are always varied and fun.

    

Where do WWOOFers get to stay? These days they have a choice of having their own accommodation in an old bus at the distillery or living with us as a family in the local town.

What is the weather like and what is the best time of the year to visit? September to April is the best time to come to enjoy the warmer weather and beautiful beaches.

Is there any particular piece of clothing if any you would recommend be the number one item to bring with them? Clothing neat tidy and work wear.

What will you teach WWOOFers during their stay with you? Sustainable farming practises and how to make amazing natural products from something that grows naturally on our farm, and how to be responsible for our own power and water.

What has been the best memory to date an experience you have had as a Host with WWOOFers? As we have been doing it for so many years, we have had young children that have stayed marry and have children of their own, 4 lovely girls from Holland, my daughter has gone to visit them twice and we to have also got to travel overseas and stay with some of our volunteers a truly amazing and memorable experience, very special!

Do you have any advice for Hosts or WWOOFers to help them make the most out of WWOOF? Just choose something that you are interested in and what to learn about and enjoy the experience as time flys when your having fun!

Would you recommend being a WWOOF Host and why? Yes so rewarding, they are all like my children I love it!

We see you do alot of animal rescue, we are sure the WWOOFers just love that!

   

We are offerring $10.00 off mens T-Shirts for all WWOOFers and Hosts that join our program https://wwoof.com.au/product/wwoof-australia-mens-short-sleeved-t-shirt/   

Just type in Code: WWOOFTEE