Northern California Angora Guild

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

NCAG Specialty Show at Portola Valley Show B

Show B judge is Kevin Stanford from AZ, he will be judging all Angoras at the Portland convention this year.

Charlie has not gone to a show for quite a while, he is really missing the pretty show girls.   Matt has his first litter of English Angora and the three little ones came to show for the first time.  He is preparing for the big show coats.

The BOV white and BOV colored are on the table, Kevin is trying to make a decision on BOB.

Judge Kevin is now moving to the French Angora colored senior buck class.
Judge Kevin is checking toe nails of a French Angora colored junior buck.

In the judging coops are the French Angora colored junior bucks.

The specialty Best In Show goes to Betty's English Angora colored senior doe Chu's Catalina.

Monday, June 29, 2015

NCAG Specialty Show at Portola Valley Show A

It's the day of our annual triple specialty show and potluck party!!!  It is also the ten-year anniversary of our blog.

Ten years ago, NCAG held double specialty shows at Portola Valley and led to the launch of this blog.   The first post was done a little while after the show, see:

Initially the blog was an occasional blog reporting NCAG activities only.   Over time our blog evolved into a daily blog on all sorts of rabbit related activities.   

This year NCAG holds triple specialty shows in conjunction with triple specialty shows of American Fuzzy Lop, Jersey Wooly and Mini Rex on June 27, 2015 at Carol G's home.   We appreciate her hospitality for all these years, it's a lot of work for her and her family.   

Here are some scenes from NCAG specialty show A, judge is Nate Burbidge from Utah.   Nate was the Angora National judge in 2013, he is also voted in as the ARBA convention judge a few years from now.

Nine o'clock in the morning, English Angora goes onto judge Nate's table.   Maria from WA and Matt from Oakland are watching Nate's judging.   Nate's son Stuart helps with table duty.

Judge Nate is looking at the wool very carefully, Casey and Hope join the watch group.

Charlie shows up by then, Matt is extra nervous to hear the comment on his English Angora colored junior doe from his first litter. 

Judge Nate is now judging the white French Angora, Hope takes over the writing job.   In the background are Carol G doing paper work while judge Kevin is working on American Fuzzy Lop, in the far background Angel takes comments of the Jersey Wooly.

Two of the three Chestnut Brothers are on the table being examined.  The three brothers do very well taking 2nd, 3rd and 4th.    The first place goes to their half brother Gibson who is a month older.

Judge Nate is working on the French Angora colored senior does.   More are watching the judging.

Watching the colored French Angora judging are Jill, Julie, Lindsay and Maria.

Specialty A Best In Show goes to Betty's English Angora colored senior Doe Chu's Donnica.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Guess What Day It Is?


Yea!!! The day has come!

What day are we talking about?  What day it is?

Stay tuned.


Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Chestnut Brothers

We are the Chestnut Brothers.

We are the handsome French Angora boys.

We really love each other.

We are also very playful and loving.

Friday, June 26, 2015

Retirement Life for Chocolate Kiss and Abbatha

Chocolate Kiss is a beautiful English Angora.

After being shown and achieved Grand Champion status, she along with Abbatha are adopted by Jeannie as pets.   They have a patio type accommodation with free run together with a Holland Lop as housemates.

Chocolate Kiss and the Holland Lop really hit it off, they love to kiss and lick and lounge on the sofa watching TV together..
... and they are ready for a nap.

Thursday, June 25, 2015

Freddie in the Wind

I'm a top model, keep the wind blowing.

I am learning the posing technique from the pretty English Angora girls.

This is embarrassing, I'm a French Angora boy.


Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Chris O's New Bunnies

Chris O does not breed often, the last time she had a litter was more than 2 years ago by Annabella.   At 5 years old and empty for 2 years, Annabella gave birth to a new litter of 3, 2 shown here.

The third one that is not shown in the first picture is a white.   The towel is almost brand new, indicating that Chris doesn't have "regular" bunny towels.

A beautiful little fawn bunny...

... and the other fawn bunny is digging at the corner.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Betty and Lilianna's Photo on John Oliver Show

  This photo again?  Aren't you tired of seeing it again?

  In the last few years, this photo of Betty and Lilianna repeatedly gets "discovered".    Last Thursday a producer of John Oliver Show on HBO contacted Betty to ask for permission to use the photo on the show to be aired on Sunday June 21, 2015. 

The show aired and it is now on YouTube
The subject matter is the good and bad of the Internet presented as a funny satire; the bad side being the Cyber Bullying and Revenge Porn.    This photo is used to show the good side of the Internet, being shown only for a few seconds into the first minute.

Just in case you are curious, Betty will receive a small royalty.

Monday, June 22, 2015

A Bowl of Bunnies

The transparent plastic bowl started its life as a cover for a large cake from a bakery.


Now the cake cover holds a bowl of bunnies.


The bowl with bunnies fits into the nestbox perfectly.   Bunnies stay close together; with the slippery and sloppy sides, there is no chance for the bunnies to get out of the bowl.   When it's time for the mama to nurse, all bunnies will be put into the nestbox so that the mama can jump in.


Here is a close up of the bunnies resting inside the cake-cover-turned-bunny-bowl.


Sunday, June 21, 2015

Jovonna Says Hello

I was an itsy bitsy little girl with a teddy bear.

I am still a girl, but not as itsy bitsy anymore.   Do you like my left side?


Or do you like my front?

May be my right side is prettier?


Saturday, June 20, 2015

Slow Show Time = More Spin Time

There are less shows during the summer, that leaves more time for spinning.  Angora rabbits are multiple purpose animals, they are the kings and queens in the shows when in show coats, when they retire, their wool is useful in making beautiful yarn and products until the end.   Here are two skeins of pastel colored yarn made by Betty in the past few days.

Betty is known for making lumpy bumpy art yarns but once a while she also makes the regular two ply smooth yarn.  Here are two skeins of fawn two-ply made from her two fawn does: Fawnella and Fawnna.    Both are grand champions in retirement, Fawnella is 5-1/2 years old, mother of Multi Best In Show winners Zeeva, Zoey, Franchesca, Fawntasy and Donnica; Fawnna is 7 years old.    They make contribution in showing, in making future champions or providing beautiful wool for spinning.    Where else can one find better breeds than the Angoras.

Friday, June 19, 2015

Mister Bun Bun's Adventure on Instagram

In April, Shu Lin received Bun Bun as a pet from Betty.

Bun Bun started his life as an indoor pet.

He is pampered little boy.

He enjoys his life in luxury and he has his instagram account detailing his adventurous life with mama Shu Lin in photos and videos.

Bun Bun's screen name is "Mister Bun Bun" and Shu Lin's is "tofuflowa".

Tofuflowa & Mister Bun Bun Adventures of Mister Bun Bun and his mommy. Mister Bun Bun is an English Angora Bunny born on 02/13/2015 from breeder Betty Chu.

Mister Bun Bun has quite a few followers and he would love to have more; would you join his list of followers?

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Making Miniature Drop Spindles

Chris O says,
 "I am making a bunch of 9" drop spindles to use as swap gifts for our fiber group's Christmas in July cookout. Everyone brings as many little gifts as there are guests and puts one of each in every guest's Christmas stocking (paper bag, really). Fifteen guests, fifteen gifts, preferably fiber related."
I bought a bag of 100 pair chopsticks on amazon and a bag of 100 2" cork craft discs at Michael's.

I set up my Dremel with workstation to drill 1/8" holes in the cork discs. This size fit nice and snugly on the chopsticks. Three discs provides enough weight to spin decently.

 I think I will put a drop of glue on the top and bottom discs at the join so they won't move in use.

Nine inches total in length, big enough to use.


They work!  I am putting them in a plastic bag with a small bit of fiber and calling it a glove compartment emergency spinning kit. Actually, they would pack well for a trip if the discs are not on the chopstick yet but assembled at destination.

Kind of silly but a cute trinket gift that actually works.


Completed emergency spinning kit just in case there is a spinning urge attack.