Saturday, February 02, 2008
Friday, February 01, 2008
Allen Guest Blogs - Memory of Gambia, Africa
To enter The Gambia, we drove through south central Senegal, with a ferry ride over the massive Gambia River into the country's capital, Banjul. People, grain, and even donkeys make the journey of export/import from Senegal to The Gambia!
After giving a 20 minute presentation to the Rotary Club of Fajara, Gambian Rotarian Omou Tall took me to a delicious dinner of Barracuda. Omou is rather famous in The Gambia, having personally pioneered and raised money to vaccinate over 250,000 Gambia children from Polio. Her story was highlighted in the internationally published Rotary magazine this past December. It was a true honor to sit hear her story over dinner. She is an amazing woman.
Since returning to the US, my mind is endlessly filled with memories of my study in West Africa.
Thursday, January 31, 2008
Emilia's Babies All Grown Up
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
Bunnies And Bunnies
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Pat Shares Her Art Work
Pat with the Best Of Breed Giant Angora at Portland Convention.
A painting of an English Angora on a T-shirt. Betty bought this T-shirt from Pat some 20 years ago.
A 16" x 20" oil painting titled: " Photo Finish" This one was a winner in two art shows
A small 8" x 10" oil painting on unprimed canvas. Titled "Daydreaming", it is an Andalusian stallion portrait. This is "Ravel", belonging to JDon Andalusian Farms.
Pat is the secretary of CARS, California Angora Rabbit Society. CARS is the equivalent of NCAG in So. CA.; it has been in existence for over 20 years. Pat has been the secretary of CARS about as long as Betty being the secretary of NCAG.
Pat has beautiful French Angora and Giant Angora. The top is a photo of Pat with her Best of Breed Giant Angora in the ARBA national convention. Pat is also in the movie business. The most important aspect of her talent and training is in art. Her specialty is animals especially horses, here are photos of two of her oil paintings of a horse. For more of her artwork, go to http://dugganartwork.com/
Betty bought a T-shirt from Pat some 20 years ago. It has the cutest English Angora in the front. Betty has only worn it a few times for fear of damaging such a pretty artwork. The picture of this T-shirt is also shown here.
There is a good chance that Pat will be going to ARBA convention in Louisville this year; for sure she will be in the 2009 ARBA convention in San Diego.
Monday, January 28, 2008
Big Winners at Chico
Keelyn won Best In Show with her Mini Rex in open show A.
Jennie won Reserve In Show with her Satin in open show A. Judge Ray picked the two top winners in open show A.
John won Best In Show with his French Lop in open show B.
Kasey won Best In Show in youth show A and Reserve In Show in open show B with her Polish.
Sammy won Reserve In Show with his Netherland Dwarf in youth show A. Judge Manuel picked the Polish and the Netherland Dwarf as the two top winners in youth how A.
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Two "First" In The Oregon Show
Allen judging his first open and first out of state show. This is with the Oregon Fuzzy ladies- Muriel, Ann and Diane.
The Oregon show also claims the first of having Joe as the show registrar. If you don't know Joe, he's the one who won Best In Show with a Tan in the 2003 convention, also rumored to be Betty's son. Joe had fun and being poked fun by others. He came unprepared; had to borrow registration blanks, a copy of the Standard of Perfection, a scale, a tattoo tool, a bottle of ink, and a ruler. He got the job done well, prepared or unprepared.
Thanks to Randy for sending these pictures and the report directly from the show room.