Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, June 21, 2008

Betty Does Demo at the Fair

Betty puts up her Angora photos and info display for her spinning demo.

People start to show up to watch the spinning demo and to ask questions.

This lady falls in love with the soft Angora hats that Betty made; she buys one and puts it on. The temperature outside the building is 97 degrees!

A 4-H youth is fascinated with Betty's demo.

Another group of spectators. Please note the finger nails of the lady in the middle.

If you cannot see her fingernails in the last picture, try this one!

Betty is the scheduled demonstrator in the Home Art building at the San Joaquin County Fair in Stockton. It's hot outside but the building is nice and cool. There are a good number of spectators coming and going. It's a fun session for all.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Frida's Great Show Weekend

Frida on the grooming table.

Judge Randy Dickerson with Johnny G. and Frida

Judge Briony Barnes and Johnny G. with Frida

Judge Vic Vogts and Johnny G. with Frida.

Judge Conall Addison and Johnny G. with Frida

As reported several weeks ago that English Angora fawn doe Chu's Frida flew to Texas and made a happy dad out of Ricardo; Johnny and Martin became her brothers.

Ricardo took the whole family and made a very long drive to Wichita, KS for a four-show weekend. Mid American Angora Club hosted two specialty shows on Friday night; Frida won Best of Breed and specialty Best In Show in the youth shows. On Saturday, there were two all breed shows, Frida won the Best of Breed in youth again. Frida received excellent comments from four judges and won four legs out of four shows in two days, what a weekend. Frida was exactly 5 months old on Saturday.

Daddy Ricardo is happy, brothers Johnny and Martin are both happy. Needless to say that Frida is very happy too.

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Pictures From Japan

The Nippon Rabbit Club in Japan just had their officers' meeting last Sunday at Masako's home. Mr. Nakayama sent in the top picture; he says,

"NIPPON RABBIT CLUB directors meeting in Masako's house. Left to right.

Masako Miyazaki Director.
Kouichi Tachi Vice president
Koichiro Sasaki President
Hiroyuki Nakayama Secretary/Treasurer

We did a meeting for reviewing for the last show, and they became talk about rabbit. We ate the supper after the meeting, and then we talked about rabbit again. We are rabbit geek."

In Japan space is premium. Most of the breeders choose the small breeds.

The two lower pictures were taken at Mr. Nakayama's home. The entrance is full of flowers; it's Mrs. Nakayama's hobby to grow flowers. The third picture show Mr. Nakayama's Netherland Dwarf inside their home.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Kathy S. Goes to Iceland

Kathy S. is the editor of our wonderful newsletter Matts and Fluff and our Angora Handbook. Her name is very well known in the Angora world but she is very camera shy.

She and hubby Bill went to Iceland for a trip, she says,

"We went to the volcanic nation of Iceland because I love lava and Bill is open to anything. The first photo depicts gorgeous Dvergasteinn (literally Dwarf Stone, though called Dwarfs' House or Dwarfs' Castle) on the shore of Seydisfjordur is the only chunk of lava in the vicinity. In geologic terms, Dvergasteinn is anerratic. In folkloric terms, it's a classically Icelandic tale. Both the rock and the church which shares its name started out on the south side of the fjord. The church was relocated to the north side and the dwarfs, missing human company, moved their rock. The church was moved again in 1920, but Dvergasteinn has stayed put. So far, anyway.

To show scale, here are Bill, me (and, yes, I'm giving Bill bunny ears -pathetically immature), and Dvergasteinn.

On the same fjord were many sheep. Heck, everywhere were many sheep. Ewes nurse their young in the middle of the Ring Road.

Icelandic sheep are of many colors, and here's some yarn I spun with just a few of those shades."

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Two Previous Presidents of National Angora Club

In Reno, there were surprise encounters.

Polly was the registrar; it was so good to see her again. She was the president of the NARBC from 1996 to 2000 plus many years of working as the newsletter editor. Polly is planning on moving to Texas; it won't be that easy to see her again. We will really miss her.

Suzanne came in to visit around noon. That was a surprise. Suzanne was the president of NARBC from 1992 to 1994. She used to live in Iowa, then moved to Texas and now in Reno.

The top picture is Polly (r.) and Suzanne (l.); then Betty sneaked in to have a picture taken with Polly and Suzanne. These three old gals have known one another for over 20 years!

Monday, June 16, 2008

Matt's Army Graduation

NCAG president Tracy went to Oklahoma to attend her son Matt's army training graduation. She says,

"Here's the photos from Matt's Army Basic Training Graduation at Fort Sill, Oklahoma. He is now assigned to Fort Huachuca in Arizona where he'll spend the next 20 weeks being trained to fly, maintain and repair unmanned arial vehicles (spy planes). Franco and I are so very proud of him and what he's accomplished as a 17 year old young man."

Congratulations to Tracy and Franco, we thank Matt for his dedication to serving our country.

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Emmy Wins All Breed Best In Show and Reserve In Show

Truckee Meadow Rabbit Club held double open rabbit and double open cavy shows in Reno on Saturday.

Betty's English Angora chocolate tort senior doe Chu's Emmy has a good day in the show.

In show A, Emmy took Reserve In Show to a Tan owned by Steve. Judge is Nancy from Idaho. See photo #2.

In show B, Emmy took Best In Show and John's French Lop took Reserve In Show. Judge is Peter H. from New Mexico. See photo #3.

It was a fun day.