Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Carol G. And Family Went To Italy

Venice: the first stop.

In Venice there is beauty inside as you see the ceiling in the Doge Palace.

Small bridges cross the canals at many spots as my family poses here, Heather, Jim, Kendall and Adam.

In Venice the canals are "streets" for transportation purposes. There is even "street side parking".

Everywhere you look there is another beautiful photo that needs to be shot!

Carol G. and family just returned from Italy, she says,

"Once children become adults it becomes more difficult for the entire family to go on vacation together. So when we had a chance for all of us, Jim, Kendall, Adam and his fiance, Heather, and me to go to Italy, we organized a wonderful trip. First stop was Venice, to see the city and plan for next year's wedding there.

What a beautiful place! I will send Florence/Siena and Rome separately."

Friday, June 26, 2009

Where Is The Wind Blowing?

Betty says,

"Some Best In Show prizes are more interesting than others. The Truckee Meadow Rabbit Club in Reno gave out a metal rabbit wind vane as the BIS prize. It is lovely. My lovely husband suggested and volunteered to install it on top of my rabbit barn. It turns out very nice."

Thursday, June 25, 2009

More Scenes From Kathy's Trip to UK

The South West Coast Path is stunning, with the Atlantic's drama to one side and an abundance of birdsong, wildflowers, and volcanic landscape all around. Here's Joan among wild rhododendrons.

We managed to capture on film this wily fellow. His hutch gets moved to a fresh patch of turf each day. In the UK, domestic rabbits are vaccinated against viral hemorrhagic disease and myxomatosis.

We met some interesting characters such as this lamb.

Jackdaws thrilled us to no end, much to the amusement of the locals as these small crows are everywhere; it was like being excited about paper.

Some more interesting characters such as this feral goat.

Plenty of Devons, a primitive breed with an interesting history, share the Path.

The coast itself was breathtaking, a spectacular lesson in geology. It made every step worthwhile.

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

American Fuzzy Lop Wins Double Youth Best In Show

Jenny, Bubba and judge Keelyn in show A.

Jenny, Bubba and judge Leslie in show B.

Jenny H. reports that her American Fuzzy Lop MG's Bubba Gump took Best In Show in the all breed youth show A and show B at Napa last Saturday. Since Bubba is home bred by Jenny, when competing for the Breeder's class, Bubba won again.

Bubba also won the Youth Best of Breed in the ARBA convention at Louisville last year.

Congratulations to Jenny and Bubba.

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kathy Introduces "Stiles" in UK

Our wonderful newsletter editor Kathy and daughter Joan took a trip to UK. She is sharing some of her photos and she says,

"My daughter Joan and I just spent two weeks walking part of England's South West Coast Path. The United Kingdom is covered with public footpaths, many crossing grazing land. Stiles allow people to exit a field while keeping sheep and cattle in. This eliminates the chance of a gate being left open. Here are a few examples.

Responsible dog ownership is embedded in the UK. Because of this, dogs are allowed almost everywhere with their people, including most footpaths.Here's a dog door of a type found alongside many stiles.

A step stile, with corresponding steps leading down the other side. The slate wall is built in a pattern called curzyway.

These young guys were using the stile steps to reach tasty brambles at the top.

A slate stile common to Cornwall. The acorn sign denotes the South West Coast Path.

This is the standard stile, a terrific design that one can practically use blindfolded. We didn't meet the bull; imagine our disappointment."

Monday, June 22, 2009

Latest News From Cathy And Kim

Cathy and Kim, mother and daughter, used tobe NCAG membets and showed English Angora for a short period of time. Then they moved to a farm in Auburn and no longer seen in the show circuit. News came a couple of years ago that Kim and Mark had gotten married and the latest news is that Kim is expecting a baby soon.

They have worked really hard fixing up the Farm and building for the Daycare area. They have all kinds of wonderful animals a donkey, horse, mini horses, llama, goats, chickens, bunnies, dogs and a new cat. Kim has a new litter of bunnies and is looking forward to showing again after her baby comes.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

We Left Our Hearts In San Francisco

A resort hotel almost just under the Golden Gate Bridge.

A good view of Golden Gate Bridge.

A parking area for tourists to stop to view the Golden Gate Bridge.

Betty says,

"Alice and I have been the best of friends since we were teens; we went to high school and college together. It's hard to admit, we have known each other for more than 40 years!

Alice lives in Taiwan but her son and lots of her other relatives all live in CA thus she comes to visit at least once a year.

We did some tourist things on our way to Santa Rosa; Golden Gate Bridge was a natural choice as one of the stops. Just like a normal day in San Francisco, it was cool and fogged in but luckily there was enough light to be able to take a few pictures."