Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Seagrove Park At Del Mar

The surfers are busy going up and down the beach at Seagrove Park.

Chris O. relaxes at the park bench. In the background there are surfers and a crew working to maintain the beach.

Erosion has been a common issue for beaches; a maintenance crew is working on the sand preservation.

Chris O. is enjoying a walk on the beach.

So are the dogs and their mom.

These are not human surfers; these are the bird surfers.

Don't underestimate this ugly looking thing; it's seaweed. Seaweed is nutritious and one can make some money from them.

Friday, November 27, 2009

Surfers At Del Mar Beaches

What are these piles? Do people just abandon their things?

Some more piles of things that belong to surfers. They seem to be very confident that their things would still be there when they return from the ocean.

A man surfer.

A woman surfer.

Lots of surfers in the ocean.

Even more surfers in this section of the beach.

Thursday, November 26, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving

Northern California Angora Guild wishes everyone a Happy Thanksgiving.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

American Fuzzy Lop Wool Yarns

Yarn made from pure American Fuzzy Lop wool.

These are samples of American Fuzzy Lop x Alpaca wool blend, showing from roving to yarn to a knitted swatch.

In the RabbitCon class of "Turning Rabbit Wool Into A Cottage Industry", there are yarns and garments made from Angora, American Fuzzy Lop and Jersey Wooly. NCAG is a guild for Angora breeders, and we are all aware of Angora wool could make some really warm garments. Most are not aware of the fact that the other two wool breed could also make some very nice products.

These two photos show a skein of yarn made from all American Fuzzy Lop wool and a blend of American Fuzzy Lop wool with Alpaca wool. The American Fuzzy Lop wool is more hairy than the English Angora wool but less so than the French Angora wool.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Dinosaur Gallery In Del Mar, CA

What is this? Could it be a giant rabbit skeleton?

It is a display in the window at the Dinosaur Gallery not too far from the Dog Bakery at the Del Mar town square.

These are from millions of years ago.

More of the life form millions of years ago embedded in the stone.

Fossil fish.

Not sure what this is, it looks like something old from the ocean.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Scenes From Convention

On the cover of all the convention publications, there are two sentences: "The Endless Summer" and "In Search of The Perfect Rabbit". Judge Ted D. is playing out these two themes. It's the summer, he is in shorts and he is sitting at the lifeguard tower to search for the perfect rabbit with his binoculars.

Judge Randy C. from Alaska is for sure enjoying the endless summer. He poses in front of "Woody".

Dist. Director Joey S. is in driver seat with ARBA president Chris H. in the passenger seat next to him. Show superintendent Randy S. and general chairman Kevin are in the back seats for the ride of their lives.

Halloween occurs during the convention and inevitably there is the cute little angel going trick or treating.

Do Japanese Geishas go trick or treating too?

Sunday, November 22, 2009

The Dog Bakery

The Dog Bakery is located in the Del Mar town square area. There is a "Bark Board" showing the daily specials.

The big stuffed dog graces the window of The Dog Bakery.

View of the big stuffed dog from inside The Dog Bakery.

The molds for making dog-friendly cookies.

These cookies are for dogs and cats, they look as nice as human cookies.

Some more of the inviting pastries.

Kitty cookies.

Lucky Madison, a birthday cake!

Some little fancy doggie clothing.

Pirates of doggie house?

Click the picture to see the price of this little t-shirt. It's enough to buy at least three human t-shirts.

Doggie treat serving cart.

A little nice car seat for the little one.

The ARBA convention was held in the San Diego county fairgrounds. The actual location of the fairgrounds is not in the City of San Diego, it's in the City of Del Mar.

In most cities, fairgrounds are located in low rent districts; the San Diego fairgrounds is an exception to the rule. Del Mar has some of the most beautiful beaches at the Pacific Ocean. Just by looking at the shops, we could tell that the town is very affluent.

Del Mar can also be considered as a very dog-friendly town. There is a dog beach that charges $3 fee to park and to enter. Dogs run loose on the beach, kind of reminding us of the scenes of Marley relieved himself on the dog beach in "Marley And Me".

There are two specialty dog treat shops within walking distance in the very crowded town square area. One of which is called the "The Dog Bakery". Here are photos inside and outside of this shop. One can draw conclusions about Del Mar's dog-friendliness or even dog-craziness from these pricey products.