Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, July 10, 2010

Summer Flowers In New England

Butterfly on Gooseneck Loosestrife.

A Close-up shot of Loosestrife.

Daylilies sprout up amongst Loosestrife.

Friday, July 09, 2010

Found On The Net: Zoo Weddings

We are all animal lovers, but these couples could certainly top our claims. They spent their most important events with the animals: they had their weddings in the zoo!

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Angora Dog Sweater

Even though it's summer, mornings could still be pretty cold in northern California. In a recent show, Tausha brought her new dog that is feeling the chill. Tausha bought her a new Angora sweater and put it on right away. She obviously enjoys the softness of the sweater.

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Maiko's Great News

Maiko and her husband in an outing.

Maiko and judge Ruth in the show on May 10.

Betty met Maiko and her mom for the second time in the San Diego convention. Rabbit in the picture is Chu's Mabel that went home with Maiko.

Received great news from Maiko: she got married on June 3. She shares with us a picture of her and her husband in an outing. They plan to come to US to visit some time in the near future and we look forward to meeting her husband.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

Kathy and Bill's Trip To Ireland

Those who are members of Northern California Angora Guild know how great our newsletter is; Kathy is our wonderful editor since 1986. It has been 24 years, she edits our newsletter four times a year, always on time, always excellent.

Kathy would go to NCAG shows to help out in the earlier years though she has never shown any rabbits, she is more into the fiber aspect of Angora. She has not gone to shows in recent years so some of our members have not met her in person. Today she is treating us with her report and the pictures of her recent trip to Ireland with hubby Bill.

Bill and I walked the Dingle Way in Ireland, which is littered with archaeological finds. The day before departure, I knit this hat from yarn I'd spun beforehand. It's brown American bison, tan camel down, and white angora. I didn't use a pattern, just knit it to fit Bill's head. He says it's warm, soft, lightweight, and comfortable.

Me in all my feminine glory. The Blasket Islands lie just offshore out of sight. They have an interesting history. The lone human occupant is the weaver Sue Redican. That's a little volcanic crag in the background. (The hat is Vortex designed by Lee Meredith on; I've knit several as it's such fun.)

Bee hive huts are thought to date to the Bronze Age. Some think they were housing, others theorize the bulk were constructed to shelter folks on religious pilgrimages. The stones are not cemented together.

Lambing season was winding down, so this guy was fenced off from his cohorts. Yup, Scottish Blackface; extra points for those of you who called it.

We also went to the Burren. Picture acres of bowling alleys. The lanes are limestone, ancient sea floors. The gutters are filled with alpine plants,their ancestors brought over in the ice age, blooming alongside Mediterranean plants, a botanic wonder as neither should grow here. Scatterin wedge tombs, dolmens, and other prehistoric marvels.

Monday, July 05, 2010

Found On The Net: A Squirrel Solider

Betty says,

"This squirrel picture came to my e-mail with several other military related pictures.

Squirrels are hard to get close to, I should know, there are hundreds of squirrels in our yard. There are so many and so destructive that I'm seriously considering adopting cats or dogs that know how to chase away squirrels.

How does anyone dress a squirrel? This picture obviously was taken in an outdoor setting, how did the squirrel stay put to accept such a complicated clothing and accessories? I am truly amazed by it."

Sunday, July 04, 2010

Happy The Fourth Of July

Northern California Angora Guild wishes everyone a huge celebration of the Fourth of July.