Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, June 02, 2012

What A Relief!

I am ready to feed my babies.

I am really ready.   Babies please.

Oh, babies.

Babies, get you milk.

Ok, I feel much better.

Happy babies.

Happy and sleepy babies.

Friday, June 01, 2012

Music at Mardi Gras

At the main stage, there is Alison Shane Band.

The Frank Dicker Band is at a smaller stage.

The youth band is actually the best of the three bands on different stages at the same hour.

The Kid Fiddlers are very talented, play well and sing even better.

Finally we say goodbye to the well-attended festival, it sure won't go the way of the Titanic!

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Booths at Mushroom Mardi Gras

Town Cats of Morgan Hill has a booth; this is where Nikki and Mary Jane came from.

It's a religious group that has a wonderful dance troupe.

The colorful display is hard to miss.

Nice weather, not too cool, not too hot, beautiful blue sky, what can one ask for?

Another colorful booth.

There are two car dealerships in the city of Morgan Hill, Ford is one of the two, the other is a Honda.

Is tie dye back in fashion?

It makes one happy just to look around.

It's a good place to meet friends.

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Food at Mushroom Mardi Gras

In addition to the usual fair foods, mushroom sure is the star of the festival.

Mushroom cooking.

Eating is a good activity during the long weekend.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mushroom from Spawning to Harvest

Spawning: the beginning of the mushroom.

The second stage of the life of mushroom is pasteurization.

Casing: use peat moss and limestone saturated with water to cover the surface to provide food source for the mushroom.

In 13 days, mushroom start to appear, this stage is called fruiting or pinning.

When the mushroom mature to the desirable size, each is carefully harvested and placed in the cooler for packaging.

Monday, May 28, 2012

The Mush Room at Mushroom Mardi Gras

Morgan Hill Mushroom Mardi Gras is finally here.

The "Mush Room" is the place to learn about mushrooms.

We all know about the supermarket regular White Button mushrooms, but there are so many more that are commercially grown: Crimini, Portabella, Enoki, Oyster, Maitake and Shiitake.

Here are some comic buttons of the six less common varieties of mushrooms.

A display of the White Button mushrooms.

Yummy mushrooms in a basket.  The top is the Portabella, the right is the Crimini and the left is the regular White Button.   The Crimini looks and tastes so similar to the Portabella that it's called "Baby Portabella" in most of the markets.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Casey's Other Show Interest: Basset Hound

Casey has been showing English Angora actively for over 20 years.   About 5 years ago, she started showing Basset Hound.   Though she only has one show dog Raider, she is very actively in the show scene.   Raider has earn more than enough points to become a Champion and Casey is an officer of the Sacramento Basset Hound Club.    Cole is the webmaster for the club website.    Take a look: