Northern California Angora Guild

Saturday, April 04, 2015

Angora Cowls

Angora yarn does not have memory, the items that made from Angora tend to be drapey.    This characteristic makes it very suitable for making cowls.     The original meaning of a "cowl" is a hood or long hooded cloak especially of a monk but in modern times, a cowl is a draped neckline on a woman's garment.   There are some alternative names for such garment: endless scarf, circular scarf, unlimited scarf, ...

The cowl is to be worn loosely around the neck in approximately the shape shown in the photo. 

These three are made from Betty's English Angora wool, available for purchase.  Contact Betty if interested.


Friday, April 03, 2015

Mr. and Mrs. Bun Bun Enjoy Life Together



Mr. and Mrs. Bun Bun enjoy a nice day on the lawn.

Mr. and Mrs. Bun Bun watch birds sitting on a bench.

Mr. and Mrs. Bun Bun resting on a couch.

Mr. and Mrs. Bun Bun are a pair of boy bunny and girl bunny handmade by Dorothy Axt of Livermore in the 1990s.    Mr. and Mrs. Bun Bun have been a couple for over 20 years old, they are still going strong and enjoying their lives together.


Thursday, April 02, 2015

Tree Trimming above the Rabbit Barn


Betty says,

In the early 80s, I had French Lop.   Albert built me a small 8-hole barn for the Lops and I thought I'd never fill up the 8 cages.    As we all know, such does not happen.  With one litter of French lop, all 8 cages were occupied.   In the late 80s, Albert built another barn for my English Angora then reconstructed it in 2006 see

The small barn has remained the same since the early 80s with the same 8 cages.   Surprisingly the barn and the cages all have been holding up very well.     Most of these cages are now occupied by the French Angora plus a few English Angora.

We have lots of cider trees, we planted them over 30 years ago when we first moved in.  The small barn is shaded by these huge trees.     One of the trees has a cracked branch right above the small barn, if the branch falls down, the small barn could be severely damaged.

A tree service is called in to cut the broken branch and do some cutting and trimmings on other big trees.

It takes skill and effort to secure the branch before cutting so that the branch would not fall on the barn.


The branch is successfully cut and pulled.

It's a big branch.

To get out of the gate, the branch needs to be cut into smaller pieces.

Even with some additional cutting, it takes two to pull the branch out of the gate.

The tree service has a huge wood chipper that grinds the big branches into chips and mulch.

Another view of the wood grinder and the truck that takes in the mulch material.


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

The Cooking Ladies

At the Hollister Show, two ladies were chatting with people but they sure did not seem like someone into rabbits.    It turns out that these two ladies, Phyllis Hinz and Lamont Mackay, live in their mini RV and drive around the country working on cooking and in restaurants, write about their trips and recipes on their website and publish cookbooks.  To learn more about them, go to 

The Hollister Chamber of Commerce CEO Juli A. Vieira joins the two cooking ladies for a photo op.


Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Busy Bees

Spring or even summer has arrived in California, Wisteria is blooming with hanging flowers.   Bees are working hard.  

Monday, March 30, 2015

Bunny Stampede

French Angora litters could be quite impressive number wise.   This is a photo of  a litter of  French Angora bunnies that are 10 days old.
At 13 days old, all eyes are open and the bunnies are itchy to exercise.

More exploration of their new surroundings.

After exercise, bunnies go to their corner bed for a nap.



Sunday, March 29, 2015

Found on the Net: Hachiko Statue at University of Tokyo

An Akita named Hachiko has been the subject of many reports and more than one movie.   His story of love and loyalty inspire many to give him back the love and respect.   This year commemorates the 80th anniversary of his death in 1935, the University of Tokyo installed a statue of him reuniting with his beloved master.
The following is one of the reports from Japan:

Hachiko finally reunited with owner in statue erected at University of Tokyo

March 09, 2015
On the 80th anniversary of the death of Hachiko, the famed dog was happily reunited with his owner, in a bronze statue installed on March 8 at the University of Tokyo where the master once taught.

About 500 people gathered for the unveiling ceremony of the statue featuring the beloved canine and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno (1871-1925), a professor of agricultural engineering.

“They have finally been reunited after 90 years. I am happy for them,” said Mari Toya, 30, a Nagoya restaurant operator, who was among the attendees.

Hachiko died of filarial disease in 1935, 10 years after Ueno's death.

The statue, which depicts Hachiko jumping up to greet Ueno, who is extending his hand to pat the dog, stands about 1.9 meters high and weighs about 280 kilograms. It is located near the main gate of the campus for the university’s Faculty of Agriculture in Tokyo’s Bunkyo Ward.

The university faculty had started the project to bring the Akita breed dog and his owner together in a memorial statue. Faculty members have solicited donations from individuals and companies since last year and collected more than 10 million yen ($83,000).

Hachiko is believed to have patiently waited for his owner’s return from work every day at Tokyo’s Shibuya Station for about 10 years even after Ueno's death.

In commemoration of the daily vigil, a lone statue of Hachiko was erected in front of Shibuya Station in 1934, even while the canine was still alive.

The current Hachiko statue at the station, the second of its kind, was installed in 1948 after the first was melted down for much-needed scrap metal during World War II.
People gather around the bronze statue of Hachiko and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, at the University of Tokyo in the capital’s Bunkyo Ward on March 8. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)

People gather around the bronze statue of Hachiko and his owner, Hidesaburo Ueno, at the University of Tokyo in the capital’s Bunkyo Ward on March 8. (Sayaka Yamaguchi)