Northern California Angora Guild

Friday, March 31, 2023

Bunny Treats

The five-week-old bunnies are eating solid food.  In addition to rabbit pellets, they are also given a variety of treats.  Here a bun is eating a small piece of papaya.

Buns sharing a piece of apple peel.

Green grass is so natural.

Buns love the fresh corn husk and corn silk.  

By given bunnies a variety of treats at a young age, they'll get used to different tastes and develop more adaptable digestive systems.   In this case, they are sharing apple peel, fresh corn silk and corn husk.

Thursday, March 30, 2023

Beautiful Rabbit Art

Here is another beautiful rabbit painting from the Wells Fargo Asian calendar.  The plum blossom is considered as the national flower of China.  Rabbits are associated with the moon as we have learned from various literature and folklores.  The rabbits in this paining are admiring the moon.


Wednesday, March 29, 2023

Tu'er Ye 兔兒爺 the Rabbit God

Read an article in a magazine about Tu'er Ye that sounded very interesting.   Let's explore what Tu'er Ye is.

Tu'er Ye is a folk figure unique to Beijing, China.

The Tu'er Ye is considered as Rabbit God to show the respect for the Jade Rabbit that came down from the Moon to save the sick people, see a YouTube video with subtitle:
Tu'er Ye - YouTube

UC Merced Library has an exhibit of the Rabbit God, see:
Exhibit: 兔兒爺 Tu’er Ye: Old Beijing’s Rabbit God | UC Merced Library

Tu'er Ye is also considered as a protector of families.


The Tu'er Ye clay figurines are very popular as children's toy or adults' collector items.

The figurines are all handmade, the creative process is considered as a traditional art form.  The YouTube video above also shows how the figurines are made.

Tuesday, March 28, 2023

Kitties Meet Babies

Hi, I am Bao Bao, how are you little ones.

I am Bei Bei, Bao Bao's brother.  Love to meet you. 

We have the same color, are we related?


Monday, March 27, 2023

Nashville Convention Center Stepstones

As we have seen a few days ago, Carol visited Nashville.   She says, "The convention center has these stones installed in steps to entrance. Just took photos of a few".   

Though most would say that Blue Suede Shoes was an Elvis song, the original songwriter and recording artist for this song was Carol Perkins who released this song in 1955.   Elvis recorded it and released it in 1956.

Dolly Parton is the songwriter and recording artist for "I Will Always Love You", recorded in 1973 and released in 1974.   The song was written when Dolly decided to part with Porter Wagoner to start her solo career.   Whitney Houston recorded it for her movie "The Bodyguard" in 1992 and became a huge hit.  It was reported that Dolly Parton earned over 10 million dollars royalty from this cover.

Peggy Sue was not written by Buddy Holly though he was the original artist recorded this song in 1957.   The songwriters are Jerry Allison and Norman Petty.  Peggy Sue was Jerry Allison's girlfriend and future wife.   

Bobbie Gentry is the songwriter and recording artist of Ode to Billie Joe in 1967.   It became a huge hit and Bobbie Gentry became a huge star.  However she was not interested or comfortable being in the limelight, all she wanted was to be a songwriter.  She performed and remained active for a while, retired in 1982 and never seen in the public eye again.

Stand by Your Man was co-written by Tammy Wynette and Billy Sherrill, Tammy Wynette recorded it in 1968 and became Tammy Wynette's signature song.   As we probably recall that this song was even mentioned in CBS "60 Minutes" segment during an interview of the Clinton's, and later caused a displeasure from Tammy Wynette.  


Sunday, March 26, 2023

Munching on Flowers

Pretty yellow flowers, do you recognize what these are?

If you don't recognize the flowers, maybe you'd recognize the leaves on the lower right corner.   These are broccoli!  We normally buy the broccoli crowns in the markets, don't see the flowers.   When the broccoli crowns are allowed to bloom, they turn into beautiful yellow flowers.    

The broccoli flowers are safe to eat, Gilly is enjoying them.  Gilly is wearing a sweater, in case you wonder.  

Simone likes them too.

Monique says yum yum.  


Saturday, March 25, 2023

Proper Chocolate Agouti Color

This is a chocolate agouti junior French Angora.

The color genetics for a chocolate agouti is
The face is chocolate base with dark chocolate tips, light tan eye circles, light tan half-moon at the nose. 

Surface color is a rich chestnut, ticked with chocolate tipped hard hairs.  

It has one or more intermediate bands of tan, alternating with light chocolate, with a dove gray undercolor. 

The tummy wool is light tan or white. 

The underside of the tail is light tan or white, same color as the tummy.  


Friday, March 24, 2023

Carol Goes to Grand Ole Opry


It would be a huge mistake if one goes to Nashville but not attending a Grand Ole Opry show.  

At the last night in Nashville, Carol and hubby Jim went to the Grand Ole Opry.

Though there was no big name star on a weekday evening, the performers were still very good.

Grand Ole Opry concession stand includes a Blue Bunny!

The candy shop has lots of yummy treats.  

Thursday, March 23, 2023

Beautiful Calendar Rabbit Art: Rabbit and the Moon


In Asian culture, rabbit and moon are associated with each other, read the story on: 
Northern California Angora Guild: The Jade Rabbit (

Wells Fargo Bank produces an Asian calendar each year.  2023 is the Year of the Rabbit, this is front page of the calendar, a rabbit looking at the different shapes of the moon.  There is an old Chinese poem that includes a passage "月有陰晴圓缺" that translate into:  The moon dims or shines, and it waxes and wanes again and again. The different shapes of moon symbolize the life’s ups and downs, happiness and sorrow.  


Wednesday, March 22, 2023

More Nashville Scenes from Carol

Country singers are sometimes called Cowboys and Cowgirls.  Cows in the middle of Nashville?  Nope, these are sculptures across from the Music City convention center.

Nashville is known as the Music City, there are other type of music than country music.  Nashville Symphony has a beautiful facility; this is the fountain in front of the building.

Carol in front of a boot store.  Maybe we'll see her judging and showing rabbits in boots?

The front of the Nashville Museum.

We've seen Carol visiting Alan Jackson's Good Time Bar a couple days ago, here is a photo of the front of Miranda Lambert's establishment.

Carol and Jim had lunch at Jimmy Buffett's restaurant.

Jason Aldean also has a "Kitchen" in Nashville next to a karaoke bar.

Tuesday, March 21, 2023

Babies' First Green Spaghetti

Good morning, we are having a great breakfast.

The green spaghetti tastes so good.

You smell good too, how about a kiss.

We can share the yummy green spaghetti!

Eating or tug of war for the green spaghetti?

Such a great breakfast, we can now take a nap together.