This is a blog dedicated to my rabbit hobby and various other fiber related topics.
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
It was a hot one but we made it to the Miami County Rabbit Advisors double show in Piqua this past weekend. June has been an awfully hot and humid month and this day was not kind to the humans or rabbits despite the fact this was an evening show. In show A and show B Big Times Bunzilla took BOB and Big Times Delilah took BOSB. I was surprised there was such a good showing of English Angoras with about 25 present.
Judge Stacy going over Bunzilla.
I like it when we get Stacy as the judge, she comes with her own writer! It's her mom and she keeps things rolling.
Judge Kevin going over Delilah.
Bunzilla getting the once over.
I am happy (and hot) that both my rabbits got 'legs'. Delilah is still a junior and acquired 2 legs so we look forward to the fall for that last senior leg.
"Hey there Delilah what's it like in New York City
I'm a thousand miles away
But girl tonight you looks so pretty, yes you do
Times Square can't shine as bright as you, I swear it's true."
I love that song by the Plain White T's so much so that I named my most recent white bun after it. I also like to listen to Delilah After Dark which is a radio show of love songs that comes on in the evening. Also featured in this collage is the black buck that went out to California to live with Betty. Betty takes awesome pictures, mine are a work in progress, but she did tip me off to a free photo collage offer at Walgreen's so I took advantage of it and got this lovely 8x10. For FREE!!
The time has come for Mandie to part with her beautiful show coat. It causes me some anxiety to make the first cut since I labor over keeping her groomed for so long. But then I think about what a nice pair of mittens her fiber might make and that inspires me to get the job done.
Shearing the belly. Doesn't everybody have a cat to help them do this? Morty would rather I put the scissors down and pet him.
Yikes! Naked bunny.
Ooooh.. Doesn't it make your mouth water all that angora? There was approximately 4 oz of prime fiber.
Viola! Like magic I have it spun up in this semi worsted weight hank.
After I posted the last post, John spoke to the volunteers at the Brukner Center and they asked him if he would like to come and get the goose and release it back in the area since it may have a mate around here. We scoped out the area and were surprised to see that several of the man made ponds put up fencing and wires to keep geese and ducks out of the ponds. We never noticed that before. How unfriendly:( What's a pond without a goose or duck?
We settled on a lovely natural pond behind a church that welcomes all people and birds. I like their way of thinking.
The goose rehabilitation enclosure.
Brukner Center worker properly subduing the goose by tucking his head under his wing. Worked like a charm.
John and his goose. Didn't he do a good job of tucking the head under the wing?
The goose had no problem finding the water.
Slightly confused goose made friends with the ducks first.
Ahh... This seems right now. He is the third in line. Have a nice life, Goose!!
Last week John and I found an injured goose on the side of the road and after many phone calls we finally found a wildlife rehabilitation center that would take him in. Fortunately, with the help of the good people at Brukner Nature Center the goose made it and was released on the grounds. Check them out at http://www.bruknernaturecenter.com/
We decided to go back for a visit this past weekend and see what they had to offer and really enjoyed our visit. They have a collection of wild birds, a fox, and a bobcat that can't be released due to injuries.
This fox was quite rough looking.
The bobcat was my favorite. He did a lot of 'marking' while we were visiting.
We made a donation and became members for the year as this place really serves a good purpose.