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Monday, 22 May 2017

English Angoras Improved!!!

I just want to update my site with pictures of my homegrown English Angoras that I'm really pleased with.

This is Tufftoo. She's my Holland project designed to keep the size small and has improved (I hope) the texture and type of wool in her line...


TUF2
She has a wonderful personality and we're taking her to show despite having some issues with mites about 2 months ago. I really hope the judges like her texture as her density is going to  work against her in one spot at least this show. She grows out almost matt and felt free but is quite a bit of work after 5 inches of growth (but totally worth it as you can see). She's a tiny girl under all that fluff (just over 5 lbs).

This is Rosie. She's my brood doe in my REW lines. Although she has too much guard hair she also grows out fairly easily and has a full and DENSE coat right now.

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Rosie is a wonderful mother and has fostered several other kits as well. She is a little prone to hooking up with my French Lop however and has had a litter or two of hybrids with him. First time it happened I was so excited to get Harli angoras and then I actually thought about who I know has harlequin in his lines. Grr. He's a perfect angel in the house (totally housetrained) and apparently has won this girls heart twice now, I may actually keep one to see if Giants (angora) start to emerge, LOL.


This is Cole. He's a beautiful dark black homegrown boy from a line I picked up in Vancouver. His growth pattern in his face suggests that he has some French in his lines somewhere but it's not on his pedigree. He has a lovely dark coat and is one of the sweetest boys in my lines. He tends to molt at least once a year so comes from molting EA lines. He's an easier care buck as well.

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His mother Blueberry was a terrible dame. She nibbled most of her litters and this guy was no exception but we saved him. He's missing one toe! 

My first ARBA show quality boy came in a couple of years ago (Cole is his kit). His name is Ricki. I got a doe (Lucy) but she never bred with him due to arriving with a vent disease and passed before she could fully recover and have kits of her own.

RKI

He's given me some pretty good kits and we're excited to incorporate some new even better does and bucks into our lines.  Cole has Chu's Daniel (a grand champion REW) in his pedigree. I just got Frosting from him (a rew kit we're taking to the upcoming VIRBA Vancouver Island show on June 3)

I'm very excited to announce we've gotten some amazing lines from Tessa Black. She's worked with Windle Wabbits and the kits we're seeing from her are WOW! From my new Chestnut's first litter (she was bred with Respendence-a blue tort (he's gorgeous),   we got a rainbow of colours. Black, Opal, Blue, Chestnut, REW and even a cream one that chilled so we didn't get to see him grow out.  I'll be posting pics soon!

Dark and mysterious. Don't worry the wait is worth it!
Chestnut Kit

There is a little castor foster sibling in this pile. Can you pick him out?







Saturday, 28 January 2017

CRBA Capital Region Beekeepers Association Demo Recipes

Jentle Soaps
CRBA Honey and Beeswax Beauty Crafting Demo Recipes

Krissy's Bath Bombs
1 c. Sodium Bicarb (baking soda)
1/2 c. Citric Acid
1/2. C. Cornstarch
2 T. Coconut Oil
2 t. Honey
1 t. Melted Beeswax
1 t. Water
2 t. Scent (eg. Lemongrass Essential Oil)
Mix bicarb, citric and cornstarch. In separate bowel mix melted coconut oil, honey, beeswax, water and scent. Combine wet and dry. Quickly and firmly pack into moulds. Tip out carefully and allow to dry overnight.

Honey Soap
1 lb honey melt and pour soap
3 T. Honey
4 T. Honey cappings
2 tsp. Almond essential oil or fragrance of your choice

Melt soap in microwave at 2 min intervals. Add cappings and essential oils once the soap begins to cool to a thick consistency. Pour into moulds. Once it hardens, slice into bars.

Honey Bee Lotions
Honey Foot Cream: 2 T. Multibase EL 1/2 t. Honey
Warm all ingredients together in microwave. Mix well. 10 drops Peppermint Essential Oil

Light Honey Lotion: 1/4 c. Multibase Easy Lotion 1 c. Water 1 T. Honey
Warm all together in microwave. Mix well. Add up to 1 t. Lavender Essential Oil.

Honey Mist/Hair Conditioner: 1/4. c. Multibase EL , 2 c. Honey tea (2 c. Water 1 t. Honey) 4 drops Ylang ylang essential oil. Warm all together and mix well until incorporated. Pour into a mister and use to hydrate the skin when required.

Honey Sugar Scrub
1 c. Granulated sugar, 1/2 c. Honey 1/4 c. Coarse sugar 1 T. Multibase EL
Mix together well. Add water to give the scrub a paste consistency. Use in shower to exfoliate.

For private classes, supplies/ingredients contact Jen Olson jenspice1@yahoo.ca

For more recipes: www.blogspot.jentlesoaps.com

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Rabbit breeding calculator

<iframe src="http://caitlinscritters.com/cgi-bin/breedingCalculator.cgi?bgcoloroverride=ffcc99&txcoloroverride=663300" scrolling="no"width="610" height="550" frameborder="0">Your browser doesn't support IFRAMES. You may access the calculator <a href="http://caitlinscritters.com/cgi-bin/breedingCalculator.cgi">here</a></iframe> Since this one doesn't seem to work here is the original publisher...Thanks to Caitlans Critters!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Fattest Little Rex

We recently had a litter of Rex have one surviving kit. He is so fat the kids call him Rhino. So cute and so healthy. He's just starting to wander about, despite having pudgy little legs, LOL...gotta go get him to cuddle now...


He loves to cuddle and has just snuggled into my cardigan. Can you believe Summer is starting to cool off?

Monday, 17 August 2015

More with Honey

The bees are working hard at fighting the wasps right now and all of my hives have managed to put up stores for the winter and continue to stockpile the honey. We're feeding right now due to the low nectar flow and they are just sucking it back at an alarming rate in some colonies. What am I going to do with all that honey? Well, I'll be making some wonderful cosmetics and eating quite a bit of it as well of course!

Here is a lovely lip licker balm for those of you who love honey....

Honey Lick Gloss

5 ml  honey
10 ml jojoba
20 ml fractionated coconut oil (liquid)


Mix together well. Add to a roller ball container. Shake before using. Adding a few silver balls of shot help to mix it easily.

Using Color in Cosmetics



Recently I've been asked about what to use for coloring soap and cosmetics. Here is a simple way to understand the lingo of colorant application...

Colorant: Extensively used in cosmetic preparations most notably the food colors. FD&C means it can be used in food, drug or cosmetic applications. D&C before a color means it can only be used as a drug or cosmetic colorant. Avoid the use of toxic colorants not associated with the food and drug notation. I prefer to use natural ingredients such as cinnamon, coffee, turmeric and other spices as a colorant. Some clays and even chlorophyll are also used as colorant in my soap and cosmetic preparations.

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Beautiful Spring Eggs

My ducks and chickens have been laying so many eggs! Check out the beautiful colors...





The birds are definitely in sync with Spring. Our Muscovy hen has even built herself a cozy nest and may be expecting baby ducklings soon. She tried in the Winter but had no success. Here she is cozy in the duck house...





Our chickens however managed to hatch one of her Winter eggs and the beautiful result is Waffle...she's a beautiful little hen with a spot of black on her head. We just love our urban barnyard animals!



I found the best appetizer for using up our eggs from Healthy Nibbles and Bits... Guacamole Deviled Eggs...


http://healthynibblesandbits.com/guacamole-deviled-eggs/

Thanks Lisa!

For those of you interested in raising meat rabbits here is a good site to get you started...

Rise and Shine Rabbitry