Hens of the Crofter's Cottage
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Hens of the Crofter's Cottage
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W: 1080mm x H: 970mm x D: 40mm
W: 43" x H: 38" x D: 2"
Approx. Weight: 5kg
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About "Hens of the Crofter's Cottage"
THE ONLY INHABITANTS WERE THREE CHICKENS.
While camping on the Island of Unst in the Shetland Islands, we came upon a very isolated and seemingly abandoned cottage..
As we approached the cottage, we discerned three chickens standing in the open doorway with a starling to keep them company. A little closer[0x1] and the three chickens disappeared inside the house, only to peep out at us a few moments later. It seemed so incongruous as the nearest occupied farmhouse was quite some distance away.
We did not venture in and just admired the old house from the outside, with the wonderful texture of its crumbling stone work. But the mystery remains [0x1] what were the chickens doing there - and was the house really abandoned?
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Penny was born in England and her early years were spent growing up in Kenya and later Zambia. Over the years she has developed a passion for the African environment, its wildlife and birds. Game bird art is a speciality of Penny's and she was commissioned by the African Game Bird Research and Development organization to illustrate the acclaimed "Agred's Game Birds of South Africa" (2006) and she was also one of seven artists for the new Roberts 7.
Penny works in a variety of mediums including oils, acrylics, watercolour, pencil and pen and ink, as well as paper batik. Her artwork has appeared in many popular and scientific publications. Some of the titles include the following:-
'Roberts V11' (2005) and its companion Field Guide (2007) John Voelcker Bird Book Fund - Penny is one of the seven commissioned artists for this landmark publication.
'Agred's Gamebirds of South Africa' (2006) African Gamebird Research and Development Trust
'Rowland Wards's Records of Big Game' (1998) (2002) (2006) Rowland Ward Publications, Johannesburg.
'South African Bird Atlas' (1998) BirdLife South Africa.
Logo design - International Ornithological Conference (Durban 1998)
'Wild Ways' (1992) by Peter Apps. Southern Books (a book on mammal behaviour)
'The South African Red Data Book - Freshwater Fish' (1987)
'Rowland Wards's limited print set editions - Gamebirds of Africa (1991)
Ducks of Africa (1996)
'Struik Pocket Guides': Snakes (1986), Mammals (1988)
'Under a Hunters Moon' (2002) Nino Burelli
'The World's Greatest Wingshooting Destinations' (2002) Chris Dorsey USA.
'Business Jungle' by Andre Diederichs. Naledi publications. (August 2008)
Over the years she has participated in numerous exhibitions in centres around the country. Her work hangs in the Crake Gallery in Johannesburg.
Penny's other interests include travel, particularly camping safaris visiting reserves in southern African countries as well as wildlife destinations abroad. Bird-watching, canoeing, hiking and horse-riding are amongst Penny's favoured outdoor pursuits.
Cell: 082 4208224
She has participated in numerous exhibitions over the years in Pietermaritzburg, Cape Town, Johannesburg and Gaborone.
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