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Janine McAullay Bott shares the story behind
her Oldie Kangaroo sculpture (pictured above). . .
Oldie Kangaroo was the first animal sculpture Janine made
on her return to Perth from Hawaii. It pays homage to her
grandfather, Richard Farmer, who once rescued a baby
joey after its mother was killed, and was kept in a chook
pen. Here's an excerpt from the story, The Kangaroo, the
Egg and I, which Janine wrote about the task of collecting
eggs from her grandparent's farm.
"We need eggs for breakfast," Gran says. "Where's my
broom? Come on you kids." (I hated doing this!) We head for
the chook run, Gran with her broom, Oldie chuckling at the
back door. Gran opens the old wire gate, the chickens start
squawking, AND THERE HE IS -- in the shadows waiting, the
KANGAROO!! -- who grew up thinking he's a bloody rooster!
The project is put to action. Joey moves towards Gran, she
pokes him with the broom; he backs into the corner, sitting
back on his tail. "NOW!" she shouts. And we run to the
chickens. They jump up cackling and there are the eggs. We
each grab some, cradling them in our jumpers, then bolt for
the gate. Now I look back and there is Gran with her broom
and the kangaroo is trying to grab it, the morning sun shining
brightly on them. And I still hear Oldie laughing.
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