Let’s visit some colourful murals for #SundayStills

Colourful Murals

This post will take you to a few different places, thanks to my archives.

Green frog mural
Green frog mural on the wall of a toilet block in Murwillumbah

The following slideshow of photos were taken along a shared pathway in Brisbane’s outer suburbs. We rode our bikes along here most days while we were in the area and loved finding different murals each time. Use the arrows to move through them.

  • art along the path
  • art along the path - koala
  • Art along the path - kookaburras
  • Art along the path - parrot
  • Art along the path - snake
  • Art along the path - koala

A selection of bright murals

The following photos were taken in various parts of New Zealand including Dunedin, Napier and Kawakawa and who could forget the living mural of bras at Cardrona.

Napier Murals

Kawakawa and Dunedin Murals

Thongs and bras in New Zealand

Some posts I wrote while travelling in New Zealand

The first known use of the term of endearment Debz

I’ve been called Debs or Debz for quite some time now but when did it start?

I know the topic is Colourful Murals, but I was desperate to find this photo, of the first time I remember Debz being used.

I found the photo!! Back in 2006 we had a special birthday get together for our daughters’ birthdays, as they were turning 23, 21 and 18 and they were all in the same country – bonus! I organised a weekend in Sydney for all of us, together with their boyfriends, and I remember putting a lot of effort into the itinerary. I’m happy to say the weekend went off splendidly!

On our way back from dinner one night, we went through a tunnel known for its graffiti wall and we all lined up to leave a message – and this was done by one of the gang. It’s the first known use of Debz and I’m happy to say from then on it became a term of endearment which the girls all use to this day. I am known as Granny Debs now as well!

My Twitter handle is still @wonderwomandebz and I remember my work colleagues getting in on the action too.

The photo itself isn’t anything spectacular, (as I’m sure you’ll agree), but it’s very special to me and deserves to be included in my mural post!

(Aside: You don’t want to know how long I have been looking for this particular photo, and what we found in the process of looking – let’s just say oh the memories and leave it at that!)

The first use of Debz
The first use of Debz

Is there a link between murals and graffiti, do you think?

I’d love to know what your favourite image is from my selection!

Terri is having a break from #SundayStills this week, and Natalie has kindly taken over hosting duties. Make sure you visit Natalie to see her post and her wonderful photos. It’s always interesting to see what others are posting for the prompts too.

Next week Sunday Stills is Going Back, hosted by Terri.

Thanks for stopping by and take care!

Debbie 🙂

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Everyone has a story to tell! Deb is a young-at-heart & active 60+ blogger/retiree, after being made redundant from her 22-year career managing education programs in a men’s correctional centre (jail). She now spends her time reading, blogging, riding her ebike and travelling. Deb was awarded a Bravery Award from the Queen when she was 17 after a tragic accident – a definite life changing moment! She is married with 3 grown-up daughters & has 4 grandchildren. She never imagined being Granny Debs would bring so much joy to her life! You can read more of Deb’s story here

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40 Replies to “Let’s visit some colourful murals for #SundayStills”

  1. Oh wow. Look at those murals. I now know a lot of people who live in NZ because of head and neck cancer..the FB support group is based there and I saw lots of place names I was familiar with on your post. I don’t know the geographical areas though. I was hard pressed to think of any, til I actually looked…and then I did. Great to know of your history with your name, and the photo. But honestly, what a “pain” it is to find an Old Photo! I just spent aged trying to find a photo of our then 4 yo daughter with her Abba Bag…did it. And go you, I must look at Terri’s blog to see the next set of prompts too. Denyse

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    1. It was so hard to find a particular photo Denyse but I knew it was there somewhere and I found it!! The murals in NZ were all fabulous and we got into a bit of a habit of looking out for them and taking photos. It was good to put them all together in this post. Your post was great too!


  2. You’ve got a wonderful collection of murals, Deb and I’m glad that you found the ‘Debz’ photo. I like the frog and the parrot. The murals in NZ are beautiful, too. Thank you for linking up with #SundayStills.

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  3. Your collection of murals is really impressive! So many interesting themes and colorful interpretations. It’s fun to look back and think about all the varied ways to paint a wall! I wonder how many remain in place.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  4. Wow, so many wonderful murals. Love the frog, the koalas and the kookaburras.
    Thanks for participating in Monday Murals and hope to see you again Debbie.
    Oh, and how amazing to find the old photo of your Sydney “mural” 🙂

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  5. These were beautiful Deb…wow. And I love the story about Debz! I would say murals are intentional and with approval, with the purpose of sharing art and a story, grafitti if intentional but done with no thought to damage, with the purpose of just being destructive. I don’t know, I could be wrong. Some grafitti is well done and I think, why don’t they channel that talent somewhere productive. Or maybe someone was commisioned to do a piece with a more “grafitti” vibe. Hmmm..

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  6. That’s a fantastic series of murals in different regions, Debz (love that story). I find that the murals down under are of really high quality (except maybe the Debz one :-)) compared to other city art I have witnessed. The wildlife collection is amazing and it’s hard to pick any favorites. I think graffiti became street art when the paintings became more organized, themed, and performed by artists.

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    1. Thanks Liesbet, it’s interesting to see you think the murals downunder are of a high quality. I love the animal ones too. People are very clever!
      By the way I’ve since put a review on Amazon for your book!


  7. Eclectic and colourful photos, Deb. Darn, I missed the bras in New Zealand.🙂 I ‘get it’ on hunting down a photo and coming across a myriad of interesting things. I recall seeing the alien-like spheres in N.Z.. Now I will have to refresh my memory on what they are called. Thank you for sharing an interesting and fun post. xx

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    1. Thanks so much Erica, I love getting your comments as I value your photography and your opinions so much. The Moraki Boulders were the big stones in New Zealand, they were amazing weren’t they? I had fun putting this together. I’m sure the bras are still there, so on your next visit maybe!

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  8. Hey Debs, Great post. I learned a little bit more about my friends. Your murals turned out great. It’s nice to see different murals around the world. Were the thongs and bras a public display of art? If so, don’t forget to link this to PPAC #13, hosted by Cee this week. She’s taking my week to give me another bit of a break. 🙂

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  9. Yes, I’m late to the SS party, Debz (heehee) but I wanted to read a few of the ones shared while on my break. You managed to find a ton of street art and cool murals. Those ones in Napier are amazing! Honestly, I never see anything like this unless I go to some of the central cities downtowns, but here in my rural heaven, I might see some graffiti. I suppose I could stop by the railyard to look at the train graffiti in downtown Spokane…or not. BTW, I love that you found an image of your nickname–pretty cool, and I’m sure worth looking for. Thank for the mention in your post and have a wonderful week!

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  10. Glad you found the photo you were looking for. My sister had a favorite photo of her 3 year old son shortly before he died and misplaced it. She looked all over the house for a long time with no luck. Then one day she was standing in the closet and it fell to the floor!! We believe Andrew, her son, sent it to her.
    Beautiful murals. The koala looks so realistic!! That frog is a pretty casual fellow…just hangin’ out.

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    1. Hi Leslie, what a lovely story about your sister finding that photo of her son! I’m so glad it happened that way too. Yes the koala and frog were fantastic murals.


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