Not quite 50 shades of brown for #SundayStills

Brown is mainly a darker shade of orange

I like this definition of the colour brown – it’s mainly a darker shade of orange and is made by combining black and orange. As one of my favourite colours is orange then you would think that brown would appeal to me, but in reality it can it can be a bit dull, especially when you have brown skin, brown hair and brown eyes! I went through a phase of wearing lots of browns.

When I was growing up in the 70s my sister and I shared a bedroom. We moved into a new house and were so happy with the geometric wallpaper in olive green, brown and mustard yellow. We thought we were very COOL, especially as our bedspreads matched as well.

My sister found this example of our wallpaper here – our bedside drawers were in similar colours and the kitchen was brown and orange. Very on trend back in the day!

wallpaper from the 70s
wallpaper from the 70s

I had brown hair, brown skin and brown eyes and then for some reason I dressed in muted brown tones too – so much brown!! I remember I had brown suede knee-high boots with fringe tassels and I thought I was the bees-knees.

This was me in a lovely brown velour jumpsuit back in 1976 when I was 16.

Sweet 16
Debbie at sweet 16

At our engagement party we were both wore brown!

Engagement party
At our engagement party in 1979 – brown was THE colour by the looks of things!

Brown eyes

One of my grandsons has lovely big brown eyes with the longest eyelashes!!

those eyes
Lovely big brown eyes of one of my grandsons

Chocolate is also brown

I really enjoyed this chocolate caramel tart, lots of yummy browns.

delicious chocolate caramel tart
A delicious chocolate caramel tart

Brown snake

A big brown snake in the garden recently, photographed by the Mathematician as he was mowing! Goodness knows where the snake has gone now but we have to keep an eye out as you don’t want to step on one of these. They can be very dangerous, as they are venomous.

It makes me think twice about stepping off the verandah let me tell you!

Brown snake
Brown snake slithering away

A wide brown land

I love a sunburnt country, A land of sweeping plains, Of ragged mountain ranges, Of droughts and flooding rains. I love her far horizons, I love her jewel-sea, Her beauty and her terror – The wide brown land for me!

My Country – I love a Sunburnt Country by Dorothea Mackellar

These photos from our time walking in the Flinders Ranges in South Australia bring to mind the words from this famous poem.

Sunday Stills Photo Challenge

Terri, from Second Wind Leisure, hosts Sunday Stills photo challenge, with the prompt this week being a colour one – shades of brown. There are many things that are brown but these are just a few that came to mind and I had photos to share.

As I wrote this I was drinking my weak black tea and I realised it’s actually brown not black.

A good cup of tea with my tea buddy
My teatime buddy

You can read Terri’s post here: Leather and shades of brown. Feel free to join in, it’s a fun challenge open to everyone with a different prompt each week!

What’s your take on the colour ‘brown‘?

A bit of fun on a Sunday night 🙂

Have a great week!

Deb x

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27 Replies to “Not quite 50 shades of brown for #SundayStills”

  1. You certainly gave me some brown variety Deb. It’s a colour I rarely wear, but it looks great on you. That wallpaper is truly horrendous, but it was very hip back in the day. The wallpaper in my teenage bedroom had giant mauve and blue flowers all over it – I thought it was beyond COOL!

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    1. Thanks for your kind words Leanne, I don’t have too much brown in my wardrobe but it is a base colour in many patterns I suppose. Our teenage selves had very different ideas of COOL to our more mature selves didn’t they??


  2. I admit I thought of chocolate straight away!
    My high school uniform was brown.
    I met B & he had two suits: one brown & one navy. I preferred the latter!
    My hair was not quite brown so it was called mousy!
    You & G look pretty darned good dressed up at your engagement party too!
    I guess when you think about it, the only trouble maker in this post is that brown snake…

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    1. Yes chocolate was an inspired thought late last night as I was pondering! Uniforms always put you off certain colours in my opinion, I forgot all about my Brownie uniform!! Yes mousy hair colour was a real thing wasn’t it? The engagement photo always makes me smile, we look so young and happy – why wouldn’t we as our life together was officially starting. The browns snake had to make an appearance as it was so recent. Thanks so much for your visit and comment Denyse!

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    1. Thanks Suzanne, I found it a bit of a challenge at first but warmed up to the theme as I went on! I’ve had a long association with brown! That photo of me ‘relaxing’ in my favourite orange dress is one I really like, I don’t look too posed and I look happy 🙂

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  3. I Love this, Debbie! I suppose I love all shades of brown, probably my “orange.” Yep, brown was everywhere in our younger days–you look great in the colors of brown. People may dislike wearing the color but finding a rich chocolate brown can be very flattering to many complexions. Your young pics are adorable! Love that old 70s brown wallpaper and decor. My mom hated brown so our house was decorated in 70s pink! Nice styling on the choco-pic! Thanks for your enthusiasm this week (and as always).

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    1. Thanks very much Terri, it took me a while to get around to what I’d post about but once I started it was easy. Brown does suit my colouring and I thought I was pretty fashionable back in the day!!

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  4. I remember being pregnant in 1981 and brown was trending……so I had a lot of brown maternity clothes and brown shoes….for years and years later I could not wear or see brown without feeling nauseated! These days my fav shade of brown is taupe.

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  5. Haha I love your flashback to the trends of the 70’s. You certainly looked beautiful in your browns – eyes, hair, clothes! I love browns in nature – animals (although not so keen on brown snakes) landscapes, trees and of course I love the brown of chocolate and ‘black’ tea. Thanks for sharing some beautiful photos

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    1. Thanks very much Janine, the flashback photos were fun to share. I also love the browns in nature and Australia has its fair share of wide brown lands doesn’t it?


  6. Good take on this challenge Debbie, so much brown. I think that wallpaper is quite fashionable again. Brown was a very popular colour in the 70s. Your grandson’s eyes are the same as my grandson, gorgeous.

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  7. Hi, Debbie – Your wallpaper sample brought back memories. My sister and I also shared a bedroom until I was 13. Against my will she insisted on painting it lime green (a tad brighter than the green in the triangles). I swear that my mouth puckered everytime that I walked into our room. :O Beautiful photos of you!

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