Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Wet and Aggressive Corella challenges Magpie

Sunday, 2 December 2018

Sunday Selections #408

Sunday Selections was originally brought to us by Kim of Frogpondsrock, as an ongoing meme where participants could post previously unused photos languishing in their files.
 
The meme is now continued by River at Drifting through life.  The rules are so simple as to be almost non-existent.  Post some photos under the title Sunday Selections and link back to River.  Clicking on any of the photos will make them embiggen. 
 
Like River I usually run with a theme.  This has been a very, very busy week.  I am returning to Sunday Selections' origins and posting photos which have been languishing (perhaps for good reason).


Murals I have spotted while out and about.


This one was installed in the centre of town after gay marriage was legalised.  And, which I hope to photograph soon, the 'walking man' on pedestrian lights in town has been replaced with a walking gay couple.




The three images above are on the boards covering the old post-office as it is repurposed.  I think the horned and crowned figure in the first is a tad odd.  And I don't know whether it is winking or has a problem with its eye.



Two different sides of a taxi-rank shelter.


 The bus murals are at the bus interchange.  I wonder whether when our trams are up and running (which appears to have been delayed) there will be tram murals at their stops.

Family time continues.  They are due to leave late today and I hope to get back to reading your blogs very soon.  I have missed you.

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  1. love your murals. I'm off to NY to help with a very sick niece

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    1. Sue in Italia/In the Land of Cancer: I do hope your very sick niece makes a full recovery.

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  2. I LOVE a good mural. The rainbow bus above makes me smile. A muralist called Ben Eine did a fine one here in the city some years ago. It's since been painted over, sadly. I just happened to post the image to an SF photo group yesterday.

    I'm going to post the picture on my blog so you are able to see it.

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    1. Bea: Thank you so much for sharing your mural. Like you, I do love to see them.

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  3. But absorb all that family tie; it's good to smile about, later. With that lamp standard up the middle, I am counting the first mural as a Pflag.

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    1. Joanne Noragon: The family was much like the curate's egg and good in parts. The good bits were very good. And yes, I see that rainbow mural as a Pflag too.

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  4. Fabulous paintings, frescos EC.

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    1. Bob Bushell: I am glad you enjoyed them with me.

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  5. Some great murals. Love the bluebird on the bus stop.

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    1. Jamie Ghione: I think both the flower and the bird brighten an otherwise dull area.

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  6. They are some fantastic murals. We have a couple of good ones depicting Brooklyn, but I haven't been able to get good photos. Cars are always in the way...and if I get close up, I can't get the entire picture.

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    1. mxtodis123: I do hope you can get close enough to yours to take their photograph.

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  7. Love the colorful murals. Very creative artwork.

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  8. I enjoy going out and about with you through your photos...it's far too hot here at present to go out anywhere; so this is a cooler way of "going out and about"! :)

    Yesterday afternoon I received unexpected visitors who stayed a couple of hours...and that was enough for me. I certainly wasn't ready for visitors...but...it was nice to catch-up, once I got over the first shock!!

    I hope the coming week treats you kindly...and is much kinder on all those in the paths of the devastating bush fires throughout this state. It's horrendous what is occurring. Cuddles to Jazz, EC. :)

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    1. Lee: I do hope your state gets some relief from the weather (and the fires). Soon. Jazz is very happy now the visitors have gone.

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  9. Living proof that murals can enhance the drabness of a city. I think that replacing the lone male figure with a gay couple is really creative.

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    1. David Gascoigne: I loved the idea of the gay couple walking across the road too - and hope to be able to see it for myself (and take photos) soon.

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  10. wow, this is amazing,,, the talent!!!!

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    1. laurie: The world is full of talent, and quite a lot of artistic talent is in your capable hands.

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  11. I do like the one-eyed Viking!
    Family: it's always great to see them, but it's nice to have the house back to normal when they leave...

    Enjoy your week, EC.

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    1. Alexia: We enjoyed the visit, and met some family members I haven't met before. Which has been a long time coming.
      I wish I had looked at that mural better and seen it was Odin. The eye issue would have no longer been a mystery.

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  12. Oh, the lady wearers of sensible shoes will be kicking off about them not being represented at the pedestrian light crossing. The bus murals are pretty good. I can just imagine an old drunk bloke trying to board the bus.

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    1. Andrew: The bus murals aren't bad - but I do wish they had used the numberplates that our buses use. The first three letters on our buses are BUS. I wonder whether they will expand the pedestrian light changes to improve women with sensible shoes. It would be good.

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  13. I really like the quilted ribbons. Very nice!

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    1. CountryMum: You, and others, have pointed out things I hadn't noticed. My bad. I do love the patchwork look to those ribbons.

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  14. Such pretty and colorful murals. They have become all the rage around here lately. Our town’s past and present history, is being painted on many corner buildings by paid professional artists. They tell people about the town and are so much more attractive than ugly, distracting graffiti.

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    1. Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe: We have noticed that another plus to commissioned murals is that they often discourage grafitti. I like the idea of murals displaying history too.

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  15. I like the quilty murals. They're pretty! We have zero murals in our towns, though many decorate for the holidays and I do love all the sparkly lights! Not so much the blow up santas.

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    1. mshatch: Some people decorate for the holidays here, but they are in the minority. I would prefer they didn't use Disney figures (which might confirm my grumpy old woman status).

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  16. They are all so colourful.
    It seems murals are popular wherever we live :)

    Enjoy the rest of your family time.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Lowcarb team member ~Jan: Colour and whimsy are always welcome aren't they?

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  17. I love our murals, too. It's a curious mixture, some just pretty, others make one ponder their meaning. I think that one guy does have something wrong with his eye. :-)

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    1. DJan: Odin is missing one eye. Which I knew, but hadn't noticed that it WAS Odin. Which shames me.

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  18. The murals look rather nice amid the tar, tiles and cement.

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    1. Margaret-whiteangel: They do brighten up the city don't they?

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  19. What fun! And I adore the first photo, with the rainbow colours flying off in wild abandon. It's so different from the usually sedate painted flags.

    I wonder too about that Viking and his eye. Maye Jono knows :D

    I hope you have a bit of wine chilling so you can have a nice relaxing evening. It's good to see family, and it's also good to be alone :)

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    1. jenny_o: I have consumed (and enjoyed) a glass of wine. And like you love that rainbow flag. Its colours have faded a little and I do hope it get spruced up again.

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  20. Very nice, i like it when art is spread liberally around a city or town.

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  21. I love the bright colors in all the murals! It’s great to see the city take such an interest in beautifying the area. Hope you can relax after the company leaves ... and Jazz can reclaim his space again.

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    1. River Fairchild: Jazz has punished me (with tooth and claw) and is now happily reclaiming the full attention of his servants.

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  22. The horned and crowned head is Odin, his name is right there: OD (head) IN, but his eyes do look odd. I love all the bright colours in your murals. Some of the happiest times of my life are when I close the door on departing visitors.

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    1. Odin had lost one eye.When he crossed Asgard mortals recognised him by his patch.

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    2. River and dinahmow: I am ashamed to say that it hasn't registered that the mural depicted Odin. And yes, I knew he had sacrificed an eye in the pursuit of wisdom. A high price.

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  23. The eye is a tad odd but I love the rainbow colours especially! And what they signify.

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    1. Marie Smith: It is just over a year since the vote finally gave the right to marry to gay couples. It was well overdue, but I am very glad it happened.

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  24. It never ceases to amaze me how talented and patient people are to come up with these brilliant ideas and to paint or use chalk to create them. You've shown some fascinating and colorful ones that are so wonderful. Hugs and Happy Sunday! RO

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    1. RO: I am constantly awed at those with artistic talent. Both for their ideas and their execution. Hugs gratefully received and reciprocated.

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  25. So colourful and creative! Missing you this WEP.


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  26. I love the Rainbow flag colors and all of the interesting street art...I hope you have enjoyed family time. Hugs.

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    1. e: Isn't that flag a colourful delight? I had been starting to wonder whether the day would ever come when I met these family members.

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    2. I hope you are glad you did...

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  27. I like the first one--- and the two with the buses. Hope your weekend is good, my friend.

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    1. Bill: Thank you. The weekend has been busy, but very productive. I hope yours is lovely too.

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  28. these are very artistic and very creative people to have done them

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    1. Margaret Adamson: I am so pleased that space is made for art in my city.

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  29. Dear EC
    I really enjoy seeing art works which brighten up our daily lives. The colourful patchwork is just such a thing. Not sure about Odin at all - slightly disturbing! We all need a bit of colour! Thank you for bringing it to a slightly grey December morning.
    Best wishes
    Ellie

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    1. Ellie Foster: Colour is an essential isn't it? I hope your days (grey or otherwise) are lovely.

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  30. I was stopped at a crossing by a train earlier in the year. Many of the boxcars has graffiti but some of them had beautiful murals.
    They are usually interesting pieces of work.

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    1. Rick Watson: It seems a lot of us are big mural fans.

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  31. I like public art on building walls, well, not just on walls as I really like the rainbow stream painted on the ground too. It amazes me that such huge images can be painted close up and then they look great from a distance, I'm sure I couldn't possibly tackle doing one.

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    1. Shammickite: I am constantly blown away (and awed) by all art. And yes, to be able to hold an image in your head while transferring it to bigger than life size is an incredible talent.

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  32. Love the photos! I think of Odin when I see your Horned and winking King, he was said to only have one eye. Loved the rainbow on the street, and that walking gay couple you mentioned would make my partner squeal, lol. I'll have to tell her about it! Thanks for taking time out to share the colour in your world with us! Miss you too.

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    1. Carolyn McBride: I wish I had thought of Odin before my much more observant commentators nudging my failing memory. I will try and get a photo of the walking gay couple when I am in town later this week.

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  33. Beautiful murals. The small town where I grew up had numerous murals throughout the downtown area but sadly over the years most have been painted over.

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    1. Mason Canyon: What a shame the murals have been painted over. Hopefully some new ones will emerge.

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  34. Such beautiful murals. Have fun with your family.

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  35. Such beautiful and colorful murals! Thank you!

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  36. What colors and I have a hang up over colors.
    Coffee is on

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    1. peppylady (Dora): I am also a big fan of colour.

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  37. I like the rainbow footpath!
    Murals seem to be proliferating and why shouldn't they! A decent mural is so much better to look at than plain brick or concrete

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    1. kylie: I think the rainbow footpath is lovely. There is a rainbow roundabout nearby as well - which I hope to photograph soon.

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  38. I like the painting on the street the most, it's very colorful.

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    1. Lon Anderson: I like that one too, both for its colour and for what is signifies.

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  39. i'm a fan of large public art murals! have to agree that the winking wizard (or wizard with a stye) is a bit challenging! but love the bright colors in public spaces!

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    1. daisyfae: Public art floats my boat. Including the pieces I don't like personally. I just love that it is there.

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  40. I like the bus ones best. They are so bright and beautiful.

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    1. Strayer: Some of our buses are bright and beautiful too. Which I like.

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  41. Strayer and I agree: the bus ones really reach out to me. By the way, my Midnight always like to see your photos of bad cat for some reason! :-)

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    1. Roland D. Yeomans: I hope your Midnight is not quite as bad as Jazz. And am sure he is as loved.

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  42. Yer man in the funny hat has had a few too many, methinks:)

    Really liked the bus murals, they're great and it's cool to see the artists using their talents like this instead of via graffiti.

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    1. mark koopmans: I suspect that Odin was familiar with strong drink (and rather a lot of other pleasures). I am fond of the murals too.

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  43. Holding hands in public with your partner is as normal as it gets these days but apparently marketing strategy companies use in newspapers has a long way to go before we see gay couples holding hands in the local daily news.

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    1. Spacer Guy: I love the idea of the gay couple holding hands at pedestrian crossings. And would like to see it expanded. A family group could be fun too.

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  44. Dear EC, I think--after reading your blog for years and seeing all your museums and art work in city centers--that Australia has a much younger and spirited and fey soul that the United States. We seem to be embroiled in seriousness. I think we take ourselves too seriously and perhaps our artists do too!

    As to the mural with the crowned man and horned being, I'm wondering if the first is a Viking and if many Scandinavians have settled in your fair homeland and if the second is from "Where the Wild Things Are" by that great children's writer Maurice Sendak. Peace.

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    1. Dee: My clever commentators told me that it is Odin depicted in the mural (which I should have noticed for myself). We are largely a nation of migrants (which our guvermint forgets).
      And how I love Where the Wild Things Are. I was appalled to learn that there was a push to ban it when it was first published.

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  45. I'm ready to step aboard one of those buses - they're so well done.

    Have a blessed Hanukah, EC.

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    1. Rawknrobyn: Thank you. A blessed Hanukah (and the years to follow) to you too.

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  46. Gosh so much color! Thanks for this post. Wishing you a happy Hanukkah

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    1. Cloudia: Thank you. High praise from the queen of colour.

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  47. these are most unusual murals, most I have seen are realistic but these are more abstract, love all the brilliant colors.

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    1. Linda Starr: I am a big fan of murals and should remember to take the camera with me more often.

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  48. I love these public artworks, so creative. I think the strange man may be a Viking who has lost half of his helmet?

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    1. Sue Catmint: The man in question is Odin. And a big hooray for public art.

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    1. Lady Fi: And don't we all need joy in our lives.

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  50. These are great, murals have a way of brightening up a place beautifully.

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    1. Denise inVA: They do don't they? And are certainly more scenic than boarded up buildings.

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  51. The murals are excellent. And I love colorful buses.
    Hope the time spent with relatives has been wondrous.

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    1. Sandra Cox: I will try and take photos of some of our real (and often also colourful) buses for you.

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    2. Sandra Cox: Sorry, I forgot yesterday. Watch this space.

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  52. Hopefully, he is winking! LOL! I truly loved them all EC! They are brilliant! So much talent! I love the colours too! I really hope everything went well with your family! Big Hugs!

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    1. Magic Love Crow: It was wonderful to meet a new section of the family. Growing up our family was small. Immediate family only, no relatives. It is expanding - which is lovely.

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  53. Hi Sue. Love these murals. So colorful. Your rellies are leaving. Mine will soon be arriving. Ah, good times. I'm going to have to get up at the crack of dawn to get any 'me' time. Thanks for visiting the WEP posts already. You're a gem.

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    1. Denise Covey: I do get up at the crack of dawn and NEED that quiet time. Have fun with your rellies. And of course I have visited the WEP posts. I plan to visit them all.

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  54. Just coming over to get a peek at that bus mural, which is so bright and colorful. Hope you're feeling well and sending some hugs your way. RO

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    1. RO: Thank you. Hugs received and returned. I am still wrestling the sinus infection but it is (finally) improving.

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  55. I love how cities all over the world are using murals to beautify and uplift. But I have to admit, that horned crowned dude is a bit strange. Ah-HA! The murals don't just beautify and uplift. They make us THINK, too!

    Have a super weekend!

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    1. Susan: And thinking is always a good thing. As is beauty.

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  56. Love that bluebird.
    What's on tap with the fam today?

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    1. Sandra Cox: The family has gone home, and are back in California (and back at work and school already). I like that bird too.

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  57. These pieces of art are so beautiful! I had to go back and look at all of them several times. The bus was amazing.

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    1. cleemckenzie: I am glad to hear it. And some day I will take photographs of some of our buses which have been delightfully decorated.

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  58. I love the idea that the walking man has been replaced by a walking gay couple.
    Hope your day is filled with energy and fun.
    Hugs

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    1. Sandra Cox: I couldn't find the walking couple when I was in town yesterday. I will continue the hunt next week.

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  59. So many interesting art murals. I love the rainbow on the sidewalk. Lots to look at as you are out and about. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. DMS~Jess: I love that rainbow too. And all that is signfies.

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  61. Murals are so interesting. Yes, please post a picture of the gay couple on the traffic lights - that is just awesome! I wish they would do something like that here, but that's probably never going to happen. The mural on the post office - is that a snake? It looks so beautiful!

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    1. Carola Bartz: As soon as I find which traffic lights feature the gay couple I will take a photo. I thought it was a lovely idea.
      I am not sure what the post office mural represents, but really like it.

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