Saturday 23rd October 2021

Floral. 11/51. #LifeThisWeek. 33/2021.

Floral. 11/51. #LifeThisWeek. 33/2021.

So, dear readers and bloggers, have you realised yet that these optional prompts are in














  • I like lists.
  • I like order.
  • So, in choosing the optional prompts that were not covered by Share Your Snaps, Self Care Stories, Taking Stock, I did the list and selected just ONE word and made the list alphabetical.
  • Teacher me likes this.


Until I considered how to use this prompt it took me a while to realise I enjoy floral patterns, in the garden, in designs I make and in clothes I wear. I enjoy colour, mixed together in harmony, and even those in contrast. So, in photographic evidence here are some photos!



Creative Art:


And in clothing:

Late 2017 into 2018 I did “outfit of the day’ posts to boost morale as I recovered from surgeries. Here I was after a 3rd reconstruction inside my mouth (early Feb 2018) and a week of pics. Smile was still a long way off….not for another 6+ months but I did not know that then.

2020 and a smile in my floral top!


And some floral joy I made: 

I hope you are enjoying the optional prompts if you use them.

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Link Up #231


Life This Week. Link Up #231

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  1. Hi Denyse, I love your floral tops! I’m trying to wear more floral after years of being stuck in black/white and grey (because I don’t like clothes shopping and it’s easier to shop when everything’s black!). Thanks for this linkup, I’m looking forward to seeing more blog posts on the ‘floral’ theme. Have a great week!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Cheryl for your kind words. Really glad you have joined in the link up lately too.

      I used to dress in black…a product of ‘hiding’ my overweight body but I have always enjoyed colour so when I was recovering from head and neck cancer, and at a lower weight, I had a lot of fun buying clothes that fitted.

      Mostly they still do too, but I am not doing a photo a day anymore.


  2. I had not realised they were alphabetical and I agree you can not beat frangipani (unless with a gardenia!) Have a great week!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      It “was” a test of paying attention…not, Lydia.

      You are not the only one who didn’t notice…no worries.

      Yes, gardenia is up there for me too.


  3. Denyse, You’ve got a nice collection of flowers. I didn’t realize that your prompts are in alphabetical order. I updated my post to include yellow flowers. Have a great week! #lifethisweek

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh that’s cool, Natalie. Thank you for adding your yellow flowers.

      I like to play with ideas and the alphabetical one for prompts worked for me!


  4. Hi Denyse your floral photos made me smile. A wonderful way to start the day as I do love flowers. I remember your outfit a day photos. It’s hard to believe that they were so long ago. Great to catch up with you again after my break

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I know! Those outfit of the day photos were part of my mental health recovery too. In fact, I won a book from Nikki at Styling You twice because of it.

      I have put on some (healthy for a head and neck cancer patient) weight now but remain about the same over last 12months. In some clothes up a size but health wins! I still like B to take a photo at times but not so regularly.

      Glad you are back and refreshed too Jennifer.


  5. Oh yes Denyse from the look of it flowers (and all things floral) really do play a big part in your life. As a fairly new ‘reader/visitor/subscriber’ I think I need to go back over your posts and see for myself how much they’ve featured here.
    Outfit of the day sounds interesting- that might be my first port of call.
    Take care

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Cathy, they do attract my eye. I am drawn to colours and patterns so flowers are very attractive. In 2016 I discovered making mandalas and they are often related to floral patterns so they were a win/win alright. I did one a day for a year!! It was part of my self-help mental health plan.

      As for the outfits of the day…well, as someone who had never really been in front of the camera for many years due to my self consciousness & large size, when I was diagnosed with head and neck cancer (and before) my body was smaller. In fact, to the point I was wearing clothes I could access from ‘normal sizes’.

      This unintended but actually welcomed aspect of getting me through head and neck cancer in pretty ordinary days was helped by the notion I would have a photo taken each day (there is a place on social media) #outfitoftheday via instagram and over time, my esteem rose and I got to enjoy the encouragement.

      Thanks Cathy for your interest. Always love a chat!

  6. Yes to the ‘teacher’ you, I did notice the order of the prompts a while ago and smiled to myself :). I love your floral theme and photos. I do like looking at flowers and sometimes photographing them, but I’m not a huge floral wearer now that I stop to think about it. You always look lovely with your smile beaming 🙂 Have a great week, we’re now home and noticing the ‘cool autumn’ temps in stark contrast to the humidity and heat of up north.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I think it was just you who saw this pattern I made!

      Thanks for the smile….

      I wasn’t always a floral lover I guess but I like patterns that are strong and in colours I enjoy wearing. Some geometric shapes are great too. I like brights. Always. Rockmans and some Millers clothes are here but of late they have gone drab, daggy and dull so just as well I bought earlier!

      I bet you are more comfy at home because humidity is such an energy drainer!


  7. I didn’t realise your prompts are in alphabetical order – so clever! I absolutely love fresh flowers. They always make me smile! Love your outfit a day pics!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks Sam, I can’t believe its been a while now since I did Outfit of the Day. It sure did serve a purpose to encourage me through very challenging times from surgery recoveries and the tedium of waiting for improvement over time.

      Flowers are the best. Yes, I notice them all the time too.


  8. I quite like flowers from a photography perspective, and yet I hate getting them. The last set of flowers I received, I actually threw in the bin. I don’t not wear them as clothing patterns but I generally now just buy blocks of colours as it’s “easier” to put anything on with anything that way, and the less energy I spend on things like clothing, the better!

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh I wonder why you hate getting them….I know they can be smelly and some of us are allergic to them.

      I like flowers that have interesting patterns and look for that as my main interest.

      I hear you on clothes buying as I know it’s not a fave of yours, Vanessa.

      My clothes and their colours and patterns have given me quite a lift of mood over time and for that I am very glad as people’s comments to me when I was in those first 12-18 months post cancer were very kind and helped me feel better supported.


  9. Such a colourful way to start my week,Denyse, thank you! I always enjoy linking up to #lifethisweek and your floral theme is such a happy topic. I do have some florals in my #sundaystills post this week so have shared this. Have a great week! x

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks so much Sue. Having seen your weather shot from today I am guessing there has not been much sun or colour about today.

      It was like that here too yesterday. I find more than one day of that and I need to be out somewhere for a bit of a change.

      I am glad you enjoyed seeing the floral theme in this post.


  10. I’m in a little group on Facebook at the moment where we’re sharing vintage tea cups (of which I have a large collection) and I’m loving seeing the florals on all the sets being shared.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh I can imagine that would be so interesting Jo.

      Love patterns of all kinds and especially those intricate ones that make you think of more gentile times for actual cups of tea and a scone perhaps!


  11. Hi Denyse, I love floral designs too and have lots of clothes with a floral pattern. There’s nothing better than a spring display of flowers in the garden. Have a lovely week, Christina

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh I am glad we share that too Christina.

      I often get caught up when I see a flower or a bud on a hedge/bush even at the shops and will stop to take a photo.

      One time I was doing it, the maintenance men told they were pleased their work was being appreciated.


  12. Hi Denyse – I hadn’t noticed your prompts were alphabetical either – now it will jump out and hit me each week! I loved all your florals and interesting how the mandelas tie in with the theme. I’m also a fan of a floral top for brightening an outfit and my mood – yours were all really pretty. Have a great week and thanks for the link up xx

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      The relationship between flowers and mandalas was more obvious as I became more involved with mandalas & I could see them appearing in flowers that I liked. Even weeds!

      I tended then to see them more and more. It’s the way of things I reckon.

      Colourful patterns and florals do brighten me up too.

      Thanks Leanne for your kind words.


  13. I love anything floral so I loved looking through this post!

  14. Loving the florals!

    Curated By Jennifer

  15. Thank you for sharing your beautiful flower photos with us, Denyse! It is a little bit too early for flowers here, other than a few little snow flowers. One year, I documented the coming of spring through the flowers I saw blooming. There is a blogger who has a “Flower of the Day” link up. Every day, bloggers can share photos of flowers with her. That was fun!

    I didn’t know that you are a talented painter too. Your painting of the pansies is gorgeous!

    • That sounds like fun Laurie! I get out and about trying to capture flowers from other people’s gardens without looking like I am ‘stalking’.

      The last house we rented had plenty (almost too many!) bulbs, ever greens, palms and a fragipani tree that was huge. It was a lot of upkeep but I was rewarded with the blooms. Here it’s a new build we are renting, and the only flowers are those I put in pots.

      I had a good eye for painting a few years back and had done an on-line course with an art teacher and it helped me greatly. Very pleased with those pansies! Art, mostly pattern making and mandala making is my “keeping myself mindful” go-to.


  16. Such lovely flowers! I hadn’t noticed the prompts were in alphabetical order but that really does appeal to more OCD side as I like things orderly and organized.

    • I am glad you see that some order is helpful. I tend to like some things a certain way and symmetry is one.

      My husband reckons he has more of the OCD tendency than I do, but I think we all have our preferences!!

      Thanks Joanne,


  17. OH… all these flowers do my heart good! We are just heading into Spring here in the Midwest United States, and I am more than ready for some color in our drab landscape.
    I experimented with mandalas for a short while a few years back. Your post reminds me to get back into coloring as a means of relaxation and creative expression.

    • I am so glad. We still have some colour over Autumn and Winter here on the coast and inland even more thanks to trees which are deciduous.

      I hope soon you will be seeing more and more of those spring colours to lighten your world again Molly.

      Mandalas helped me greatly for over a year as I became engrossed in making them rather than remaining anxious! Hope you find some colouring helpful again too.