My Weight loss and healthier lifestyle Journey begins 1st January

I have been gaining weight since June 2020, I’m now at the point of feeling disappointed and sad when I look at myself in the mirror. How did I get to this point again?Christmas Day I changed my outfit three times  before opting to wear a pair of jeans and a T-shirt, I thought it made…

Tradition review

Tradition revival and review Sitting here a few days after Christmas I’m doing my annual assessment of the good great and groan. Every year during the holidays I learn a little something new. I am a person who enjoys tradition. Repeat the great things we all look forward to. Ditch what didn’t work. Add new…

A Collection of Christmas Cheer – No.2 – Bailey’s Hot Chocolate

I was intending to post this for Christmas Eve, for what could be a more heartwarming, and cosy drink than sitting in front of an open fire, tree lights twinkling and a warm Hot Chocolate (with Bailey’s, mini marshmallows and topped with cream and a shake of chocolate powder, or grated chocolate … and of…

A wish for Peace at Christmas

A poem by Debbie Walker Christmas is traditionally a time of joy and cheer, but today my thoughts are with those who’ve suffered loss during this most difficult and extraordinary year. As our memories begin to crowd and the bells of pain and loss ring loud, I begin to wonder, if the only way through…

Winter’s Magical Eve

A poem by Deano Parsons. Winter’s Magical Eve.Villages lit by twinkling lightsThe chill wind shocks with frosty bitesWindow displays of gifts and treesWhile garden ponds begin to freeze. Festive garlands and mistletoeThe moonlight shines upon the snowPeople gather around log firesIcicles hang from cold church spires. Christmas Eve comes but once per yearA time to…

Before you go

For my boys, Eugi and Richard Morton Before you go out in the world There’s a few things you should know. Your safe place is always here No matter how old you grow Troubled lost Or Confused in your path I’m am here to get you past You’ll make some bad choices I guarantee you…

This childhood thing goes too fast

In 2008 we welcomed our sons into our family. Two adorable, brown headed, chubby cheeked toddlers. They were strangers to each other and to us and overnight we became a family. We missed the baby stage and most of the first two years of their lives. So it would not be surprising to know that…

Italian Inspired Luxury Lemon Cheesecake

When I made my first ever cheesecake recently, I knew I was hooked!  As my family’s favourite flavour is lemon, the choice for my second cheesecake attempt was an easy one.  Feeling inspired by the Bailey’s concept, I decided that I could make this one based on the delightful Lemon liquor ; Crema di Limoncello. …

I can’t remember

A dear friend of all of us here at focussed friends is a very talented writer. She also happens to have Parkinson’s disease. We met her on a support group and I absolutely adore her. She is funny. She’s always smiling. Pam has a way with words that often bring me to tears. I hope…