Focused Friends Favourites – Issue 5

Hi, this is Deano writing..... ...I must say that one of my favourite things is a person, my friend and colleague here at focused friends; Margaret S. Morton. I am LOVING this wonderful new 'Favourite Things' column and I am delighted to be able to contribute, after what has been a challenging year.Being my first... Continue Reading →

A Light Aglow in the Darkness

The rain is falling heavily outside. I hear it falling on the trees in the small woodland beside our cottage, here by the untamed Suffolk coast; the eastern-most coast of England. On the roof of our cottage, it cascades in small waterfalls from gutter pipes that line the roof but which have become clogged over... Continue Reading →

‘Off’ and Clunky

I have Young Onset Parkinson's Disease and today is what I would class as an 'off'day. 'Off' is a term we, with Parkinson's, use to refer to when our medications seem to have little effect or benefit. Symptoms seem to 'flare up', but actually the 'off' time is active. It's just gone 4pm and only... Continue Reading →

The Nitty Gritty of Us

Focused Friends is all about living life in a creative way; a life where we try new things, where we develop aspects of life, where we dabble in art and creativity and also where we explore. Focused Friends is also about well-being; living life well, living healthily and exploring ways to enhance our well-being. This... Continue Reading →

Portrait Sketching Game

A fun way to get into the mode for sketching or, indeed, for portrait making, is to play a simple art game. Here is one that is fun and can be time limited to just a few minutes. You can do this on your own, but it is more fun with others in a group.Equipment:A... Continue Reading →

Perfect for Pots

"A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." Greek Proverb. Whether you simply love the beauty of little sedum and succulents or whether you opt for them due to lack of available outdoors space, these beautiful little plants are perfect for pots. I chose a... Continue Reading →

About Haiku

Haiku is a form of poetic writing that originates in Japan. Haiku is not a rhyming form of poetry. In Japan, it is usually written as one line but today, here in England, we tend to present it in three lines. The structure is generally that of a line or phrase of 5 syllables, then... Continue Reading →

Round and Round We Go

I always put the radio on, of a morning. I listen to wonderful LBC Radio; based in London but a talk-radio station with an audience of people across the UK and, indeed, the world. Callers come from far afield and so the breadth of views expressed are many. The presenters are a strong mix across... Continue Reading →

A Quick Sketch

"In drawing, nothing is better than the first attempt." - Pablo Picasso. I've indulged in a little sketching, over the past few days. If you practice art, then sketching is a vital part of art practice. If you are not one for dabbling with art, then sketching can simply be a way to enjoy relaxing.... Continue Reading →

Money Monet Money

"Wealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants."- Epictetus. Sotheby's auction house are managing the sale of Monet's 'Le Bassin aux Nympheas.' This will take place in New York on May 12th, 2021. (Photo: TheIrishNews.com). The estimated sale price is expected to be around £29m, at auction. Yes, twenty-nine-MILLION-pounds! I wonder... Continue Reading →

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