Good morning everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Another, stormy, week has blustered by and it is time to reflect back on what I’ve been reading, watching and doing over that time:
This week, I finished reading the Christian non-fiction, No God But One: Allah or Jesus? by Nabeel Qureshi and my comforting re-read of the wonderful classic, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy. Which means I have been able to turn my full focus back onto the historical, murder-mystery, The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle. I have also recently started The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the life of this powerful, glamorous and controversial favourite of Queen Anne.
While on the screen, I watched the final of the BBC’s Best Home Cook. To be crowned the winner the last three contestants had to rustle up two dishes with a salmon tail; make perfect tortellini in an eliminator round and finally make their ultimate three-course dinner party. Without spoilers, I am happy to say my favourite won. 😁 I have also continued watching ITV’s nostalgic, crime drama Endeavour and re-watching the first season of the sexy, vampire drama True Blood, as all seven boxsets are on Now TV.
As I have been off work for the half-term break this week, I took the chance to do a bit of visiting. First, on Tuesday, I went to see my cousin, Hannah and we went out together to a country park near her; where we enjoyed a lovely, long walk in our wellies around the woods and enjoyed the statues/art dotted about, during a break from the horrible weather we’ve been having. After which we indulged in a feast at Pizza Hut with my Meerkat Meals deal.
Then on Wednesday, I was taken by my friend and her mum to Astley Book Farm, which shamefully I had never heard of, let alone been to before! This place is awesome! With room after room of books stacked to the brim on ceiling skimming bookshelves, that are squeezed into every possible space. I am rather impressed that within all that, I only came away with one purchase: Clariel by Garth Nix (The Old Kingdom #4) 🤓. We also enjoyed a delicious lunch of homemade, carrot and coriander soup with chunky bread, by a roaring log-burner in the farm’s cute café.
Work or no work, my church’s small Alpha group, which I am helping the vicar to lead, meet on Mondays. So this week, we met for our fourth session back at our first host’s house, where we enjoyed a lovely shared meal of chicken fajitas; watched this week’s video and discussed our fourth topic of ‘How Can I Have Faith’. During the week, I have also been helping the vicar to plan our Alpha away day and of course, I also went to my weekly belly dance class.
With the rest of my time off, I have been running errands; doing chores; clearing out and doing a fair bit of cooking. A new recipe I tried was Mary Berry’s Tomato and Tarragon Soup from Berry’s Quick Cooking: my newest cookbook. Needing only simple prep and 15 minutes to simmer, this was quick and easy to make, and it was delicious! The only thing I tweaked in the recipe was to swap double cream for the healthier, reduced fat crème fraiche. I won’t be making any other tomato soup after this! 😋
Finally, here on the blog has been fairly busy, too! At the start of the week, I posted my review of a brilliant history of Margaret Tudor by Melanie Clegg; while mid-week, I took part in WWW Wednesday; and at the end of the week, I posted my review of the science-fiction classic, The War of the Worlds by H. G. Wells and rounded up my classics reading from the last year in my The Classics Club | Two Years Gone post.
Well that’s it for now folks, as you can see it has been a lovely, busy week. With all that and the fact it is raining cats and dogs outside, I have decided to treat myself to a quiet Sunday at home. Will soon start preparing a minced beef pie, mash and veg for when my grandad comes round for lunch. I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday. Bye for now!
Now over to you: I’d love to hear what you have been reading, watching and doing to this past week? I hope you have all stayed safe in the storms.