Sunday Reflection | 12th April 2020

Hello everyone and a blessed Easter Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. In defiance of the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’ this has been a beautifully warm and sunny week. Let’s now reflect back on what we’ve been reading, watching and doing over this lovely week:

This week, I have been enjoying reading the romantic science-fiction, River Rising by John A. Heldt out in the garden. This first book in Heldt’s latest time-travelling series, Carson Chronicles, follows the five, modern Carson siblings as they travel back to an America of bustle dresses, gunslingers, and robber barons in search of their missing parents. A slower read than I expected, but it has been a nice, light read in the sunshine. 😎

I have also continued to dip in and out of The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the life of controversial favourite of Queen Anne – One night this week, I got on quite a roll and read quiet a good chunk of this beasty tome. As it is Holy Week, I have blessedly, increased my Holy Bible reading: dipping into Daniel and Lamentations in the Old Testament, and the Passion sections of Matthew and Luke in the New Testament.

Whilst on the screen, I watched episode one of Britain’s Easter Story, a two-part special, where choirmaster, Gareth Malone and gospel choir conductor, Karen Gibson travel round the UK to uncover the stories, music and traditions of this most important Christian festival, both today and in the past. I look forward to watching episode two later today.

Having finished Stranger Things 3 last week, this week, I switched back to NowTV to watch the season three boxset of the sexy-ass vampire drama, True Blood, and I have continued to slowly work my way through the back catalogue of one of my favourite shows: the British archaeological series Time Team, on All4.

This week, even though I wouldn’t have been at work anyway, it has actually been the first week of the school’s Easter break, here in the UK. So I have forced myself to step away from my planning and from checking my work emails, to make sure I actually have a proper break, even though I won’t be going anywhere!Β I have continued to relax with more time for books, cooking, TV, relaxing yoga; sunbathing; live-streams from my church; and jogging.

While here on the blog, I took part in the weekly meme, WWW Wednesday; shared my round-up of my March viewing and posted my link-up post for the Daphne du Maurier Reading Week.

Now that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bye for now! πŸ™

Now over to you: I’d love to hear what you have been reading? Have you watched anything good? And how have you been spending your time in isolation?

I have linked this post into the weekly meme, The Sunday Post hosted by Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

28 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 12th April 2020

  1. Sounds like a pretty good week for you. And good for you that you haven’t been checking your workmail this week. A break is a break, even through this Corona thing.
    Stay safe and happy reading.

  2. Hubby and I have been watching The UK show Restoration Home on and off this week. Today’s weather is actually quite lovely here too, though I haven’t been outside yet.

    Wishing you a great reading week, good health and a Happy Easter 🐣

    1. Thank you, Shelleyrae – I hope you have a great week of reading and good health, too! 😊 I watched and enjoyed Restoration Home, so I hope you and your husband are enjoying it as well.

  3. Happy Easter!!! Glad you’ve had some sunshine! Sun always makes things better, even now. πŸ™‚ River Rising sounds like a fun read.

    Britain’s Easter Story sounds great!

    Take care this week!!

    1. Thank you, Greg! 😊 It has been wonderful to have so much sunshine and Britain’s Easter Story was really interesting. I hope you take care this week, too!

  4. Yes, we have also been having wonderful weather, and I’ve also been enjoying the sunshine. I think it’s a really good idea to give yourself some days off – one of the snares of working from home is not giving yourself sufficient downtime.

    1. S.J, it is great to hear you’ve found it warm enough to enjoy time outside, too. But it is not me giving myself time off from working from home, it really is my holiday as I work in a school, so we are currently in the middle of the two week, Easter break. In fact, our headteacher told us to take the time to rest as we would pandemic or not anyway.

  5. Sweet kitty in the grass! I am glad you are enjoying reading outdoors. Our weather isn’t quite where it needs to be for that, I’m afraid. Hopefully soon. River Rising sounds like a fun read. I am glad you are enjoying it. I am glad you are taking advantage of your break. We’ve been instructed by my work to keep our work phones close and check our emails often in case of any more changes. I feel like i’m constantly on edge as a result. I hope you enjoy your week. Stay safe and well!

    1. Haha yes, my cat, Bonnie has been loving sunbathing out in the garden with me. 😺 I am so sorry to hear the weather isn’t quite good enough for you to the same and even more sorry you are feeling on edge about work. I was working from home: planning and finding work to send home, but it is now the school’s Easter break, so we would have been off pandemic or not anyway . In fact, our headteacher told we needed to a proper break and rest. And thank you, I hope you enjoy your week , and stay safe and well, too! 😊

  6. Nice to see you and your cat there enjoying the sun! We’ve been doing Zoom for our church services and it’s been working great. Hope you have a lovely Easter, and enjoy your books, Jennifer! πŸ™‚

    1. Haha yes, my cat, Bonnie has been enjoying sunbathing with me and managed to sneak in that photo. 😁 And thank you, I hope you had a lovely Easter and enjoy your books, this week! 😊

  7. Look how sunny it is… I long to sit out, but it’s been windy and cold here. Today we have a mix of rain and snow. The time travel book has me curious and I’ve got KU right now, so I may dive in. Stay safe and enjoy your week!

    1. Sorry to hear it has been so windy and cold for you! I hope you enjoy a bit of time travel if you go for it, and thank you, stay safe and enjoy your week, too! πŸ™‚

  8. Britain’s Easter Story sounds good. Is it on the BBC? I’m so glad churches are still able to provide opportunities for prayer and worship, all be it virtually. We have had recorded messages on our Facebook page for the last four weeks, plus a weekly prayer meeting via Zoom, it’s a great way to keep in contact with each other. Enjoy the rest of Easter weekend.

    1. Thank you, Alyson – I hope you enjoy the rest of the Easter weekend, too! 😊 And yes, Britain’s Easter Story was shown on BBC One and is now on the BBC iPlayer. I hope you enjoy it if you have chance to watch it. πŸ™‚

  9. I’m reveling in your first photo. We’re currently under a tornado watch and it’s storming outside.

    Happy Easter, Jessica. He is risen!

    1. Oh no Kelly, I am sorry to hear you’re having stormy weather and are on tornado watch – I hope you, your family and community are kept safe. πŸ™

      And yes, He is risen! Hallelujah! Happy Easter! ✝

  10. I’ve been struggling to read at the moment… Lockdown would be easier if I could!

    I just discovered one of my streaming services (Amazon Prime TV) has Trueblood so I think I’d like to watch that one at some point. I loved the books.

    1. Hello Nicci, thank you for stopping by and commenting. 😊 I hope it becomes easier for you to read and if you start watching True Blood, I hope you will enjoy it. πŸ˜€

  11. Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog. Your week looked like a good one, hanging out in the yard with lovely sunshine and grass.

    The Favourite looks enjoyable. I hope you have another good week!

    1. Thank you and you’re very welcome, Laurel-Rain 😊 I really did have a good week in the garden and yes, here’s hoping the coming week is as equally good. 😎

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