Sunday Reflection | 19th April 2020

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. In defiance of the ‘pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’ it has been another, mostly, sunny week (we’ll just ignore rainy Friday). Now its time to reflect back on what we’ve been reading, watching and doing over this lovely week:

This week, I have continued to enjoy reading out in the garden, where I finished reading the romantic science-fiction, River Rising by John A. Heldt, that saw me time-travelling back to an American Golden Age. A slower, longer read than I expected but still light and fun. Then I moved on to reading the humorous, Discworld novel, Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett, which is another fantastical adventure with the witches: Granny Weatherwax, Nanny Ogg and Magrat.

I also read a little more of the weighty tome, The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a history of the life of controversial favourite of Queen Anne. Then in my Holy Bible reading, I have been dipping into Exodus, Lamentations, 1 Corinthians and the Psalms, as part of my church’s Morning Prayer livestreams.


Whilst on the screen, I finished watching season three of the supernatural drama, True Blood, on Now TV, 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. I have also just started the second season of the Welsh crime-noir series, Hidden, on the BBC iPlayer.

Then, with our time off over the Easter Bank Holiday and this weekend, we watched these new films: the disappointing, superhero film, Spider-Man: Far From Home (2019); the brilliant, animated adventure, Detective Pikachu (2019); the gripping war-drama, The Man with the Iron Heart (2017); and the moving biopic, Tolkien (2019). As well as, some comforting re-watches, too.


This week, has been the second week of the school’s Easter break, here in the UK. So I have continued to relax with more time for books, TV, relaxing yoga; sunbathing; live-streams from my church; jogging; and cooking. Thinking of the latter, I got to try two new recipes this week. First, Dave Myer’s & Si King’s healthy and absolutely delicious Chilli Lemon Tuna and Broccoli Spaghetti, from their Hairy Dieters cookbook; and then, for lunch today I made my first Toad-in-the-Hole from Everyday: Granny’s Favourites cookbook. 😋

While here on the blog, I took part in the weekly memes: Top Ten Tuesday and WWW Wednesday; I posted my reviews of the wonderful classic, Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy and the historical, murder-mystery, The Poison Bed by E. C. Fremantle; and I shared my sign-up post for The Classics Club’s 23rd Spin event. Phew! A nice, busy 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! 🙏

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.

16 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 19th April 2020

    1. Aj, I understand it can be hard to cook when your store is out of a lot of things – I really hope this gets better for you soon. We’ve been quite lucky to still be able to get a good variety of food – The only things that have been in short supply is toilet paper, pasta, rice, flour and antibacterial soap and cleaners.

  1. Your reading sounds great! and yay for good weather! It’s been nice here too with some sunshine, so I’m super happy about that. 🙂

    Time Team sounds really good, I’m going to need to check that out I think.

    Have a safe and happy week! 🙂

    1. Greg, I am pleased to hear your enjoyed good weather, last week, too! I also hope you have chance to check out Time Team – It was very popular here for many years and pretty much became a British institution! 😁And thank you, I hope you have had a safe and happy week, too.

  2. Oh, I’m curious about the BBC show Hidden. I’ll have to check it out. Your cat looks like he/she is enjoying the fine weather outside right along with you. So cute! 🙂

    1. Definitely check out Hidden, Rachel – The first season was brilliant, while this second isn’t as good, it is still a creepy, gripping watch. And yes, my cat, Bonnie (so yes a she) has been loving the sunshine in the garden and loves it even more when I am around to enjoy it with her. 😊

  3. Mmm – toad in the hole! Now I have a craving for some, (and I’m not even pregnant! 😉 ). The kitty looks beautifully relaxed in the sunshine! 😀

    1. Haha sorry for giving you the cravings! Good I didn’t share a photo of the toad-in-the-hole, too, hey?! And our cat has been loving the sunshine in the garden and loves it even more when I am around to enjoy it with her. This lockdown and weather is equaling one very contented kitty indeed! 😺

  4. Is that a white patch of fur on your kitty or just a ray of sunshine on her?

    I would like to see Detective Pikachu at some point. 🙂

    It’s a stormy Sunday (again!) here.

    1. Ooo Kelly, I hadn’t spotted that! It must be how the sunlight is hitting her fur, because she is completely black. I am sorry to hear you had a stormy Sunday! I hope this week brings you nicer weather and that you have chance to watch Detective Pikachu, because it is so much fun; in fact, it was favourite of all the films I watched last week! 😁

    1. Nikki, I hope you are enjoying a Thief of Time ( I haven’t read that one) and the audiobook Step By Step (I have not heard of that one, but have watched some of Simon Reeve’s documentaries). 🙂

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