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.

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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. River Rising sounds good…and I’m curious about The Favourite. I also want to see the movie. Thanks for sharing, and stay safe and well. Thanks for visiting my blog.

  2. The weather has been lovely here too, though I really need to spend actually some time in it rather than just admiring it through the window LOL

    Wishing you a great reading week and good health

  3. 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.

  4. 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. 😊

  5. 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! 😺

  6. 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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