Sunday Reflection | 24th May 2020

(Enjoying the view of the river and flood plain, as I walked to our local pharmacy)

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Another mixed week of weather has passed and now its time to reflect back on what we’ve been reading, watching and doing over that time:

This week, I have continued enjoying my re-read of the Gothic modern-classic, Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier: losing myself in this stunning tale of the new, naïve Mrs de Winter, as she battles with the memory of her dominating predecessor, Rebecca. Also I have continued to read one or two chapters a day of the classic, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë and I am now near to finishing.

Then in my Holy Bible reading, I have been working my way through 2 Kings in the Old Testament, as well as dipping into Numbers, Luke and the Psalms, as part of my church’s Morning Prayer livestreams.

While on the screen, after woefully neglecting the week before, this week I blitzed the end of the fourth season of the supernatural drama, True Blood, on Now TV. As soon as I finished that, I moved onto the fourth season of the epic, historical drama, The Last Kingdom, on Netflix – In which, I was so hooked I watched seven episodes in one day! But this does mean I have fallen behind on watching the new, third season of the quirky, spy thriller, Killing Eve, on the BBC iPlayer.

I have also started to work my way through the back-catalogue of Jamie Oliver’s Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On: a helpful cooking show of flexible recipes to help you cook great, tasty, healthy food in lockdown, which is on All4. AND, we have enjoyed three new films: the noir, fantasy horror, The Head Hunter (2019) and the endearing, end-of-life drama, Rory’s Way (2019), both on Now TV; and the powerful, WWII true story, Unbroken (2014), on Netflix.

As for work, I had two days in school and three working from home, which was nice and thankfully, my fatigue held off until the end of the week. When working at home, I have been emailing my class and cracking on with the leavers books I am making and my online training course. In my free time, I have continued to relax with books; quite a lot of TV; sunbathing; relaxing yoga; live-streams from my church; jogging; and cooking.

For the latter, I have tried three new recipes! First, Mary Berry’s delicious Chicken and Asparagus Fricassée, for last week’s relaxed Sunday lunch (pictured). Then, during the week, I tried two of Jack Monroe’s easy, lockdown, tinned fish recipes: Fish Pie and Quick and Spicy Salmon Noodles, which I found on The Guardian website.

While here on the blog,  I’m afraid it has been very quiet and I have only taken part in the weekly meme WWW Wednesday. Sorry!

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.

18 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 24th May 2020

  1. You’ve had a great week. Glad you’re enjoying Rebecca, I’m hankering after a reread myself now.
    And, I love some of the Guardian recipes and I also love salmon and noodles so I must go and check that one out.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, I definitely recommend checking out the Quick and Spicy Salmon Noodles recipe, as it was so simple, quick, tasty and cheap! And yes a great week and I was enjoying Rebecca so much, that I finished it yesterday afternoon out in the garden sunbathing 😎

  2. I just saw Rebecca mentioned on another blog as well! I’ve never read it actually…

    I watched the first season of The Last Kingdom a while back. I should return to it. I watched Into the night on Netflix week and liked it.

    The chicken and asparagus recipe sounds good! Have a great week!!

    1. Ah yes, Laurel-Rain said I inspired her to order a copy of Rebecca to re-read, too! I highly recommend you read it and that you get back to watching The Last Kingdom: probably the best thing I have watched this month and possibly year. And thank you. 🙂

  3. At least you’re nearly done with the Professor now, there’s nothing worse than having to slog through a book you don’t particularly like. I’ve not got round to reading it myself, but I’ve seen quite a few reviews of it which imply it is not the best Bronte novel. I’ll get to it eventually for the sake of completion if nothing else.

    1. Alyson, I am pleased to say I actually finished The Professor that night! The protagonist got a little more likeable as things started going well for him, so ended up reading through the last few chapters much quicker than I expected. But yeah, I still wouldn’t rush to get to this Bronte novel. 😉

    1. Thank you, Laurel-Rain 🙂 I am very lucky to have countryside so close, as I live on the outskirts of an old, large town. And the Chicken and Asparagus Fricassee was delicious!

  4. What a lovely view from your walk! I live far enough outside of town that there is nothing within walking distance. Even if there was, our heat and humidity are already such that I’d be a dripping mess by the time I got anywhere!

    Wishing you a productive and happy week ahead!

    1. Thank you, Kelly 🙂 I am very lucky to have such lovely countryside so close, as I live on the outskirts of a large town, which has expanded to swallow up a couple of nearby villages over time, and it is one of these former villages that I walked to for the pharmacy.

  5. Beautiful views on your walk to the pharmacy! It’s odd that the current Mrs. de Winter is never named, Rebecca takes up so much importance in the book! Poor girl. I hope that changed after the story. (Yes, I know it’s fiction, lol) Happy reading, Jessica! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Rachel 🙂 I think the new Mrs de Winter is purposely not named to show she doesn’t really know who she is and how much she is dominated by Rebecca memory and I am pretty sure it changed after the story, as our heroine defeated Rebecca and found her own identity by the end.

  6. It sounds like a really busy week, Jessica. It has been a funny old week, weatherwise – I don’t know if you’ve had any rain, recently but down here on the south coast it’s been weeks since we had a decent downpour. I hope you are able to put your feel up a bit over the weekend and have a bit of a break:)).

    1. Yes, it was a relatively busy week, SJ. No rain here either in the last week. Instead, we had either glorious sunshine or chilly, very windy days – It does feel like we need a good, almighty storm to freshen things up. And thank you, I will definitely be putting my feet up, as this is the school’s half-term break. 🙂

      1. Glad you can get a break! I can’t quite believe that I’m hoping for rain… in the meantime, I’m nipping outside for tea breaks and enjoying sitting in the garden at every available opportunity:)))

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