Sunday Reflection | 7th June 2020

(The dull but dry view I awoke to this morning)

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

This week, has been a good reading week for me! First, I finished an updated version of the Christian classic, More Than A Carpenter by Josh McDowell and Sean McDowell, for my church’s book club’s recent Zoom meeting. I have also made good progress into my backburner read of The Favourite: Sarah, Duchess of Marlborough by Ophelia Field, a fascinating history of the life of this controversial favourite of Queen Anne.

Then I recently, I started reading the award-winning, historical-fiction, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, about the dramatic rise of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, Thomas Cromwell; my first choice for my 10 Books of Summer Reading Challenge. While in my Holy Bible reading, I have continued working my way through 2 Kings in the Old Testament, as well as dipping in and out of JoshuaLuke and the Psalms, as part of my church’s Morning Prayer livestreams.

While on the screen, I finished the current series of the quirky, spy thriller, Killing Eve, on the BBC iPlayer; I also continued working my way through the back-catalogue of Jamie Oliver’s Jamie: Keep Cooking and Carry On, on All4; and I started the fifth season of the supernatural drama, True Blood, on Now TV.

Unusually, no new films to share with you this week, however over the last couple of weeks, I have been working my way back through the Twilight Saga films, now they’re all available on Now TV. So far I have re-watched Twilight (2008), New Moon (2009) and Eclipse (2010). They have be fun, easy watches for my tired mind.

As for work, I was physically in work for one day and the other four I worked from home, which looks set to become a bit of a routine now I have seen the rota for the coming weeks. When working at home, I have been emailing my class; cracking on with the leavers books I am making and I finished my online training course. With the wet weather, I have spent more of my free time inside: reading, watching TV, jogging (a little), cooking, prayer journaling and a little baking, too!

While here on the blog, I have taken part in the weekly memes, WWW Wednesday; shared my sign-up post for Cathy’s 10 Books of Summer Reading 2020; my monthly round-up post: What I Read In May 2020 and my review for the children’s classic, The Marvelous Land of Oz by L. Frank Baum.

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.

26 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 7th June 2020

    1. Yeah Aj, I know EXACTLY what you mean: my copy of Wolf Hall has been on my TBR shelf for too many years!! And thank you, I am hoping reading first will mean I can use all that enthusiasm I have for starting a new challenge to power me through it! 😅

  1. Sounds like a pleasantly normal week 😉 My work is officially done (I work at a school, so I could have been called in up until today), and the kids are done with online learning for the school year after this Friday. Hope you have a great week!

    1. Haha Becki, it was a pleasantly, almost normal week in the new sort of normal we live in, which was quite nice! 😊 Oh wow, all done with work/school? Have you broke up for the summer break then? We’ve still got a month to go! 😅

  2. You’ve certainly picked a chunkster to kick off your Books of Summer challenge, but I’m sure you will find it very rewarding when you get into it, I certainly did. Is the Favorite quite a big book too? You’ve had it on the backburner for a while now. I had mixed feelings about the film last year, but I might get to the book eventually.

    1. Haha Alyson, I certainly did pick a chunkster to kick off my summer reading – I sort of purposely did that to take advantage of the early enthusiasm you get at the start of a new challenge, which should hopefully power me through it! 😅 And yes, The Favourite is a big book! However it is very different from the film, being a serious, in-depth history of the actions, opinions and politics of Sarah Churchill, so you enjoy it more.

  3. I need to watch Killing Eve, I’ve heard really good things about it. In fact maybe I’ll start that one next? I just recently finished up Into the Night on Netflix.

    Hope you have a great new week and some drier weather!

    1. Greg, you really do NEED to watch Killing Eve and definitely start it next! It’s brilliant quirky, thriller fun with a great cast! 🤩

      And thank you, although I don’t think we’ll be getting much dry weather: the forecast says thunderstorms this coming weekend! Although I do quite like a good storm now and again⚡

  4. I’m curious about Killing Eve. Sounds like something I’d like. It’s been ages since I watched the Twilight films, but I was sooo addicted to the books at the time. Most of the films were pretty good, too. Enjoy your week, Jessica! 🙂

    1. Thank you, Rachel 😊I highly recommend watching Killing Eve if you can and I too got hooked on the Twilight books and enjoyed the films, although the last book was a slight disappoint for me. Still good, light entertainment though, which is all we need sometimes, isn’t it? 🙂

  5. I’m looking forward to your review of More Than a Carpenter. I also look forward to your future posts about Wolf Hall. I have it tagged in my library app (along with maybe a million other books!) and hope to get to it before too long.

    Those thumbprint cookies look tasty! What kind of jam did you use in them?

    1. As I am behind on reviews, I hope I don’t keep you waiting too long for my review of More Than a Carpenter, Kelly! And I just used strawberry jam in my buns 😋

  6. I hope that you are enjoying Wolf Hall – the whole series blew me away, Jessica, though I found the viewpoint too a bit of time to get used to. As for that rain – I can’t quite believe I’m typing this – but I envy you! We had the gale-force winds but hardly any rain – certainly not enough to give the garden a good drink. I hope the coming week is a good one:)

    1. I’m afraid I still haven’t got far into Wolf Hall, SJ, instead I have found myself drawn to reading more of The Favourite, but I have high hopes that I’ll enjoy it when I get into it. Aww haha 😆 I do understand what you mean about the rain though, as my poor lawn was crying out for it and looks a lot better now. I just wish the weather wasn’t so all or nothing! And thank you 😊

      1. Yes – wouldn’t it be nice if we could have the rain in moderation??

        I think it’s important at present to read what we feel like – and yes, I’m sure you will find Wolf Hall will grab you – but no one can pretend it is a light read… Marvellous though! Have a great week, Jessica:)

        1. Thank you, SJ! I don’t think we’ll be getting that rain I’d like in moderation anytime soon – Now the weekend forecast is for thunder storms! Although I do quite a like a good storm now and again ⚡As for Wolf Hall, I’ve purposely picked it as my first summer read, hoping that my early enthusiasm for starting a new challenge will power me through it. Here’s hoping! 🤞🙏😅

          1. My advice – for what’s worth – is hang on in there for the first couple of chapters. And after that, I was completely caught up in the story and the slightly odd viewpoint stopped mattering and became a wonderful way of getting right inside the character… Best of luck – I really envy you starting right back the beginning…

  7. I’ve been noticing Killing Eve on my Netflix queue, and because I love the actor Sandra Oh, I”ll be checking that one out.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you and you’re welcome, Laurel-Rain 😊 Sandra Oh is brilliant in Killing Eve, as is Jodie Comer and Fiona Shaw, so I highly recommend you watch it! 🤩

  8. Sounds like a good week Jessica. And that picture shows pretty much the same view I had these last view days. Grey, windy and rainy weather.

    I’ve been reading some ARC’s and watched I view episodes of Grey’s Anatomy.

    Stay safe and happy reading.

  9. I have been meaning to stream Killing Eve for a while now. I have to wait for it to be on Netflix or Amazon Prime soon. I hope you are staying safe!

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