Sunday Reflection | 26th July 2020

(Spending more time out and about in my local area with the lessening of restrictions)

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Two warm, wet and humid weeks have passed – Sorry for the unplanned break, but I was totally burnt out at the end of this school term. I am back now though and ready to reflect on what we’ve been reading, watching and doing over that time:

This week, I finished reading the helpful Christian non-fiction, How To Pray by Pete Greig, all ready for my church’s book club’s Zoom meeting, this coming Thursday. I have also continued readingΒ the beastie, award-winning, historical-fiction, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel, and I have been dipping in and out of the classic adventure, Kim by Rudyard Kipling; both are towards my 10 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2020, for which I am yet to finish anything! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ I am blaming work and Thomas Cromwell! πŸ˜‰

While in my Holy Bible reading, I continued working my way through the gospel of JohnΒ in the New Testament, and now that we’re on the school’s summer break, I have been able to start checking back in with my church’s Morning Prayer livestreams, where we have been dipping in and out of Samuel 2, LukeΒ and theΒ Psalms.

While on the screen, I finished watching the new Anglo-Spanish, mystery-thriller series, White Lines, on Netflix; which transported me from dull England to a world of sunshine, parties, drugs, secrets and excess on the stunning island of Ibiza. Swiftly after that I started watching season six of True Blood, because let’s be honest, I had been missing those sexy-ass vampires! πŸ§›β€β™€οΈ

Since my last post, I have enjoyed two Friday film and takeaway nights. On the first I watched the disappointing, science-fiction drama, Ad Astra (2019), starring Brad Pitt and Tommy Lee Jones. Then on the second I watched the quirky collection of Western vignettes that make up the Coen Brother’s The Ballad of Buster Scruggs (2018).

As for work, it was a tough, tiring last week trying to keep it fun for the pupils we had in; planning, as best we can, for September and trying to give our leavers the best send off we could within the restrictions. In my free time, when not too tired, as well as watching TV and reading, I have been doing a little jogging and yoga; cooking healthy, comfort food; spending more time out and about; taking naps and finally I enjoyed several well-deserved soaks in the bath. πŸ›€

Talking of cooking, I tried a delicious new recipe, last week, which was Si King & Dave Myer’s simple, veggie traybake, Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms, from their The Hairy Dieters: Make It Easy cookbook. So good, I have already passed it on to a friend I thought would enjoy it too.

While here on the blog, as you may of noticed, I haven’t done much! Other than take part in the weekly meme: WWW Wednesday | 15th July 2020, and yesterday, I posted my review of the romantic, time-travelling adventure, River Rising by John A. Heldt (Carson Chronicles #1). But during my break, I have been beavering away and scheduled for this coming week for all ya’ll to enjoy. 😊

Later today, I will be popping round to see my grandad and having a takeaway lunch in his garden, so for 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? What have you been doing now restrictions are starting to ease?

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

27 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 26th July 2020

  1. Sounds like a packed week. I also like the sound of pesto stuffed mushrooms. I’m growing a lot of basil and been thinking about making my own pesto so will have a look at this.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  2. Nice that the term is over. Those Pesto-Stuffed Mushrooms sound sooo good. I’m off to look for the receipe.

  3. It’s been hot here too, we’ve had a bit of a heatwave. And I’ve never read Kipling, but I really should. White Lines sounds pretty good! I need a good Netflix show.

    Hope you have a great break, and have a great visit!

    1. Thank you, Greg 😊 I had a lovely visit to my grandad’s and have enjoyed having more time to read and review on my break. Finally catching up with things around here!

      I hope you enjoy Kipling and White Lines if you have chance to check them out. πŸ™‚

  4. I’ve been watching a bunch of random movies on Netflix. Trying to find some hidden gems haha Currently listening to Mexican Gothic on audiobook πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Molly, thank you for stopping by and commenting. Always lovely to hear from a new face. 😊 I have been hearing good things about Mexican Gothic, so I hope you’re enjoying it and the random films your finding on Netflix. πŸ™‚

  5. We were also disappointed with Ad Astra. The plot had so much potential, but fell short in reality.

    Hope the coming week is good for you!

    1. I agree, Kelly: Ad Astra showed such promise and I thought Brad Pitt was very good in it, but it just felt flat and long, with an odd, anticlimactic ending. Shame! 😐

      And thank you – I hope your coming week is good, too! πŸ˜ƒ

  6. Glad you are now able to relax and recharge yourself – I recall just how exhausting the last few weeks of term were and that was back when things were normal! I hope you are enjoying Wolf Hall. We recently bought the Hairy Biker veggie book – but I haven’t properly looked at it. I love the sound of the pesto-stuffed mushrooms:)). Have a good week, Jessica.

    1. Thank you, SJ 😊 Really pleased to hear you’ve been able to get a copy of The Hairy Biker’s veggie book – Is it the dieters one? I have that one and have enjoyed making the Vegetable Chowder and the Courgette, Mint and Lemon Soup out of it. πŸ˜‹

      1. Erm… *hangs head in shame* I’ll have to check exactly which one it is… But I have got their Dieters one from before we turned veggie, so I know how delicious their recipes are.

        1. Aw that’s okay! Whichever one it is, I hope you enjoy it. I recently got my hands on their One Pot Wonders cookbook, which I just started reading and can’t wait to try out some more new recipes. 😁

  7. I started watching White Lines…I’m barely into it, but will probably watch more today. Enjoy your lunch with your granddad. It sounds lovely!

    Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. Thank you, Laurel-Rain 😊 and I hope you get further into White Lines today – It is great to see the glorious beaches, sea and weather of Ibiza, even if we can’t go right now! 😁

  8. I hope you are getting some rest and some time to catch up with some boos. Have fun with your grandfather and stay safe please.

  9. Nice to see you back, Jessica. I can well imagine how stressful teaching would have been over the last few weeks, but at least you are on holiday now, so have plenty of time to relax. How to Pray looks interesting. I might try and find it, as I often struggle with praying aloud for some reason.

    1. Thank you, Alyson 😊 I also struggle to pray aloud – I always get tongue tied or that I am rambling. While this book doesn’t necessarily talk about how to pray aloud, it does have great advice on how to grow in confidence, find your own style and practise prayer more regularly, which I think should help whatever your prayer difficulties. πŸ™‚

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