Sunday Reflection | 2nd August 2020

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

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A balmy week, with a ‘scorchio’ Friday, has passed and it is time to reflect on what we’ve been reading, watching and doing over that time:

This week, I finally finished reading the beastie, award-winning, historical-fiction, Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel AND the classic adventure, Kim by Rudyard Kipling. Now I am reading my new cookbook, The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders by Si King & Dave Myers and the newly started, historical-fiction, The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor. 🧚‍♀️

While in my Holy Bible reading, I have not made much progress with the gospel of John in the New Testament. However 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 working our way through 1 Samuel and Luke, as well as dipping in and out of the Psalms.


While on the screen, I finished watching season six of the sexy-ass vampire drama, True Blood, with a cliff-hanger ending! Also my friend got me to start watching the dating experiment, Indian Matchmaking – It is really not my normal viewing fare, but now I’ve started I need to know how it turns out! (And yes, this is the same friend that got me hooked on Love is Blind too!)

Then on our Friday film and takeaway night, nothing new tickled our fancy, so instead I convinced my dad to re-watch one of my childhood favourites: the classic 80’s fantasy, The Dark Crystal (1982), because I fancy trying the new series, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, on Netflix, but wanted to re-watch the original again first as it has been a while.


With my extra free time, due to it being the school’s summer break, I have been having a clear out and re-organisation of my bedroom; I have been doing a little jogging and yoga; spending more time out and about; taking naps; reading in the garden and my Saturday night soak in the bath. I also tried two new recipes: Si King & Dave Myer’s hearty veggie Mulligatawny, a traditional spicy Anglo-Indian soup of the British Raj, and the tasty Bolognese-alternative Mushroom and Lentil Ragu; both from their The Hairy Dieters: Go Veggie cookbook.

While here on the blog, it has been busy! I took part in the weekly memes: Top Ten Tuesday | Historical-Fiction and WWW Wednesday | 29th July 2020. I posted my reviews of the the hilarious fourteenth Discworld novel, Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett; the Christian non-fiction, More Than a Carpenter by Josh & Sean McDowell; and the moving historical-fiction, Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen by Alison Weir. AND yesterday, I shared my round-up post What I Read In July 2020. Phew! Please check these out if you haven’t already. Thank you! 😊


Later today, my grandad will be coming round to have a takeaway lunch in our 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! 🙏

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.

26 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 2nd August 2020

  1. I’ve never seen The Dark Crystal and feel like I’ve missed out on a classic! And congrats on finishing Wolf Hall and Kim. Hope your takeaway lunch was great. 🙂

    The cottingley Fairies definitely sounds interesting!

    1. Never seen The Dark Crystal?! 😱 You have missed out on a classic! And thank you! I feel quite accomplished after finishing the beastie Wolf Hall 😅 and I am enjoying reading the lighter The Cottingley Secret.

  2. I hope you enjoyed lunch with your Grandad, that must be so lovely to do.

    I’m so behind on my reading, I’ve not picked up a book in ages! I have, however, been listening to audiobooks… I’ve just finished Sara Cox’s autobiography and I’ve just started Jim Butcher’s Peace Talks (part of the Dresden Files series).

    1. Yes, we had a lovely takeaway lunch out in the lovely sunshine, thank you Nikki 🌞 Sorry to hear you haven’t picked up a books in ages, but good to still be listening to audiobooks. Take care and happy reading/listening! 😃

    1. Youre very welcome, Laurel-Rain and thank you for visiting back.😊 I am very lucky to have such views so close to me and we had a lovely takeaway lunch in the lovely sunshine. 🌞

  3. The entire month of July has been scorching hot here. I’m enjoying a little respite indoors now. I’m glad that you caught up with a few reviews and read the chunkster that is Wolf Hall, which I’ll be reading towards the last two months of the year, together with the sequels (hopefully!) I’ve seen so far 17 movies this month, but only 1 TV season since movie watching occupied the time I set aside for TV. Hopefully next month there’ll be a healthy dose of both. This July I’ve been reading the first two books of the Lost Queen trilogy by Signe Pike. The Forgotten Kingdom, the second installment, will release this Sept, so I’ve been trying to catch up. The Lost Queen was 545 pages long, and TFK is 480 pages long. I need a break for 6th century Scotland already. 😀

    1. Thank you, Carmen 😊 and I hope you continue to enjoy your reading and viewing this coming month. Look forward to hearing more about the films you’ve been watching in my monthly review post: What I Watched In July 2020. 😃

  4. What a beautiful view to have while on your way to the shops! I still need to do a bath with salts, just to relax. Kind of hard to think of when it’s been so hot out here. I usually like to indulge when it’s a bit chilly out. Still, it’s a relaxing way to de-stress. Happy reading Jessica! 🙂

    1. Rachel, I am very lucky to live so close to the river, but higher enough above not to flood! And haha yes, I had more of a warm rather than hot bath this weekend. Thank you and happy reading to you too! 😃

  5. I’m looking forward to learning more about The Cottingley Secret as you get into it.

    Such a lovely view on your walk!!

    1. Kelly, I am really enjoying The Cottingley Secret – Turns out it is a dual-narrative story, which is my favourite narratives. Not too much has been revealed about the actual ‘fairies’ yet though. 😉 And yes, I am very lucky to have this river and reserve right next to my estate. I also like to jog down there too. 😊

  6. It has been ridiculously hot! My office is in the attic of the house and it is ridiculously warm up here with the smallest sash window I have ever seen in my life! 😂

    Those recipes sound delicious though! I am going to have to grab all my cookbooks from my parents’ house (it’s a wonder they can move for all the books I left there when I moved out four years ago!) and try out a few.

    Have a fabulous week, Jessica! 😀

    1. Thank you, Proxy 😊 At least the weather has been cooler since, although its warming up again Friday! I also hope you’re able to get your cookbooks to your home, so you too can start whipping up some new recipes. 😋

  7. Yes… Friday’s wind was HOT – most peculiar! Glad you finally completed Wolf Hall and I hope you enjoyed it. I read The Cottingley Fairies a couple of years ago – I’ll be intrigued to learn what you think of it. I hope the coming week is a peaceful, happy one, Jessica:)

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