Sunday Reflection | 9th August 2020

(Geese, gulls and even a heron enjoying a refreshing dip on the weir of one of our local rivers)

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A warm week, with another ‘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 finished reading my new cookbook, The Hairy Bikers’ One Pot Wonders by Si King & Dave Myers and the dual-narrative, historical-fiction, The Cottingley Secret by Hazel Gaynor. 🧚‍♀️ Now I am reading the cosy-crime,  Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton, the eighth books in Beaton’s long-running series following this bumbling, amateur sleuth.

While in my Holy Bible reading, I have not made much progress with the gospel of John in the New Testament. However I have been able to check in for a few of 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 the dating experiment, Indian Matchmaking – It is really not my normal viewing fare, but once I’d started I had to know how it turned out! I also indulged in a wonderfully comforting re-watch of the classic 1995 TV series of Pride and Prejudice, starring the brilliant Colin Firth and Jennifer Ehle. Both on Netflix.

Then on Friday, we watched Sky’s premiere of the psychological thriller, Joker (2019), a darker take on the DC Comics character, with an Oscar award-winning performance from Joaquin Phoenix. I also treated myself to another comforting re-watch, this time of one of my all-time favourite films, Sense and Sensibility (1995), starring an amazing ensemble cast. It would appear 1995 was the year for great Austen adaptations! 💕

This has been a busy week for me, as with the easing of restrictions, I have finally been able to go to the dentist, hairdressers and the vets (nothing to worry about just Bonnie’s overdue yearly check up). I also enjoyed a lovely day out, with a friend, to the Tropical Birdland near Market Bosworth in Leicestershire and a nice pub lunch after. In between all that, I continued to clear out and re-organise my bedroom; do a little yoga, sunbathing and baking; enjoy my Saturday night soak in the bath; and, as you know, read and watch TV.

While here on the blog, it has been busy too! I took part in the weekly memes: Top Ten Tuesday | Colourful Book Titles and WWW Wednesday | 5th August 2020. I posted my reviews of the lesser known classic, The Professor by Charlotte Brontë and the helpful Christion non-fiction, Wholeness by Christy Wimber. As well as sharing my round-up post What I Watched In July 2020 and my list for The Classic Club | Spin #24 event. Phew! Please check these out if you haven’t already. Thank you! 😊

Later today, I will be cycling round to my grandad’s for our first Sunday roast in almost four months! For now though, 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? Have you managed any nice days out?

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

27 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 9th August 2020

    1. Haha I know how you feel, Lynn! It had got bad enough for me to have to have braved trimming my own fringe! I hope it won’t be too much longer till you get a cut too! 💇‍♀️

  1. I love the 95 version of Sense & Sensibility! Such an amazing cast, for sure. And it’s been hot here too. Summer is getting into the doldrums now I suppose! Glad that you were able to get out some as well. the Tropical Birdland sounds great!

    Take care and have a fabulous week!

    1. Thank you, Greg 😊 and great to hear you’re a 1995 Sense & Sensibility film fan too – They did a more recent TV version here in the UK that was very good too, but the 95 version still just pips it for me. 😃

  2. What a beautiful picture! The 1995 Pride & Prejudice is my favorite version. So many laughs! I need to get my haircut, but I don’t think salons are open where I live yet. Enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you, Rachel – I was lucky enough to snap it on a walk into my town’s centre to go to the dentist. I really hope the hairdressers will be able to open near you soon – You forget how good it feels to get a hair cut and makes you feel more human again! 😄

  3. That version of P and P is the best, there is no other Mr Darcy but Colin Firth!

    My husband and I watched Joker last night, you are right it was dark, I’m still not decided how I feel about. Joaquin Phoenix was good as Joker though, very unhinged.

    Have a good week.

    1. Heather, great to hear you are a Mr Darcy/Colin Firth fan too 😉, although I think Matthew McFadyen did amiable job in the new film as well. As for the Joker, I don’t think the aim was to be the Joker from the DC World, but an exploration of how would a real person become someone like the Joker; and for that I think Joaquin Phoenix did an amazing job! 😃

    1. Thank you, Kimberly 😊 The Cottingley Secret was a lovely, escapist read and great to hear you love the Agatha Raisin books! Are they making a new series? There is already a UK version, but I only watched the pilot episode of it, as I felt they changed too much about the characters.

  4. I love your pics of the birds. And I know exactly how you feel about rewatching the Austen films – they are regular favourites for me, too:)). And you’re right about the heat – it is HOT for the UK. Glad you were able to get to the hairdressers, I am waiting until the 26th for my appointment. Glad your week was so enjoyable and I hope the coming week is another good. Enjoy your roast dinner!

    1. Thank you, SJ 😊 It has been great to have a little less hair in this heat and we had the best Sunday lunch, as my grandad cooked my favourite braised beef! I hope you enjoy your own trip to the hairdressers on the 26th – Not too far away now! 😃

      1. Yes – I’m looking forward to being shorn, though it’s not as dire as it might have as I had a go at my own hair and my daughter tidied it up at the back for me. I chopped it very short. I’m far more looking forward to having blonde and plum highlights back in my hair:))

  5. I love seeing local wildlife, so I like that top photo! The tropical bird (parrots?) are beautiful, too.

    I enjoyed a short trip away to spend some time in a park with my daughter’s family yesterday. I miss having them come for visits to our house. Hope you enjoy the Sunday roast with your grandad!

    1. Kelly, I was so pleased to snap that luck photo of all the birds in the river, as I walked into town to the dentist. And yes, they are parrots in my other shot – Scarlet Macaws to be precise, Gorgeous, aren’t they?! 😍

      Really pleased you have also been able to enjoy some time out with your daughter’s family, so good to be out of the house and seeing family. And thank you, we had a great Sunday lunch: my grandad cooked my favourite braised beef! 😋

  6. Lovely picture of your river and the birds. I am glad you get to spend time with your family on your Sunday roast. Stay safe and have fun!

  7. It is great that you can get out some; when we have been on restrictions, we appreciate those things so much more.

    I have watched some of the Agatha Raisin series online, and now I would like to read the books.

    That river photo is awesome! Thanks for sharing, and for visiting my blog.

    1. Yes, definitely appreciate being able to get out when we’ve all been cooped up for so long and I took that lucky snap on my walk into town to the dentist. I hope you have chance to try the Agatha Raisin books soon – I watched the pilot of the TV version, but they changed too much about the characters so I didn’t watch anymore. Hopefully you will like both! 😃

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