Sunday Reflection | 16th August 2020

(The view from our sun loungers at Cliff Lakes’ inland beach)

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A hot, humid and stormy week 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  the cosy-crime,  Agatha Raisin and the Wizard of Evesham by M.C. Beaton, the eighth book in Beaton’s long-running series following this bumbling, amateur sleuth, which I just sped through! Next I have got swept up in the fascinating tale of a German nun in the historical-fiction, Katharina: Deliverance by Margaret Skea. I have also paddled my toes into the waters of the swashbuckling classic, The Black Corsair by Emilio Salgari.

While in my Holy Bible reading, I finished reading the gospel of John and I joined in for a few of my church’s Morning Prayer livestreams, where we have been working our way through 1 Samuel and Acts, and dipping in and out of the Psalms.


While on the screen, I worked my way through the Sky boxset of the seventh and final season of the sexy-ass vampire drama, True Blood, which had some shocking twists to it. Then I started watching the first season of the British comedy-drama The Durrells, on Netflix, that has been transporting me to the sunny Greek island of Corfu for some nostalgic fun.

With my Friday night Chinese takeaway (Singapore noodles and Yuk Sung) there was no film this week, instead I watched the dramatic finale of True Blood. But there have been other films as I treated myself to fun re-watches of the fun childhood favourite, Jumanji (1995) and the recent reboot, Jumanji: Welcome To The Jungle (2017). Ready to, hopefully, watch Sky’s premiere of Jumanji: The Next Level (2019) later today.


With the weather, I have to admit to not doing much this week, other than reading and watching telly, because it was just too hot and sticky to do much else. However I did manage to enjoy one day out, with a friend, to Cliff Lakes: an inland water resort in Staffordshire, where they have set up a beach to one side of their massive lake, with sand pits, sun loungers and parasols. A refreshing dip was just what we needed in this heat!

While here on the blog, it has continued to be busy! I took part in the weekly memes: Top Ten Tuesday | Books I Loved But Haven’t Reviewed… Yet! and WWW Wednesday | 12th August 2020. I posted my reviews of the Christian ‘Beauty and the Beast’ retelling, Calysta and the Beast by Joanna Alonzo; the historical tome, The Favourite by Ophelia Field and the Christian guide, How To Pray by Pete Greig. As well as sharing my result for The Classics Club 24th Spin event. Phew! Please check these out if you haven’t already. Thank you! 😊


Later today, my grandad is coming round ours’ for Sunday lunch – I am making One-Pot Summery Chicken.😋 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.

19 thoughts on “Sunday Reflection | 16th August 2020

  1. The Durrells – I love them. I want to watch the whole series all over again now – and go to Greece.
    Hope you and your gpa had a good day.
    Lynn 😀

    1. Lynn, I have just finished watching the first season of The Durrells and I loved it – I was also meant to go to Greece this year, but it was cancelled due to ‘the-pandemic-that-shall-not-be-named’, so it has been a little bit of consolation to see it in this charming show. ⛱ And my grandad, dad and I have a lovely day thank you. 😊

  2. Your day at the lake sounds wonderful! I love reading while laying out by the pool or beach. Your one-pot Summery Chicken sounds delicious. Hope you had an enjoyable dinner! Stay cool, Jennifer! 🙂

  3. Ooh The Black Corsair sounds good. And I heard about the storms over there! I’ve seen a few bloggers mention how bad they were too- yikes!

    Hope you had a great Sunday lunch! be well this week!!!

    1. Thank you, Greg – So far The Black Corsair, has been a good, swashbuckling adventure and our Sunday lunch followed by watching Jumanji: The Next Level was lovely. 😊 And yes, there has been some terrible storms, though, thankfully, we seem to have the missed the worst of it where I live.

  4. I simply must read some M.C. Beaton. I love the Agatha Raisin films I have found on Acorn…and know that the books should be good.

    Your Sunday lunch plans sound lovely. Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Haha well I think the Agatha Raisin books are better, as I didn’t get on with the TV adaptation! 😉 And thank you, Laurel-Rain – Our Sunday lunch was delicious and we had a nice afternoon watching Jumanji: The Next Level. 🙂

  5. I read a couple of Agatha Raisins. She’s a great character. Glad you are enjoying her, too.

    And I think the book of John is my favorite gospel.

    It’s been hot here, too, but we’ve had to do a lot outside this week. They say we’re getting a little cool front next week, so I’m hopeful things will go better then.

    I hope you have a great week.

    1. Thank you, Deb 😊 Good to hear you’ve also enjoyed a couple of the Agatha Raisin books and that John is your favourite gospel – I actually find it a difficult one, hence re-reading it hoping to find it easier each time. My favourite gospel is Luke. I hope the cooler weather this week will help with all the things you have to do outside. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Heather 😊 and pleased to hear you enjoyed watching Sky’s premiere of Jumanji; The Next Level – We managed to watch it too and thought it was great fun. 😃

  6. I can certainly relate to it being too hot and humid to do anything! It’s typical August weather for my part of the world, but still….

    Cliff Lakes looks like a wonderful place to “beat the heat”!

    I hope you enjoy the rest of the day and your coming week. 🙂

    1. Haha yeah, but it’s not the typical weather for us here in the UK! 😅 But yes, Cliff Lakes was perfect place to relax and cool down. 🏊‍♀️ And thank you, Kelly, I hope you enjoy your week, too! 😃

  7. The Agatha Raisin novels are such a breeze to read, aren’t they? I feel like cosy crime is a great light filler for a literary sandwich!

    Have a great week, Jessica! 😀

    1. The Agatha Raisin books really are a breeze to read and make a refreshing break from longer, heavier reads. 😊 And thank you, Proxy, I hope you have a great week, too! 😃

  8. PS – Deliverance is on a .99 sale in both the UK and the US from the 17th August (Monday) – 20th – Thursday, and Katharina Fortitude from 18th – 21st

  9. Glad you found Katharina Deliverance fascinating, Jessica 🙂

    1. Thank you, Margaret 😊 but I’m not quite finished yet 😉 When I do though, I will be wanting to get my hands on the second book, Fortitude, so that deal couldn’t be better timed! 😁

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