πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 8th November 2020

(My woolly Remembrance poppy on my new laptop, as no one else will be seeing it today!)

Hello everyone and a blessed Remembrance Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Two cold, turbulent and tiring weeks have passed and it is good to be back here! Let’s reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.


My self-isolation ended on 23rd October (woohoo πŸŽ‰) and I enjoyed a brief period of freedom over the school’s half-term break, but sadly I wasn’t able to fully enjoy it as I suffered a large spike in my anxiety and sinus headaches; caused no doubt by the isolation. Then we returned to school this week, where we have had to move classes about; are now confined to one classroom; have all new timetables and have to wear face masks all day, which has been hard on staff and pupils. Plus a second lockdown started on Thursday. 😒

All of which has left me drained, so I have been making a concerted effort to look after myself with extended times of prayer; relaxing baths and yoga; plenty of steaming cups of camomile tea; and, of course, some hearty, comfort cooking. This has included old favourites like chorizo crusted cod and a large batch of ‘Big Soup’, as well as a new recipe: Crispy Trout, with Horseradish Yoghurt, Spuds & Veg from Jamie Oliver’s Super Food: Family Classics cookbook. Simple, delicious and healthy… just what my soul needed! πŸ’•


With all that going on, I have slowly but surely finished reading the classic, nautical adventure, TwentyΒ Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne. Dipping in and out of this escapist journey upon Captain Nemo’s metal leviathan, the Nautilus, exploring the deep, unknown reaches of our ocean and the fantastical creatures that live there. πŸ¦‘ It may have been slow going, however it was just what my tired brain needed.

While in my Holy Bible reading,Β  I started working my way back through the book of Deuteronomy, which contains the final sermons and teachings of Moses to the Israelites. Regrettably I have not made the greatest progress with it as I have not had the focus to engage with it properly. I was inspired to pick up this difficult Old Testament book from my reading The Bible Jesus Read by Philip Yancey and I hope I will be able to return to it soon.


As you may have guessed, from how I have been feeling, my main source of escapism has been television! Over the last two weeks I have watched season two and three of the British comedy-drama, The Durrells, losing myself in the family’s colourful misadventures on the sunny Greek island of Corfu, during the 1930s. πŸ– Between these two seasons, I got myself hooked on the new American crime-drama, Prodigal Son, so much so, that I am now impatiently waiting for more episodes!

I have also indulged in a fair bit of comfort Halloween viewing, which has included childhood film favourites: Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993); as well as some very old episodes from the first season of the British paranormal reality show, Most Haunted (2002). Just what I have needed to help me relax and escape it all! πŸ‘»


Finally, now we’re back in lockdown, there will sadly be no Remembrance Sunday services today, so instead I plan to spend a quiet day at home and will be cooking a super comforting Shepherd’s pie.

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!πŸ‘‹πŸ™πŸ™‚

Now over to you: I’d love to hear how you are? What you have been reading and watching? Anything spooky? What are things like where you live?


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

23 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 8th November 2020

  1. Hi there Jessica! Well done to you for coping so well with your anxiety. It seems as if you have quite a few awesome coping mechanisms.

    All Jules Verne books are excellent escapes. I have a graphic novel version in school library that I will try next year.

    I don’t know the Durrells at all, will have to take a look.

    Thanks so much for stopping by our blog earlier on. Lovely to have you visiting!

    1. Thank you so much, Mareli for stopping by and for your kind words. 😊 It was also lovely to stop by at your post and I hope you are able to look up The Durrells, it really is a delightful show. πŸ™‚

  2. I’m so sorry to hear about the lockdown! I’m sending you a virtual hug!! Wearing a mask all day is definitely challenging and I hope things will get better for you soon.
    Stay safe and happy reading!

  3. I’m sorry to hear about the lockdown, and your anxiety as well. Loneliness and isolation aren’t good for people and it’s so hard with the pandemic!

    The Durrells sounds like lots of fun!

    1. Yes Greg, the first lockdown was hard enough on people because of loneliness, isolation and mental health, but I fear it will be worse now we are in dark and cold months! πŸ™ But yes, The Durrells was a ray of sunshine and fun to cheer me up! 🌞

  4. Nothing like some good comfort food especially when you are feeling stressed or generally unwell! I haven’t really watched anything spooky… I watch the Hallmark Channel every once in a while when my favorite Christmas movies are on (A Royal Christmas, A Bride for Christmas, Christmas at Pemberley Manor), but that is really it! I know it is a bit early, but these Christmas movies bring me back to living at home with my mom and twin sister…the three of us crowded onto the couch, watching sappy movies and eating comfort food. It helps the home-sickness subside for a little while. πŸ™‚

    1. Haha yeah, it is a bit too early for me to start on the Christmas films, however if it brings you comfort and brings back nice memories of your mum and twin sister, go for it! 😊

  5. I’m sorry to hear you haven’t been feeling well. Baths, yoga and comfort food sound like a good remedy! Hope you feel better, Jessica! πŸ™‚

  6. I love your little crocheted poppy! Thankfully, the weather has been holding out each Sunday for us to have services outside. We sit in the parking lot, spread out and wearing masks! (some stay in their cars) It seems odd, but at least we’re together.

    1. Kelly, although it feels a little odd, it is good to hear you are still able to have outdoor church services. Sadly with our current restrictions we wouldn’t even be allowed to do that! And thank you, my crochet poppy was made by pupils at the previous school I worked at. πŸ™‚

  7. Ooh, I love Shepherd’s Pie, but my favorite place to get it is no longer available to me, as we are still on lockdown here (since March 11!).

    Enjoy your week and your books, and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Thank you, Laurel-Rain and I am sorry you’re unable to get Sheperd’s pie from your favourite place at the moment – If I was able to parcel it up and post some of mine to you, I would! πŸ™‚

  8. Shepards Pie was on the menu in this house last week! I made it on Thursday… Lockdown 2 is less than fun. Do you think they’ll really release us out en masse come December? I’m not sure… 😦

    I’m glad you’re finding comfort! I’m still searching for some balance.

    Hope you have a good week.

    1. Hey Nicci, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and fellow shepherd’s pie fan. 😊 I really hope you are able to find some balance and that they will release us in December for Christmas!! πŸ€žπŸ™πŸ™‚

  9. I need to watch The Durrells, I hear a lot about it. My youngest daughter is off high school next week : one week home, one week in high school, with masks, in one class, distancing and all that. Those measures were only taken now…… I hope you have a relaxing weekend and that the headaches will soon be just a memory πŸ™‚

    1. Hey Izabel, thank you for stopping by and for the kind comments. 😊 I really hope you have the chance to watch The Durrells, as it really is great escapist viewing and I also hope the new school arrangements for your daughter works well. πŸ™πŸ™‚

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