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 🎉) 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! 💕
With all that going on, I have slowly but surely finished reading the classic, nautical adventure, Twenty 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. 🦑 It may have been slow going, however it was just what my tired brain needed.
While in my Holy Bible reading, 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. 🏖 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! 👻
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!👋🙏🙂
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?