Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Another pretty gloomy but a little less tiring week has passed, and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
We a little more into the swing of things now it is the third (but hopefully penultimate) week of England’s second lockdown. I am afraid, other than work, I have not been up to much though. While thankfully staff and pupils in my ‘bubble’ have settled into our new, new routine, it has not been so good for the rest of the school: as there have been three more positive cases and so three more ‘bubbles’ have had to go into self-isolation. which only leaves us and one other year group actually at school! 🙁
On a positive though, my anxiety and sinuses have been a little easier this week, with my continued concerted efforts to look after myself with healthy homemade lunches; plenty of camomile tea; weekend jogs; using my S.A.D lamp and more hearty, comfort food. This included a new concoction of my own design, which I cobbled together from leftover veg and roast lamb, a tin of tomatoes, herbs, stock and spaghetti. I am going to call Lamb & Root Veg Minestrone – It was delish, if I do say so myself, whatever you call it! 😋
Unlike the first, this second lockdown is proving very good for my reading, well that and the fact I have thrown myself into taking part in the Nonfiction November and Novellas in November reading events. This week, I have finished reading another two novellas! First, the super-short non-fiction, The Berlin Wall: A Very Brief History by Mark Black, a quick and concise history of the physical and ideological barrier that divided Berlin/Germany for 28 years.
Next, I was completely hooked by the Golden-Age mystery, Crooked House by Agatha Christie, a gripping investigation the poisoning of the wealthy patriarch and entrepreneur, Aristide Leonides, which full of twists, turns and possible suspects! Now I am reading the short non-fiction, Martin Luther and John Calvin: Leaders of the Protestant Reformation by Charles River Editors. Now I realise I really must read more novellas, as they make me feel so accomplished! 😁
With all that reading, I have done even less viewing this week. I caught up on this week’s episode of the new American crime-drama, Prodigal Son (2020), and I am now impatiently waiting for the last episode! 😬 I also caught a couple of episodes of the latest series of the reality show, I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, but only because my dad was watching them. Due to the pandemic, this year, the show is being made at a Welsh castle, which is fun!
With our Friday night ‘Chippy’ takeaway (I had fried chicken, chips and curry sauce), my dad and I settled down to watch the recent Melissa McCarthy comedy film, Life of the Party (2018). Nothing ground-breaking but it had us laughing, which is what we needed. Another film we enjoyed this week was the fascinating documentary film, Secrets of the Saqqara Tomb (2020), about some of the wonderful Ancient Egyptian finds they have been discovering at Saqqara.
Finally, with the continuing lockdown, I sadly won’t be able to go to church or visit my grandad again today, so instead I plan to spend a quiet day at home: blogging, reading, watching my church’s online service and cooking a simple lunch of fish pie for just my dad and I.
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?