Hello everyone and a blessed 2nd Sunday of Advent to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A cold week has passed (winter has definitely arrived ❄), and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
So as well as the beginning of Advent (I hope you all have a yummy chocolate calendar) this week, England also came out of lockdown!! Devastatingly though, my whole region has come out of lockdown straight into Tier 3, with the highest restrictions! Honestly, this has made me very sad and frustrated, as we were only Tier 2 before lockdown and our already low case rate has almost halved during lockdown… 🤷♀️🙁
However all shops are allowed to be open in all tiers, so yesterday I made a trip to the beautiful, Cathedral city near me to start Christmas shopping in the smaller, local and independent shops; all of which have been suffering the most from restrictions and the recent lockdown. As you can see (pictured), I got quite a good haul! 🛍 It also felt good to find some more unique, locally made, Fairtrade and eco gifts, and to give business to those that need it the most in these difficult times. Now I just need to start wrapping! 🎁
In the last week, we have had to say goodbye to the Nonfiction November and Novellas in November reading events. These two events were great fun to take part in and really helped me get out of my reading slump. Thankfully, the one positive of Tier 3 restrictions is that I have still had plenty of night’s in for reading this week.
I am currently reading the Victorian classic, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, which was my result for The Classics Club’s 25th Spin Event. I am very much enjoying this tale of the young, poor Mary, and her family and friends, in the industrious, Northern city of Manchester during very difficult times. However I am taking my time with it, as it is quite a harrowing tale and I can only manage a couple of chapters at a time.
While on the screen, I caught up on this week’s episode of Fox’s new crime-drama, Prodigal Son (2020) for some more murderous thrills and spills, with the brilliant father/son duo of Michael Sheen and Tom Payne. Now I am just waiting (impatiently) for the concluding episode! 😬 I have also been working my way through volume 1 and now volume 2 of Netflix’s reboot of the mystery-documentary series, Unsolved Mysteries (2020), which has had me hooked on its interesting mixture of cold cases and paranormal events.
Then with it being the beginning of Advent, I thought it was about time to kick off my festive viewing. So, last Sunday, my dad and I settled down for our first Christmas film of the year, which was the Netflix original, The Christmas Chronicles (2018). We didn’t know what to expect from this, but were pleasantly surprised! It was jolly good fun and Kurt Russell makes a very funny Santa Clause. 🎅
Finally, with the end of lockdown,
I can look forward to returning to church this morning for a social-distanced service. * But sadly, due to Tier 3 restrictions, I still won’t be able to have Sunday lunch with my grandad. Instead I plan to spend another quiet day at home: blogging, reading and cooking a simple lunch of ‘Toad-in-the-Hole’ for just my dad and I, with mince pies and ice cream for dessert. 😋
*Update: I felt under-the-weather this morning, so stayed home in the warm, drinking honey and lemon, and put up my Christmas tree. 🎄
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? What are Covid restrictions like where you live?