Hello everyone and a blessed 1st Sunday of Christmas to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. Three turbulent weeks have passed and it is good to finally be back here with you all! So let’s reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over all that time.
Well first things first, I must apologise for having been absent from my blog for so long: for the first week, I’m afraid I was really poorly with extremely swollen sinuses; the second week was the difficult last week of the school term; and finally this week I tested positive for Covid-19! Thank god though, I do not have the more severe/obvious symptoms of it, I am just feeling run down and I have had a couple of bad headaches. 🤒
So I have had an extra quiet Christmas at home with my dad and the cat (my first Christmas here for over 15 years, as I usually spend it on the south coast with my mum). Thankfully I have had books, favourite films, twinkling decorations, presents, good food, Facetime calls to family, and my church’s online Christmas services and prayer sessions to lift my spirits. 👼
With all that going on, my reading has taken a little bit of a hit, especially in my speed of, however I did still manage to read, on average, a book a week. Bringing my total to three really good books for the three weeks.
Slowly but surely I finished reading the Victorian classic, Mary Barton by Elizabeth Gaskell, the harrowing tale of life in the industrious Northern city of Manchester, which was my result for The Classics Club’s 25th Spin Event. Then, a little quicker, I made my way through the exotic historical-mystery, O Jerusalem by Laurie R. King, the fifth Mary Russell and Sherlock Holmes mystery that had us travelling through British-occupied Palestine.
Finally, just this morning, I finished my sweet escapist read of The Jane Austen Society by Natalie Jenner, a brilliantly moving historical-fiction, about a group of fictional fans trying to preserve her memory in the little village of Chawton, Hampshire. As well as enjoying re-reading the Nativity story in the Gospel of Matthew and the account of St Stephen’s ministry in the Book of Acts, both in the Holy Bible’s New Testament.
As you may have guessed, from how I have been feeling, my main source of escapism has been television! In fact, I have watched so much I couldn’t possibly mention it all here, instead here are just the highlights:
Firstly, on Netflix, I binge watched my way through season one and two of their romantic drama, Virgin River (2019-2020), based on the novels by Robyn Carr. Then I switched to NowTV for season three of the glitzy drama, Riviera (2017-2020), although I didn’t enjoy it as much as the previous two seasons. And finally, I binge watched Netflix’s fascinating new crime-documentary, The Ripper (2020), about the terrible crimes of the ‘Yorkshire Ripper’.
I have of course also been indulging in plenty of festive and comforting re-watches, including: Christmas romance, The Holiday (2006); fantasy comedy, Groundhog Day (1993); Christmas comedy, Nativity! (2009); family classic, The Secret Garden (1993); the Harry Potter films (2001-2011); and my favourite Austen adaptations: Sense and Sensibility (1995) and Pride and Prejudice (1995). All of which helped to cheer me immensely. 😁
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?