πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 27th December 2020

(My grey if strangely beautiful view from my bedroom window this morning)

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. πŸ€’

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. πŸ‘Ό


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!πŸ‘‹πŸ™πŸ™‚

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?


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

32 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 27th December 2020

  1. Covid! Oh no. What an awful end of year illness. Hopefully 2021 will be a happy and healthy year for you. I also watched the Ripper documentary – very chilling indeed.
    Happy New Year to you.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you so much, Lynn – Fortunately it was only a mild case and I was still able to enjoy my turkey dinner and presents. Also gave me a great excuse to stay in bed a few days and watch all the Harry Potter films! πŸ˜‰ I am all better now and looking forward to a happier, healthier and hopefully easier 2021! Happy New Year to you too! πŸŽ†

  2. I’m so sorry to see this end of year has been so exhausting for you, and Covid at Christmas, ugh ! I’ve finished my Classics spin too (a Wilkie Collins novel) and loved The Jane Austen society which I read earlier this week. Take care, I hope you feel better soon πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you so much, Izabel – I am feeling a lot better thank you! 😊 Well done for also finishing your Classics Spin result too, especially as it was a Wilkie Collins so I presume it was a long one! Also great to hear you also really enjoyed reading The Jane Austen Society this week – Great minds think a like! πŸ˜‰

  3. Ugh! There’s no good time to catch Covid, I suppose, but it seems extra dismal to get it over Christmas! Hope your symptoms stay minor and clear up completely soon!

    1. Thank you so much, FF ❀ No, Christmas really is a sad time to catch Covid, but I am sure it would have had its own problems whenever I had caught it. And with none of the obvious/severe symptoms, I was still able to thoroughly enjoy a hearty Christmas dinner and lots of chocolate! πŸ˜‹

  4. Sorry you’ve had such a rough few weeks! Sinus infections are horrible and then to test positive with covid… Anyway, I’m glad you’re okay and feeling better.
    Merry (belated) Christmas and I hope you have a happy, healthy, new year!

  5. Oh dear, I’m sorry to hear you have had Covid over and above your sinus problems, but at least your symptems haven’t been too severe. I will continue to pray for your recovery. At least you have had plenty of tv and fiction to keep you company. Keep safe. x

    1. Thank you so much, Alyson – You’re prayers are very much appreciated. Thankfully, yes, I have had a mild case and I have had plenty of things to amuse and distract me! β€πŸ™

    1. Hello Mar B, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face and I really hope you will enjoy The Jane Austen Society as much as I did! 😊

  6. That is an amazing view! It’s funny how sometimes even a gray or dreary sky can be beautiful, in its own way. I’m sorry though to hear about Covid! I’m glad though that you are mild so far. It was the same here- I had it very mild so even though the diagnosis was terrifying, I had a relatively easy time thankfully. I hope you do as well.

    I love the 95 Sense and Sensibility.

    Hope you have a happy and healthy New Year!!!

    1. Thank you so much, Greg ❀ and I am very glad you agree the view is beautiful – I was beginning to fear it was just me, as I have been cooped up inside for too long! πŸ˜… Also great to hear you are a 95 Sense and Sensibility fan! I have gone on a bit of an Austen fest this week, with films, TV shows and books! 😊

  7. I hope you get better real soon. TV is truly a comfort, thank God for that. You have read and watched lots despite the weeks of feeling under the weather. This month, up to now, I’ve watched 28 movies, almost all of them from this year, The Spanish Princess (S1, S2), and the first two episodes of The Undoing miniseries. I hope to finish this month in even better shape movie-wise. πŸ™‚ Get well!

    1. Thank you so much, Carmen ❀ and my viewing is so high because I haven’t been able to do much else, but yes it has been a God send. πŸ™ Also wow, 28 films, mostly from this year?! That is pretty outstanding! I hope you continue to enjoy your viewing spree for the last few days of this difficult year.

  8. Ow no.. That sounds like a very hard couple of weeks. I’m so sorry to read you’ve got Covid, but I’m glad your symptoms have been minor.
    I still have to finish watching season 2 of Virgin River. I love that show. And I read the first book.. definitely great too!
    Have a great week and happy reading.

    1. Thank you, Maureen ❀ and I am pleased to hear you have been enjoying watching Virgin River, too. You might want to ration yourself though, as we’ll probably have quite a wait for season 3! 😏

  9. I am so sorry that you tested positive for Covid! I’m thankful, though, that you haven’t had severe symptoms. I hope you make a full recovery very soon!

    The only holiday film I watched this year was Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. It was my first time to watch it and I loved it!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly ❀ Thankfully I have had a mild case and I am starting to feel a bit better already. πŸ™ Do you know what? I don’t think I have ever watched Holiday Inn! So pleased you enjoyed it for the first time this Christmas season. πŸŽ„

    1. Thank you Laurel-Rain, I am starting to feel better and yes, thankfully it was only a mild case. I am also pleased you loved watching Virgin River, too – I have feeling you might have been one of the people that inspired me to give it a go! Can’t wait for another season! πŸ™‚

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