πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | February 2021 Wrap-Up β„

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. The short but bitterly cold month of February has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.

Thankfully, over the month, things settled down at work with β€˜my boys’ and colleagues, as well as enjoying a much-needed February half-term break; during which time we celebrated Shrove Tuesday πŸ₯ž and Ash Wednesday πŸ™. Now we are in the reflective time of Lent, for which I have given up drinking coke and I have signed up for The Bible Course; that is being hosted by my church online, over the next 8 weeks.

I have also enjoyed several online catch-ups with friends and family, and I am looking forward with more hope, now our government has outlined its plans and dates for bringing the UK out of lockdown. πŸ™‚ Unfortunately, I have ended the month on a bit of down, as I have managed to fracture my little finger, a couple of days ago! πŸ€¦β€β™€οΈ

With my week off and a steady time at work, I was able to finish reading three books, less than last month, but they were all long books. I started my month off by finishing my thoroughly enjoyable re-read of the classic, chivalric-romance, Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott; about knights, maidens, thieves and naughty King John. A read I took my time to savour. 🏰 Then I set off in the romantic suspense, Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart, for a sun-drenched adventure in southern France, with the young widow Charity Selborne. A brilliantly gripping read! 🌞

Finally, over my half-term break, I took the time to tackle theΒ rather beastie historical-romance, The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt: the second book in the time-travelling series: Carson Chronicles, where the Carson family travel from 1889 to 1918.🌲 Alongside these I have also been dipping in and out of the fascinating The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by Neil Oliver and during my church’s online Morning Prayer sessions, we read Bible passages from Psalms, Exodus, Jeremiah and 1 John.

Now I am giving myself a break from the lengthy books and reading the short, fantasy comedy, Eric by Terry Pratchett: the ninth book from the fantastical Discworld series. Overall a good month of reading and my pick of the month has to go to Mary Stewart’s thrilling Madam, Will You Talk?.

Being a very tired lady at the end of a long half-term at school, I am sure you can’t blame me for indulging in a little more easy viewing?! First I went on a crime spree, quickly working my way through Netflix’s gripping crime-documentaries, Night Stalker: The Hunt for a Serial Killer (2021) and Crime Scene: The Vanishing at the Cecil Hotel (2021),Β and ITV’s true-crime mini-series, The Pembrokeshire Murders (2021). πŸ”Ž

With my dad, I also watched the eye-opening documentary film Framing Britney Spears (2021) and Netflix’s new western drama,Β News of the World (2020); as part of our Friday film and takeaway night. Plus, over my time off, I enjoyed comforting re-watches of Casper (1995); Pride & Prejudice (2005), The Three Musketeers (2011); The Holiday (2006), Pride & Prejudice (1995), Divergent (2014) and Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977). πŸ‘½

Phew, that was some month of viewing! Now I am watching Netflix’s dark, historical-mystery, The Alienist (2020) and an amusing re-watch of the BBC’s brilliant fantasy fun, Merlin (2008-2012). My pick of the month goes to the BBC’s classic Pride & Prejudice (1995), as it is all about the Colin Firth. πŸ˜‰

Last but not least, before my unfortunate accident with my finger, I was also enjoying a very good month of food! First, one cold Sunday, I tried out a new recipe for Lamb, Spinach and Potato Curry, from my favourite Si King & Dave Myer’s The Hairy Dieters cookbook. A delicious, big warming pot of goodness, that I served with garlic and coriander naan for dipping, and again you would never know this was a dieting recipe! πŸ›

Then, in my half-term holiday, I re-stocked my cupboards and freezer with a β€˜big shop’ at the supermarket, which also included simmering up a large batch of our favourite hearty veggie chilli and trying another new recipe. This time for Tasty Tuna Bake, the first recipe I have tried from my new cookbook: Si King & Dave Myer’s The Hairy Bikers:Β One Pot Wonders. Tuna pasta bake has to be an easy, go-to midweek meal in most houses, right? Well this one is even easier, as the pasta cooks in one pot by the absorption method. πŸ˜‹


For now, that’s all folks! I look forward to catching up with you all next Sunday for my regular weekly reflection, and in a month’s time to see how March has treated us all. Wherever 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™‚


I have linked this post into the weekly meme,Β The Sunday PostΒ hosted byΒ Kimberly @ Caffeinated Reviewer.

 

Now I’d love to hear from you: What did you read and watch in February? How are things where you live? Have you enjoyed any yummy food?

33 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | February 2021 Wrap-Up β„

    1. Heather, I am pleased to hear you loved watching The Night Stalker and The Cecil Hotel documentaries too! I am eyeing up the brand new Murder in the Mormons as my next crime fix! πŸ˜ƒ

  1. It feels like you’ve had a super busy month with lots of goodness. Your photo is making me hungry now.
    We’ve got off to a busy start for March. It’s the time of year that I start looking at everything and wanting to spring clean, brighten and tidy up and I make so many plans that I get very little done jumping from one thing to the next. Still at least we’ve made a start.
    Happy March to you.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

    1. Thank you Lynn and I always want to start cleaning, re-arranging and throwing things out at this time of year too. I hope you’re able to continue now you’ve made a start. πŸ™‚

  2. I am sorry to hear about your finger, Jessica. I hope it heals quickly and smoothly. I am glad you had a nice reading month and got some good reading time in, especially during your break. I hope you have a great week and month of March!

  3. Wait…hold up. Are you saying there is a stand-alone Alienist MOVIE on Netflix?? You’re not talking about the series that is on another channel? Ohmygosh if there’s a movie I have to see it. I liked the book but couldn’t stick with the series for some reason.

    1. Sorry to get your hopes up Jinjer there isn’t a stand-alone Alienist film on Netflix, instead I am watching the series which is on Netflix here in the UK. 😏

  4. “sun-drenched” southern France sounds pretty good! And ouch- hope your finger heals soon!

    Seeing all the food is making me hungry. πŸ™‚ And the 2005 P&P is a good one.

    I’m so behind on Netflix. So much to see! Be well this week!!!

  5. Sounds like a lot of positives this week, though I hate that about your finger. That must hurt. The Terry Pratchett book sounds like a fun read. Have a great week!

    1. Hello Kristin, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face. 😊 Also thank you as my finger is feeling a lot better now and I have no idea how people could be attracted to people like ‘The Nightstalker’ either! 🀨

  6. You can never go wrong with Terry Pratchett! I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. Stay safe!

    1. Thank you, Gayathri and yes, I very much enjoyed reading Eric by Terry Pratchett – You’re very right when you say you can’t go wrong with Pratchett! 😍

    1. Thank you so much, Maya! 😊 I am quite a chicken too and must admit The Night Stalker is a chilling watch, but I think you should be absolutely fine with The Cecil Hotel because that’s more like a weird mystery from than scary. πŸ˜…

  7. So sorry to hear about your finger – that can be so disruptive to every day life. I hope that it wasn’t on your dominant hand.

    Even though I never re-read books, you always make me want to go back to the Mary Stewart novels I enjoyed so many years ago!

    1. Thank you so much, Kelly and thankfully it is not my little finger on my dominant hand! And great to see my subliminal mission to get more people re-reading is taking some hold! πŸ˜‰

  8. I’m so sorry to hear about your finger! Hand injuries are always so wretchedly painful:((. I hope it mends quickly. I keep meaning to get hold of the Hairy Bikers Vegetarian Cook Book – their dieting book is fabulous… I hope the coming week is a good one, Jessica – despite the fractured finger!

        1. Yeah, it is pretty annoying, but hopefully will only be for a couple of weeks. I keep telling myself I can do this, it is nothing compared to breaking my foot! 😏

  9. I am planning to watch Night Stalker…I keep seeing it in my queue!

    The Tuna Bake sounds so good. Sorry about your injured finger, though.

    Have a great reading/viewing week…and thanks for visiting my blog.

    1. Thank you so much, Laurel-Rain and my finger doesn’t feel too bad now! 😊 I hope you will find The Night Stalker as fascinating as I did… I almost said enjoy but not sure that is the right word for this kind of show! πŸ˜…

  10. My oldest son is listening and following along to Ivanhoe for our homeschool currently. He likes it. πŸ™‚ I’m intrigued by The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places, is it readable or info heavy? I have been watching too many BookTubers LOL and that’s about it for watching. I’m also intrigued by the Mary Stewart title. I read two of her Merlin series early on when first hearing of her and now unfortunately, her others sometimes fall a bit flat for me. I really want to try Nine Coaches Waiting as someone said that has Jane Eyre vibes. Have you read that one? I’m so sorry about your finger! Ouch! We’re pulling out of the extremely cold temps and have had some lovely warmer ones for here, so YAY. πŸ™‚ Happiest Sunday!

    1. Thank you, Amy 😊 I am pleased to hear your oldest son has been enjoying listening to Ivanhoe as part of his home-schooling (I think this is the sort of school I want to go too!) and The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is very readable and is not info heavy – Instead it reads a little like a β€˜journey’ through history in places that the author loves. Finally, I’m afraid I haven’t read Nine Coaches Waiting, however I do have a e-copy waiting on my Kindle to-be-read, so I hope we’ll both enjoy it. πŸ™‚

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