πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 21st March 2021

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A mixed week has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Life πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Well first things first, I had my first dose of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine on Tuesday night, as my county has moved all individuals who work with vulnerable children onto the priority list. The jab itself was quick and painless, and I felt okay other than aches and pains in my arms and shoulders. As for work it was a pretty regular week, except for Friday which was Red Nose Day, so we were able to have a little fun wearing red, telling cheesy jokes and watching a classic episode of Only Fools and Horses with our lads. πŸ˜†

In other good news my sinuses were feeling much better this week; I was able to join in with our church’s fourth Zoom meeting on Thursday for The Bible Course (from The Bible Society); and I enjoyed a pleasant Saturday walk around a local nature reserve (pictured at top). In not so good news, I watched the England vs Ireland match as part of this year’s Six Nations Championship yesterday… and well the least said about that the better! πŸ™„

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

It was another slow-ish week of reading, as I took my time to re-read and reflect on The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence, a wonderful collection of letters and teachings from this lowly but contented 17th-century Carmelite monk. However I finished this midweek and I am now reading the turn-of-the-century classic, A Room With a View by E.M. Forster from my Classics Club list. I am hoping it will be the perfect spring read as was my previous Forster read: Howards End. 🌼

I have also continued dipping in and out of the fascinating The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by Neil Oliver, in which I have now reached the 45th place: Flodden Field, Northumberland, where the bloody ‘Battle of Flodden’ was fought between Tudor and Stuart forces, and saw the untimely death of the Scottish King James IV. βš” As well as my dailyΒ HolyΒ Bible readings about the judges and kings in the books of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1 Samuel and 1 Kings,Β forΒ The Bible CourseΒ I am taking part in.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Β TV & Films Β πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

While not much has changed in my viewing. I have continued my comforting re-watch of series one of an old favourite: the BBC’s fantasy-adventure Merlin (2008-2012), which is loosely based on the Arthurian legends and follows the blossoming friendship between the young sorcery Merlin and Prince Arthur, played brilliantly by Colin Morgan and Bradley James. This show really is just great fun and exactly what I need right now! πŸ§™β€β™‚οΈ

No more new films again this week either, however on our Friday takeaway and film night my dad and I instead cracked on with watching the brand new crime-drama Your Honor (2020), adapted from theΒ Israeli seriesΒ Kvodo (2017). This gripping thriller stars Bryan Cranston as a prominent New Orleans judge, whose world is turned upside down after his teenage son accidentally kills another teen, son of a local mafia kingpin, in a tragic hit-and-run πŸš™. Best thing on the telly box right now! πŸ“Ί


For now, that’s all folks! Today will be a quiet day of reading, blogging and watching my church’s online service. 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‘‹

(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, The Sunday Post)

Now in the comments let me know: How you are? What you have been reading and watching? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post.

23 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 21st March 2021

  1. I’m so happy you received your first dose of the vaccine – what great news! Hope you’re enjoying A Room With a View. I thought it was very good, though Howards End is my favorite Forster. Hope you’re having a good week.

    1. Thank you so much, JoAnn 😊 Also pleased to hear your enjoyed reading A Room With a View as well and while I haven’t quite finished it, I think Howards End is still my favourite Forster novel too!

  2. Beautiful picture! I thought The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places was a TV series, but on looking it up I figure out it was a book. I’ve started watching a documentary on Netflix about the history of some of the famous castles and have found it really interesting. Glad to hear you didn’t have any major side effects with the first vaccine dose! I had aches and pains and didn’t feel really well, but my husband didn’t have any issues. Enjoy the rest of your week, Jessica and happy reading! πŸ™‚

    1. Thank you, Rachel and lovely to hear you think my photo is beautiful! 😊 And yes, The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places is a book, although the author Neil Oliver has also presented TV shows in the past too!

  3. Mum had the Oxford-AstraZeneca and she felt really cold afterwards. I’ve had both doses of the Pfizer vaccine and my arm was so painful after the first dose, but not so bad after the second.

    1. Nikki, I am very pleased to hear you and your mum have been able to get your vaccinations without too many side effects. Like your mum, my dad felt really cold after having the Oxford-AstraZeneca one too. I hope your mum gets her second dose soon. πŸ€žπŸ™‚

  4. I love the pictures you post at the top of each post. πŸ™‚ And congrats on the vaccine!

    Sorry to hear about the match though! 😦

    Hope you are well and having a pleasant Sunday!!

  5. Sounds like a pretty good week. The red nose day sounded like a lot of fun. I don’t know if we do anything like that here in the states. That nature reserve looks like such an awesome place to walk and just loose yourself for a bit. Hope this coming week is good as well!

    1. Thank you, Tessa – We are so lucky to have nature reserves almost right on our doorstep and I am not sure anywhere but the UK does anything like Red Nose Day?! 😊

  6. Congratulations on getting your first shot!! I’ve had one of the Moderna and hope I can call tomorrow and get my second dose scheduled. I’m ready!

    That’s a beautiful photo you shared this week.

  7. My husband just got his first dose on Friday. I’m not eligible yet. I hope my state speeds up with the distribution a bit because I’m the only one in my family not eligible for the vaccine >.< Happy reading!

  8. Hurrah for the vaccine! Psychologically it feels great, doesn’t it? And after our appalling performance in the early days, it’s so wonderful that we’re finally doing something so well. πŸ˜€

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