Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A changeable April has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
💜💜💜 Life 💜💜💜
April began with a much-needed two-week break, in which, due to the easing of England’s Covid restrictions, I was finally able to meet my new baby cousin and enjoy a pub lunch with friends. Sadly I also suffered with my sinuses, because of the month’s jo-jo-ing weather. Thankfully I was feeling better for my return to work and the last two weeks have been busy, tiring, but good times with ‘my boys’ and colleagues.
I also started a healthy food plan to get back to cooking and making fresh, homemade lunches and evening meals, as I have got into lazy ways since the third, winter, lockdown. This has including making three new-to-me recipes: Smoky Red Pepper and Bean Soup (Quick Cooking by Mary Berry); 10-Minute Couscous Salad (BBC Good Food) and One-Pan Pasta Primavera (Plant Based Cookbook by Trisha Sebben Krupka). 😋
💜💜💜 Books 💜💜💜
With all that going, I am pleased I have managed to finish reading three (almost four) books, which is equal to last month:
- Destined by Jordan Pinckney and Will Lenzen Jr.
- The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places by Neil Oliver
- Justice Hall by Laurie R. King
Alongside these I have also continued my (nearly) daily Holy Bible readings from the books of 2 Chronicles, Isaiah, Nehemiah and Luke, for The Bible Course I am taking part in – the meetings for which have now finished, but I still have readings to catch-up on.
Now I am near to finishing the classic adventure The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle: my result for The Classics Club 26th Spin Event. Overall another good month of reading and my pick of the month goes to Neil Oliver’s fascinating The Story of the British Isles in 100 Places. 🤓
💜💜💜 TV & Films 💜💜💜
While my viewing has done a complete 360º from last month, as I finished no series but watched three new-to-me films in April:
As you can see from my ratings none of these really blew me away, so it is hard to name a pick of the month, however I do recommend a watch of the the powerful documentary film, Seaspiracy (2021) – it inspired me to sign the petition set up by the film makers at Change.org.
Over the month, I have also been watching series two of the WWII drama Das Boot and during my break, I enjoyed re-watches of Jane Eyre (2011), Shrek (2001), Robin Hood (2010), Shrek 2 (2004) and Stardust (2007). 😊
💜💜💜 Blog 💜💜💜
Finally, here on the blog was busy, fun and productive, as I was able to catch up on an impressive five back-logged reviews for these books from previous months:
- Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart
- The Memory Tree by John A. Heldt
- Eric by Terry Pratchett
- The Testament of Loki by Joanne M. Harris
- The Practice of the Presence of God by Brother Lawrence [re-read]
And I also had great fun taking part in The Classics Club’s 26th Spin Event and the weekly meme Top Ten Tuesday | Villainous Animals in Books. In the coming month of May I am hoping to bring you more reviews and I am looking forward to taking part in the Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2021.
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 May 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!👋
(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.