πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | My May 2021 Wrap-Up πŸŒΌ

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. An unseasonable cold and wet May has passed here in the UK 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

With the terrible weather we experienced in the past month – rain, thunderstorms and even hail β›ˆ – it was even more of a blessing when England’s Covid restriction eased on Monday 17th to allow for us to meet up indoors again! Which allowed me to finally attend an in-person service at my own church for Pentecost, and to enjoy a shopping trip to our new Primark store and a nice (indoor) pub lunch afterwards.πŸ›

Also I have had a busy, tiring, but good month with ‘my boys’ and colleagues at school, and I successfully continued my healthy food plan – This included just one new-to-me recipe: Carrot & Coriander Soup (BBC Good Food), however I wasn’t blown away by it… don’t get me wrong this is one of my favourite soups, but I just can’t seem to get a recipe to make it well at home!πŸ₯£

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Of course a positive of our rotten weather, has been more time spent inside reading and I am thrilled that I have managed to finish reading five books, which is great for me and knocks last month and previous months out of the water for numbers and length of those books read:

Alongside these I have also continued my HolyΒ Bible readings from the book of Acts, to catch-up on The Bible Course I was taking part in. And I have kicked off my reading for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge, with the YA fantasy Eragon by Christopher Paolini and the classic, swashbuckling revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

As you can see, this was a month of high quality reading, as well as high numbers and so my pick of the month has to go jointly to the classic adventure, The Lost World and chilling short-story collection, The Birds & Other Stories; both by two of my favourite authors!πŸ₯°

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ TV & Films πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

With my forced time inside my viewing has also increased in numbers and variety, with me watching two new-to-me series and three new-to-me films in May:

Like last month, not one of these really blew me away, but they were all good, consistent watches; apart from the latest Rambo film, which really only dropped a star because it was just too gory for me! Having binge-watched all four seasons of the BBC’s crime drama, Wallander, starring the brilliant Kenneth Branagh on Netflix, I think it is safe to say that was my pick of the month!πŸ”Ž Over the month, I have also enjoyed comforting re-watches of the original Indiana Jones and Star Trek films.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Finally, here on the blog wasn’t quite as busy as I would have liked, due in part to some tiredness, but mostly because of frustrating WordPress technical issues!😏 Thankfully, I was still able to catch up on four reviews for these books from May and previous months:

I also had great fun taking part in the Daphne du Maurier Reading Week 2021: re-reading The Birds & Other Stories and checking out what everyone else read too, and I shared my sign-up for the 20 Books of Summer Reading Challenge 2021, albeit at the easier 10 books level!


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 June 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‘‹

(I have linked this post into the weekly meme,Β 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.

21 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | My May 2021 Wrap-Up πŸŒΌ

  1. I’m glad to read you’ve been enjoying the outside life again.. The lessening of the restrictions feel amazing right?! It really makes me appreciate the little things more.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  2. I like the sound of that pub lunch…and your books also sound good. I’ve been meaning to read A Room with a View!

    Enjoy your week, and thanks for visiting my blog.

  3. I hate when that happens. And it happens a lot with WordPress lately. I hope you find a soup recipe that works for you, soon!

  4. I’m glad to hear your Covid restrictions are easing up and you are now able to meet indoors. You had a great reading week. I hope this one is good too and I hope you have good weather.

  5. It’s nice tobe able to get together again and do more things. The Lost World and The Birds both sound good to me- the Lost World because I love that sort of hidden world subgenre, and The Birds because I just love the movie!

    The old Star trek movies are faves too. πŸ™‚

    1. It is wonderful to be able to get together and do more things again, Greg! I also hope you are able to try The Lost World and The Birds & Other Stories soon, although I warn you The Birds is very different from the film. πŸ™‚

  6. You’ve been very productive with your reading. Well done!! It’s unseasonable cool here, too. It certainly doesn’t feel like the end of May.

  7. I’m doing the 20 books of summer reading challenge too! Your rewatch of Star Trek and Indiana Jones must have been fun. They are great ❀️ Hope June is more sunshiny than May!

  8. The COVID restrictions are easing up here too! We’re all vaccinated at work, so we don’t have to wear masks anymore. It’s really weird. I don’t recognize any of my coworkers. I hope you have a great week!

  9. Glad you can have indoor meetings again! The weather is also cold and rainy here in SA, but that is typical for us this time of year.

    I still want to read The Birds and other stories by Daphne du Maurier. One of my favorite authors!

    Hope June will be a good month for you.

    Blessings!

    Elza Reads

    1. Thank you, Mareli and yeah, even though the UK is known to be rather wet all-year-round, it really isn’t usually this cold, wet and stormy in May! Thankfully the came out for the Bank Holiday weekend. 😎 I also hope you will be able to read The Birds & Other Stories soon!

  10. What do you think is missing from the soup recipes you’ve tried? My usual complaint is they don’t have enough coriander to counter the sweetness of the carrot

    1. I think in my case it may be that there is too much coriander… and this one had potato to thicken it, but I think it made it a bit bland and less sweet. πŸ€·β€β™€οΈ

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