Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A wonderful week off has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
💜💜💜 Life 💜💜💜
Well, thank God, the sun finally came out to play and just in time for the UK’s long Bank Holiday weekend and the school’s half-term break, so I have been able to spend plenty of time sunbathing and reading in the garden, and I enjoyed a trip to my local baths for a swim. As well as getting winter clothes and shoes cleaned and packed away; some clearing out around the house; and booking my summer staycation to Kent and Hampshire. 😎
Also I have mostly stuck to my healthy food plan! While I did have more food out and takeaways this week, on the whole I still chose healthier options; and I did cook a big batch of our favourite veg chilli to freeze in portions and tried out one new-to-me recipe: Cauliflower & Potato Cakes (Quick Cooking by Mary Berry); which were yummy served with a large mixed salad and coleslaw (pictured above). 🥗
💜💜💜 Books 💜💜💜
With the arrival of the sun also came the start of 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge, and to kick things off, I have thrown myself into the deep end, with the two chunkiest books on my list! They are the swashbuckling revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas ⚔ and, for something a little lighter, a re-read of the YA fantasy Eragon by Christopher Paolini 🐲.
I haven’t made much progress with the hefty classic – preferring to dip in and out of it – but I have been totally swept away with the adventure and dragons of Eragon, while basking in the sun (pictured above). As well as these, I have continued my Holy Bible readings from the intimidating book of Revelation, to catch-up with The Bible Course I was taking part in, earlier this year.
💜💜💜 TV & Films 💜💜💜
As for my viewing, it hasn’t been dinted too badly by all my time spent outside, as over the Bank Holiday weekend, I flew through the new American crime-drama miniseries, Mare of Easttown (2021) – starring the ever-brilliant Kate Winslet as a worn down, small town detective – only slowing down when I had to wait for the shocking/heart-breaking finale to premiere on the Monday! I highly recommend checking it out! 🔎
I also enjoyed a comforting re-watch of Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982), one of the very best from the series, and Star Trek III: The Search for Spock (1984), which continues the ‘Genesis’ story. Still loving revisiting the original, hopeful Utopian vision of Star Trek, unlike the dystopian and identity-politics-filled modern offering.🖖
💜💜💜 Blog 💜💜💜
Finally, here on the blog has been fun and productive: I posted my wrap-up post for May; I took part in this week’s Top Ten Tuesday | The Very Best of Best Friends in Books; and I shared my review of the nostalgic Justice Hall by Laurie R. King, the sixth Mary Russell & Sherlock Holmes mystery. Plus I have used my time off wisely to get plenty of posts scheduled for when I am back at work. 🧐
For now, that’s all folks! Today, I am looking forward to attending an in-person Holy Communion service at my church and a BBQ in the garden with my dad and grandad, and probably the cat, too! I hope to catch 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! 👋
(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. I love to chat with you all!