πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | My June 2021 Wrap-Up β˜€

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A sunny, humid and stormy June 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

Well, this has been one rollercoaster of a month for me! Starting with a gloriously sunny school’s half-term break β˜€; bogged down in the middle with the anxiety and stress over my job future 😟; and lifted at the end with a super fun, if exhausting, camp out on the school field with the kids. πŸ• Phew!

I must thank you all for your prayers and good wishes during this tough time, and I am now thrilled to announce that, after a successful interview with our new headteacher on Monday, I have been offered a new, fixed-term contract at my school. It may only be for year, but it is another year at a school I love, with great colleagues and ‘my boys’! ❀

Through it all, I also (mostly) successfully continued my healthy food plan, that included trying three new healthy recipes: American Style Chopped Salad With Blue Cheese Dressing (The Hairy Dieters: Make It Easy by Si King & Dave Myers), and Cauliflower & Potato Cakes and Tagliatelle With Mushrooms & Stilton (both from Quick Cooking by Mary Berry). πŸ₯—

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

With all that going on, it is no surprise that my reading has taken a dip! I mean a real dip! I only finished a measly two books and had to DNF another one, which makes June officially my lowest month of the year, so far:

I took great comfort from my two completed reads, but the graphic, gritty style of S5 Uncovered just didn’t suit me, especially with the lower mood I have been in; so I replaced it with the nostalgic The Comedy Club Mystery by Peter Bartram, which I am currently flying through! I have also continued dipping in and out of the beastie The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas.

The one positive of a low book numbers is that it is very easy to name my pick of the month, which has to go to Lewis’ insightful and comforting The Four Loves. Plus that’s now two books read, one DNF’d and two ongoing for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge.Β β˜€

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ TV & Films πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Similarly, with everything that’s been going on, my new viewing has dipped a little, too, with me watching just one new-to-me series and two new films in June:

Although as you can see the quality was high and my pick of the month has to go to the gripping crime-drama, Mare of Easttown – I highly recommend checking it out!Β πŸ”Ž Over the month, I have also enjoyed comforting re-watches of series two of the fantasy-adventure Merlin and more of the original Star Trek films. πŸ––

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Finally, here on the blog was a little all over the place: sometimes really busy, sometimes dead! In this rollercoaster month of June, I was able to catch up on five reviews for these books from May and June:

I also had great fun taking part in Top Ten Tuesday | The Very Best of Best Friends From Books and Top Ten Tuesday | Books On My Summer TBR 2021, and announcing Six in Six 2021 Edition is Coming! I now only have my reviews from June to share with you, probably the most up-to-date I have ever been, another positive of less reading?! 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 July 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 or monthly wrap-up post.

34 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | My June 2021 Wrap-Up β˜€

  1. So glad to hear your good news, and in another year I hope it will be even better. Enjoy your summer and all your reading and watching.

  2. I’m so happy you got the job. that’s such great news. And of course you’ve been too distracted to do too much reading, difficult to settle down and let your mind focus on a book with so much ‘reality’ going on all round.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  3. Congratulations on the new contract! What a relief that must be! It does sound like you had a busy month. I hate that you’ve had to deal with so much uncertainty recently. It’s no wonder you have been so anxious and stressed. Be gentle with yourself. Have a great week!

  4. Congratulations for getting signed on for another year at the school where you really want to be!!

    June was a very stressful month for me, so I’m hoping July will be much better. It’s gotten off to a good start. πŸ˜ƒ

  5. So glad to hear about the job news! Fixed term contracts are so anxiety-inducing, though. Hopefully it’ll become a permanent position soon. πŸ˜€

  6. Congrats on the new contract. Another year is another year! So great for you. πŸ˜€

  7. That’s fabulous news about your contract. I’m sure it’s such a huge relief – congratulations! My brother and SIL were just recommending Mare of Easttown to my last night. We don’t have HBO, so I’ll have to figure out another way to watch it. Hope you have a good week.

  8. Congrats on the new contract!

    Enjoy the week ahead…and I am glad you also enjoyed Mare of Easttown. I binge-watched that in a couple of days.

    Thanks for visiting my blog, and enjoy your books.

  9. June certainly sounds like a rollercoaster month. I am glad it ended on a high and congratulations with getting a new contract. Hope things will calm down for you in July and that you’ll get some time to read and relax.

  10. Oh, HUGE congratulations on your new contract – what a relief! Though I’m thoroughly disgusted that you have been put through all this stress and upset due to this nasty habit of employing staff on short-term contracts:(. It seems our employment conditions are increasing sliding backwards to Dickensian times! I hope the coming week is as easy as possible – given that you are fast approaching the end of term!

    1. Thank you so much, SJ – It is a great relief to have a new contract at work, but really could have done without the waiting and stress! Can only hope I am offered a permanent contract next time around! πŸ€žπŸ™‚

      1. Yes… I think the current situation is a disgrace. You shouldn’t have to be subjected to this type of added pressure after all that you’ve been through during the pandemic. Teachers are some of the unsung heroes throughout…

  11. Congrats on the new contract! Hopefully you get out of your reading/viewing dip soon.

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