Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A scorching fortnight has passed and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading and watching over that time.
💜💜💜 Life 💜💜💜
Oh boy, it has been a hectic, rollercoaster ride of events and emotions for me over the past two weeks! Starting with an upsetting defeat for England to Italy in a nail biting penalty shoot out for the Euros final. ⚽ We were then lifted by a super fun sports day and a truly wonderful prom at school. 🎉 Only to be brought low again by the early shutting of our year group ‘bubble’, due to staff shortages, which meant no proper end of term or leaver’s assembly. 😞
And to top it off, for the past week and a half we have been enduring a heat wave in the UK, that has meant difficult, hot, sweaty nights and little sleep. 🥵 So I think I can be forgiven for being physical and emotionally drained, with little to no time or motivation for socialising, trying new recipes or blogging (sorry!). Thankfully now we have the long, six week, school summer break to enjoy and recuperate. ⛱
💜💜💜 Books 💜💜💜
With all that lot going on, you would be forgiven for thinking I am about to say my reading has dropped, but in fact it hasn’t, as I have taken great comfort in some favourite authors. First, I enjoyed a crazy romp through the fantasy-comedy Men At Arms by Terry Pratchett, the 15th book in the fantastical Discworld series and the 2nd book following the antics of The Night Watch patrolling the streets of Ankh Morpork. A fun and easy read, which was just what I needed. 🤪
Then, I was swept away to the beautiful Cornish coast, in a re-read of the romantic time-slip novel, The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley, that saw me again enthralled in a tale of loss, friendship, smugglers and love. A wonderfully comforting re-read, which has cemented this as one of my favourites of Kearsley’s many splendid novels. ❤ Now I have turned all of my attention to my long-running read of the swashbuckling revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. ⚔
That’s now five books read, one DNF’d and one ongoing for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge. ☀
💜💜💜 TV & Films 💜💜💜
As for my viewing, I must admit I haven’t been watching much that is new, instead I have been seeking comfort in re-watches of old favourite films, including The Mummy (1999), The Mummy Returns (2001), The Matrix (1999) and two of the Harry Potter films. 🤗
However I did also finish watching Channel 4’s brand-new crime-thriller Before We Die (2021), which is based on the popular Swedish 2017 series and stars Lesley Sharp as Detective Hannah Laing. 🕵️♀️ A gripping distraction from life, but it didn’t blow me away. I also started watching the highly anticipated third series of Netflix’s popular romantic-drama Virgin River, where I am escaping into the troubles, joys and beauty of this remote Northern Californian town. 🌲
💜💜💜 Blog 💜💜💜
Finally, here on the blog was pretty dead, except for my participation in The Classics Club’s 27th Spin event. It is also going to get even more quiet, I know you’re thinking is that even possible, but yes, yes it is! From tomorrow I will be taking a two week blogging break, as I set off on my holidays: first to the Kentish countryside and then to the Hampshire coast. 👜
For now, that’s all folks! Today, I am looking forward to my grandad coming round to ours for lunch and finishing off my packing! I hope to catch up with you all in another two weeks to share my monthly reflection and my holiday adventures. Where ever you are in the world, I hope you and your loved ones are well: staying healthy and happy. God bless and bon voyage! 👋
(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? Have you a summer holiday planned? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post. I love to chat with you all!