πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 25th July 2021: A Hectic Two Weeks & Bon Voyage πŸ˜΅β›±πŸ‘œ

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.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Life πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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. πŸŽ‰ 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. πŸ₯΅ 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. β›±

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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. πŸ€ͺ

Then, I was swept away to the beautiful Cornish coast, in a re-read of the romantic time-slip novel,Β 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 ofΒ the swashbuckling revenge, The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas. βš”

That’s now five books read, one DNF’d and one ongoing for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge. β˜€

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ TV & Films πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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. πŸ€—

However I did alsoΒ 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. πŸ•΅οΈβ€β™€οΈ 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. 🌲

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

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. πŸ‘œ


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! πŸ‘‹

(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!

27 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 25th July 2021: A Hectic Two Weeks & Bon Voyage πŸ˜΅β›±πŸ‘œ

  1. Sometimes you just gotta lean into the comfort reads and comfort watches. Is it cooling down for you this week at all? I actually had to shut the windows today, it was wild!

    1. Yes, Hannah, you definitely have to lean into the comfort reads and watches sometimes 😊 and yes the weather did cool down that week, just in time for my holiday, Sod’s law! πŸ˜…

    1. Well the weather heard us! Although it does mean no heat for when I had access to an outdoor pool… oh well, I am British and got in the pool anyway! πŸ˜…

  2. I hope you have the loveliest time on your hols – you certainly deserve it. And though you might not want the searing heat we’ve all been experiencing, I’m guessing you could also do without the rain that has been hammering down here allll day, so I hope the weather improves for you, Jessica:).

      1. I know what you mean – and it feels very wrong having to bother about such things in the UK, given that we’re only really prepared for drizzle…

          1. Urg! I know… I’m trying to be thankful that we aren’t suffering the droughts and wildfires afflicting too many other parts of the world – but it would be nice to have a BIT of sunshine without the gusty winds and sudden downpours, wouldn’t it???

            1. You are right, we probably shouldn’t complain with what people are suffering around the world, but yeah just a day of consistent sun would be amazing! πŸ˜…

  3. I hope you have a great break! And heat waves are the worst. I hope you get a cooldown soon!

    I really need to try Pratchett!

  4. Ow boy those penalties killed me. It was definitely a very intense game, and I’m sorry England lost.
    I’m happy to read you’ve still been able to read despite your busy schedule.
    Have a great week and happy reading.

  5. Here’s hoping you have a restful holiday. it should at least be a little cooler than the last week – I love sunshine and warmth but those temperatures made it impossible to do anything.

      1. One thing we know for certain about the British weather is that it can be unpredictable. So I hope you’ve packed swimsuits, sandals AND wet weather clothing,

  6. Sorry to hear you’ve have such a rough couple of weeks! Glad you were able to escape to Discworld, though. πŸ˜‰

    Enjoy your holiday!!

  7. We are having hot weather, but that is not unusual here. Yesterday and today have been better, as I have now settled into my new space which is much more adept at managing the temperature! I actually slept all night both nights! How could I have stayed in the previous space so long!

    I hope you have a break from the heat…and enjoy your books. Here are my WEEKLY UPDATES

    1. Thank you, Laurel-Rain 😊 I am pleased your new space is much better adept for the heat, but I may have spoke too soon as it looks like rain for my holiday! Just my luck! πŸ˜…

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