πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 15th August 2021: Summer Break πŸŒ€

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A warm and relaxed week 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

After returning from my jolly holidays, it has been lovely to spend time at home, catching up with family, friends and jobs I have been meaning to get done, but was too busy with work before. Even though the weather has been a little mixed, I have been able to take my cat for her yearly check up and jab; went for a walk around the grounds of Whitacre Hall; and had a lovely trip to the local swimming pool with a friend. πŸŠβ€β™€οΈ

My return home as also meant a return to my healthy food plan… for my dad! While I was enjoying healthy homecooked food at my accommodation, it appears all of my dad’s meals involved bread, potatoes and baked beans! So he was thrilled when I rustled up some veg pilaf, pan-fried trout and courgette pasta during the week. Yesterday, I also tried a new recipe for Fast Florentine Eggs (Egg Info website), that made an easy and satisfying solo meal. 🍳

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Of course this time off from work has also given me plenty of time to read! First, while I was on holiday, I slowly worked my way through the Christian non-fiction The Case For Christ by Lee Strobel, that is a detailed dig into the evidence for Jesus the man, but more importantly for Jesus the messiah. Very interesting read. ✝

Once back home, I threw myself into the gripping historical-fiction A Tapestry of Treason by one of my favourite authors, Anne O’Brien, which is told from the perspective of the ambitious and scheming Constance of York, Lady Dispenser, during the upheaval of Henry IV taking the throne. I finished this in record time, considering its length! 🏰

Next, I read the science-fiction pulp classic, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs, my result for The Classic’s Club latest Spin Event, which begins the incredible odyssey of John Carter on the warring red planet. While this was a little out of my comfort zone with its bloodthirsty nature, it was a fast and fun read, that I finished in just four sittings. βš”

Finally, I am currently reading the thrilling mystery Thunder on the Right by another of my favourite authors, Mary Stewart; and I continue to dip in and out of the mammoth, revenge tome The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (currently on chapter 54 of 117). That’s now seven books read, one DNF’d and two ongoing for my 10 Books of Summer 2021 reading challenge. β˜€

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ TV & Films πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

As I have been enjoying so much time out and about, and reading, this does mean my viewing is very low – Not that I am complaining, it is definitely good for me to spend less time staring at screens! Once I was back home, I got straight back to slowly 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. 🌲 Also, on a couple of lazy afternoons/evenings, I have indulged in comforting re-watches of Gosford Park (2001), Miss Potter (2006) and Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005).

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Finally, here on the blog, I have been super busy catching up on your comments, checking out your posts, and scheduling plenty of content for here on the Chronicles. Be warned you are about to get a motherload of book reviews! As for this week, I eased back into things gently, sharing one book review for the YA fantasy Eragon by Christopher Paolini, and new type of post for me, where I shared with you what I got in of my first Teatime Bookshop Book Box. Also last weekend, I shared my belated July Wrap-Up post. So a nice selection for you check out, if you fancy it. 😊


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! Oh yes, I am off again, but this is just a short holiday! I will be back with you all next Sunday and in the mean time I have scheduled plenty of reviews to keep you occupied. 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 been away anywhere nice this summer? Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post. I love to chat with you all!

17 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 15th August 2021: Summer Break πŸŒ€

  1. Love the sound of your healthy eating. We’ve been watching (binge watching) Line of Duty – up to season 5 and rather flying through it at the moment.
    Lynn πŸ˜€

  2. A Princess of Mars- fun! I love that series (or did, since I was younger when I read it- I wonder how it would hold up?) Are you going to read the next two -they form a sort of trilogy.

    And ooh Gosford PArk- one of y favorite movies. πŸ™‚

  3. I started watching Virgin River a few months ago but then stopped for some reason. I have to get back to it. I hope you have a great week!

  4. Sounds like you’ve been reading some fun things! I’m pretty sure I have an unread Anne O’Brien book somewhere and I’d love to read some pulp scifi/fantasy just for the fun of it one day. πŸ˜€

  5. I’m glad to hear you’ve had such a productive week. I look forward to reading your upcoming book reviews!

    1. Thank you, Laurel-Rain – It really can be nice coming home too, especially after a good holiday. I also hope there will be another series of Virgin River soon! 😊

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