πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 22nd August 2021: A Wild Welsh Holiday πŸŒŠπŸ°πŸ‘œ

Hello everyone and a blessed Sunday to you all. I hope this post finds you all well. A blustery but exciting 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

On Monday, I packed my bags and set off with a friend for another little holiday: this time to the Victorian coastal town of Llandudno, North Wales. A favourite place from my childhood and while the weather was rather damp and blowy, we had great fun strolling on the pier; watching a traditional Punch & Judy show; taking a vintage bus tour of the Great Orme; eating fish & chips on the promenade; and visiting the mighty Conwy Castle. 🏰

I arrived home Thursday afternoon and must confess I haven’t done a great deal since – other than unpack, settle back in and snuggle with the cat; who seems to have really missed me! 😻 Also pleased to report I think my dad ate more than bread and baked beans this time I was away, although I am sure he is looking forward to my home cooking again in the coming week.

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Books πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

With all that excitement it was good to wind down of an evening, in our bijou guest house, with a chapter or two of the thrilling mystery Thunder on the Right by one of my favourite authors, Mary Stewart, that has the young artist Jennifer looking into the sudden death of her cousin, at a convent in a picturesque, secluded valley of the French Pyrenees. I am looking forward to spending more time on it now I am home. πŸŒ„

Also I have continued to dip in and out of the mammoth, revenge tome The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas (now on chapter 58 of 117). And so with nothing finished this week I still have 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

With more time away, my viewing has stayed pretty low. Just before I left, I finished watching the highly anticipated third series of Netflix’s popular romantic-drama Virgin River, in which I enjoyed escaping into the troubles, joys and beauty of this remote Northern Californian town. 🌲

Then once I was back home, on Thursday evening, I watched Netflix’s true-crime documentary, Sophie: A Murder in West Cork (2021), about the shocking ‘unsolved’ murder of the French film producer Sophie Toscan du Plantier, at her Irish holiday home. πŸ”Ž As well as partaking in a couple of lazy afternoons re-watching Miss Potter (2006) (yes again, for those eagle eyed readers!) and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982). πŸ‘½

πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ Blog πŸ’œπŸ’œπŸ’œ

Finally, here on the blog, it has been reviews galore! First I posted about the Christian non-fiction The Four Loves by C.S. Lewis ⭐⭐⭐; then the nostalgic murder-mysteryΒ The Comedy Club Mystery by Peter Bartram ⭐⭐ and last but not least, the science-fiction pulp classic, A Princess of Mars by Edgar Rice Burroughs ⭐⭐, which was my result for The Classics Club’s latest Spin Event. So plenty for you check out, if you haven’t already. 😊


For now, that’s all folks! Today, I am looking forward to attending an Holy Communion service at a local church, where I am acting as Reader, and then going round to my grandad’s house for lunch. 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! 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!

29 thoughts on “πŸ™ Sunday Reflection | 22nd August 2021: A Wild Welsh Holiday πŸŒŠπŸ°πŸ‘œ

  1. Your holiday sounds beautiful! I’ve read a couple of Mary Stewart’s books and enjoyed them; I should seek out more. I bought The Count of Monte Cristo several years ago but still haven’t gotten brave enough to actually start it.

    Enjoy your week!

    1. Thank you, Jen – It was a stunning holiday and I definitely recommend seeking out more of Mary Stewart’s wonderful books! 😊 I also had the advantage of having an e-book copy of The Count of Monte Cristo, so wasn’t put off by the sheer thickness of it, as I couldn’t see it! πŸ˜…

  2. It’s wonderful you were able to enjoy some time away… sounds like a lovely trip. I enjoy Mary Stewart, too, but have not read that title. Hope you continue to enjoy The Count of Monte Cristo. Have a good week.

    1. Thank you, JoAnn 😊 I certainly am enjoying The Count of Monte Cristo, even if it is taking me a long time to get through it! I hope you will have a chance to read Stewart’s Thunder on the Right sometime – I stayed up past my bedtime to reach its gripping end on Sunday night! πŸ˜ƒ

  3. Sounds like you had a wonderful breakaway! I am so glad about that. I remember Thunder on the right. Another book by Mary Stewart I need to read again!

    Hope you will have a good week, enjoy your snuggles with your cat and your own home-cooked meals!

    1. Thank you, Mareli – I did have a wonderful breakaway and I am definitely enjoying my snuggles with the cat, while she is still up for it… I know it won’t last! 😹 I hope you will be able to enjoy a re-read of Thunder on the Right sometime soon. I was enjoying so much, I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it Sunday night!

  4. That sounds like a wonderful trip! Love the sea pic! there’s something about vacationing by the ocean. πŸ™‚

    And yes I bet your dad will be happy to have home cooked meals again! And ooh a Burroughs review!

    1. Greg, it was a wonderful trip and being by the sea always make me feel like a child again! 😊 Also I am glad you enjoyed my review of Burroughs’ A Princess of Mars.

  5. Congrats on your Classics Club Spin, your progress on Books of Summer (I’ve 4 to go!) and a lovely holiday trip despite blowy conditions.

    1. Hello Care, thank you for stopping by and commenting. It is always lovely to hear from a new face! 😊 Good luck and I hope you enjoy the remaining four books for your Books of Summer!

    1. Aw I am so pleased you like my photos so much and that my description has done some justice for this stunning part of the UK.😍 I really hope you will be able to visit yourself one day.🀞

  6. Nice to hear you enjoyed your holiday despite the blustery weather! I’d love to see Conway Castle. Love seeing castles. I have enjoyed Virgin River, even though the series is not as good as the books. I’ll have to look up Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. I do enjoy true crime features.

    1. I did have a nice time despite the weather and I hope you have a chance to visit the magnificent Conwy Castle. I’m glad you also enjoyed watching Virgin River, although I comment about the books as I haven’t read them, and I hope you will ‘enjoy’ Sophie: A Murder in West Cork. πŸ™‚

  7. Sounds like you had a very nice holiday.

    I still have to get back to watching Virgin River. I only saw a couple of episodes, but I liked the ones I saw.

    Hope you have a great week!

  8. Oh beautiful!! I really hope I’m able to visit more of Wales at some point. Pembrokeshire is beautiful but I can’t get anywhere. And glad to hear your dad ate more than beans on toast, haha.

    1. Haha thank you, Hannah and I do sincerely hope you are able to explore more of Wales, especially North Wales as it is stunning! πŸ” Although I might be biased, having spent every school summer break there! πŸ˜‰

  9. I watched Sophie: A Murder in West Cork a few weeks ago. Whenever there’s a new true crime docu I’m all over it πŸ˜…

  10. Mary Stewart sound like good reading material for a holiday! I’m glad you enjoyed your time away. πŸ˜ƒ

    I could have sworn I left a comment on your previous post, but I guess I just *thought* I did. I do remember watching a John Carter film some years back, but didn’t know at the time it was based on Edgar Rice Burroughs.

    I’m recuperating from an unfortunate bout of Covid (unfortunate in that I was fully vaccinated!!), but look forward to getting back out into the world this week.

    1. Kelly, you may very well have left a comment on my last Sunday post, because there is definitely something odd going on, as I had a notification you had commented on my review of A Princess of Mars, but the comment isn’t there and it isn’t in my spam or pending either?! πŸ€ͺ

      As for Mary Stewart always a great choice for a holiday and I am so sorry to hear you have been unwell with Covid, even after having both your jabs! Take care and I hope you feel better soon. πŸ™β€πŸ™‚

    1. Aw I am sorry to hear you always arrive to find Llandudno damp and blowy – This is my first time it was like this, but then I usually used to go as a day trip while at my grandparent’s caravan, so I suppose they would have looked out for a good forecast. We still managed to have a lovely time and the pier looked rather spectacular with the dramatic weather. πŸ˜ƒ

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