Hello everyone and a blessed first Sunday of Advent to you all! 🙏 I hope this post finds you all well. 🙂 A third week of convalescing has passed by for me and now it is time to reflect on what we’ve been doing, reading, watching and posting over that time.
Although I felt I had made a little progress, I was still not well enough to return to work, due to Chronic Sinusitis, so my doctor signed me off for another week. However, on Thursday I finally, felt like I had made a breakthrough, as the pressure went from my ears! I am continuing to take it easy and take my steroid sprays, but I am starting to feel more optimistic it won’t be long till I am back to work.
Continuing to follow the doctor’s orders, in the mornings, I have taken short walks and done light chores, and then in the afternoons, I have taken naps, watched TV and read. Thursday onwards though, I was kept inside, as Storm Arwen blew over the UK: bringing storm force wind, monsoon style rain and plummeting temperatures; so much so that we had snow yesterday! ☃
I started my week off by finishing my re-read of the children’s novel, The Wolves of Willoughby Chase by Joan Aiken (1962). 🐺 I took a lot of comfort in rediscovering this charmingly written, exciting adventure with two young cousins, Bonnie and Sylvia, trying to escape the clutches of a cruel governess; all set in a snowy alternative Victorian-era England, where vicious packs of wolves roam the countryside.
After reading a very respectable five short reads appropriate for Novellas in November 2021, I was ready to get my teeth into something longer and meatier. So next I threw myself into the historical-fiction, Katheryn Howard, The Tainted Queen by Alison Weir (2020), the fifth instalment in Weir’s ambitious Six Tudor Queens series. 👑 This started off as a slow burner, but now I am well over half way through, I am gripped and I think I will finish it very soon.
Also, I have managed to read a couple more chapters of the biography, The Gilded Lily: The Life and Loves of the Fabulous Lillie Langtry by Ernest Dudley. 🎭 However still struggling to focus on my Holy Bible reading, I have instead continued listening to these Bible Verse videos by SOAKSTREAM and I have downloaded the Abide app on my phone. ✝
First, I must back track and share with you a fantasy, family film I forgot to share with you last week, which was the The Water Horse: Legend of the Deep (2007) 🌊. A sweet adventure with a young boy, who discovers a mysterious egg on the shore of Loch Ness, set during WWII, and based on Dick King Smith’s children’s novel and the Celtic kelpie myth. A nice, easy watch for one of my restful afternoons.
Now to this week’s views! Last Sunday, my dad, the cat and I spent a cosy afternoon snuggled up in the living room, with a bucket of KFC and the new season of Netflix’s bonkers, American true-crime documentary, Tiger King (2020-1) 🐯. This doesn’t really add that much or bring a resolution to this stranger-than-fiction case, but it was another very binge-able watch.
Then through the week, I worked my way through the new psychological, six-part drama, Close To Me (2021), based on the best-selling novel by Amanda Reynolds, on 4oD. A gripping watch about a woman painfully piecing back together the eventful year she has forgotten after a nearly fatal fall down the stairs 🤕, starring Connie Nielson and Christopher Ecclestone.
I also enjoyed a comforting re-watch of the fantasy adventure film, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe (2005)🦁, which is a wonderful adaptation of C.S. Lewis’ classic children’s tale. As well as watching two more episodes of the classic, sci-fi series, Star Trek (1966-9) 👽, with my particular favourite being ‘The Enemy Within’ which sees a transporter malfunction creating an evil doppelganger of Captain Kirk!
Finally, here on the blog, I shared my review of the utterly charming children’s classic, Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery (1908) 👩🦰 and took part in Nonfiction November 2021’s week four topic: Stranger Than Fiction 😲, where I discussed the gripping bestselling Christian autobiography, God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew (1964). Please check them out if you haven’t already. 😊
For now, that’s all folks! 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! 👋
Now let me know what you have been doing, reading and watching in the comments below. Or please leave a link to your own Sunday post. I love to chat with you all!