Hello friends and a blessed Sunday and happy Father’s day to you all! I hope this post finds you all well. First, I must apologise for having been away from my blog for over two weeks, and for not having done one of these posts for over a month! So now it is time for a well overdue chat about what I’ve been doing, reading, and watching!
It has been a super busy time for me at school, the youth club and in my personal life, so much so I couldn’t possibly mention it all here. Instead here are some of the highlights: the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations, which included three parties for me; a big family get together in the school’s half term break; my dance teacher’s wedding and party, that had been postponed for two years; a trip to the ancient St Wystan’s Church, in Repton; and finally, the homecoming of my friend’s prem-baby. ❤
In not so good news, I did have another week-long bout of unexplainable hair loss, followed by a week of anxiety, so back to the doctors I go with my suspicions of a Thyroid problem. Also we received my grandfather’s biopsy results, which confirmed the consultant’s fears that he has Asbestosis. This is an incurable type of cancer, although thankfully he has reached a very good age without symptoms before and they should be able to keep him comfortable for several years to come. 🙏
After finishing the weighty Victorian classic tome, Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens (1855), I chose the historical-fantasy The Little Shop of Found Things by Paula Brackston (2018), the first book in a continuing series, about Xanthe and her mother Flora’s small antique shop in the market town of Marlborough. I chose this hoping for a lighter, easier read, which it is proving to be so far, as we follow Xanthe as she explores further her special ability to ‘see’ the past when she touches certain antique items.
While my main read has been the bestselling Christian non-fiction, Knowing God by J.I. Packer (1973), which I chose to be the June read for my church’s book club, because it is claimed to be a book that every Christian ought to read as it covers almost all areas of Theology. I didn’t manage to finish this dense read in time for our meeting – turns out nobody else did either -but it still made for a good book to discuss. My full thoughts to be posted soon! ✝
After finishing the brilliant fifth and final season of the British historical TV drama series, The Last Kingdom (2022), on Netflix, I dove into another of their big shows: the American science-fiction TV drama series, Stranger Things 4 (2022). Due to it being broken into two volumes this time, I do not know the ending yet, but what I saw in Volume 1 was an improvement on Season 3 and almost a return to the form of Season 1! 👾
I also watched two new-to-me films. The first was the American comedy mystery film, Murder Mystery (2019), starring Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston as a hapless New York cop and his wife, who get caught up in a baffling murder case on a luxury yacht in the sparkling Mediterranean. Nothing really to write home about here, but it was a silly, fun romp through some beautiful, glamorous settings. 🛥
On the other hand, the second film was the British psychological horror film, Last Night in Soho (2021) that follows Eloise, an aspiring fashion designer, who is fascinated with the fashion of the ’60s, but her life spirals out of control when her dreams begin transporting her back to the glitz, glam and darker side of the period. A great, chilling, twisting tale, with a swinging soundtrack and a stellar cast, including: Matt Smith, Dianna Rigg and Terence Stamp. 🌆
(I have linked this post into the weekly meme, Sunday Post)
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! 👋
What have you been doing, reading and watching? Please let me know or leave a link to your own Sunday post below in the comments. I love to chat with you all!