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Sunday, 17 May 2020

A nice quiet Sunday ...

Even in these times of Covid 19 when life for many is not easy,
I was determined to have a nice quiet Sunday, allowing myself just one distraction-
which will be a little later ...
a Skype session with family … thank goodness for the internet.

So after a wonderful breakfast
a slice of low carb bread, with avocado and poached eggs
followed by some nice easy 'chores' 
I sat down with a cuppa and a book



In 1940, Helene, young, naïve, and recently married, waves goodbye to her husband, who has enlisted in the British army. Her home, Guernsey, is soon invaded by the Germans, leaving her exposed to the hardships of occupation. Forty years later, her daughter, Roz, begins a search for the truth about her father, and stumbles into the secret history of her mother's life.

Written with emotional acuity and passionate intensity, Island Song speaks of the moral complexities of war-time allegiances, the psychological toll of living with the enemy and the messy reality of human relationships in a tightly knit community. As Roz discovers, truth is hard to pin down, and so are the rights and wrongs of those struggling to survive in the most difficult of circumstances.

Of course, later in the day we will need a tasty meal, how about

Turkey Bake, with Broccoli and Mushrooms in a creamy sauce
recipe details are here


Dear reader, I hope you enjoy your Sunday. Perhaps you were able to sit and read a favourite book, or do some art and crafts, or enjoy an online Church Service... feel free to share your day in the comments.

Please note that, not all the food and recipes ideas featured in this blog may be suitable for you. If you may have any food allergies, or underlying health issues these must always be taken into account. If you are a diabetic and not sure how certain foods may affect your blood sugars, test is best, i.e. use your meter. 

All the best Jan

44 comments:

Kaya said...

What a beautiful Sunday with a wonderful breakfast. And then a very interesting read. I put the book "Island Song" on my wish list, I want to know more about this story. The Turkey bake is so delicious with a wonderful source. Thank you for this inspiring post.
Have a nice weekend!

Divers and Sundry said...

A cozy cuppa, a good book, bird-watching, playing online... So many comforting choices. That turkey bake looks tasty!

Laura. M said...

Disfrutando el domingo Eddie. Leí la Reina Roja y estoy leyendo La Loba Negra del mismo autor.
Gracias y buen domingo para Todos. Cuidaros.
Un abrazo.

Jo said...

That sounds like a good book. I hope you're enjoying your quiet Sunday, it's nice to relax a bit.

R's Rue said...

Enjoy the day.

eileeninmd said...

Hello,

I am enjoying a quiet Sunday, reading one of my favorite mysteries.
The turkey bake casserole looks delicious.
Happy Sunday, enjoy your day! Have a great new week ahead!

Laurie said...

Quiet day here, that turkey bake looks really good!

Tom said...

...we finally got out to the park with our cameras and heard the birds singing!

Christine said...

The book sounds interesting Jan.

Jeanie said...

I think I would like Island Song very much. I love books about that period.

My Sunday? Baking Show reruns (the old ones, with Mary Berry!) and maybe a little writing or painting. Or baking. Or...

Mrs.B said...

Sounds like a very enjoyable Sunday, especially as you have a Skype session coming up.
The Turkey Bake looks good and tasty. Enjoy.
Avril xx

Shari Burke said...

It doesn't get any better than a cuppa and a book! That book sounds like a good one!

I spent my afternoon with books and cuppas, too :-)

CJ Kennedy said...

Glad you can enjoy a delicious dinner and Skyping with family. Such an awesome thing. Your book sounds intriguing. Enjoy your day.

happyone said...

The book sounds good and one I would enjoy as well as your delicious meal.

Mary Kirkland said...

Have a wonderful Sunday.

Kay said...

I’m having a nice quiet Sunday. We’ve started ZOOMing with family which is a lot of fun too.

Vix said...

Loving the sound of breakfast and that book looks right up my street, I shall put it on the list! x

Elephant's Child said...

That book sounds fascinating - thank you. Your Sunday sounds pretty good too. I hope it lived/lives up to expectations.
Stay well, stay safe.

Maria Rodrigues said...

Your meal has a delicious aspect.
One of the highlights of my day was talking on the phone, through FaceTime, with my daughter who lives in Macau (I live in Lisbon).
Take care and have a nice week

Valerie-Jael said...

Sounds like a good book. Glad you had a restful Sunday, and some nice food. Have a good, new week, Valerie

Louca por porcelana said...

I am glad we have a nice and quiet weekend...Sometimes our neighbors decide to have a "porch's party" with a noisy music...Hugs,Jan!

NCmountainwoman said...

I'm definitely going to make that dish. It looks wonderful.

kathyinozarks said...

Hi sounds like a perfect Sunday. Love your cup, and the book sounds really good-thank you Have an awesome new week-thanks for stopping by hugs Kathy

Teresa said...

El libro parece muy interesante. Feliz semana.

aussie aNNie said...

Sounds like a fabulous restful day Jan and what a lovely cup and saucer.x

magiceye said...

Looks delicious!

War certainly brings out the best and the worst from people.

Carla from The River said...

Thank you for the book review. It sounds like one I would enjoy.
Your Sunday sounds lovely.
Stay Safe, Carla

sandy said...

The book sounds good. And also the Turkey Bake. We didn't do much today - some more yard clean up - a quick light dinner and our 3 games of rummicube afterwards. It was low key and I kind of like it that way. Hope you have a great week ahead.

Margaret D said...

It's pleasing to read that you are able to keep in touch with family via Skype and I'm sure you enjoyed.
The internet is certainly a blessing to have at this time and keeps many families connected. I do feel for those that don't have it and if they do, do not know how to use it to it's fullest.
Take care.

Bleubeard and Elizabeth said...

I hope you had a lovely Sunday, Jan. Your book sounds intriguing. I may have to make that casserole, because I have some broccoli and cauliflower I need to use before they go bad.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

Perfect Sunday Jan. That is one of my favourite breakfasts, Skyping with grandchildren is an every Sunday event for us as they live in Sydney. A good book is like a good friend and your dinner looks tres delicious 💜

Iris Flavia said...

Yes, after such a story I´d need comfort food, too. Started a true story on "Hiroshima" and had to pick another book after a while.
Only leftovers here again.

Jules said...

A lovely relaxing day. It's so important to make time for ourselves, especially just now. This last week has proved stressful for various reasons so I'm determined to concentrate on putting my own needs first. Possibly starting with that delicious looking turkey dish. X

mamasmercantile said...

Sounds like a great book.

RO said...

I'm so glad that you had some time to just relax with a good book (which sounds fabulous by the way), and yay to that yummy meal! Hugs, RO

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Jan - thanks for writing about the book 'Island Song' ... sounds interesting - I imagine life must have been very challenging living on Guernsey during the War - while asparagus is toooooo nice!! Take care and am sure the family get-together even over the net made a delightful evening change. All the best - Hilary

jesus alvarez said...

Un gran plan, excelente y sugerente entrada,saludos.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

It's nice to share how we are living through the pandemic. I think a lot of us have enjoyed meal time even more and trying new recipes. We hiked in the morning and then I watched some of Anne of Green Gables...that was nice for a Sunday! Hugs!

Sally said...

That sounds like the kind of book I'd like to read. I'll have to look for it.

I've read so many in the past couple of months, it's a wonder I'm not cross eyed. But, I do love reading. :)

xoxo

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Thanks for the book recommendation. I'm always looking for a "next good book" to have on the pile.

baili said...

sounds like PERFECT Sunday dear Jan :)

i loved the title of the book ,quite fascinating though story sounds intense and harsh ,i would love to read this one
thank you for letting us peak into your beautiful Sunday :)

Snowbird said...

I try to relax each Sunday too. That sounds like a wonderful book!xxx

Angie said...

Jan - good for you to resolve have a quiet Sunday, and then to stick with the plan. Other than attending an on-line church service, a Sunday is like many other days - laundry, Skype calls with family, emailing friends, and regular tasks. But I enjoy it all the same! I hope the rest of this week brings you peace and joy.

Martha said...

Sounds like it was a really lovely day!