Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – September news

Hello September, where did you come from?! It feels like only a few weeks ago we were ringing in 2017 and I haven’t even made a start on my New Year resolutions yet! Although, in many ways – especially with a new school year almost upon us – September is usually a better time to get organised and the clean, crisp pages of my school year diary offer 52-weeks of opportunity! As I note important dates down in my neatest handwriting, I even optimistically schedule the time to exercise and attend my weekly Slimming World group. After a long summer of excess, I always welcome September and the clean slate it tends to bring. The weather was a bit of a mixed bag in August and while we had the occasional day of glorious sunshine, it felt quite autumnal for most of the month. However, if it’s tropical temperatures on your doorstep that you are after, then head over to the new butterfly house at the Horniman Museum and Gardens. This specially-planted habitat is the …

Around Dulwich – August news

School’s out for summer and the rosé is in! The run-up to end of term came with all the usual chaos as we frantically tied up loose work ends, put up gazebos for the school summer fair, watched little legs race with eggs on spoons, visited the dentist, optician and hairdresser, signed teacher thank-you cards, organised gifts, packed picnics, blubbed over glowing school reports and had a last-minute panic over a forgotten homework project due in the last week of term…. arghhhhh! With so much to fit in, it is any wonder I found time to socialise at all, but somehow I always manage to squeeze in a few ice-cold glasses of rosé when the sun is shining. The garden of The Rye pub in Peckham provided a lovely sunny spot for drinks with friends who were visiting from out of town. It was also nice to venture a bit further than my good old local, Watson’s General Telegraph, on Forest Hill Road. Miss Tapas in Peckham was another good find for a catch-up with …

Around Dulwich – July news

We finally made it along to The Robot Zoo at the Horniman Museum last month and I am so pleased that we did! This family-friendly exhibition features larger-than-life animals that have been innovatively recreated using a variety of familiar machine parts and gadgets to reveal how their real life counterparts see, eat, hunt and hide. You can also test your reflexes to see if you can react as fast as a house fly, shoot insects with a chameleon’s tongue-gun, hang like a bat and try jet-propelled squid racing. I feel so lucky to have this wonderful museum and stunning gardens right on our doorstep and we will definitely be going back to visit The Robot Zoo again before the exhibition ends in October. This June was possibly the hottest on record for years and temperatures look set to soar into July. Now, I love it when the sun comes out, but definitely more so when I am poolside with an ice-cold drink in my hand. Commuting to work during a heat wave is far less …

Around Dulwich – June news

We are about midway through school half term (at time of print) and if – like me – you also work for yourself from home, you know you can’t just take a whole week off. You have to find a way to juggle ALL of your balls at the same time. For me, one of the best ways to keep those pesky balls up in the air is to get a head start on the laptop before the house wakes up. I achieve more between 6-8am than in the rest of the day! That being said, it is slightly easier now that my football-obsessed son is slightly older and wants to go to football camp every day! We booked him into Football Magic in Dulwich Village for a couple of sessions over Easter and he loved it so much that we re-enrolled him for a day over half term. This provided a brilliant excuse to escape the work being done in our garden and the endless muddy footprints of various tradesfolk up and down the …

Around Dulwich – May news

With the summer school term now well under way and our house finally free of chocolate Easter eggs and all the mini accompaniments of deliciousness that come with them, I can turn my full attention to May. There is much to look forward to locally this month, but as my BABY is going away on his first residential school trip this week, you may just find me sobbing into a bottle of rosé instead! Fortunately, we will be reunited in time for the Dulwich Festival, which will explore and celebrate the theme of ‘home’ this year. Art will spring up throughout the area in Artists’ Open House and the Festival Children’s Art Competition; musicians will bring extraordinary sounds throughout the 10 days, wonderful walks will awake the senses, talks and theatre will stretch the imagination and fabulous fairs will welcome all throughout each weekend. I will be back with my homemade Greek dips (plus baklava, spanakopita and kalamata olives) at the Dulwich Festival Fair on Sunday 14th May and the Dulwich Park Fair on Sunday 21st. …