Author: Sarah Pylas

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. …

Around Dulwich – April news

It’s April and as this is traditionally a time for spring-cleaning, I booked myself in for a root tidy up at Jo Partridge’s on North Cross Road because let’s face it, I can clean behind my fridge anytime… and one day I really, really will! Perhaps Becca Teers can help motivate me to take up more positive habits at the launch party for her new book ‘Unlimited’. Becca is a trained life coach and she is hosting a book launch upstairs at the East Dulwich Tavern on 27th April where you can purchase a signed copy of her book, have a glass of Prosecco and listen to live music from singer-songwriter, Kitty Montague. We wish Becca every success with her new venture. The great and the good of East Dulwich got together at The Palmerston last month to celebrate a not-so-new venture – 12 years of SE22 magazine – WOW! Sadly, I had a diary clash with The Husband and in the absence of an available babysitter, I wasn’t able to attend this year. However, …

Around Dulwich – March edition

As a new month begins, the first signs of spring are slowly starting to appear around Dulwich. Butterflies are in the air and daffs are in bloom – a sure sign that winter is almost over! However, the freezing cold snap we experienced in February is set to return in March, so it could be a while yet before we put our big coats back up in the loft. After hibernating for most of January, it felt good to be out and about a bit more last month. I had dinner with friends at The Lordship, which I really recommend for hearty homemade food and good wine. We went on a Thursday night and there was a great atmosphere. I also went to Toasted for a friend’s birthday drinks one Friday night in February and it was absolutely buzzing in there too. Although after a month off the sauce I had forgotten how much it hurts the morning after. Especially when you throw children and half term into the mix! I fear much of my …

Around Dulwich – February edition

And… exhale. January is over for another year and with the arrival of February comes the promise of spring, lighter days and the return of booze! This was my first year doing Dry January and I plan to celebrate 31-days of being alcohol free at my monthly Wine Club. Originally called ‘Book Club’ we rebranded when we realised the only thing on our intended reading list was a wine menu. We worked our way from Languedoc to La Rioja to Marlborough to Bordeaux and when we found ourselves in the Loire Valley, we got a taste for the Muscadet and stuck around. We try to mix the venue up a bit, but this month we will be at The Lordship, who serve a very nice Viognier. While I hibernated for much of January, Angela was one of the lucky few to get tickets to an up close and personal evening with Stella Parton at The Palmerston. Guests enjoyed a sumptuous feast of Home Style American food, served the way it is in the Smokey Mountains …