Author: Sarah Pylas

Around Dulwich – December news!

‘Tis the season to be jolly… merry and bright, naughty and nice, bake gingerbread houses and eat mince pies. It’s a time when everything sparkles – from the windows on our high street to the sequins on our party skirts. We drink our wine warm, sip our chocolate hot, eat our chestnuts roasted on an open fire – or so the song goes – and add cinnamon and ginger to everything! I love the Christmassy feeling in the air, but not a day before 1st December. I was hoping the new Christmas rom-com with all the music by George Michael was going to be our December Film Club pick, but it came out in the middle of November! November is the month for fireworks, bonfires and kicking leaves, not for movies about an elf in a year-round Christmas shop. I’ll still go and see it though, obviously because… it’s George! This year, we are adapting some of our festive family traditions to have an eco-friendlier Christmas. I shall be giving more thoughtfully too and there …

Around Dulwich – November news!

It is the hottest topic on the school run, in the playground, at home and in the pub. It has divided more opinion among our family than the time my husband ordered pineapple on his pizza. It has occupied most of my waking – and sleeping – thoughts. I also bravely went down the rabbit hole that is the East Dulwich Forum and surfaced days later feeling more confused than ever (but with some excellent new handyman recommendations, thank you!). However, it is done and now out of my hands. Yes, my son’s secondary school application is finally in and I don’t want to think about schools again until March 2020… *pours wine*   I did still manage to get out and about last month, although I can’t guarantee I didn’t bore my friends to tears with my obsessive school chat. The Great Exhibition has reopened following a make-over and I recently enjoyed a lovely night out there with the Editor of this very mag! The Watson’s General Telegraph on Forest Hill Road is under …

Around Dulwich: October news!

The biggest mistake I made this summer was booking our holiday in the last 2-weeks of the school break. By the time our departure date finally came around we were all knackered and already starting to think ahead to the new school year. My next mistake was flying home the day before our son was due to start his final year of primary school (sobs) and I went back to work. It’s only now we’ve been home for a few weeks that I feel a bit more on top of my inbox and ready to get on with the overwhelming task of selecting a secondary school for my Year 6 ‘baby’. I still have a huge pile of laundry that I never seem to make a dent in, but this seems to always be the case no matter when we go away! There were also some really exciting things to look forward to on my return! After a brief hiatus in August, my Film Club resumed with a visit to ED Picturehouse to see the …

Around Dulwich – September news!

Well, there you have it. Another (wet) summer is over and I am another year older! I used to hate having my birthday over the August bank holiday as nobody is ever around to celebrate with you, but I enjoy it much more now that I’m older and am very content to share my day with a large glass of rose and a bucket of crisps. Unfortunately, my son – whose birthday falls the day before mine – is still of an age where he expects the whole shebang and it’s a tricky time of year to get people together. This year, we both celebrated our actual birthdays with family in Spain and I have planned a bigger party for my newly turned 10-year old (TEN!!!) with some of his school friends for the first week of September… just before his classmates start to turn 11! As the summer school holidays draw to a close, Dulwich welcomes an exciting line-up of markets, fetes, exhibitions and local fundraising events for all the family! The West Norwood Feast community …

Around Dulwich – August news!

Is today Thursday or Saturday? I’m already at that point in the school summer holidays where every day feels like a weekend and my kid expects me to treat every day like one too! Except, I’m working from home so I have booked him into cricket camp for a few days and a Take Flight filmmaking workshop, which sounds awesome! I think he was hoping for unlimited screen time and pizza for breakfast so there has been a large amount of eye-rolling, emotional outbursts and thoughts of running away. And, that’s just me! I’m also going to camp out at my parent’s house for a week and by ‘camp out’ I mean to have a room with a whole double bed to myself, where I will be regularly offered food and Aperol Spritz. Childcare is even thrown in for free! It will be like going on a spa break. We will be jetting off to Spain towards the end of the month, but until then I’m looking forward to a little summer staycation in and around …