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The Last Word: Inna Hoffman

Inna Hoffmann and is a local mum and founder of ABC Studio – a stay & play area for kids aged 0-6 in the heart of Forest Hill. Inna divides her time between a child, work and 2 dogs How long have you lived in the area? Since 2003 What brought you here? My very good friend used to live in Forest Hill and I joined her for a flat share. What has changed most during that time? More mums with prams, more coffee shops and cute boutiques. Overground and Deliveroo What do you most value about the area/street you live in? The air, it smells of greenery and flowers. The moment you step out of the train at Honor Oak Park, you can smell it. What one thing would you change? Road markings at the t-junction of the South Circular with Honor Oak Road, it is next to impossible to get on the main road in peak hours. What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without? Grocery shop at Forest Hill Road next to …

SE22 Councillors with Maggie Browning

Hello, my name is Maggie Browning, one of your councillors for the new Dulwich Hill ward, along with my colleague Jon Hartley. It has been a busy couple of months since we were elected on May 3rd. Below is some of the things we have been up to. The Big Lunch As part of the Great Get Together set up by the Jo Cox Foundation, we hosted a community picnic in Dawson’s Hill Park on Sunday 24th June. Despite clashing with the England game (!), the glorious sunshine meant that there was a strong turnout of local residents and their families. A key topic of discussion was how to spend £10 000 of the council’s Cleaner Greener Safer fund which has been secured for Dawson’s Hill Park and for Dulwich Hill ward more generally. Suggestions ranged from picnic tables and a small children’s play area to a bee-friendly, wildflower conservation area. Residents were clear that they wanted the park to remain a quiet haven for nature and residents, with some minor additions, while preserving the …

Pets Corner: What if my cat becomes deaf?

People are reasonably familiar with the idea that deaf dogs can be trained with a range of non-verbal signals but cats that lose their hearing can also be taught to respond to hand, light and vibration cues. Cats that are born deaf naturally compensate to some degree as they learn about the world through the other senses that become heightened as a result. However, it is those cats that experience hearing loss in midlife or later that is the focus of this article. Surprisingly this apparently sudden partial or total deafness is not uncommon. It is also one of the reasons why older cats are more likely to get run over. Recently, while my sister was in hospital, I was tasked with caring for her handsome but elderly tabby cat. Until this point he had always come running up the garden if he was called, letting him know it was feeding time. But now there was no sign of him and often he would only turn up after I had been in my sister’s house …

Homemade Citrus Centrepiece

  In the mid summer heat, flowers can wilt and die quickly. Try this vibrant citrus centrepiece; it will last for days, even if the temperatures soar… You will need…. A selection of citrus fruit. I used Lemons, limes, small oranges, kumquats and physalis. An oasis wreath Greenery, I used Bay leaves Toothpicks A kitchen knife and secateurs Ribbon- optional Step 1 Cut your greenery into aprox 4-inch sprigs Step 2 Working around your wreath; place the sprigs into the oasis to make an even base. Step 3 Using your toothpicks place the fruit decoratively into the base   Step 4 Cut 2 of the lemons into slices and wedges, and place in your wreath.   Step 5 Optional – I added ribbon for a more festive look – perfect for a party! Pour yourself a chilled glass of Vino Verde and admire your heat resilient masterpiece!

12 ways to leave your garden

Going away? Here’s your pre-holiday to do list. Give your perennials a good cut back. Tired hardy geraniums can be sheared right back – they’ll produce new growth and may flower again for you on your return. The same goes for plants like nepeta and Alchemilla mollis. Deadhead roses before you go away so they’ll put energy into new growth and more flowers, rather than seeds. Don’t be afraid to cut back hard to thick stems and strong buds – it’ll encourage stronger new shoots. Cut off the spent flowering spikes of salvia or penstemon – these may come again. Lightly trim lavender removing old flower spikes with a pair of hand shears. Take a few cm off the tips of leafy growth to encourage side shoots and keep the plants bushy. Trim back taller perennials that have flopped onto the grass or are smothering other plants – or stake them securely so they’ll cope with any windy days while you’re away. Water. This is particularly important given the hot weather we’ve had. Drench your …