All posts tagged: round up

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 – 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 – 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 …

Around Dulwich – the New Year edition!

Happy New Year from us all (two) at Around Dulwich! Traditionally a time to make good resolutions, many of us will have sworn off booze, biscuits and bad habits for the foreseeable future. Some of us may even see out the whole week before returning to our old, comfortable ways. This time last year, I rejoined Slimming World in a mince pie induced panic and following a big night-in on the Rioja with the editor of this very magazine, I had also vowed never to drink red wine again. I caved on the diet a month later – it’s crisps, I just can’t seem to resist crisps – but not a drop of red wine has passed my lips since. Unfortunately, an increased white wine and Prosecco intake has made up for this shortfall, especially over the silly season where glasses of fizz were being topped up like treat bags at Halloween #hiccups. The drinks were certainly flowing at the annual Dulwich Charity Lunch in aid of Link Age Southwark. The event was held at …