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There’s still a chill in the air, but the days are most definitely getting longer and brighter. After hibernating for most of February, my thoughts are now turning to spring and I am itching to get outside again. However, before I could even think about making a comeback on the high street, first I had to make an appointment to have the grey roots of winter removed.

I was 25-years old when I found my first grey hair, panicked and attacked it with a pair of tweezers! Since then, I have experimented with deep red, honey blonde, warm brown, very dark brown, very light blonde, highlights, lowlights and orange/yellow stripes. The latter being a home-colouring mistake that resulted in months of salon colour correction treatments and a slow – not to mention expensive – return to my ‘natural’ shade.

The wonderful team at Jo Partridge on North Cross Road have been hiding the silver stripe that lurks beneath since I moved to the area 8-years ago. Ask for Miranda or Emily and tell them that I sent you.

Also enjoying a spring makeover was Watson’s General Telegraph (formerly The Rose) on Forest Hill Road. I spent a very pleasant evening there with a few of the mums from my son’s school. We sat outside, huddled around a sunken fire pit and sipped wine until closing. Just what we needed with half term about to be upon us! We did all smell a bit like barbeque in the morning, though…

Speaking of half term, our first visit of the school break was to the Dinosaur Monster Families exhibition at the Horniman Museum. On display was a nearly complete skeleton of a dinosaur hatchling, a real dinosaur leg bone and a life-size Tarbosaurus skeleton cast. It was fascinating and will be open until 30th October so don’t worry if you missed it this time.

If you do pop in over Easter, be sure to also check out the Horniman Easter Fair from 26-27 March. Kids can hop around the Gardens with the Horniman Bunny, go on an Easter egg trail and take part in craft activities.

Sport Relief is back this March and I will be joining Team Honk on another epic fundraising challenge again. This year, we will be attempting to break the Guinness World Record for visiting the most tube stations in the fastest time. You can read more about the challenge and sponsor us here:

Just a reminder that the stallholder information packs for the Dulwich Festival Fair on Sunday 8th May have been sent out. I will be there with my sister-in-law and our Greek dips, so please do swing by and say hello! Email to register your interest in having a stall.

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This article first appeared in the March 2016 issue of SE22 magazine.