So, here we are, 9-weeks into the year and I am STILL using my gym membership! In previous years, all fitness dreams have usually been abandoned by early February and my price-per-workout ratio ‘works out’ (oh, the irony!) to around £400 a visit. That’s one very expensive swim! However, I am really getting into it this year and long may it last because I feel great – who knew endorphins were actually a thing?!

Don’t worry, I still enjoyed a few nights out and the occasional glass of wine (duh – half-term) last month, including a dinner with some local friends at The Palmerston. I am still so shocked and sad about the news from Jamie and Rema that their lease is not going to be renewed for another year. I have so many special memories of The Palmerston and it really won’t be the same without them, but it’s not over until it’s over so watch this space (and sign the petition)… #savethepalmerston

We hosted a small family lunch in February at The Real Greek restaurant in Dulwich Village to celebrate my son’s Name Day. In Greece, everyone celebrates the day of the saint that bears his or her name. Presents and food are always involved so it’s a bit like having two birthdays and as my son was born in August when everyone is away on holiday, we try to get together on his Name Day instead. Fortunately, Yiayia approved of The Real Greek food and within an hour was handing out some real Greek food of her own – homemade Koulourakia – to all the staff. They LOVED her!

Yiayia at The Real Greek restaurant in Dulwich Village

As signs of spring start to pop-up around Dulwich this month, there’s plenty going on to help you embrace the new season.

JoinVillage Books and Alleyn’s School on 5th March for an evening of storytelling, family secrets and the bonds that tie us together with three bestselling novelists – Ruth Hogan (The Keeper of Lost Things), Hannah Beckerman (If Only I Could Tell You) and Harriet Evans (The Wildflowers).

Local charity, Link Age Southwark, is hosting an evening of Jazz (8 March) with performances from pupils of JAGs, Dulwich College, Kingsdale and Dulwich Prep.

Midcentury dealers and designers will come together at the celebrated MidCentury Modern Show at Dulwich College (10 March). Discounted tickets are available in advance online – visit

At Bell House this month, experts talk about how nutrition and exercise can help women to be the best they can be in the lead up to menopause (16 March).

SE Magazine turns 14 this year and will celebrate with a big party upstairs at The Palmerston. This could potentially be the last time Angela hosts an event at this venue, but I am sure spirits will still be very high!

The last day of the month is dedicated to honouring mothers up and down the land, although whoever decided this year that Mothering Sunday would fall on the same day as the clocks spring forward obviously does not have young children who will still be awake at 10pm. I don’t want chocolates just GIVE ME MY HOUR BACK!

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