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 new Tarantino movie ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood’ starring Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. I’m not quite sure what was going on in the film, but both Brad and Leo put on excellent performances and I could re-watch Brad’s scene on the roof over and over and over again… (and again)

Join Village Books for an evening of chat and food demonstration with chef and bestselling author Ching-He Huang (1 October). Ching will be demonstrating recipes from her new book Wok On: Deliciously Balanced Meals in 30 Minutes or Less. 

The lunchtime concert series at Christ’s Chapel is back this month (3 October) for its 4thseason. Talented music students from local schools will entertain from 1.30-2pm. Entry is free.

A book containing two personal entries by Rembrandt will travel outside of the Netherlands for the first time since its creation in 1652, as part of Dulwich Picture Gallery’s forthcoming exhibition, Rembrandt’s Light (4 October). The Album Amicorum (‘Friendship Book’) of Rembrandt’s influential friend and patron, Jan Six, will be displayed on the page showing the intricate drawing, Minerva in her Study, 1652.

Learn a simple and easy to use breath technique that can support you in all areas of your life at an evening workshop ‘Breathe Yourself to a Happier Life’ (October 2nd, 16th and 30th at Station Hall, Herne Hill; October 7th and 21st at South London Tabernacle Baptist Church, 57-63 Bushey Hill Road, SE5 8QF).

The dates for the Art@57 autumn and winter markets have been announced (26 October, 30 November, 7 December & 14 December). The Art Markets have become a lively addition to the street market in North Cross Road. Over 40 local artists and makers have already bought their work to sell inside no 57. and there are many more lined up all with unique beautifully crafted hand-made items.

As October draws to a close, the witching hour will be upon us once more. I was hoping my now 10-year old would think himself far too grown-up to wander the streets, dressed as Dracula, collecting treats. However, the lure of the Haribo was enough to tempt this particular Vampire out of early retirement…

Details of all local events including ticket and booking information can be found on our events page and Instagram @arounddulwich.