View from One Tree Hill

View from One Tree Hill

Every year, my son receives Easter eggs from various family members and every year I tell myself that I won’t touch any of them. And, every year I do. The unopened eggs line up on a shelf – too high for my 6-year to reach – and wink at me every time I walk past. But, it is the already cracked chocolate eggs broken up into bite size pieces in a bowl in the fridge that are the most difficult to resist. I can’t make a cup of tea without reaching for a shard of milk chocolate deliciousness. I sneak a tiny piece after breakfast, while I am waiting for our dinner to cook, and after my son has gone to bed. Why I am still paying for a Slimming World membership is beyond me!

If only I was as active as my son, who has just started tennis lessons at Dulwich Sports Club and can burn off the extra calories on the court. There’s also weekly football and swimming classes to keep him fit and healthy, although sadly the same can’t be said for my rapidly diminishing bank balance.

March certainly turned out to be a month of celebration and over indulgence this year. SE22 magazine kicked it all off with a party at The Palmerston to celebrate 11 years in business! The birthday bash was held in their upstairs function room again and was beautifully organised – from the free-flowing fizz to the wonderful selection of canapés on the table.

The following week, a good friend came to stay with us from the U.S., which provided a perfect opportunity to raise another glass (or 3) and enjoy the fabulous eateries on our doorstep. We went for tea at Toasted and for dinner at Pedler in Peckham, which gets better and better on every visit. But, it wasn’t just the local nightlife we introduced her to; she was also totally blown away by the breathtaking view of London’s skyline from the top of One Tree Hill and our glorious green open spaces.

With another week to go before the school routine resumes for the summer term, I am making the most of the last few opportunities for lazy mornings at home and afternoon strolls in the park, eating ice cream on the grass (I really hope my Slimming World consultant does not read this magazine).

With April, comes a new exhibition by photographer, Alison Romanczuk, at Jade Boulangerie; while Brockwell Lido hosts The Modern Movement – a festival of 20th-century design from 30th April – 1st May.

Next month, the Dulwich Festival will return for 2-weeks from 6-15th May, which is one of my all-time favourite local events. The Dulwich Festival Fair on Sunday 8th May is another highlight, and with over 200 artists already signed up for the popular Artists Open House weekends, we are all in for a really fun packed couple of weeks.

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