Author: Angela Burgess

Your May gardening to do list

  Now that we’re spending more time in our homes, those of us lucky enough to have one are appreciating our garden more than ever. Here’s how to keep yours at its best at this time of year.   Pruning … Prune early flowering shrubs like weigela, ribes, philadelphus and deciduous magnolias. Cut back flowered growth to strong young shoots lower down the plant and around a quarter of older stems. And cut back flowered shoots of choisya for the chance of a second flush. Prune back Clematis montana and armandii, as well as honeysuckle and other vigorous climbers Lightly prune evergreen topiary and hedges with pruning shears. Cut back flowering stems and yellowing foliage on spring bulbs (around six weeks after flowering). Until then, keep watering and feeding bulbs to prepare them for next year. ( Growing bulbs like tulips in a pot is a good way of avoiding having to look at the foliage as it dies back as you can move it away.) Tidying… Keep on top of weeds – pulling out dandelions while they’re …

The Last Word – Sara-Jane MaCabe

Over at SE22 magazine, we interview local photographer Sara-Jane MaCabe and gave her The Last Word! Hi I’m Sara-Jane; I have been a baby, child and family photographer for 8 years making beautiful memories for local families. I have also recently launched my headshot and brand photography business helping local business owners to capture the story of their brand, attract their perfect clients and grow their business.    How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? Almost 9 years. I had spent many years living in Crawley but after returning from a secondment in Oslo, Norway (in my previous career as an accountant!) I decided that I wanted to move into London. My friend lived here and I loved the area so decided to make it my home! What’s your favourite place for a night out? I do love the House of Tippler for their amazing cocktails. Food-wise I would choose Dulwich Tandoori or Yama Momo. Lordship Lane is missing somewhere to go dancing though! Coffee or tea? Where? I am …

Lockdown Update

Many local businesses have had to adapt to life under the Covid-19 lockdown.  So many businesses got in touch with us at SE Mags to tell us how they have adapted their business to cope. Jerk Off BBQ At Jerk Off BBQ we love to host events and parties. We’ve been planning a launch for our new site but due to the Government lockdown we’ve been unable to celebrate when we’d wanted to, it a real shame not to see our supportive customers and community. However, we believe in positivity and great food, so as cooks we are always ready and willing to adapt and have done this by going fully online. We’re delivering locally to some lovely regulars from our pop ups and markets, as well as gaining a great new local following! Whilst we are in a pandemic the only thing we can do is stay safe and take all the recommended government guidelines seriously, which is why we operate a contact-free curb-side delivery system with all payments made online. Other than that, why not be …

The Last Word – Nicola Johnson

We caught up with Nicola Johnson, one half of the duo behind the The Great Big SE4 and SE23 Raffle.   Nicola had The Last Word in the May issue of SE23. I’m Nicola Johnson, a lawyer and mum of 2 teens living in Honor Oak. I’m currently running The Great Big SE4 & SE23 Raffle with Amanda Pearce, another local mum who I originally got to know through Twitter and the SE23 Mums Facebook group. We were inspired to start the raffle, which aims to support local independent businesses during the Covid-19 crisis, by Victoria Rennison’s efforts in East Dulwich, and I knew that Amanda would be the perfect person to partner with to make an SE4/SE23 raffle a success. How long have you lived in the area? What brought you here? I moved to Honor Oak from East Dulwich on New Year’s Eve 2001, whilst pregnant with my first child. I was a bit nervous about making the short move from an area I loved to one that I wasn’t at all familiar with …

The Last Word – Amanda Pearce

  We caught up with Amanda Pearce, one half of the duo behind the The Great Big SE4 and SE23 Raffle who is  passionate about indie businesses and shopping small.  Amanda had The Last Word in the May issue of SE23. I’m Amanda Pearce, Forest Hill resident, mum to two boys, coffee addict, crocheter, classically trained soprano, and Australian export.   How long have you lived in the area? I’ve been a Forest Hill local for nearly 7.5 years, arriving in December 2012. What brought you here? The offer of a spare room, whilst I found my feet in freezing London after moving from Australia. I loved the feel of the area so much that I found a room to rent, and never left! What has changed most during that time? The shop-fronts have certainly changed! There’s always a tug of sadness that the Laundromat was replaced by an estate agent, but it’s been great to see some of the diversity opening up along Dartmouth Road and how well it’s been received. What do you most …