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The Last Word – Isabelle Capitain

Isabelle is a designer and goldsmith who specializes in handmaking fine contemporary jewellery. She has recently opened her gallery and workshop on Upland Road in East Dulwich where she shows her own work and pieces of five other designer/makers from across the UK. How long have you lived in the area? I’ve lived in the Brockley/ Crofton Park area for the last 9 years, but my business in East Dulwich is a baby: I moved into the studio mid-March this year! (A week before lockdown, my timing isn’t great.) What brought you here? It was a jewellery shop before and I’ve known my landlords for years, even used to do some work for them. When they approached me to say they were retiring, and would I like to take over the workshop and shop it seemed like the perfect opportunity. It’s close to home too (I used to be based in Hatton Garden), so no more crowded trains for me! What do you most value about the area/street you live in? I’m very impressed by …

The Joys of Ornamental Grasses

Late summer is when many grasses come into their own, with golden seed heads shimmering and swaying in the breeze. They look great in big drifts, acting like a neutral foil to colourful late flowering perennials like echinacea, gaura, anemones, sedums and Verbena bonariensis. But they also work well dotted around smaller gardens knitting plants together and adding a naturalism, movement and texture to planting. Most grasses like sun and free draining soil though some such as anemanthele lessioniana and deschampsia thrive in semi shade. Here are a few to try: Tall and statuesque Miscanthus. Some of the best grasses for striking silky seed heads, they tend to flower late but make a real statement when they do. M. sinensis ‘Malepartus’ is a statuesque variety (2m) with a fountain of burgundy flowers, while M. Ferner Osten’ is slightly smaller. M. Adagio is a compact variety with a mass of shimmery silvery flowers. Stipa giganteum. This is a big statement grass, which throws its tall oaty flower heads high into the air – and is best …

Pets Corner: Escaped Birds

Every year lots of pets go missing leaving owners distressed. Pet birds are no exception and there seem to have been quite a few cases of late. Here is a checklist of actions for exotic birds on the loose. Owners: The moment you realise your bird has flown off, check every tree you can. Birds do not tend to go far in the first few days, so a thorough exploration of the locale is a must. Get your neighbours involved too. Put up laminated flyers with your name and telephone number. Give a description of the bird and a photograph but omit the pet’s name. If anyone spots the bird, they should call you, you are the best person to try to tempt your pet back. Go to the area and call your bird by name. Stand or sit where your bird can see you and try to ensure it has enough space to fly towards you at a shallow angle; sit or stand further from the tree, not right under it. Keep still, birds …

Link Age Southwark Online Pet Contest

Link Age Southwark is excited to announce their first ever Online Pet Contest. Our pets have brought us so much joy over these last few months, so if you have a dapper doggy or a loyal furry friend now is your chance to showcase them! The contest will open on Sunday 13th September and you will have one week to submit your photos, with entries closing on Sunday 20th September. There will be five categories – including ‘Most Adorable’ and ‘Owner/Pet Lookalikes’ – and we have some excellent local judges on board to choose the winners for us. As the event is a fundraiser to help fund Link Age Southwark’s vital services for older people and people with dementia in Southwark, they are asking for donations of £3 per category to enter, or you can enter all 5 for £10. You will be able to submit your entry via the Link Age Southwark Facebook events page or by email. Visit Link Age Southwark’s website where you will find all the details. We look forward to …

Local East Dulwich author releases fiction debut during lockdown

Local SE22 resident David Arrowsmith decided to grasp the opportunity afforded by the Covid-19 lockdown and finish writing, and then publish, his first work of literary fiction. Nevada Noir is a dark, atmospheric trilogy of intertwined tales of greed and temptation in the Nevada badlands. David, who works as a factual television executive producer, was inspired to write the trilogy by a trip he took with his wife before their daughter was born. Six months after driving through Nevada, Utah and California he awoke at home in East Dulwich with a vivid image in his mind, and this became the book’s first story – entitled The Last Storm. A second story (One Good Deed) soon followed. Eventually, under lockdown, he returned to his writing to complete the trilogy with the final tale – A Slow Death. He designed the paperback himself, and the cover features a photo from the road trip taken by his wife, a professional photographer. In the three dark and brooding short stories, set in and around the U.S. state of Nevada, …