I am the owner of Mockingbird Makes and a speaker on Creativity for Wellness with over 15 years experience in creative innovation and personal development. I am also trained in Neuro-Linguistic Programming and Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, and am a mum of two boys.

How long have you lived in the area?

I’m originally from New Zealand but have lived in East Dulwich for over 10 years.

What brought you here?

My husband and I moved here to have a garden, as we previously lived in an apartment in Battersea.

What do you most value about the street you live in?

We live in a cul-de-sac and the boys can enjoy playing out with other children. We also live close to Dulwich Hamlet Football Club and are delighted they are back in their home ground. The way the community have come together to bring them home is so inspiring. I donate to their 12thman fund for everything I make in the team’s colours.

What’s the one thing you couldn’t do without?

Whenever we’ve discussed moving to the countryside it’s the thought of leaving my friends that stops me. Having no family here means they have become my (chosen) family.

Do you know your neighbours?

Yes, a few, and they are all delightful. I really feel like I live in a small town with easy access to the city.

Do you belong to any groups?

I am a member of the Peckham WI, which is a fabulous gathering of people, and I’m also part of their knit group.

I often meet up with other local small business owners at Shona Chambers’ networking group First Fridays at her venue Space at 61 in Nunhead.

What is your favourite place to eat?

Our whole family are Yama Momo fans – but the odd weekend breakfast is almost always at the boy’s favourite – Johnnies Cafe.

Coffee or tea? Where?

Peppermint tea in Aneto Cafe where I’ll often be found knitting or crocheting my next project.

What is your favourite shop?

Am allowed to say Pearspring Houseplants & Botanical goods on Lordship Lane, as they stock my handmade cactus and keyrings? I would anyway because Alex and their team are so very knowledgable and patient.

What was the last thing you bought there?

Pots for my handmade cactus, of course!

The book I’m reading at the moment…

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

My perfect holiday…

Sun, sand and surf for sure. I’ve travelled a lot in my life and now, having children, I just want to sit in one place and do nothing on a holiday. But I’m sure there will be many more adventures to come.

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This article first appeared in the February 2019 issue of SE22 magazine.