Battle of the nurseries! Rent me a house in the school catchment area. Paint my door by Friday!

Last Updated on : 24th February 2013

My primary school-aged son loves reading.Battle of the nurseries

He’s spent enough of this summer in airport and railway bookshops to notice the blanket advertising for 50 Shades of Grey.

So last week, when his grandmother took him shopping for a treat, he innocently suggested 50 Shades of Grey. My elderly mother, also none the wiser, happily agreed.

Myself and Mr NappyValleyNet were preparing dinner when my son settled down at the kitchen table and started to read.

It’s been a while since I could describe my other half as “moving like a blur”, I honestly reckon he hasn’t shifted that fast in this millennium.

“What on earth are you reading?” he garbled, grabbing the book.

“A best-seller, it’s advertised EVERYWHERE, Nana bought it for me.”

We had our own little “Mastercard” moment later that evening.

“Cost of book bought for grandson: £7.99. Look on grandma’s face reading page 57?  Priceless.”

Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet(Wandsworth) :

Kuki has a question: sleep training, should she just give in?…click here for details

Norland Nanny is a puppy trainer. She is having difficulty finding a space to run her puppy training classes. If anyone knows of a venue that will grant entry to a pack of puppies then…click here for details

We may be a bit late to help this time around but maybe for the future? CarolinaR is looking for fun ideas for things to do with her five year old niece…click here for details

Looking for a Balham/Streatham Hill nanny share? Mumoftwo have a FAB nanny and they’re looking for another family to share her with…click here for details

This is one of those posts that I REALLY hope we can help with. NYE31 is devastated after her third miscarriage. She’d like to share experiences with anyone else who has been through the same. I am so sorry for your loss, I hope NappyValleyNet can help…click here for details

Amberwood is about to welcome a live-in nanny for the first time. Can you suggest anything that will make her feel especially welcome? I think it’s the thought that counts, just don’t give her the director’s cut of “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle”!…click here for details

Cosmomum needs a car seat for her one year old. Any recommendations?…click here for details

Balham3838 can’t wear her wedding rings after breastfeeding. Her fingers keep coming up in a rash. Any suggestions?…click here for details

WinniWoo is looking for a homeopath specialising in women’s problems…click here for detail

Honeymummy has a rebellious 6 year old. She’s lost interest in reading, wants to watch TV all the time and is “acting up”. Is there a book that might help or can you share a similar experiences?…click here for details

New2Lonodon is confused about bin collections, recycling bags and wheelie bins. Have to say I agree. I have no idea what is accepted as “refuse” these days.…click here for details

Mama is REALLY fussy about cleanliness in her car. Can you recommend a REALLY good valet company?…click here for details

Oxfam are holding a free event on Friday 7th September, between 7-9pm at the Battersea Arts Centre, Lavender Hill SW11 5TN. Go along for an exciting evening and hear about Oxfam’s lifesaving work and projects…click here for details 

Would your little one like pre-school French classes? Tingalingo classes combine music, songs, rhymes, stories and play in French for children from 10 months. Tres Bon!…click here for details

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Tons of nursery posts this week, far too many to list individually: Asquiths versus Abacus? Is “Weir Link” worth considering? Nurseries near Clapham South? Plus many many more!…click here for details

Stayathomemum is going to buy a new car. A long list of requirements, can you help?…click here for details

This week’s schools questions:

Runningmummy would like to rent a house in the catchment area of Honeywell or Belleville (click here). Homegrown asks if anyone has children at St Michael’s CoE or Swaffield? (click here). EM&M is really worried, she’s just moved to SW9 and asks if anyone has experience of Stockwell Primary, Clapham Manor, Larkhall, Alan Edwards or D urant? (click hereWandsworth Prep has posted that they are now open for registrations of interest for KS1 and KS2 in 2012 (click here). Eyesright has been offered places at BOTH Wimbledon Park School and Bishop Gilpin, which is the better choice? (click here).

And onto travel…

Joeyanna needs a Somerset/Dorset holiday cottage with a pool (click here) and Victoria is letting a 5 bed, baby-focused, holiday villa in Italy with a pool, names of local babysitters AND a discount for NappyValleyNetters are included (click here).

Our House and Garden section is busier than an ice-cream van on Wandsworth Common

SuzyK needs a great cleaner to work “post-builders” (click here) KiwiNZ would like someone to sand and polish wooden floors (click here) and someone to remove an iron antique oven (click here) Snoopy wonders if anyone would recommend the Sash Window Workshop? (click here) LRB wants to extend a lease on a property, can you suggest a lawyer to help? (click here). On a similar note, Bexsud wants to buy a freehold from an absent freeholder (click here). Falconmum has a fabby idea, she wants to use sticky wall tiles as a back-splash for her kitchen but needs a supplier (click here) Paula is thinking of using “Ventraland Paving”, good idea or in the words of Adele, will she be “chasing pavement” providers to finish the job? (click here). Mrs Pavalova needs her front door painting by *this* Friday, any firms who can help pleaseclick here.

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free “bought-and-sold-and-recycling” sister site. For sale this week:- a blue “bumbo” (click here), a “Fancy Footwork” outfit (click here) and a Sblugani would like to buy a Bugaboo Donkey (click here).

That’s it, have a great week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team


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