Dear NappyValleyNetter, "Cheat!" Mr NVN's attempt to introduce "educational" games into our family life was slowly falling apart. After Yahtzee (not enough dice) and word ... Read Feature
Due to our recent family holiday, my children were a little behind on their regular (ish) calls to grandparents.
So under strict instructions, my eldest picked up the phone to my mother and proceeded to tell her stories of our recent trip and my sunburn.
I was only half-listening but could tell from some of her answers that there were a lot of questions about her recent birthday. I then realised that not only had she failed to send a thank you note for her gift but she hadn’t even received it – with all the holiday hassle I’d forgotten to pass it on.
I hurriedly scribbled a note and bounced up and down in front of her, hoping she’d understand the urgency and would actually read it.
It ‘sort-of’ worked.
“Oooh hang on Grandma,” she said, “there is one thing I forgot to say…”
She paused whilst reading and then said, WORD FOR WORD:
“Before you hang up please can you tell a little lie and say thank you for your birthday present I promise I’ll give it to you later.”
Three people were hurt when homes in Earlsfield exploded (read more). It goes without saying that we hope everyone is not too badly hurt.
D. helped a boy who fell off his bike and gashed his lip and is pretty miffed about the mother’s response to her kindness (read more). Oooh sometimes paying it forward isn’t appreciated!
S.’s daughter has been invited to the Caribbean with her friend’s family but they’re flying business class – can she go ahead and book economy for her little one, she asks? (read more) Errrrr yes!
S. asks if anyone else has noticed the aircraft noise ‘Between the Commons’ (read more). Noticed it? Noticed it? I want Air Miles for all those planes that have buzzed my house!
Advice still coming in on K.’s post about her holiday guest asking if her daughter’s boyfriend can tag along (read more). It’s Mollie Mae, I BET it’s Mollie Mae!
S. thinks the brilliant revamped playground on Chivalry Road could be made safer for small children – do you agree? (read more)
J. is looking for a company that could handle shipping to Kenya and Rwanda(read more)?
L. is after Photoshop CC training – who can help sharpen up those holiday photos? (read more)
R. has posted details of a Kick the Fat weight loss football league for men only, a new weekly scheme run by the council (read more). Looking at you Mr NVN!
T. has quite a specific question relating to CGT and EMI scheme tax advice(read more). Anyone got Jimmy Carr’s number? I think he had a REALLY good accountant!
Happy Kids Dental looks like it’s more fun than your usual visit to the dentist and with 50% off your first visit, they give the tooth fairy a run for her money! (read more)
All Star Tennis still have space in their summer camps dotted around the neighbourhood with more fun on offer than you can volley a ball at (read more).
And one of our team sent her two energetic boys along to have a go – see if it was love all round (read more).
G. is an Allfarthing parent with a great holiday club option if there are enough takers (read more).
And talking of summer holidays, a reminder about the up to 70% off sale at Amélie’s Follies on Webbs Road – bikinis, cossies, undies, and all with experienced help at hand (read more).
D. would love to know about any Zumba Gold classes going on locally? Gold, you say? I couldn’t even handle brass! (read more)
Jane Wake has launched a Powerful Pregnancy Campaign and is looking for pregnant volunteers to help her with the project (read more).
Bookmark Reading is looking for volunteers to visit schools to help children with reading (read more).
Have your say on three exciting designs for the new-look Garratt Park playground (read more). It’s like the Love Island public vote but for seesaws!
S. asks if anyone knows about plans for the ‘wasteland’ on the Plough Road side of Clapham Junction? (read more)
Mamma Dough pizza is coming to Tooting Bec (read more). They had me at pizza!
It’s August and that means one thing: Paella Month at Brindisa in Balham. Hosting dinner for ten or looking for supper-for-two inspiration? (read more) We love love LOVE Brindisa and the founder is a wonderful local mum!
Our community ed was lucky enough to head to southern Spain earlier this summer to Jane Wake’s Pilates retreat at a lovely Andalucian retreat – Finca El Cerrillo- it sounds idyllic as a holiday destination (read more).
And closer to home, Luxury Family Hotels have availability at their properties this summer and just the pictures are tempting enough…but then again so are the 2 hours of complimentary childcare each day, the swimming pools, the spas…(read more).
Our friends at Travel Designers are hosting a Facebook Live travel clinic on the 8t of August (read more). Get all your travel questions answered without leaving home!
E. wants to know about party costs at MyGym Battersea (read more).
And finally, Playball London Summer Camps still have some spaces at both their Battersea Park and Balham locations (read more).
Those lovely people at Ayrton have given us a very handy Ten Top Tips on buying a new front door if you’re in the market for one it’s essential reading before you buy! (read more)
C. asks if anyone knows a company who does coffee machine repairs? (read more)
N. has posted a petition to prevent Lambeth from disallowing L-shaped loft conversions (read more).
Several bespoke kitchen recommendations following V.’s post asking for suggestions (read more).
If you’re after a tree surgeon, there are a few called out on this leafy thread (read more).
E. is about to arrive from Australia (welcome!) and would love your thoughts on a number of schools where they’ve been told there are spaces, including Shaftesbury Park and Southfields Academy (read more).
A. asks if anyone can recommend independent prep schools in the area that are good for supporting children with dyslexia (read more). The discussion about a dishonest bursary application goes on (read more).
A. has a one-year-old and is starting to consider catholic schools in Tooting – any advice or experiences to share? (read more)
Fledgelings on the Common has had some lovely reviews lately and a great Ofsted report too (read more).
Lots of really helpful replies to H.’s post about SEN help for her child – thank you! (read more)
Accountant for local e-commerce business (read more).
Volunteer role in marketing and brand (read more).
Housekeeper in SW6 (read more).
PA to Director and Practice Manager based in Wandsworth (read more).
Teacher with KS2 experience with a tutoring company (read more).
Feather & Black child’s cabin bed (read more).
Virgo bodywork/massage table (read more).
Ladies/girls’ mountain bike (read more).
Annabel and NappyValleyNet Team