The Balham Food Festival, Nurturing Mums Postnatal Course in SW12 and free tickets to the Homebuilding & Renovating Show: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! This time last year we were sweltering in winter games kit (well, they were - not me) in 30 degree heat while we marvelled at the bone-strengthening September sunshine.  Not so this year; the mornings have an autumnal chill to them, the slight damp causing the same bones to creak a little on the school run. At least we can all breathe like dragons again and gather conkers along the way. … [Read more...]

WARNING: inappropriate adult outside school. Balham site sold for £30 million. Evil tree – help!

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, "How bad is it?" "Hmmmmm" pondered Mr NappyValleyNet, looking at the results of my home-based spray-tan session gone wrong, "you look more orange than Jordan but less orange than The Lorax, does that help?" I could tell he was irritatingly pleased with his description. It was Saturday afternoon and in less than an hour I was due in the West End for a friend's landmark birthday. In a rush I'd tried to spray myself but, unable to reach everywhere, I … [Read more...]

Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness Resort, Mauritius

Mark Twain once said: “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius,” and within 24 hours of touchdown I knew exactly what he was referring to. This gorgeous Indian Ocean Island, infamous for it’s ex-inhabitant the Dodo, is often mentioned in the same breath as The Seychelles or The Maldives. Partly because all three are long-haul and (roughly) in the same part of the world and partly because all three are synonymous with beaches, luxury hotels and honeymooning … [Read more...]

Open House London Weekend, Bellevue Road Summer Fair and an Open Days round-up: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! Did you hit the ground running last week or was it a bit more of a stumble, fall, collapse, drag yourself up and try that again?  If so, rest assured you're not alone. With the tight scheduling real life versus summertime brings, it can be tricky to get back on track.  The alarm clock hasn't seen such early hours for some time and as we stumble around the house, I imagine the same … [Read more...]

Local Thai restaurant has ZERO stars for food hygiene. Trinity Fields saved! Cycle lane for Tooting?

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, We'd just returned from a visit to my daughter's school. It was a "Meet Your New Teacher" evening and my youngest was half-heartedly listening to Mr NVN waffle on about how he approved of their plans for the forthcoming year. "And I can sit in on any lessons I want, " he said, "at any time." That got her attention. "Yeah right," she sneered, "like they'd ever allow THAT to happen!" "It's true," he said, "but only if your homework isn't good … [Read more...]

Sambrook’s Brewery Beer on the Common, Paint Write Now and Baby Sleep Workshop with The Parent and Baby Coach: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! The first full week of September is nearly done and normal service has resumed. Everybody has got back into the habit of phoning, emailing, texting and more. Admin that has lain untouched, gathering summertime dust is still, remarkably (unfortunately), there. The juggling act begins again. Lighten the mood by delving into all that's on offer in the neighbourhood - why not try something new … [Read more...]

Southside store fined £100k for uncontrolled mice epidemic. Help: friend smoking and drinking whilst pregnant. Mani pedi sushi night at Skylark!

  Dear NappyValleyNetter, Last week I wrote about the culture shock my youngest experienced on holiday in The Lakes. I had planned to leave it there, but on our last day she came bowling into the kitchen carrying six fresh eggs from the farm across the road. "WHAT ARE THESE?" she asked, barely able to contain to her excitement. It was obviously a rhetorical question. "Errrr eggs?" I said. "YES...BUT," and she paused for dramatic effect as though she were about to reveal … [Read more...]

Never Have to Ask Twice with The Parent Practice, Sushi at Skylark and The Balham Food Festival: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! That's summer nearly done then.  Some schools are already back (did you manage to unearth what you needed for Day One under the piles of summer fun?) and others are on the verge of returning to the routine that a September schedule brings.  About time in many cases; the word feral is becoming much used under our roof...If you're looking for new season inspiration and bright ideas, take a … [Read more...]

Knotweed hits Nappy Valley. Coolest local bars and restaurants. Splitting the family home in a divorce?

  "Look, look!" screeched my daughter, "over there!" We've just come back from a holiday in the Lake District. As a family we don't spend nearly enough time outdoors. As we drove up the final stages on the M6, where the fells and sheep start to appear beside the motorway, my daughter had been regaling us with stories of the last time she'd been in the countryside... "That's what chased us," she continued pointing excitedly out the window, "three of those, they're really … [Read more...]

Battersea Power Station family fun, Royal Trinity Hospice Magnolia Walk and Sambrook’s Brewery Beer on the Common: Your What’s On activity guide from NappyValleyNet

   Dear NappyValleyNetter,  Welcome to your weekly What's On activity guide from NappyValleyNet! There's something especially good about a bank holiday weekend when it's still the holidays. I know many of us continue to work while the children play but there's a different vibe, pace, and general August-aura in the air, no doubt helped along by the fact that so many people are away.  Long may the August easing-the-foot-off-the-pedal last.  It makes us feel decidedly European, even as we … [Read more...]

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