Dear South West London Mum,
It was my birthday last week.
Mr NappyValleyNet is not a particularly inspired present-buyer. The computer manual is still not mentioned and he once bought me a coat which was lovely but *absolutely* identical to one I already owned.
This year he presented me with a large box and I prepared my “delighted” smile. If I could look pleased with the “Dummy’s Guide to Windows” then I reckoned I could fake anything.
I needn’t have worried.
It was a handbag and it was perfect.
“Errrrrr this is lovely, how did you choose it?” I asked, which was diplomatic speak for “what went right?”
“I had a note,” he replied. “Your best friend gave it to me and I simply handed it to the shop assistant on Sloane Street. “
I have seen the note and this is, honestly, what is says
“This man is married to my best friend. He is lovely but he has no taste. Please give him a choice of exactly two classic handbags. Do not let him go “off-piste” with anything quirky and do not sell him anything that you cannot shift and that has been hanging around the back of the stock cupboard. If you do I will track you down and kill you”
He still has the note and takes it out every now and again to beam at it. He talking about having it laminated so it’ll keep for Christmas.
This is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth!):
38 of posts make up your discussion about whether independent schools area force for good or a bastion of social segregation…click here for details
“How strict is the height restriction at Thorpe Park?” asks T.A.N She needed the information yesterday but we might help someone else in future…click here for details
Napavalley (the wine shop) is thinking of setting up a micro-farmers market? Good idea they wonder? I think they mean a “small market for farmers”, not a “market for vertically challenged farmers” (click here). Actually, if it is for small farmers don’t go to Thorpe Park, they have a height restriction!
“If you work three days a week, which are the best days to choose to go into work?” wonders ElizaD?…click here for details
JoJo is thinking of hiring a nanny. Should she go down the Ofsted route she asks?…click here for details
Euuurgh! AMS visited the Latchmere and found a cockroach and something unmentionable. Deeply deeply unpleasant!…click here for details
Is this too good to be true? A man has been knocking on doors offering free insulation. …click here for details
Whats the Wandle like for birthday parties? I think we mean the leisure centre not the river!…click here for details
Notorious Kids is looking for a driving instructor. Can you recommend a top transport teacher?…click here for details
Sparkle Tiger is waiting for the Nit bomb to fall! Can she do anything do be better prepared?…click here for details
MB is looking for a good colourist in the SW12 area. Who can give her tresses a top tint?…click here for details
I LOVE “The Sweet Life”. On a Friday afternoon you can meet half of Nappy Valley in there! But they don’t just do great sweets, their tea room is now a party venue! AND you get to eat your body weight in sweets. OK, I made that last bit up…click here for details
Madamex has a six year old who is still wetting the bed. Is there an alarm she can buy?…click here for details
Looking for a new role? First Aid for Life have a part-time admin vacancy…click here for details
KookieGoddess might move to Streatham. What can you tell her about family life in St Reatham?…click here for details
Can anyone recommend a solicitor for a will? Goldhawk needs to know…click here for details
The Baby Drop on Webbs Road is now open! Yay! It’s a drop-in creche and it’s drop-dead brilliant!….click here for details
Copashabana is not happy. St John’s Hill has lost it’s cobbles! Does she speak the truth or is it Cobbledegook?…click here for details
Two posts from Wandsworth Council. Cracking ideas for half term activities (click here for details) and details of Battersea Park fireworks. This year you MUST buy tickets in advance…click here for details
Dreadful news about a cyclist hurt in Clapham. Our thoughts are with the rider and we wish her a speedy recovery…click here for details
Susie is thinking of childminding but wonders why it seems to pay so little?…click here for details
And onto our House and Garden questions…
Rubymum is going to paint over a veneer laminate desk, has anyone does this and do you have any tips?…click here for details
Sidereturn? Is it worth the hassle? I should say so and a lot of you agree!…click here for details
ScrappyBlueKat needs someone wonderful to renovate her bathroom. Can you recommend an advanced ablutions artisan?…click here for details
Can you fit a cross trainer in a garden shed?…click here for details
Janieb would like a great curtain maker. Can you suggest a desirable drape designer?…click here for details
Listen up at the back, here come the school’s questions!
Mpat has a place at Finton House! Yay! “But what is the parking like?” she wonders…click here for details
The South London Jewish primary has appointed a head…click here for details
Bolingbroke Academy have published details of their open days…click here for details
Don’t forget the deadline for applying for a state secondary school is the end of this month?…click here for details
Daisycat is looking for a Wandsworth dentist…click here for details
There are HEAPS of Halloween activities that I simply must mention! Locale are having a special Halloween night event in their restaurant on Balham High Road(click here) Amanda from Amanda’s Action Club is taking over the Chelsea Theatre on the 4th of November for what can only be described as a MASSIVE event. I’m scared already! (click here) Eddie Catz are hosting their annual Halloween parties with “Twitch the Witch” and “Count Dracula” in Putney AND Wimbledon (click here) and our good friends at Gambado are having their own SPOOKTACUUULAAAARRRR party on the 31st October..click here for details
Thinking of a skiing holiday? The Ski and Snowboard Show is the perfect place to start AND they have heaps of kids activities AND kids under 11 get in free AND they have a have-a-go airbag! Gluwein anyone?..click here for details
I stayed with Mark Warner over the summer in San Agostino. I’ve written a review here…click here for details
That’s it, have a great week!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team< /font>