We’ve just been sacked by our babysitter.
We were dumped the morning after an evening when she was meant to be looking after two children, but the numbers unexpectedly increased when our friend’s sitter cancelled.
So she ended up with four.
Her text was lovely and sweet, blaming forthcoming exam commitments, but the children’s stories, which had been emerging throughout breakfast, left us in no doubt as to the real reason.
“I’ll offer her more money,” was Mr NVN’s suggestion as he tapped a reply to her “Dear John text” and whilst I’m not normally a fan of that approach, in these circumstances agreed.
We did have a lot of work/school/social nights out on the horizon.
His phone pinged almost by return.
“She says thanks for the offer,” he read out loud, “but suggests we spend the money on an exorcist instead.”
There was a pause.
“There is a smiley emoji at the end, does that mean she’s joking?”
Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet:
Awful news in Balham: a fatal hit and run off Bedford Road involving a Porsche and a sixty-something pedestrian. Our thoughts are with the victim’s family and we’ve posted details of the Metropolitan police’s request for witnesses (click here).
A Wandsworth architect has been suspended for a sub-standard loft conversion and “bullying” the client with “invoices”. The suspension runs out at the end of this year so definitely worth reading if you might be undertaking some building work soon (click here)
This is a happier story: every advert on Clapham Common tube has been bought by a Crowdfunding campaign and replaced with a picture of a cat. How utterly purr-fect! (click here)
CHG77 had the wheels from her Audi stolen. Please be vigilant and shout if you’ve been offered some cheap alloys! (click here)
Alloythief is looking to sell four German car wheels. Ok, Ok, I made this post up!
CrossRail2’s South London base has more commitment issues than Katie Price’s husbands. I *think* it’s preferred location is now back in Tooting but I’m not entirely sure (click here)
It’s almost Christmas: so fire up the Yuletide Log and select Slade on Spotify. Ok, it’s not quite here but we’ve had requests for the best Christmas Pantos (click here) and arun-down of any school Christmas Fairs? (click here)
Sticking with theatre, SB is after child-friendly restaurants around the Polka Theatre. THEY’RE BEHIND YOU! Sorry, still in Panto mode! (click here).
I loved this article: “What I’m Thinking?” by the mother of a goalkeeper. Yup, so been there! (click here).
Love books ? Then check this out: the fabby Streatham and Clapham School have their own STREAM Book Festival coming up in November. It’s in it’s third year with Malorie Blackman, James Nichol and Judith Kerr all appearing in person! See you there!(click here).
Whilst we on the subject of amazing things to do: our friends at Role Models have published details of their extremely popular confidence and resilience courses (click here). Swimway have opened a brand new private pool in Balham and announced their new course dates (click here). Lastly sticking around Tooting Common, the Woodfield Fair is almost upon us and is a wonderful initiative to bring some unused land and a local pavilion back into public use (click here)
AM needs an employment lawyer – guess whom I recommended? Yes, the wonderful Joanna Martin. Good luck! (click here)
Sticking with employment, two nanny questions. First out of the pram is CC wondering if she needs a contract when employing her own Mary Poppins? (click here). Secondly, Polstar would love to hear your experiences of taking a nanny on holiday? Mr NVN once said he wanted to take our nanny on holiday but I wasn’t sure if he was implying that the children and I would go as well (click here)
And whilst on the law theme, CTC needs a public notary (click here).
This week is Pelvic Floor Week and to celebrate (and help you find yours!) Innovo are holding a pop-up clinic all day every day in Westfield, with free and private consultations with experts, mini-massages, and activities to keep your little ones busy while you have some me-time. And the best bit? We’re having a NappyValleyNet Meet-up there on Tuesday with the added bonus of tea, coffee, conversation and cake! Sign up here and see you there.
Denwand needs advice if you have experience of cancelling a credit card payment due to bad service? (click here)
Another wheels question: are you allowed to park a trailer in a controlled zone? Someone appears to be storing one “BTC” on a very long term basis! Legal? (click here)
Goldhawk is looking for opticians with a great designer range? The first person to say “Should’ve Gone to…” gets banned! (click here).
SW12DadFinancialAdvisor is both a local dad AND an IFA. He’s posted about a scanner he recommends to help with paperwork and I suppose if anyone knows their way around a bunch of forms it’s going to be an IFA! (click here).
Do you love Poldark? I do. I once asked Mr NVN if he fancied a romantic weekend in Cornwall but he seemed more excited about the pasties than anything else. So I think I’ll suggest the rest of you check out this amazing New Year offer from Blue Monkey Cottages (click here).
We have an assembly full of school’s posts!
Last week we published a useful list of school open days (click here). Yay! But we left out the wonderful Whitgift (click here), the delightful Dulwich (click here) and thehappy Hornsby (click here). Whoops – apologies and happy to make amends!
Astolat has JUST got into the Belleville Meteor site and is 676m from the Webbs Road base. Wow – talk about just in time! (click here). JingoX has posted details ofAllfarthing School and suggests you take a look if you’re considering primary options. Couldn’t agree more, it’s an ace place! (click here). Wandsworth Prep have an open morning on the 21st of September (click here). WD posts some very sound advice on the timings of your primary school applications. Thanks WD (click here).
Looking for a new challenge? We have more than vacancies than Team GB have Paralympic medals
Heather is looking for a PT bookkeeper in Kingston (click here). Moyesses are searching for a PT garden designer (click here). JK needs a driver for an high-end residential development firm in Fulham (click here). The lovely Exhibit are are hoping to recruit a P/T sales and events assistant (click here). Field and Flower supplyamazing meats, gorgeous cheeses and other ethically reared produce and their lovely owner James is recruiting for sales reps. (click here). Lastly, CHH wants to recruit aP/T reservations manager for a Chelsea apartment block (click here).
We have more “House and Garden” questions than Kim Kardashian has selfie sticks!
Cfox is hoping to find someone to make bespoke wooden French doors (click here)? LNicky wants to recommend Balham Electrical Services: consider it done! (click here) KC would love to find a firm that will gut a house and take away the old bathroom and kitchen? (click here). JJ needs the pebble dash on the front of her house stripped away and the brick restored. Any idea who can help? (click here). Poppet asks if you have used Big Town or Tim Staples construction? (click here). EB wonders if youknow of a great bathroom/plumbers merchants in Fulham? (click here). M. is thinking of using AirSorted to rent our her house – good idea? (click here). Lastly, Ben Argent Kitchen Design gets a lovely write up (click here).
Lastly, we asked our friends at Landmark to run through all the different types of loft conversion which they’ve done AND included pictures. Thanks guys! (click here).
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Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team
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