Friend in private school “fee fraud”. How do I sue my builders? Police cordon Almeric Road? Fallen while pregnant, advice please.

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

We’ve just returned from a week’s holiday in the Lakes.

It’s a big affair, over 30 members of my extended family descend on Ambleside for seven days of sailing, BBQs and walking.

One afternoon the teenage boys in our group wanted to watch the new Inbetweeners movie (rated 15). It didn’t take much persuading for Mr NVN to volunteer to drive them into town and tag along, even though I was a little worried it might be too highbrow for him.

Somehow my cheeky eleven year old nephew also snuck along although Mr NVN didn’t realize he had an under age guest until he was actually buying the tickets.

“How old?” asked the ticket lady pointing at my nephew.

“Fifteen,” replied Mr NVN a little unsure if he could brazen this out.

“Really?”, she raised her eyebrows.

“Honestly,” he said and as a diversionary tactic tried to order snacks.

“Who wants something to eat or drink?” he asked. The first response was from my nephew who suddenly morphed into “Polite Schoolboy from Central Casting” in an attempt to appear older.

“A box of wine gums and a small Fanta please Uncle Chris,” came a lone voice from the back.

“So how was it?” I asked after listening to him recount this story later that evening.

“Dunno, I had to watch Frozen with your bl**dy nephew.”

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Denshort saw a police cordon on Almeric Road, do you know what happened?…click here for more details

Mungomuffit asks if Postmark, the Balham card shop, has gone for good?…click here for details

Sezwedz wonders if anyone has any recommendations for a pub lunch with a playground for the kids. In or outside London is supercool!…click here for details

Galpod needs a good place to sit down with a laptop and write. It needs to be fairly quiet with good coffee and free WIFI…click here for details

Our great friends at Savills have just opened a brand new office on Battersea Bridge Road. Congratulations! Good luck with the new branch and thank you for supporting NappyValleyNet!…click here for details

Bee@lifeafterlondon is thinking of moving from a PC to a Mac, and needs advice and tips. Just do it, I LOVE Macs!…click here for details

Rebs30000 is 38 weeks pregnant and fell over. She hasn’t had any unusual pains since and has felt the baby kick but has this happened to anyone else and what did you do?…click here for details

Moomie wants acupuncture for encouraging labour, any good and local recommendations? (click here) and she  asks if other parents use ID bands/bracelets/badges on small children in case they get separated in crowds?…click here for details

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IndyB asks if this would annoy you? Her nanny travelled to Fulham to go on a playdate but IndyB doesn’t know the other child, parents or the nanny. Her nanny did this without permission or discussion and she asks how would you handle this situation?…click here for details

LucyLou has a variety of beautiful hand embroidered cushion covers which she has brought home Turkey. Where might she sell them?…click here for more details 

Tilly Allen is an ex-Graveney student working on a super parenting product for pregnant mothers who struggle with seat belts rising over their baby bumps…click here for more details

Lukeysmummy7 is looking for a cat sitter in Balham. Who is the “Cat’s Whiskers” for “Cat Sitting”?…click here for more details

Guinevere is wondering what’s the etiquette for writing ‘thank you cards when someone is a ‘borrowed’ uncle or auntie? Errr, you do actually know them, don’t you? :-) …click here for more details

We’ve got a ton of activities for you this week!

Amumtoo is looking for local mums to go to the Big Scream sessions at the Clapham picture house which run Thursdays and Sundays (click here). Is your son or daughter off to university? The Cookhouse is running a fun cookery class will teach them how to cook delicious, healthy food for themselves. The phrase “take a horse to water” does slightly come to mind here but it’s a great idea! (click here), Make a date in your diaries for the Bellevue Village Summer Fair on Saturday 13th September from 10am to 6pm! All the fun of the fair with stalls lining the street plus the Mayhew Dog Show for those of you with four-legged friends who seek canine fame and fortune!…click here for more details

For more things to do 24 hours a day, 7 days a week check out our “What’s On” calendar. Like a teething toddler it never sleeps!…click here for more details

Looking for a new role or challenge?

Nanita runs a fabulous nursery in Clapham and is looking for passionate people. Knowledge of the Montessori Pedagogy and a French fluent speaker would be a real bonus(click here). Puddle Ducks South West London are hunting for a fun, friendly outgoing person to join their growing team as a Baby and Pre-School teacher (click here). “Frenchtastic!” teach French and Spanish to little ones and are moving to SW London. Oui! They need someone to take on the franchise. Tu?  (click here). And Rachel Tobin is looking for a Live-In Au-Pair/Motherahelp. They are a very relaxed, friendly, family…click here for more details

Can you help with these holiday questions?

 Audrey is wondering if she can tap into the NVN collective for recommendations on some lovely holiday places for the October half-term break? (click here). Twice_as_nice is wondering what people would suggest for an ideal family holiday, they’d like a min of 3 bedrooms, a living room, access to kids clubs / activities and babysitting plus somewhere nice to go out to eat etc.… click here for more details

We’ve a satchel full of “back-to-school” and nursery questions!

Petal is looking for any good nurseries towards Balham/Clapham South (click here) and also asks how do young children cope with the loo when at school? (click here). Toddlerputneymum wants to hear your views or experiences of Noddy’s nursery in Putney or Gwendolen House? (click here).  New-to-Earlsfield needs to get her daughter school shoes and is not sure how to do this well and cost effectively? (click here)  Shopper is planning to take her 10 year old for a haircut and seeks recommendations for somewhere that is not going to cost a fortune. So Nicky Clark and a booster seat isn’t an option, right? (click here)  Jon_events makes a plea. Please give our young people who are cycling for the first some space (click here) and staying with cycling BWM was wondering if anybody knew of any instructors in London who could help her son learn to ride a bike? He can balance for a few seconds but then comes off!…click here for more details

If you are just back from hols and already thinking about school applications, catchment areas and maybe even moving into one (!) check out our new property pages where we’ve mapped it all out for you (click here)

Our house and garden is busier than a school uniform supplier!

Gardenerg has a kitchen bar stool and the metal stand needs re-welding (click here). HoneyB has scaffolding on their house which means that Sky TV is no longer working, who can reposition their dish? (click here). Cyprus19 needs some help with the redesign of their master suite, they needs to reconfigure a bedroom, bathroom and separate dressing room (click here). AJ2012 has just discovered that their loft is (or appears to be) uninsulated, can anyone recommend a good local handy person(click here). Bexsouth needs suggestions for a good/honest/affordable builder in SW11 – they have a roof that needs patching and a damp wall that needs rendering(click here) Mizcloud has just got back from holidays to find that the washing machine broke down…plus one of the power showers is going crazy with the water temperature, do you know a good plumber? (click here)  JDMummy has rain water leaking into the kitchen, can anybody advise who they should call to have it checked up? Gutter specialists? Or builders? (click here) and Aliciavicedo is looking for a 1 bed flat to rent in Clapham-Battersea-Wandsworth…click here for more details

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free buying and selling site!

This week: A Lindam metal playpen in great condition ONLY £45 (click here),  A nearly new Kids Car Booster Seat for £10 (click here) and a John Lewis Anna Drop-Side Cot bedmade from birchwood for £50 (click here)

That’s it, have a wonderful week!!


Annabel and the Team


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