Help: functioning alcoholic mum. Sixty firemen fight blaze in local school. How to insure house when renovating? One thing you must never feed your dog and burnt bunny toast art!


Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Back in December Mr NVN joined a gym.

And in March he actually started going.

He now bores tells anyone who’ll listen all about his fitness routine and this weekend it was my visiting brother-in-law’s turn.

“What’s your favourite EXERCISE machine?” asked our guest.

I could see my husband thinking hard, trying to come up with a suitably Iron Man themed response but he needn’t have bothered.

My own son stepped up to the plate.

“The vending machine,” he chipped in before disappearing upstairs, leaving behind a gaggle of open mouthed adults and me trying to work out if I could simultaneously tell him off for being rude whilst admiring his quick thinking.


Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet:

insure house when renovatingI really hope we can help with this post. TT has a mother whom she believes is a functioning alcoholic. This makes family gatherings pretty tough for all concerned and she’d welcome your advice (click here).

It was a lucky escape for one LOCAL SCHOOL: sixty firefighters were needed to bring an early morning prep. school blaze under control (click here)

The Virgin Active gym by Smugglers Way seems to have lost all it’s parking posts one NVN’er. (click here)

Have a group of Travellers set up camp on Clapham Common, asks DS? (click here)

Our “Top Ten Places to Eat” thread has TWO more recommendations! Thanks everyone for your super supperSUGGESTIONS! (click here)

insure house when renovatingTwo pet-themed threads: first out the kennel is the Dogfather with some great advice on the one food you must never feed to your dog. Thanks DF! (click here).

Next up, we have a purr-fectly happy ending to a missing cat conundrum! Phew! (click here)

From four legged animals to party animals! BD wonders if you can recommend an entertainer for a children’s party? (click here)

Can you grow a potato from a potato, asks KH? I have no idea but I bet a NappyValleyNetter will know the answer! Please no half-baked ideas everyone, lets just have a sensible mash-up of our opinions so chip in if you can help! (click here)

Toby is a local lad who can fix ALL your IT issues. That’s the good news. The bad is that he only works in his university vacation so if you have any WiFi, iTunes or IT issues grab him before he heads back to uni. and spends his days watching “The Chase” and setting his alarm for 11am! I know him well and he’s brilliant (click here).

3Toast Art is, unsurprisingly, the craft of making stuff with toast. Tooting’s very own Banksey appears to have made a crucified Easter bunny from burnt bread. And displayed it by the tube. As weird as it sounds (click here)

The lovely people at the Balham Ballet and Dance school have found an iPod. We’re not sure if it has the Nutcracker or Swan Lake on it’s playlist but it does have a lovely picture of a baby on the lockscreen. Please have a look and see if you can identify the owner! (click here).

HnS asks if you can recommend somewhere for laser hair removal? (click here)

Bubs wonders if you pay your cleaner holiday pay, even when they’re not working?(click here)

Our lovely managing editor has just come back from the reCentre after checking out their Pilate’s sessions. Did Charlotte feel refreshed and relaxed after her stretching and bending? (click here)

After six years we have some sad news about our great friends at Francesca Alexander – they’re closing. So sorry to see you go and great to hear your team will still be available at Fifteen! (click here)

4Whitgift have posted details of their “Remembering 1916” exhibition. It’s an incredibly poignant piece of work looking back at the Great War and the involvement of their old boys in the four year conflict (click here)

Looking for someone to take family photographs? Do check out Mags and her portfolio: some beautiful photographs Mags, well done!  (click here)

Rebs3000 is about to transfer her son to another school. Do you have any opinions on Wickes, Shaftesbury, High View or Sacred Heart, she asks? (click here).

Looking for a new challenge?  We have more vacancies than SW London had gales!

I seriously cannot list them all here but we have recent posts asking for shop assistants, estate agents, cooks, nannys and more! (click here) Mummy2-3 wonders how one might insure a house whilst it’s being renovated?Their current insurance firm don’t want to know (click here) Moving on to travel, MegSW17 would love to recommend Alpine Answers, she’s just returned from one of their amazing Canadian holidays. I am SO jealous! (click here). Our friends at Scott Dunn look at whether a “Kids Club” is right for your child? (click here). Finally, Namaste1702 has posted details of a special offer for their yoga retreat in Andalusia. The downward dog will now cost you less dosh! (click here)

We have more “House and Garden” questions than England had goals

Roise wonders where she can buy a quality marble replacement fireplace? (click here). Toasty is looking for an electrician (click here). Mertony would love joiner recommendations (click here) Flogri is really not happy with the suggested kitchen design for her new extension – can you help? Where should hob/sink/appliances be placed? (click here)  Sticking with design, Szerma wonders if the first floor bathroom in a typical Victorian house is large enough for a bath? (click here). Harri wonders who might remove and reinstall plantation shutters as they need access to the wooden windows behind? (click here). Lastly, the Gorgeous Garden Company are getting some lovely reviews – congratulations! (click here)

NEW Looking to buy or sell? It’s totally free to post your items on NappyValleyNet

FOR SALE: Tadpole Frog Balance bike (click here), Graco fold flat high chair (click here) and a Fisher Price Love U Zoo Swing (click here)


Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team


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