We’ve just come back from a holiday with Mark Warner to Greece.
In a bid to teach the children some financial responsibility we let them “sign” for drinks at the bar, on the strict instructions they could only have three soft drinks a day, plus as much water as they wanted.
Mr NVN kept a close eye on proceedings for the first few days and then relaxed his monitoring, believing they’d proved they could be trusted.
As we checked out the receptionist proudly presented us with a bill that was seventeen pages long.
They may have only been buying themselves three softies a day, but they’d also been buying “rounds” for almost every other child in the resort. Lakitira must have resembled the bar scene in Bugsy Malone for most of the fortnight we were there.
Mr NVN went pink under his sunburn and sat the children down for a lecture.
“Do you know we are the only family to have ever had a bill that’s stretched over seventeen pages,” he told the solemn children.
There was silence.
“Come on kids, what does that tell you about your behaviour?”
There was more silence and then my youngest piped up, “have we won a prize?”
Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
We’ve written our first car review! Simon Rockman has trialled the new Panda Cross, and he likes it!…click here for details
Petals wonders if she is being unreasonable. Her husband wants to commit to playing football every Saturday but will she become a soccer widow?…click here for details
MT is pregnant and stressed about a dispute with her neighbours. They’re claiming trespass and complaining about the noise. Any help appreciated!…click here for details
IndyB is about to hire her first nanny. “What do you wish you’d discussed with your nanny?”, she asks. Oooh I can answer this! We just sat down and watched “The Hand That Rocks The Cradle” together with a bottle of wine and my policeman brother-in-law, that seemed to sort it all out!…click here for details
Also on this theme, DublinMummy asks how to live with a ‘live-in nanny’ when on maternity leave?…click here for details
This is an awful story. A dog owner from Foxbourne Road has been fined £250 after her pet killed another dog on Tooting Common in front of it’s owner…click here for details
GGM mum asks if any NappyValleyNetter’s have raised tri-lingual children and, if so, what issues did you encounter? Wow! I am SO envious. My little ones are barely mono-lingual!…click here for details
Wandsworth Council tell us that a high achieving primary school in Southfields is to take additional pupils…click here for details
On a similar theme, Beanzmeanz wonders where all the children who have filled the places created under the school expansion programme will go to secondary school?…click here for details
Muddlemoo asks has anybody had a broken foot and tried to go on holiday? Was it a nightmare? I’m so sorry you’re in such a pickle. I met someone last week who broke a foot whilst on holiday and she seemed to have a great time!…click here for details
Two questions about local shops/bars: is the Cattle Grid coming to Earlsfield? (click here) and what’s going into the units on Battersea Rise where the Adventure Bar used to be? …click here for details
Wandsworthmummy12 needs advice for a Spanish friend wanting to learn English, can she enrol just like a UK resident might do?…click here for details
ArtfulToddler just wanted to give a huge shout out to the Biscuit Tree who provided the amazing party treats/favours at their ‘End of Term’ party!…click here for more details
Carrielondon is seeking a music teacher who can teach piano and flute…click here for details
Some “meet-up”, friendship and activity requests:
IndyB is looking for activities and playgroups for her 7 month old baby, they are not far from Clapham Junction (click here) NappyValleyYankee is looking for someone to keep her mum company. She’s come over from the US to live with them and would like to meet new people (click here) Galpod has moved to London from Ottawa, Canada and has two kids (3 and 5). They’d love to make new friends and live close to Wandsworth Common (click here). MJ’s NCT group are meeting for the first time and looking for friendly cafes with space for five buggies (click here) Finally Mintiemint, a Malaysia Chinese speaking mum, with a toddler is looking for a Mandarin speaking playgroup…click here for details
Alexabeazer’s son doesn’t like bedtime and has recently learnt how to climb out of his cot at night, any advice/tips greatly appreciated…click here for more details
The future might be bright or it might be a bit crackly! Diana78 has poor mobile reception “BTC” on Vodafone. Should she change provider?…click here for details
Windmill26 wants to buy “Oleg” from comparethemeerkat.com. Her little one wants one but she’s not “in the market”…click here for details
Ckar17 wants to join one of the Virgin Active’s. She’s heard varying opinions about the different gyms and creche facilities, where should she choose to pump iron?…click here for details
A couple of “lost and found” requests:
Readysteady lost her Chanel glasses case while walking from Muncaster Road to to Northcote Road (click here) and Bubs’ daughter has lost her purple micro scooter on Clapham Common Westside…click here for details
Can you help answer these travel queries?:
Millymoo is wondering if anyone has any suggestions for a last minute holiday (UK or abroad) for first or second week in August? (click here) BB007 is travelling to Seychelles first half of October with her little ones, any hotel/resort recommendations please? (click here) and SAHMSW11 needs ideas for a nice restaurant near Bodmin, Cornwall?…click here for more detail
Our House and Garden section is busier than Ed Miliband’s PR consultant:
Looking for a loft extension? Together with our friends at Simply Loft we’ve covered the “Top Ten Questions” every homeowner asks…click here for details
Lorrwa needs recommendations for someone to give their TV aerial a jiggle. Okaaay! (click here). Newintooting is thinking of extending their kitchen and have received quotes from the following companies: Plus Rooms, Build Team, More Space and My London Extension…any preferences? (click here) GES77 needs to get headboards and matching valences made up. Whose the best upholsterer in Nappy Valley? (click here) Balhamite is looking for a man and a van for a house move to France (click here) YAH needs ideas for a firm to fit conservatory roof blinds (click here) and lastly Dancingqueen’s cleaner is away and needs a cleaner for one week only…click here for more details
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That’s it, have a wonderful week!!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team