Dear South West London Mum,
“Google Translate is brilliant!”
My eldest and Mr NVN were tapping away on the family laptop, sending an introductory email to a Spanish family who were about to host my son for a school exchange trip.
“I mean you don’t even need to learn a language anymore,” my husband continued, “just write in English, press a key and BOOM, Spanish comes out.”
“I’m not sure those are the motivational words for a boy about to visit Spain on a school trip”, I hissed.
“Yeah, good point,” he sauntered on, “he’ll need to work really hard just to get half as good as this baby.”
I was about to suggest what else he could stick in his translator when he was saved by the bell, well the tone, as his inbox pinged with a reply.
He look confused, which is not uncommon, but then he looked concerned, which is.
“We are looking forward to meeting your very funny son and helping him learn Spanish,” he read out, “which we think needs a lot of work”.
“So far he has told us he wants to love our daughter and likes eating tapestry food.”
Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
Now THIS is an embarrassing problem! W1 has loud neighbours whom he/she can hear, ahem, “enjoying themselves”. How can he/she tell them to keep it down?…click here for details
SJnice needs a “labour friendly” taxi service. She doesn’t mean in an Ed Milliband way, she means in a “drive quicker I can see the head” kind of way!…click here for details
Pix feels fleeced by “non-refundable registration fees” for independent schools. Why so much, she asks?…click here for details
Curly wonders what visas are needed for a Filipino nanny?…click here for details
An award winning Battersea pub is set to become a Tesco, the locals are NOT pleased…click here for details
Tamara asks if the giant hedgehog on Clapham Common is still there? It also reminds her of the old joke, why don’t hedgehogs budge up and share the hedge with everyone else! I LOVE THAT!…click here for details
Lanmum is thinking of delaying starting school for her little one until year 1. Have you done it? Did it work?…click here for details
R3 has received a worrying letter from her antenatal midwife. What should she do next?…click here for details
MM wonders if it’s fair to ask her nanny to eat with the children so she can have some time alone with her husband?…click here for more details
Franlib is hoping to find a new home for their cat. They’ve moved and now have no outside access…click here for details
BeckyB needs a hairdresser that will cut mixed race hair for kids, can you suggest someone?…click here for details
Amyfordo needs her laptop cleaned up as it’s riddled with bugs and is driving them crazy. Who is Nappy Valley’s best Bill Gates?…click here for details
JB is looking for ideas for party bags for 8 year old boys…click here for details
R3 wonders what colour carpet do you have in your kids bedroom? You give them carpets???…click here for details
Looking for a new challenge? Check out these situations vacant!
ArtyCrates is seeking an office manager to help with tiny but expanding business around Northcote Road.…click here for details
If crates aren’t your bag (see what I did there!), Smiley requires a parish administrator for The Church of the Holy Spirit, Narbonne Avenue, Clapham SW4.…click here for details
Lastly, looking to help in your local community? Save the Children is looking for motivated and enthusiastic volunteers.…click here for details
Total change of subject! Captain Cookie has a “Toddler Club” every Thursday at The Prince of Wales pub. They’ll probably need ID if they want to be served though!…click here for details
Our theme of adult entertainment for toddlers continues…there is a new monthly comedy clubs for parents/carers and babies under a year old!…click here for details
DM wonders if you have any feedback on the Active Camps taking place at Emmanuel school?…click here for details
Our property sections is booming!!!
South London Joiner has a large 2 bed flat available in Streatham for a short let.…click here for details
On a similar note, Superbalhamnanny is looking for a double room to rent in in Balham.…click here for details
Change of subject: FTM wonders if you can recommend somewhere that provides pregnancy massages? Who does the best rub down for mothers-to-be?…click here for details
Jocelyn is looking for a nursery and asks what you think of Abacus or the Stepping Stones?…click here for details
And onto travel…
K1180519 wants to know which video monitor is best for travelling?…click here for details
SM wonders what the healthcare system is like in Dubai, she’s thinking of moving!..click here for details
NP is looking for glamping near to London?…click here for details
Krystal is a flexible holiday nanny (click here), Mamaclapham needs suggestions for a family friendly cottage in the New Forest? (click here) and BN is letting an EcoYoga family retreat in Scotland (click here)
Our House and Garden section is busier than those amazing Snowboard Cross Racers!
H49 is looking for internal domestic security cameras. (click here) GWl needs someone to cut up wood (click here) Abi_88 would love recommendations for “Artificial Grass” (click here) Bamse wonders how much it costs to remove paint from brick? (click here) Gillak is hunting for a good solicitor to advise on purchasing a freehold (click here) there is news about that derelict building on Bennerly Road! (click here) EK is a private house cleaner looking for more work. (click here) and lastly Elke has a serious housing dilemma, can anyone please help? (click here).
Are you planning any building work? If so check out our “how to survive building work” guide from our friends at Simply Loft…click here for details
The NappyValleyNet calendar is bursting at the seams!
Polka Theatre Wimbledon is performing Red Riding Hood, Once upon a time there was a young girl who went to spend the night at Grandma’s house! (click here) Harrison’s Balham Breastfeeding Cafe is back on weekly on Mondays. (click here) Lavender Leonardos Children’s Art School will be recommencing its term time art classes from 23rd February. (click here) and storytime at Balham Library is also back! (click here)
Don’t forget AnnabelsArcade our totally free buying and selling site!
For sale this week:- misssw is taking offers on maxi cosi car seats and cot changer. (click here), Bee@lifeafterlondon has a two wheel folding scooter pink brand new in the box for sale (click here) and EM has a Angelcare monitor up for grabs. (click here)
That’s it, have a wonderful week!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team