My husband is not known for his DIY skills.
As a result we arranged for an electrician to work through a list of little jobs.
He “fixed” both bathroom underfloor heating systems which were, in fact, not actually switched on and a lamp wasn’t so much faulty as needing a fuse.
The last item on his list looked like the most complex.
“Your husband’s note says the error code is B, SIGMA, SIGMA, P, S.”
The smiley sparky enunciated each letter clearly and with gravitas.
“I think it relates to the smoke alarm system but I can’t see the problem.”
I called Mr NVN who insisted on speaking to him directly, claiming it was too complex a problem to relay via a wife.
“Well?” I asked once the call had ended, just a little impressed. Maybe there were some latent DIY skills hidden alongside his very public excellence in wine drinking and cheese eating.
“He actually asked me to pretend it was a big deal,” grinned the fuse wizard, “but it’s not an error code he wrote B.E.E.P.I.N.G and it’s doing that because he can’t figure out how to change the smoke alarm battery.”
If I’m not mistaken the next expression to cross his face was pity.
Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet:
Lola Roja has just closed. For ever. That’s a real shame, I’ve had a many a wine-fueled healthy lunch in that Spanish favourite. By our reckoning that takes the recent tally of closures mentioned to four! (click here). Sticking with retail changes, there is a new Tesco coming to Earlsfield. Not everyone is happy (click here).
The world’s BIGGEST trampoline park is coming to Earlsfield. Ok, not the worlds but certainly Londons! BOING! (click here)
Might our “Smugbook” thread get “on the Wright Stuff”? Perhaps, but there is some very very sensible advice on here – thank you everyone! (click here)
Many of you will have heard of the “Twenty is Plenty” road safety campaign and it’s coming to Wandsworth. Good idea or too much nanny state? (click here).
Some nasty vandalism in Clapham Old Town that resulted in B1’s windows being broken in revenge after her husband told off the perpetrators. Not nice at all (click here).
Sticking with crime, the victim of a s*x assault on the Northern Line has waived her right to anonymity to encourage others to report crimes after her attacker was jailed(click here)
The local Tooting conservative candidate supports quitting the EU. One user wants you to remember that come the May elections (click here).
Mummybear asks if you can help her find a private GP practice that offers meningitis immunisations for older kids? (click here).
SW11 is looking for recommendations for a grief/bereavement counsellor for a child? (click here).
Our friends at “Lords at Home” have published details of a competition to win Tala icing sets – thanks guys! (click here).
Scotsem is looking for a dog swap! Yes, you read that right, you swap dogs. Wow. I have never heard of that before! (click here)
Looking for a solution to the pushy fish salesman? ML has a fail-safe solution! (click here)
ST needs an architect. Who is Nappy Valley’s Lord Foster? (click here)
Can you knit? Can you knit a chick for Trinity Hospice? (click here)
Looking for a new challenge? We have more vacancies than the Oscars have statues
Our lovely friends at Marsh and Parsons are searching for a P/T roving office coordinator. Thanks for posting and definitely worth a look if you need a local role (click here) Spannar has a vacancy for a product manager for a oral health start up (click here). UCL need families to help with research, it’s a paid engagement (click here) JB is hoping to find a P/T accounts administrator (click here) KidsFusion are recruiting PT and FT nursery practitioners (click here) We have TONS of other positions from property PA’s, P/T accountants and even mandarin teachers! (click here)
You know The Inside Man? They used to have a shop on Wandsworth Common and whilst they search for new premises they’ve gone all digital. To celebrate they’re offering 40% off from their online store. Thanks IM! (click here)
There has been a lot of recent media coverage concerning Menginitus B and sepsis. Our friends at First Aid for Life have outlined the signs that you need to look out for. Thanks FAL! I really hope you don’t need it but every parent/carer should read this post (click here)
Balham’s Fernwood Clinic is now open. It’s on Bedford Hill and provides healthcare for a range of emotional concerns, such as all forms of depression (including pre- and postnatal), anxiety, panic attacks, phobias, stress and obsessive compulsive disorder. Welcome to the neighbourhood and good luck! (click here)
Sticking with health, the lovely people at Glow Dental on Northcote Road have just published their “Ten Steps to Glowing Teeth” for children. Thank you Glow! (click here)
We have a Trunki-full of travel posts!
ChilledMumBalham wonders where to holiday in the Champagne region? She wants it to be relaxing which after Disneyland with kids I can imagine will be essential! (click here). RJB wants to tell you all about her child-friendly holiday cottage in the New Forest (click here). BG is off to Playa del Carmen in Mexico with her littleone but wonders if the activities will be suitable for a toddler? (click here)
Another stack of nursery posts! First off, CC would love nursery recommendations for a 12 month old around Wandsworth Clapham Common (click here). Planning has been granted for a new pre-school nursery on Wandsworth Common by the Skylark (click here) Bertrum House have boosted their nursery and pre-school provision in light of the closure of their pre-prep offering (click here).
We have more school questions than England had tries!
The Acorn School have forthcoming open day, it’s an “outstanding” in Morden Hall Park (click here) The Ecole du Parc have announced their bi-lingual immersion holiday clubs. Tres Bon pour la vacances! Sorry that’s the limit of my French! (click here). Louise has a question about the Wimbledon High junior school waiting list. Good luck! (click here) High View has announced an open morning on Friday the 4th of March (click here). Tutor23 is a local mum who offers tutoring services for the 11+ (click here). Lastly, Bertrum House has made some pretty major changes to it’s pre-prep offering – thanks for letting us know! (click here)
We have more “House and Garden” questions the Adele has awards!
ML wonders if anyone has heard of McNeish homes? Would you recommend them? (click here) ST is looking for a washer dryer which actually dries. Wow, can anyone help find this kitchen Holy Grail! (click here). SS wonders if you can suggest a local man and van without a two hour minimum? (click here). NEV has a ton of questions about kitchen revamps. How much? How long? Worth just re-spraying units? (click here).Puccini kitchens – anyone used them, asks AV? (click here). Bamse wonders what the costs might be for removing paintwork from bricks? (click here) BF needs a party wall surveyor (click here). Finally, OTC is searching for a builder to block up a door/sliding door (click here)
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Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team