Man stabbed in front of children on Heaver Estate. Working with celebrities, how do I behave? Costs and financial returns of lofts, basements and side returns.

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

Mr NVN has just come back from a week away in China.

He works for a tech start-up company and as they don’t do business class, it’s coach all the way.

As a result he gets to know his seat neighbours pretty well.

“How was the flight?” I asked as he was dumping a weeks worth of laundry in the magic bin (magic because everyone but me seems to think it goes effortlessly from there to their drawers all washed and ironed).

“Bit weird to be honest,” he replied.

“Lady on my right kept going on about the books she was reading.

“She said one was a serious study about how to speak with the spirits of those that have “passed” into the afterlife and the other was about the “language” of cats and how to communicate with them.

“I asked her whether once she had read both books would she be able to communicate with dead cats, which seemed an obvious question, but she said no and was a little aloof after that so I actually managed to get some sleep”.

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

A really unpleasant incident, a 41 year old man has been stabbed in front of children on Tooting Common last Sunday…click here for details

Sticking with crime, a user with the name of “Justice gone crazy” is angry about the jail sentence a couple received for incidents of child slavery…click here for details

Gingercat2 believes she saw cars being towed away without being ticketed and fined first, so be careful she warns…click here for details

Denwand is about to start work with celebrities. Really really major celebrities. How should she handle day-to-day contact with the “A list”, she asks? Errrr marry one without a pre-nup?…click here for details

Lews2’s mother in law is relocating abroad and is looking for a new home for her 3 year old cat. She is spayed, up to date with injections and flea/worming treatments. I *think* we’re talking about the car not the MIL, don’t think my mother-in-law was ever wormed!…click here for details

Onthewall popped into Volker and Quinn, a new independent store on Hildreth Street. It’s a cross between a fishmonger, a fine food store and a soft play centre. Ok, I made the last bit up but it’s getting RAVE reviews for it’s food! Just bring your own ball pit!…click here for details

Lawyermum needs recommendations for a good dentist for her 9 and 13 year olds? Their current dentist is wonderful but in the West End and they someone more local. Who is Nappy Valley’s “Most Magnificent Molar Makeover” person?…click here for detail

Sarahjlevans is interested in starting a dog walking group? She has a 6 month old border collie and wants to walk with others, especially now the evenings are dark. Fancy wandering with Wandsworth’s wolf pack?…click here for details

SamT would like suggestions for places that play live music. Not too hectic but civilized with atmosphere. Errr O2? Knebworth? Glastonbury? Ooops, sorry, just re-read your post it’s got to be local!…click here for details

IndyB’s nanny has a birthday coming up. Don’t we all! Should she give a present or cold hard cash?…click here for details

RHOB has a HEAP of old black and white photos. For Christmas she’d like to make photo book for her children who can scan and re touch them? I know that Snappy Snaps in Balham will do that but not sure if it’s cost effective!…click here for details

Twobusyboys needs recommendations for a caterer for a New Year’s Eve dinner party? They have tried a couple who have been mentioned on NVN but neither work on New Years Eve. You could go Domino’s and be edgy?…click here for details

Sophieb gives a big thumbs up to Club Creche in Southfields as a toddler party venue. Have you been? Did you rate it?…click here for details

LP is thinking about Newton Prep or Thomas. Does NP work for parents around Northcote Road, she wonders, or is the journey/playdates/games too complicated?…click here for details

Leyah asks if she should push or elect for a caesarean? She really needs some advice to help her decide what to do. Her daughter is due in January and after her last traumatic emergency c- section she’s getting very stressed and anxious about here for details

Moomie is due to come off Tramadol after a C-section but she can’t work out when to start reducing the dosage. Can you advise?…click here for details

KateHelloMums is concerned about paediatric first aid. Do enough people working with children have the right qualifications if indeed any at all?…click here for details

Playmobil Pirate wants to know if anyone has any suggestions for donating toys and kids’ books in Wandsworth/Lambeth. They are trying to find a nursery/charity/care centre that is ‘in need’. The SW11 nurseries seem pretty well stocked. Any ideas?…click here for details

Bahini161 brings a splash of lime to Lavender Hill with the opening of a new charity shop. Children of the Mekong aims to support education in Southeast Asia! The shop is family friendly and has a kids’ section with clothes, books and toys…click here for details

FoSP_PTA in SW11 is looking for local businesses willing to donate products/services or sponsor/promote school events. It’s a great opportunity for a win-win – free publicity and more customers …click here for details

HMP3112 needs advice, her 17 month old little boy who has always been a great sleeper, has in the last 3 months been waking up at all hours ranging from 2am – 6am and screaming for her. She has tried everything… …click here for details

Check out these activity questions and ideas!

LocalBatterseaGirl has persuaded her PTA to run a family science day. She wants to know what you think of her ideas and whether you would come? (click here). The Parent and Baby Coach is holding a Twins Sleep and Routine workshop on Wed 22 Oct  (click here).  GG is a new au pair from Italy looking for other au pairs in the Clapham common.Ciao! (click here).  Mumtoafew has a new German au pair is starting on 3 November. She is 19 and it’s her first time away from home. She’d love her to meet some likeminded fun people in the area. Guten Tag! (click here).  Swilll12 is due in January, and wonders should she do NCT? She has found a hypo-birthing class she wants to try but isn’t sure if she would need to do NCT as well simply to meet some friends…click here for details

Looking for a new role or challenge? Here are a few vacancies!

Northcote76 is looking for a freelance PR consultant (click here).  Diddidance_swlondon is looking for people to deliver dance sessions in a school or nursery environment (click here).  Mrsmasher needs Ambassadors for the Ickle Pickles Children’s Charity, the roles are voluntary but very rewarding (click here). Dudette is looking for a live-in housekeeper-nanny to start in January. The ideal person would have worked for a local family for a few years (click here)  and the Bank of England is looking for a new member of the MPC. Ok, I made that one up but the others are real.

It may be half-term but the school questions keep coming!!!

ValentinaRebe’s daughter is 3 and she is starting to think about school applications. They live opposite Highview and would love some insight (click here). Ouided01 has some questions: 1.What are the best secondary schools locally and within a reasonable commute? 2. What are the LDN grammar schools that she can apply to and have a theoretical chance of getting into? 3. Any experience with Graveney? 4. What is parent’s feedback about Bolingbroke Academy? Are there any extremely popular/good schools in LDN that are worth moving close to? Wow! Not many there! (click here).  Mrbred  has a 5 month old and will be returning to work in early 2015. She thought she’d investigate the childminder route and is looking for mummy recommendations only please (click here). Campfolkstyle is looking for a part time nursery for her son who will be 2 in January (click here).  Bodders1 would love to find a family to share their wonderful nanny for 1, 2 or 3 days a week (click here). and LucyNewMum is looking for any childminders that are a Ofsted rated near Tooting Bec? …click here for details

For a comprehensive list of school and nursery open days follow this link!…click here for 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 property pages where we’ve mapped it all out for you……click here for details

Our house and garden section is bigger than chemistry between Pixie Lott and Trent Whiddon on Strictly!

Zoe Dare Hall has written a fabby piece for us asking ‘Should you extend your home?’ The costs and hassle versus financial return… (click here).  2010emilie1 needs arecommendation for a retailer/manufacturer of good quality velvet sofas? (click here).  BV1977 needs suggestions for a company that could make roman blinds (click here).  Lua islooking for a local seamstress (click here).  Jess169 is in need of an electrician (click here).  Pettifer01 asks if anyone could recommend a Quantity Surveyor (click here).  Katemac needs agood removal company that also does great packing? (click here).  2010emilie1 looking for a cleaner who is reliable, trustworthy and also very CAREFUL (click here). Littlebalckbear are looking for a speedy sale for their fabulous house, a beautiful 4 bed home on Clapham Common Northside (click here).  Backtoworkmum are renting out their lovely big loft room. They are looking for a lodger who is perhaps a nanny or mature student. Reduced rent of £600 per month…click here for details

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free buying and selling site!

This week: A “” – Art Deco style coffee table for sale, £50 ono (click here),  an iPhone 5 16gb for sale, £250 (click here) and a Bugaboo Cameleon 3, still in box never used, for sale, £750 (click here)

That’s it, have a wonderful week!!


Annabel and the Team


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