It’s not often I’m outmaneouvered by Mr NVN.
But it happened last week.
We’d spent the evening at my youngest’s school, they were hosting an art exhibition for pupils from reception all the way to year 6.
It was great fun but mainly because I got a little, well OK a lot, distracted by the free bar and didn’t actually make it to any of the classrooms.
Mr NVN, however, had done a dutiful sweep of all the relevant displays and even taken photos to prove he’d seen the right “pieces.”
“What was your favourite thing of mine?” came the inevitable question at breakfast the next morning.
“Oh mummy liked the puppet, didn’t you?” chipped in Mr NVN.
I walked straight into the trap, mistakenly thinking he was throwing me a lifeline I grabbed it.
“Yes, I really really loved puppet, the colours were lovely.”
“And what were the colours?” asked Mr NVN, “I can’t quite remember.”
“Oooh, I don’t need to tell you,” I replied, “they’re Mummy’s favourite colours.”
Not a great reply but I was on the spot.
Mr NVN smirked, “yes and the next present we buy Mummy will be in big bright puppet colours, OK kids?”
There was nodding all around the table and then my youngest whispered in my ear, “that’s so weird, I never knew you liked yellow and green.”
Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
JKK tells us that EE are planning to install four mobile masts on the Territorial Army building in Balham. Health risk or desperately needed infrastructure improvements?…click here for details
Mungomuffit would love to know your opinion on last minute birthday party cancellations? Some VERY strong views here!…click here for details
Muckyjeans has written an “open post” to her neighbour. Is it unreasonable to be woken at 7.30am every morning by children playing in a garden a street away?…click here for details
Marvin-davis is starting to take lessons with Elephant Driving school. Are they any good or is there an ELEPHANT in the room? (see what I did there!)…click here for details
This sounds like a lovely idea! EA is looking for a photographer to capture photos of her family (mainly the kids) around key London sites. So I guess that’s snaps of the Elephant and Castle, Kings Cross and Hogarth Roundabout, right?…click here for details
A questions over locals shops: Bubs wonders what ‘Atelier’ on Webbs Rd is going to be? Oooh, maybe a shopping mall when it grows up? Oh, it’s not that sort of question! (click here)
Its HJM’s 6th wedding anniversary next week. Congratulations! But can you help with a last minute present? How about a calendar with the wedding anniversary clearly marked so next year won’t be such a shock!!!…click here for details
Sparks want to tell you all about “Treasure Trail”, a family charity day on Sunday 28th September on Wandsworth Common. It’ll include Bertie & Boo, Amanda’s Action Club, Open Fit Sport, The Biscuit Tree and many more. The Skylark Cafe will be cooking up a storm on the BBQ…click here for details
Lunalu is looking for anyone who wants to run a 10k on September 14th for a local charity…click here for details
Mummymoo has a National Trust membership and is struggling to use it. Any suggestions for local, kid-friendly, places?…click here for more details
I *think* Mum2babyboy is a photographer and wants to know your opinions on “Cake Smash” Photo shoots? Good idea or tacky as half-dried glue?…click here for more details
Rebs30000 wants to know whether they still have the ‘Baby Plan’ at mothercare?…click here for details
Can you find a dog a home? AA_mummy is looking for a kennels for their Labradoodle for their summer holiday, their usual kennel is fully booked…click here for details
Can you find a dog? Souza is looking for Skadu a female Hungarian Vizsla who went missing on 16th July from Tooting Common…click here for details
Do you have a budding Rebecca Adlington? Gail0810 wants to know where to go for swimming lessons for a “nearly” 4 year old near Earlsfield?…click here for details
From Olympic Swimmer to Tooting’s version of the “Green Goddess”! Northerngirl needs a small group exercise class on Tooting Common or a personal trainer that doesn’t cost the earth?…click here for details
Glennmama has just moved to Nappy Valley from the USA. She has two boys (21 months and 7 months) and they’d all love to meet other mums and children. Come on y’all, lets show them some good old SW London hospitality!…click here for details
On a similar note, Aecleland is trying to help her Au Pair meet some friends in the area…click here for details
Jackie Chan is in the building! ErinC is looking for two karate outfits for boys aged 5/6. Can you help dress these future black belts?…click here for details
BFW is looking for a good GP in SW11, can you suggestion a top doc?…click here for details
Rebs30000 has just purchased the oyster pram and also has the carrycot and pushchair. Should she buy the car seat too?…click here for details
Sunnybirchs’ son is starting in reception class at St Boniface in September and is looking to meet other children over the summer who are starting too…click here for details
Can you help answer these travel queries?
SK is looking for warm November holiday ideas with a 2.5 year and 4 month old (click here) Botanycamping have opened a new glamping and camping sitenear Longleat House and safari park (click here), GBB would love Seychelles’ hotel suggestions…click here for details
Our House and Garden section is busier than a teacher’s end of school year party!
Mummy_dani asks if anyone has used the “Done and Dusted” cleaning company? We have and they’re brilliant! (click here). Mummybear wants to buy a toddler single bed, shop suggestions please? (click here) Exhausted23s’ daughter blew every light in the house and the very wonderful Phillip at Balham Electrical Services sorted it all out! (click here) Mmb needs a structural survey, any recommendations? (click here) Fr007 has a delightful 2 bedroom semi-detached house to let in the Tonsleys, Wandsworth (click here) and lastly Helen77 asks if you can anyone recommend someone to plaster /repair a collapsed ceiling and a company to replace a window?…click here for more details
And onto things to do! Bully, bully bully: there is new hockey club in town! Wanderers Hockey Club, based at Battersea Park, are setting up a new junior hockey section starting in September (click here), Do you have a budding Spielberg? Young Film Makers is for those who want to get a taste of making movies (click here) Play with Clay Holiday Workshops is a beginners archery course. Only joking! It’s pottery classes in Streatham (click here) and The Dream F.C are opening Development Squads for children aged 7-11 (click here)
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That’s it, have a wonderful week!!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team