“What on earth are you doing?”
It was a reasonable question, Mr NVN was sitting all alone in the kitchen wearing a barbers cape and holding a set of clippers.
“Well you know I spend £10 a week at the barbers?” he explained.
Seeing as it took them two minutes to clipper his round and shiny head, the visits seemed pretty expensive on an hourly basis.
“Well I thought I could save cash and the the children could earn some pocketmoney cutting my hair,” he said.
“Makes sense I suppose, but how much did all this kit cost?”
I motioned to the cape, the clippers, the neck tape and even a little rubber mat that sat like an S&M yoke on his shoulders.
“About 100 quid from Amazon but I’ll get it all back in a few months.”
“No you won’t because I’m not doing it,” came a little voice from the living room.
It was my eldest who, as I turned around, I could see sat huffily on the sofa, if its possible to sit huffily.
“I am not cutting some old blokes hair for a pound”, he complained, “we’ve studied the living wage at school and that’s not a living wage.”
“Don’t worry, I’ll do it,” I said.
I could sense his confusion, this wasn’t what he was expecting.
“£20 plus tip and for every single word you speak its another pound.”
Like a little Guppy fish he opened and closed his mouth a few times, trying to decide whether to waste money arguing, then he just nodded.
Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
Coldatchristmas linked to an article about a woman who received a parking ticket whilst giving birth…click here for details
Boojackson has posted about a nanny she felt was neglectful. Her charge was nearly run over and she thinks the parents should know…click here for details
Pippa Middleton and her stockbroker boyfriend have been spotted house hunting in Battersea. There goes the neighbourhood! (click here). Still on Battersea, PaulSmith has a history of the area that he thought might be interesting!…click here for details
Sticking with celebs, which global smash hit TV show is filming in NappyValley right now! Errr…Eastenders?…click here for details
The campaign to “Save the Romany” is STILL going strong! Our community is facing is the very real prospect of losing a very rare community asset…click here for details
I needed some DIY help. Who came to my rescue?…click here for details
SM’s neighbour is building a loft extension but it’s a “new” style and might encroach on her light and privacy. I didn’t realise how popular these are becoming, but not everyone is happy…click here for details
BMS thinks her own brother is stealing her little ones baby clothes. What should she do?…click here for details
Lalectrice explains that the Bexsero vaccine is to be given to children on the NHS but that there are delays. Has anyone given their child the vaccine privately, she wonders?…click here for details
I REALLY hope we can help with this! Redshoe Girl’s mother has Parkinsons and brittle bones and urgently needs a hip operation. However it won’t happen on the NHS until the Autumn and her mother needs it now, any advice on how to speed it up?…click here for details
Moop would like some lovely window boxes and was wondering if anyone could recommend someone who arranges them or whether anyone has tips for doing it themselves…click here for details
Readbooks has found a fantastic Japanese café on Lavender Hill. I can sense some food awards coming!…click here for details
Amyfordo’s two year will leap into a swimming pool with no adult watching OR buoyancy aid. Would a Konfidence suit or something similar help, she wonders?…click here for details
L. wonders if anyone could suggest books about monsters not being real? Her 2.5 year old is getting spooked. They’re not real???…click here for details
Jellybob is moving to Streatham, is the Cavendish lodge nursery worth a look, she asks?…(click here) for details
Vanzoino wonders if the Clapham Manor School does some kind of discount for twins? Like a BOGOF for children?…(click here) for details
Pie81 is looking for cafes in the local area that have space for toddlers?…click here for details
Claire M is thinking of getting a Westie puppy. She knows that the Kennel Club has a list of assured breeders but might you have a personal recommendation? SIT!…click here for details
Mrs_pavlova wants to sell or give away her wedding dress, but is having no luck. Is there an Ebay for wedding dresses?…click here for details
NorthcoteLuvvie knows its environmentally unfriendly but he/she wants the new XC90 anyway!…click here for details
Pixi is searching for a good Chinese take away that delivers to the Northcote Road area?…click here for details
“First Aid for Life” asks, “do you know how to handle head injuries?” They’re very common in toddlers and young children, but do you know what’s serious and what’s not serious?…click here for details
Our friends at Like Minders are now able to find you a permanent nanny in addition to their temporary baby-sitting and childcare services (click here). We met Like Minders at our first ever fete and that now seems like a long, long time ago!
Sunny007 is looking for toy storage for a lounge. Under the sofa?...click here for details
Can you help with our travel questions? We have a suitcase full!
Twice_as_nice would like to arrange a SKY DIVE for her husband in Lake Garda, Italy (click here) Travel Designers have posted details of their exclusive offers to the Sani Resorts in Greece. (click here) AnuSatpute asks can someone recommend which Centre Parcs location would be ideal?(click here) Footiemum needs advice on travelling to Florida with three kids (click here) and Monaco would like feedback on their travel blog for families?…click here for details
Our schools section is busier than Nick Clegg’s career coach!
Mums United asks if Rutherford House School sold its soul to T-mobile/Orange by locating a mobile mast on it’s roof? (click here). Quinn’s child is starting reception at Belleville and would love information on the French CNED club. Does it start in reception? (click here) Calliwally asks has anyone had any experience of living out of catchment for St Mary’s and still successfully secured their child a place at the school?…click here for details
Our House and Garden section is much busier than the Northampton Saint’s fan club!
Redshoe Girl is selling a one bedroom flat on Crockerton Road SW17 (click here) Manuellee needs an “End of Tenancy” cleaning firm in Balham (click here) NPMum asks what is the current estate agent fee when selling a house? (click here) Gail0810 needs shutter company recommendations (click here) Acupoftea would love her radiators removed from the hallway, could someone recommend a plumber please with reasonable rates? (click here) MummyWalker is looking to get the pond in the garden filled in and the whole lawn returned (click here) Sunflower126 is looking for anyone who has had building works undertaken with Battersea Basements and Balmain and if so how you’d rate them.…click here for more details
Looking for things-to-do? Check these out!
Cookease are taking bookings for children’s cookery classes for 2-4 year olds (click here). Streatham Food Festival returns with four days of foodie fun for the whole family (click here) Waterlife Swim School has limited places remaining for Baby swimming classes (click here) Fancy Flamenco classes for pre-schoolers? (click here)
Lastly, don’t forget about all the upcoming Street Parties and Fetes. The Ritherdon Road street party on the 8th June. (click here) The Abbeville Fete is on the 28th June. (click here) and The Northcote Road Summer Fete on the 6 July…click here for more details
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That’s it, have a wonderful week!!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team