My daughter, with her entire primary school year group, has just set off on a school trip.
They’re travelling to the Highlands and part of the experience is a night on a mountain, under a shelter that they’ve built themselves.
We hosted a sleepover for her and a couple of friends before they left. Over breakfast my eldest was doing his best to impress them with his Bear Grylls like tales of bush craft and bravery from the same trip the previous year.
“It’s like the Hunger Games out there so choose your team wisely and find shelter quickly”
The girls nodded sagely. He warmed to his theme.
“Every team needs a cook. Without food you won’t survive the night on the mountain.”
The girls nodded again and exchanged murmurs of agreement.
I allowed myself a little burst of pride. My Wandsworth darlings may come across as a bit urban but deep down they loved the outdoors as much as the next child.
“And volunteer for washing up duty whenever it’s offered. Only that team may charge their iPads.”
Here’s what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
Sunn007 would like some inspiration for online clothes shopping. Where do *you* shop? She particularly needs help for work outfits…click here for details
RR would like to know if she can ask her nursery to be more careful over the paint that’s ruining her son’s clothes?..click here for details
Greyingmum is a great friend of NVN, she wonders where she might buy tombola prizes in bulk, preferably with a Wild West Theme?Howdy Partner!…click here for details
“Where to eat in Wandsworth” is packed with even more suggestions! Curry Leaf anyone?…click here for details
From “where to eat” to “what to do” – if you’re short of half-term ideas, check out our fabby activities guide! Tons and tons and tons of ideas!…click here for details
SD has a little one starting at Wimbledon Park School and is worried how she’s going to make “wrap around” care work? Please help if you can, she’s getting stressed!…click here for details
A stationers on Northcote Road has banned unaccompanied children. Fair or foul?…click here for details
I love pop-ups! And now there is a pop-up gallery in Southfields! Is that a pop-up place for presenting pictures potentially painted by Picasso?…click here for details
Minnie wants to know where to buy a ready-made picnic? She’s organising a baby shower and as her friend is almost due it’s at her house AND a surprise. Wow, I hope the shock doesn’t bring forward the birth!…click here for details
RachelRay has posted the supermarket trolleys are dirtier than toilets so please wipe them before you use them!…click here for details
Jane101 is looking for Fathers Day gift ideas. Any fabby ideas anyone?…click here for details
MD’s son has been referred to a paediatric cardiologist regarding a heart murmur. Can anyone recommend someone? I REALLY hope we can help!…click here for details
More bounce for your buck! Capital Play are great friends of NVN and they’re promoting pretty big discounts on JumpKing trampolines. I want the 15ft by 10ft oval “Elephant Launcher”. Actually I made the name up but it’s really 15ft by 10 ft..click here for details
M2t2012 has been invited to a 25th wedding anniversary party. Do you have a great gift idea?…click here for details
Our friends at First Aid for Life have posted some pretty scary stats on medical emergencies and why nannys need first aid training…click here for details
SamT is off to the Cotswolds and wonders if you know of any good pubs/pretty villages in that area? Mr NVN just heads off to the nearest Wetherspoons so I won’t even try asking him. Anyone else?…click here for details
MMM asks about buying milk abroad. They’re, off to Majorca soon but not sure about making up formula, a problem compounded by her little one being on prescription milk. Can they boil the local water and make up formula as they would at home?…click here for details
Pumpkin needs help arranging charity event. “Have any of you ladies have ever organised something similar or just have any tips for me?” she wonders…click here for details
Our great friends at LikeMinders are now offering permanent nannys! Great to see your business expanding!…click here for details
Did you have your baby at St Georges? The St Georges Maternity Forum needs more “Parent Reps” – can you help?…click here for details
LB asks what would be a good film for The Exhibit for an 8 year old boy’s birthday party. My favourite film is Bridesmaids but that’s not very helpful. Anyone else?..click here for details
Lovemykids wonders how much baby sitting costs in London? Is 10 pounds an hour about right?…click here for details
Muddlemoo is searching for a speech therapist for her five year old autistic son. He’s currently with someone they don’t really rate so any personal recommendations would be really helpful…click here for details
Can you help with our travel questions? KH is thinking of a summer stacation – any ideas? (click here) Mummy (love the user-name, short and to the point) is looking for a short UK break, not with a long drive and great food (click here). Is this a schools question or a travel question?Scribbler is off to Copenhagen and looking for advice on schools and areas! (click here) and Ali has decided to head off to the Amalfi coast for the May school holiday. SO jealous! Any suggestions where to stay?...click here for more details
Our schools section is busier than a pub full of Arsenal fans!
Wandsworth Council have reacted to the long running story about the school place squeeze in Earlsfield by posting that if parents don’t want to take up the offered places at the Mosaic School, they will now be offered Smallwood (click here). T&R wonders if the Belleville nursery is any good? (click here). 2BM is really keen to talk to anyone about their experience with Eaton House The Manor Prep school (click here), Mariammaxwellday has just moved to the area and was wondering which were the best schools? Wow, that is a BIG question! (click here) and SoConfused has posted details of the top 10 London Prep schools…click here for details
Our House and Garden section is busier than a Hull fan’s tear ducts!Cheesesandwich needs slimline sliding glass doors and wants to get some quotes (click here) 2boysmum is looking for someone to tidy up their tiny SW11 garden. (click here) Anootka is looking for a 3 bed house in Southfields/Putney. (click here) Tilly&Roo wants underfloor heating installation recommendations (click here) Oliver2012 is angling for an architect for planning permission. (click here) VKAC needs acarpenter for bedroom wardrobes in a loft conversion.(click here) and Simon_Bradley wants to recommend a construction and home renovation company in Battersea. …click here for more details
Looking for things-to-do? Check these out!
GambadoChelsea1 Autism Friendly Morning at Gambado Chelsea June 1 Sunday.(click here) Eos Dance School is always open! (click here) There is Half Term Holiday Care at Balham Community Centre. (click here) and there is a Free Art taster class in Southfields.(click here)
Don’t forget AnnabelsArcade our totally free buying and selling site!
That’s it, have a wonderful week!!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team