The most popular baby names for 2014 have been released (click here).
It’s a bit of a sore point in my household. For our eldest I managed to keep a tight hold over the naming rights but when our youngest appeared Mr NVN “kicked off” and demanded, at the very minimum, full decision making authority over her first name.
He eventually settled on being an “influencer” for her second.
Anyway, in a moment of madness I relented and agreed to copy his Great Grandmother’s nickname, so my daughter now answers to monikers synonymous with Edwardian scamps and Victorian scullery maids.
Last week we were in a shop in the Lake District when my eldest ran excitedly across the room. “Look, look a DVD with her name on it!”
He pointed towards my daughter, “I’ve NEVER seen that name anywhere! Like ever, ever, ever! We have to buy it.”
Errr, that DVD would be “Betty Blue” and I don’t think we’ll be watching it as family for a very long time.
Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):
Its not just Ed Sheeran who has local roots! A VERY famous US singer is spending his 70th birthday in SW London. All together, “Bye, Bye Miss…”…click here for details
Sticking with music, Bucks Fizz may have had a top ten hit with “My Camera Lies…” but NVN’er Jessica is unhappy with the output from her camera and would like a bunch of old photos “touched-up” (stop laughing at the back please!). Who might pamper her prints?…click here for details
It turns out a “Naturopathic Doctor” isn’t a real doctor. Glad we sorted that one out!…click here for details
The aggressive door-to-door seller has upset a lot of you including, and this must have been horribly scary, entering your home in one case. Some suggestions for how to deal with him. Thank you everyone!…click here for details
It’s Moral Maze time! If you organise a playdate is it OK to send your nanny in your place? Does your answer change if the host mother is expecting some fellow-mum company?…click here for details
Like buses you wait ages for an Au Pair meet up and then two come along at once!…click here for details
Klippy is searching for a relationship therapist as her friend didn’t get all she wanted from Relate. Can you suggest one?…click here for details
MTC is understandably a little nervous as her 13 month old daughter is about to start nursery. What advice might you give her? MTC, not her little one obvs!…click here for details
You know Faircatch, the fish people? They’ve got another distribution point. Roll over to “Cakes By Robin” if you fancy some “Gruppa Fish by Guy.”…click here for details
R4T is looking for kids activities to fill the “schooling gap”. This is that awkward space between kids clubs finishing and school actually starting, basically from 8am in the first week of September. #InsetDayNightmare…click here for details
YoungAtHeart is about to undergo a pretty major op, good luck YAH! She’s looking for a chef to cook meals while she is recuperating, can you suggest someone?…click here for details
Pie81 lost a wallet along Montholme Road, shout if you found it and fingers crossed for a safe return (click here). More happily, Gemma’s daughter lost her Peppa Pig. MrsMac found it and handed it to the baby clothes stall! Well done MrsMac, if you ping me I think we can find a bottle of champagne as a reward!..click here for details
CT is looking for somewhere to service a Land Rover and Julian Tennis Coach wants the same but for a Land Cruiser…click here for details
Eurrgghh, a Wandsworth Store has been closed due to a rodent infestation…click here for details
Two travel questions! Bilpa is looking for private villa recommendations for Spain for next year (click here) and Erica is off to Greece next month and wonders howeasy it is to manoeuver a stroller on Paros and Mykinos?…click here for details
A very scary story. A pram was sucked into the path of a speeding train. Luckily there were no injuries but it is a warning for us all…click here for details
We have a TON of situations vacant. Seriously, we have NEVER had more! Marketing for a boutique tour company, a full-time role in property and a procurement manager are just SOME of the roles on offer right now! Good luck if you are job searching!…click here for details
Hyde Ranger would like to say thank you to everyone who helped her husband after a road traffic accident last week. It sounds like he is fine and it looked a lot worse than it actually was. Great news!…click here for details
SISA is looking for Balham based personal trainer recommendations. Feel the burn!…click here for details
SJH mummy is looking to meet new mums, what’s the best way for her to do this, she asks?…click here for details
HD wonders if you’ve seen binmen throwing recycling in with the general rubbish. He certainly has!…click here for details
GCSE and A Level results have been announced. First off I’d like to say a massive congratulations to everyone involved: pupils, teachers and schools. Some of the local results are behind this link, please do add any others you know of!…click here for details
We love fetes and the Bellevue Road fete is almost here! Yay! On September the 20th the street with be full of delicious food; a hog roast, cheeses, charcuterie, cakes, and washed down with a glass of Prosecco, there won’t be a hungry tummy in sight! You got Mr NVN at charcuterie! (click here).
We REALLY love fetes and the St John’s Hill Festival is almost here. (click here). On September the 13th the pavements will be lined with traders selling gorgeous food, drink, fashion, jewellery, homewares and more. You got me at jewellery!
We REALLY REALLY love food festivals and the Balham Food Festival is back. It’s on the 27th of September to the 4th of October and they’ll thirty food and drink stalls, demonstrations, live music and children’s entertainment. You got me at thirty five stalls! (click here).
From food festivals to dentists, make sure you brush properly after all that eating! To help you even more our friends at Glow Dental have pulled together the answers to some of your most common children’s dental questions! (click here).
Finally, it’s your house and garden questions: we have more than David Cameron has Pringles!
Mary needs someone to fit a small TV in her kitchen (click here). Campbell2 is looking for shutter suggestions (click here). GYF wonders who can build a walk-in wardrobe? (click here). RS needs a cleaner in the Earlsfield area (click here). Bellahoff needs the same for SW18 (click here). Cocobean ALSO needs a cleaner but for Fulham! (click here). LSM wonders who might fit a cat flap (click here) Avip needs someone to install a garden fence (click here), Lastly, Jane Graham gets recommended for all your boiler work! (click here).
Annabel’s Arcade is our “totes free” buying and selling site!
Are you selling a Balance Bike? Newbie would love to buy one! (click here), Editrix is selling a hexaganol play pen (click here) and ABM is selling one of those AMAZING trike transporters that one imagines is very popular in Holland, it’ has to be seen to be believed! (click here)
Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!!
Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team