Tooting Con Artists, Battle of the Schools, Delicat Closing and TK Maxx opening soon

On Saturday my family suffered a severe wardrobe malfunction.

When I write “my family” I actually mean my husband and when I write “suffered” I mean it was the rest of us that felt the acute embarrassment.

We’re currently on holiday at The Martinhal in Portugal.

The sun is shining, the resort amazing and most of my family are down by the pool having a fantastic time.

The only downside is Mr NVN forgot his swimming shorts and so on Saturday morning I packed him off to the local village to buy a replacement pair.

I do not “quite” believe his story that the only shorts he could find were from “The Budgie Smuggler”s Warehouse”; but I write “quite” because wherever he did buy them certainly specialised in a cut and style that I am not sure are still socially acceptable.

When he strode up to the pool my daughter just squeaked, got off her sun lounger and walked away without saying a word. If this email is a bit brief it’s because I had to spend a good few hours coaxing her back to the family pool.

This is what you”ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth!):

Minnie is thinking of hypo-birthing. “If you “hypno-birthed” did you go on a course or use a CD”, she asks? Use a CD??? Surely you want a little more preparation than pressing “play”!…click here for details

Clapset asks if anyone is going to Cuba in the near future and if you are, would you bring her back some cigars? I don”t think this post is a wind-up but I am not entirely sure!…click here for details

Are you looking for some new furniture? Aspace on Northcote Road have a cracking Autumn sale on right now!…click here for details

Clarence wonders if you have read the Continium book? Is that the new “50 Shades”?…click here for details

Supergirl is cross that Starbucks pay no corporation tax, should we boycott them in Balham and Northcote Road she suggests?…click here for details

LIFE hair and beauty is now opening on Mondays and have posted details of a wonderful special offer to celebrate. A FREE cut & blow-dry when you have half head of highlights or a half price haircut with a full head colour, all valid on a Monday…click here for details

Euuurgh! That Latchmere cleanliness story just keeps running!…click here for details

LucyLou is considering the Bumble Bee nursery. Good idea or should she “buzz off” somewhere else?…click here for details

International childcare alert! Do you know of a German speaking babysitter (click here) an Italian playgroup (click here) or a Swedish nanny?…click here for details

“What are the pros and cons of using a childminder?” wonders Balham 3838?…click here for details

A Giraffe is on Kelmscott Road! Actually it”s a toy giraffe and it was found by Francesca Alexander. That”s the Francesca Alexander who owns the salon on Webbs Road, I bet the Giraffe now has lovely hair!…click here for details

Ella found a girl”s “history folder” on Clapham Common, do you know to whom it might belong to?…click here for details

Mamas and Papas are NOT getting a good press…click here for details

Hot on the heels of last weeks “insulation” con, this week we have another one. Tooting based door knockers are looking for money!…click here for details

Tamara found Downton Abbey upsetting. I have to say I had a little tear in my eye!…click here for details

The down escalator at Clapham South is out of action until March 2013! Ruby Tuesday has kindly posted a link to a petition if you”d like to complain…click here for details

Azilal is having a family get-together. Can you recommend a restaurant for 13?…click here for details

Lalectrice has badly damaged, post-pregnancy, baby battered hair. Can you you suggest a top treatment to transform her tresses?…click here for details

The Moscow State Circus is on Clapham Common! Any good? Anyone been?….click here for details

Northcote Dad is looking for a career change, do you know who might be able to give him some advice? Maybe the Moscow State Circus are hiring?…click here for details

Knee High have posted details of their project. They want to know what life’s like as a child under 5 years old to help them provide the best start for every child. For the typical NappyValley child I guess “busy” is a word that comes to mind!…click here for details

TK Maxx is opening soon and you”ve all been discussing how to make the most of it!…click here for details

Delicat on Northcote Road is closing, it will be replaced by……click here for details

And onto our House and Garden questions…

JinxyandJules are moving house and would like carpet and shutter recommendations. I recommend carpets on the floors and shutters on the windows! Job done…click here for details

Bloomers is looking to have a bathroom cabinet made. Who should build her bespoke bathroom cupboard?…click here for details

Winnie would like recommendations for a carpet cleaner…click here for details

Sticking with cleaners, Mccaleess needs someone to clean her wheelie bin with a spray gun…click here for details

Sagittarius thinks her kitchen needs refurbing. Who might supply new worktops, re-tile a splashback and add new cornicing?…click here for details

F&F would like to track down tiles for her front path. Can you suggest where she might look?…click here for details

Pens at the ready, here come the school”s questions!

Baba is thinking of Oliver House. Good idea?…click here for details

The Shaftesbury Park School tell us that if you”ve missed the open day don”t worry, you can call to arrange a visit at other times!…click here for details

JDMummy wonders is new to the area and wonders if she can get a place at Newton Prep as they don”t have a waiting list?…click here for details

Dinosaur wonders about open day etiquette. Can she bring her little one with her if she doesn”t have childcare. Some schools will operate a creche! Wow!…click here for details

It”s battle of the schools, Roche School versus Finton House. Who wins?…click here for details

There are HEAPS of Halloween activities that I simply must mention! Locale are having a special Halloween night event in their restaurant on Balham High Road(click here) Amanda from Amanda”s Action Club is taking over the Chelsea Theatre on the 4th of November for what can only be described as a MASSIVE event. I”m scared already! (click here) Eddie Catz are hosting their annual Halloween parties with “Twitch the Witch” and “Count Dracula” in Putney AND Wimbledon (click here) and our good friends at Gambado are having their own SPOOKTACUUULAAAARRRR party on the 31st here for details

The Christmas events have started and we”re kicking off our lists with a great one. The “Wandsworth Friends” are holding their Trinity Hospice Christmas Fair at Battersea Arts Centre on November the 14th from 9.30am – 3.00pm…click here for details

Planning on hitting the slopes? The Ski and Snowboard Show is a great place to start AND they have heaps of kids activities AND kids under 11 get in free AND they have a have-a-go airbag! Chocolat chaud anyone? here for details

AnnabelsArcade is our totally free buying and selling website. For sale this week:- a Jumparoo (click here), a Mamas and Papas playmat (click here) and FREE sleep suits (click here).

That”s it, have a great week!


Annabel and the Team


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