Which SW London postcode was voted best place to live? Every fatal/serious local road accident mapped. Dalai Lama visits local school. Can I use an au pair for a ten month old?

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

“What did you eat last night?”

On Saturday we were at a very large “milestone” fancy dress birthday party and Mr NVN, who has been on a bit of a health kick recently, had enjoyed the refreshments to their fullest extent.

We’d weaved back home at about 1am and I’d last seen my husband shortly afterwards, opening and closing cupboard doors looking for something to eat.

I hadn’t heard him pedal off to get a kebab, which was good news both from a road safety perspective and because he was wearing a bright green, skin tight, sheer “morph” suit. This had attracted admiring glances all evening, not for his physique but for his confidence to wear something that would have been inadvisable even if he were twenty years younger and five stone lighter. Goodness knows what the Balham Kebab Company would have thought; but it still didn’t solve the mystery of what he’d eaten.

“Ham sandwich,” he replied, “it was lovely,”

“We don’t have any ham,” I said.

“Well we did until I ate it,” he waved towards the fridge, “massive piece, it was lovely.

The hospitality has obviously affected his ability to use descriptive words other than lovely.

Then the penny dropped.

“Ahhh that’ll be the gammon we were going to have for Sunday dinner,” I said, “how did you cook it?”

“Cook it?”

He looked a bit vacant.

“Errr, I just ate it with some mustard and bread.”

He must have the constitution of an ox. I’ve been watching him for the last 24 hours and as far as I know he has shown no side effects from eating two pounds of raw pork. But what really irritates me is why I bother cooking at all, if serving up raw meat with mustard and carbs is all that’s needed to illicit a “lovely”.

Here is what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet (Wandsworth):

SW London postcodeOur celebrity thread is the conversation that just keeps giving. Who has been just been spotted eating on Northcote Road? Pre-Charlotte Proudman I’d have made make some comment about eye candy but now I’ll just reference his medical degree and polyglot-ism. And that he’s well fit…click here for details

Nutty wonders if you can recommend a nursery around Battersea Park? The Battersea Flower Station is fab. Oh, not THAT sort of nursery!…click here for details

Time Out surveyed twelve thousand people and guess which are the best areas to live in London? GO ON GUESS! It’s almost everywhere in Nappy Valley. Yay!..click here for details

TPTP is thinking of going to the opera. The Clapham Opera Festival. Worth a visit, she asks?…click here for details

SW London postcodeWould you use an au pair for a ten month old, asks M&M ?click here for details

Why are there not more solar panels on SW London roofs, asks Camille? Surely it’s a no-brainer she ponders?…click here for details

The Dalai Lama visited a local school last week. Really! We’ve got the pictures!…click here for details

SMum is looking for nanny share advice. Two separate contracts? How much is the going rate? Help gratefully received!…click here for details

On a similar theme we have TWO Aupair advice posts! SW18M wonders what the going rate might be for taking an aupair on holiday? (click here), finally RunnerBean would love your advice on hiring an au pair. How far ahead did you look? How much did you pay?, she wonders…click here for details

5Do you having a budding Mo Farah? LM does and she wonders if there is a local running club for kids?…click here for details

Mummy is going for a complete kitchen rebuild – who should she use/avoid?…click here for details

Elenimum has posted that the future of Wandsworth Children’s Centres are in doubt. The consultation has just ended (like yesterday) but that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t be aware of what’s in the pipeline…click here for details

6Anneso is looking for a wedding planner: who can help her plan her big day?..click here for details

 THREE health posts. Please do reply if you have any of the answers to these please!: Munchme’s 21 month old has just been diagnosed with astigmatism. Can you recommend an eye specialist? (click here), FTSW11 is looking for a private chicken pox vaccine (click hereand Mummybear is looking for an NHS dentist in Balham (click here).

Two road safety posts. I’ve put up a link to a TFL website which shows every serious road accident in London (click here) and it looks like a 20 MPH speed limit could be coming to Wandsworth’s roads. A great idea or unnecessary hassle?…click here for details

AthleteMannies wonder if you’d like an elite athlete looking after your children?..click here for details

Mumag is looking for brunch buffet recommendations. Any suggestions?…click here for details

Alice needs an accountant. If you know NappyValley’s top beancounter please shout!..click here for details

We have more school’s posts than Wales had post-match celebrations

AJM would like to recommend Cumner House, her little one loves it! (click here).

VHopeful is about to pay a deposit for Eaton House and wonders if she should go ahead? She’s a little concerned that she doesn’t hear as much “noise” about it as the Thomas’s schools (click here).

Still on the same theme, LEW asks what she should consider (teachers/space/results?) when choosing a primary school? (click here).

Nightingale wonders if anyone has delayed their littles ones start in reception at a private school? Good idea?..click here for details

Rutherford House has it’s first Ofsted report. Follow the link to find out more!…click here for details

In other news, Soriano is 42 and unexpectedly pregnant. Congratulations! Do you have any advice for her she asks?…click here for details

Nigel Turner is the most amazing local artist and he has a pop-up gallery this week at Oil and Water in Wandsworth Old Town from today till Friday! See you there!(click here).

Finally, it’s your house and garden questions: we have more than the Kardashian’s have selfies!

Muckyjean’s cellar keeps flooding. Three times! Can you suggest someone to help? (click here), CW has TWENTY tonnes of muck and dirt, what should she do with it? (click here). CQ is looking for suggestions for new toddler curtains. Her current set have strings which she is not keen on from a safety perspective (click here) Rainbow needs a local plumber (click here). KLW had a bad experience with a big name builder and now her side return needs some serious reparation. Recommend anyone? (click here). Mummy is about to do a full kitchen upgrade. Can you suggest firms to use/avoid? (click here) lastly Mummy 2-3 desperately needs packing boxes (click here)

Annabel’s Arcade is our “totes free” buying and selling site!

WANTED: a Mountain Buggy Duet (click here), FREE: two rabbits! (click here) and FOR SALE: an ASPACE bed (click here)

Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet.com Team


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