Does an au-pair do housework? Crossrail 2 route switched AGAIN! All change on Northcote Road.

Last Updated on : 16th July 2017

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

We’ve just come back from a Mark Warner holiday to Greece.

In a bid to teach the children some financial responsibility we let them “sign” for drinks at the bar, on the strict instructions they could only have three soft drinks a day, plus as much water as they wanted.

Mr NVN kept a close eye on proceedings for the first few days and then relaxed his monitoring, believing they’d proved they could be trusted.

As we checked out the receptionist proudly presented us with a bill that was seventeen pages long.

They may have only been buying themselves three softies a day, but they’d also been buying “rounds” for almost every other child in the resort. Lakitira must have resembled the bar scene in Bugsy Malone for most of the fortnight we were there.

Mr NVN went pink under his sunburn and sat the children down for a lecture.

“Do you know we are the only family to have EVER had a bill that’s stretched over seventeen pages,” he told the solemn children.

There was silence.

“Come on kids, what does that tell you about your behaviour?”

There was more silence and then my youngest piped up, “that we’ve won a prize?”


Here’s the rest of what you’ve been talking about on NappyValleyNet…

‘Should an au-pair do housework and what exactly counts as housework?’, asks M2M. Great questions and I won’t ask Mr NVN as he has never actually done any! (read more).

A local nursery with, literally, an outstanding, reputation is having to close at short notice due to issues with their premises (read more). If you can help, please do!

It’s also all change on Northcote Road. Spar is closing, Pintus needs our help to get their extension through planning and Rosita will become il Macellaio (read more).

Sticking with food, Nims wonders if you have eaten at the Gordon Ramsay restaurant on Battersea Square? Let her know whether the Shouty Chef’s SW11 venue is worth a visit? (read more).

There are EIGHTY THREE flats coming to Jaggard Way by Wandsworth Common Station and if you want to have a say on this development you only have a couple of days to make yourself heard (read more)

IndyB would love some advice. They’re buying a house and the seller wants to take EVERYTHING! Curtains, curtain rails AND a tree! Is that normal? (read more)

Do you remember our post “Husband Doesn’t Want Me to Drink?” Well we’ve had some more contributions. Ranging from the sensible to a few I’ve had to delete! (read more).

CrossRail2 is back in the news. Looks like the preferred route has switched AGAIN! (read more).

Sticking with transport, there are some pretty big disruptions coming to the Waterloo line this August, write Bens Canteen. They want you to know that they have some fabby work-spaces available if you’d rather stay local during this torrid time and you get to eat their amazing Scotch Eggs too! (read more). 

Emma wonders if anyone is having any outdoor tiling done right now? She has one loose tile and doesn’t want to buy a 20KG bag of grout! (read more)

More advice for the NVN’er about to embark on an emotional affair. WALK AWAY NOW, is the crux of it! (read more).

SB is looking for a social media consultant. Know a wizard with Instabook and SnapFace? (read more)

A number of you had a long list of concerns for Wandsworth Police and they have come back and addressed them one by one. Thanks MPS and if you are taking part in this discussion please remember to keep your comments polite! (read more)

And lots more advice for the NVN’er wondering if she should take a new job when she’s just pregnant with number 2. Thanks everyone! (read more).

We LOVE Jo Alexander garden furniture and they’re having another pop-up on Northcote Road. It’s on the 5th and 6th of August and definitely worth a look (read more).

Do you know of any teenagers looking for work experience? If so this post might be for you! (read more)

Have you seen all the publicity for the first inter-generational nursery? It’s been EVERYWHERE and they have an open day TODAY! (read more).

NG is looking for a fondant free baker for a christening cake? Can you suggest a Mr Kipling for Nappy Valley? (read more).

SLD is looking for secure bike parking around Balham. Know somewhere secure for this Easy Rider? (read more)

SL is STILL having problems with her neighbours playing football late into the night. MM has suggested a garden hose – a step too far? (read more)

SamT is looking for a villa in the Algarve for an extended family outside school holidays. Any ideas for a semi by the sea? (read more)


And onto your school and nursery posts…

Northcote House nursery has just had it’s OFSTED rating changed – a number of you are wondering about your options in light of this? (read more)

Both Noah’s Ark and Eaton House are getting good feedback. Well done! (read more)

Pyra wonders if there if anyone has any second hand Newton Prep uniform for sale? (read more)


We have more House & Garden queries than Wimbledon has tennis balls!

Landmark are doing something amazing with loft conversions. 14 days! Yup you read that right! (read more).  JR wants to tell you about insurance for basement digs (read more). CH is after a chimney sweep! (read more).  BCKW is looking for a benevolent landlord! (read more).  C. wants to recommend a great garden designer (read more).  AN is looking for sash window renovation (read more)  ET has a complete Italian kitchen for sale (read more).  IMC wonders which shutter company to use? (read more). KJG has a 2-bed Earlsfield flat to rent (read more)


It’s totally free to post your for sale, wanted and recycling adverts!

For SaleBugaboo Bee Chassis (read more).  For Sale: Antix French farmhouse table (read more)  Wanted: canvas stretching staple gun (read more).


Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team


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