Do you check your partner’s email? Child car seat rules changing. Rise in thefts from bike sheds?

Last Updated on : 9th May 2016

Dear NappyValleyNetter,

My recent “Applegate” email elicited a stack of responses from users with similar stories.

My favourite was a NappyValleyNetter who dropped her phone down the loo “post-use” “pre-flush” as she so delicately put it.

After taking wise counsel from Google she buried the damp device in a tub of rice to dry.

Which took two days because it was very, very wet.

On the Friday evening she returned home from work to find her husband back early from a week long business trip.

Unaware of her mobile machinations he was happily tucking in to a big bowl of rice that he’d just cooked from, yes you’ve guessed it, the tub she hadn’t quite got around to clearing away.

“I can’t tell him,” she signed off, “as I’ve broken three phones in nine months and he’s threatening to give me a Nokia brick for Christmas.”

Hm mm…I’m not convinced that’ll be the first thing on his mind if he ever finds out!


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

weekly1“DoYouCheckUp” asks if you read your partners email/texts/Facebook accounts? She thought that “most people did it” but her friends on a recent night out disagreed. Errr not quite sure about that! (click here).

Changes to the rules on car seats should come into force later this year. We’ve rounded up what you need to know here.

Friday was Masterchef final night and talented local Billy was down to the last three. (Spoiler Alert): We’re gutted he didn’t win but we STILL think Billy is amazing and if we bump into local judge Mr T. over the halibut in Moxons we may serve him a portion of cold shoulder (click here)

Last week’s post from HWSF about her parents-in-law have offering a “strings attached” gift to pay her little one’s school fees has had a stack of replies – thank you everyone! (click here)

Our great friends at LikeMinders have posted details of their summer holiday childcare services. They have holiday nannies on call for as long or as short a time as you need them. Thanks for posting LM! (click here).

weekly3ST is looking for tattoo artist suggestions. Know a top “inker” in the ‘Valley? (click here)

LM would LOVE to use the Lido in the forthcoming sunshine. If any mums fancy joining her to share “childwatching” duties then check out this thread! (click here)

MC wonders if you have had any problems using the Mercedes dealership in Chelsea? (click here)

SB asks if you’ve used Costas in Earlsfield or Pro-Kut in Balham for children’s haircuts? Recommend them? (click here)

weekly4A brand new Great Little Trading store has just opened by Southside in Wandsworth. Six thousand square feet showing off a ton of furniture, storage, accessories and toys – I popped in for the launch last week and it’s brilliant AND massive!

Shanks asks for help: she *really* needs your insight on going through the procedure for a posterior v*ginal wall prolapse repair” (starred to bypass email filters). Thank you. (click here)

Oab wonders what the commute from “BTC” to Newton Prep is like? Nightmare or walk in/by the park? (click here).

weekly6SW11lite would LOVE your tips on how to fly with a six month old? (click here). Errr… separate planes?

The debate around Neals Lodge on Wandsworth Common is as busy as ever.  A maladministration complaint has been filed; a copy of which has been posted behind this link (click here)

MTC is hoping to change career and asks if you can recommend a coach to help her make the switch? Those lovely people at the Battersea Flower Station have already recommended someone. Now THAT’S flower power! (click here)

weekly5Hornsby House have announced that they’ve just won the National U11 mixed team gymnastics champions! Wow, well done! That officially makes the winning team bendier than a rubber band! (click here)

LLD would love some advice. Her eldest is in full time day care and she’s expecting her second (congrats!). Is it a good idea to keep this arrangement or should her eldest be at home, at least some of the time, too? (click here)

MTC is hoping to find a long-distance swimming instructor. This is not the same as a long distance relationship where you live in different cities but someone who’ll teach her to actually swim between cities, as it were (click here)

Clueless (love the username) is searching for a tailor/dressmaker. Do you know the Coco Chanel of NappyValley? (click here)

Looking to meet other mums? From German speaking to Arabic speaking we have a stack of mummy-meet-up requests! (click here)

Our friends at Lords of London spent the last bank holiday playing with a KitchenAid Artisan Mixer! Kale and Celery Shake anyone??? (click here).


And a Trunki full of travel questions!

MTC is looking for your Cornwall travel recommendations (click here). Joola needs the same but in St Malo (click here). Our great friends at Camp Suisse have announced the return of Lac Du Taney on their Swiss holiday camp programme – I SO want to go and I’m WAY too old! (click here) TWO requests for villa rental and family holiday suggestions in the Canary Islands (click here) and (click here) and Gitcombe Cottages in Devon have posted details of their 30% off special offers – thanks guys! (click here)


Turn your papers over now and read the questions carefully! Here comes our schools posts!

Open mornings are starting to appear on our calendar – thank you everyone and keep them coming! (click here), Pud1 has a question about St Anselms compared to St Boniface and the chances of entry? (click here), The date for the Wandsworth Test has been brought forward! (click here). The private vs. independent school debate has reared it’s head again. Is it really about resources, some of you ask? (click here), CathH wants personal recommendations for a speech therapist (click here), Finally, CL is searching for feedback on Chestertons Primary School. They have a place but should they take it up? (click here).


Looking for a new challenge? We have STACKS of vacancies!

We’ve known the the lovely Skylark people on Wandsworth Common ever since they started and they’ve grown so much they now need a P/T finance manager (click here)Done & Dusted is a fabby local cleaning company and they’ve a job share vacancy in their admin department. Lovely people and well worth checking out! (click here). Wordbird is a local healthcare comms agency aiming to find a flexible office manager (click here). Tendredeal sounds like a FABBY idea. It’s a boutique for French children’s designers and they’re hoping to hire home-based digital marketing manager (click here) PurpleDragon are on the look-out for a CRM/digital marketing assistant. It’s a Wimbledon based role (click here). Park Gardens is a nursery based in SW18 and they’re hunting for a PA/office manager (click here). M.A. is a musical adventure company searching for a P/T marketeer (click here) Finally, a dynamic Quinoa start-up (!) needs a French speaking accountant! (click here)


We have more “House and Garden” questions than Princess Charlotte has cute baby pics!

MM needs your gardener recommendations (click here). On the same theme, L. would love your lawn-care-wizard suggestions (click here). SW is STILL searching for a trouble shooting plumber – any ideas? (click here). R.needs a temporary home for his family, they’re between completion dates and are looking for accommodation for 8 weeks (click here) CM is trying to decide between water or electric underfloor heating – any ideas? We’ve already had some a great response from Good London Builders – thanks everyone and keep them coming! (click here) BB wonders if you’ve got the number for a great local handyman? (click here). FA is after brick re-pointing specialists (click here). Cfoxheel is searching for a great local carpet store (click here). Lastly, DP needs professional oven cleaning companies (click here)


Looking to buy or sell? It’s totally free to post your items on NappyValleyNet

FOR SALE: a John Lewis white crib (click here), a 5ft Bette bath (click here) and a Melissa and Doug set of wooden toys (click here)


Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week!


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team

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