Knotweed hits Nappy Valley. Coolest local bars and restaurants. Splitting the family home in a divorce?

Last Updated on : 29th August 2017

“Look, look!” screeched my daughter, “over there!”

We’ve just come back from a holiday in the Lake District.

As a family we don’t spend nearly enough time outdoors.

As we drove up the final stages on the M6, where the fells and sheep start to appear beside the motorway, my daughter had been regaling us with stories of the last time she’d been in the countryside…

“That’s what chased us,” she continued pointing excitedly out the window, “three of those, they’re really really fierce.”

“Do you mean those brown things?” asked my son.

“Yes,” she said, “they’re massive and really mean.”

“Cows,” said my son, “you were chased by a pack of killer cows?”

“I’m not sure what they are,” she replied, failing to pick up on his sarcastic tone, “but they should be kept in cages like in the zoo.”

Ok, so perhaps we need to spend a LOT more time out of London.


Here is what you’ve been talking about on NVN!:

Another week and another set of brilliant exam results, this time GCSEs – well done all: Alleyn’s (read more) Emanuel (read more), Bolingbroke Academy (read more) Chestnut Grove (read more).  Dulwich College (read more)  Ernest Bevin College (read more)  JAGS (read more) King’s College School (read more). Streatham & Clapham High School (read more).Sydenham High School (read more) Trinity (read more) Whitgift (read more) Thames Christian College (read more), Wimbledon High (read more) and Woldingham (read more)

Last week we reported on some fantastic A Level results too – here are even more for us to be proud of: Chestnut Grove (read more) Dulwich College (read more) King’s College School (read more) and Sydenham High School (read more).

S has given up resisting The Game of Thrones phenomena. Can she borrow your box set?! (read more) Oooh I think I’ve heard of that show – it’s quite popular right?

Tooting has been named as one of the top ten ‘coolest neighbourhoods to visit’ in the world (yes, the world) by Lonely Planet. I’m feeling rather proud. (read more).

From something cool to seriously UNCOOL. Japanese Knotweed is a bit like the Trump presidency, you know it’s out there but it’s quite scary if you think about it too much. So where has it landed in Nappy Valley? (read more)

MSPC asks what are the rules if you’re on a 3 month notice period but may well have to leave after just one or two weeks? (read more)

We’re hitting the road again and this time to check out your favourite cocktail bars(someone’s got to do it..). Tell us your faves and we’ll spread the word (read more).

A TV production company is looking for willing participants for a new series – robots are involved! (read more)  Hasn’t anyone WATCHED Terminator?

Nielson are looking for mums willing to do some research in central London – it involves wearing a harmless cap which will monitor your reactions! (read more) Harmless cap? That’s what they said about the Sorting Hat in Harry Potter and look what almost happened there!

Sticking with hats: M is a local mum who’s written an illustrated children’s book, Hats of Faith (read more).

The Balham Food Festival is on in late September (read more).  They had me at food.

AW is considering holding a pop-up Caribbean Supper Club at Barmouth Road Kitchen in October – any takers? (read more) Yup, they had me at supper!

Three pubs are offering free children’s entertainment and activities on Sunday lunchtimes so you can kick back, relax and settle into a long lunch (read more).  And they had me at lunch!

KN is looking for a Justice of the Peace to verify documents outside of court (read more)

E is back on the work trail and would love help updating her CV (read more). The last two posts have been about a JP and a CV! Can we keep the two letter acronyms going with the next post…?

Nymum would love your feedback on Wandsworth Prep. (read more). That’ll be a no on the acronym side, unless we can shorten it to WP? OK, just a no then!

M would welcome your advice on what to do about splitting the family homeduring a divorce (read more).

H would love to arrange a get together with a few other au pairs for her new Swedish au pair (read more). Hej Hej!

A. asks if you’re fed up with ironing? If so, she can help! (read more)

A cat called Oscar has gone missing from the Heaver Estate. Have you seen the fleet-footed feline? (read more).

AN is looking for a dentist who is a surgeon – if he or she spoke French and were open on Saturdays, all the better! (read more)

AVW is looking for Christmas markets or school fairs where she can sell her wares.  Any pointers? (read more) Christmas already? Noooo!


We have more travel posts than the Lake District has lakes!

S has some last minute availability in Spain for parents with small children for half price. Pack your bags! (read more)  You’re still talking about the Caribbean in November…sigh (read more).  P would love to have your recommendations for where to go skiing with kids (read more).


Looking for a new challenge? We have more “Sits Vac” than the Lake District has rain!

E would love to find a tutor available in September for her daughter in Year 5 (read more).  Clara Bee is looking for an experienced finance manager (read more).  S is looking for an after-school nanny from September in Wandsworth (read more).  WJ needs wrap-around care to do school drop-off and pick-up near Clapham Common (read more).  SM is looking for a housekeeper/cleaner three mornings a week ‘Between the Commons’ (read more).


We have more activities posts than the Lake District has, errrr, walks!

H. has posted to let us know that her son and his friend had a brilliant time at Camp Suisse this summer (read more)  M has asked if you have any ideas for things to do off the beaten track with children? (read more)  Nanos Spanish are celebrating their new classes at Eddie Catz Earlsfield with a free session! (read more)  Interested in your children learning Mandarin?  Lessons are booking up fast (read more).  Kula Wellbeing is holding a Iyengar Yoga workshop in September (read more).  The Avenue Cookery School has posted details of their kids’ after-school or weekend cookery classes in SW18 (read more).  Open Air Fit have got their last week of multi-sports camps up on Clapham Common this week with one dedicated to football too (read more).  A would love to find a hands-on science club in Clapham (read more).  M is looking for Saturday morning tennis lessons for her daughters (read more).


We have more House and Garden questions than the Lake District has sheep!

Our neighbourhood has been featured in the ES Homes & Property section as being the best of both worlds – green space and city life.  We already knew! (read more)  H is looking for a masonry expert who can repaint and then limewash a chimney breast (read more).  IB would love a recommendation for an end-of-tenancy cleaner (read more).  E asks how much a party wall surveyor should cost? (read more).  Remember a post some time ago about whether the commute into town is better from Clapham Junction or Clapham South? It really got you talking! (read more)  TM’s oven needs a professional clean – recommendations please! (read more)  B’s post about whether a decorating quote was high or reasonable has produced a few recommendations and thoughts! (read more)


And here are you for sale and wanted posts!

For sale: a Maxi Cosi Tobi car seat (read more) a pair of pretty M&S sling backs (read more) a brand new Bathstore mirrored cabinet (read more) and wanted: a family car (read more) an Uppababy piggyback board (2014) (read more).



Phew, that’s it, have a fabby week


Annabel and the NappyValleyNet team


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