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There must be some Bristol mums here...

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maewest Fri 29-Dec-06 14:03:32

Or from surrounding area?

I am currently on maternity leave with my 5 month old DS and would like to meet up with other local mums.

PeachysaysBlwyddynNewyddDda Fri 29-Dec-06 18:46:23

There are some on here so keep bumping (i'm from justa cross the bridge, DH works in Bristol)

TinselgalacticWalrusOfLURVE Fri 29-Dec-06 18:47:09

I'm on the Bristol side of Bath, if that helps?

santasbaby Fri 29-Dec-06 18:50:53

Yes - just between Bath and Bristol. Hello

TinselgalacticWalrusOfLURVE Fri 29-Dec-06 18:51:41

Whereabouts? I live in Weston.

booge Fri 29-Dec-06 19:04:06

Clevedon here, but work in Bristol. On mat leave with DD nearly 3 months. Also have DS 18 months.

maewest Fri 29-Dec-06 21:56:15

Hi all - just off to bed, but wanted to acknowledge your posts . I live in East Bristol (the Bath side of Bristol if you will).

TheArmadillo Fri 29-Dec-06 22:12:55

I'm from Central/South Bristol.

There are a few others about as well.

Might be interested in meeting up as long as you promise you aren't an axe wielding maniac

Have 2yo ds.

maewest Sat 30-Dec-06 08:40:20

No - just the normal sleep-deprived psychosis, I don't even own an axe

TheArmadillo Sun 31-Dec-06 17:16:55

if you wanna get in touch - my email is

klmb_ilc at yahoo dot co dot uk

(remove spaces etc)

maewest Mon 01-Jan-07 20:04:06

ok - have emailed you

maewest Mon 01-Jan-07 20:04:41

Anybody else want to join in?

FestiveAtForty Tue 02-Jan-07 18:34:48

Hi - I'm on the Bristol side of Bath as well and have a 5 month old DD. Back to work this month but only p/t so am free some days, would be nice to meet some other mums. BTW I have met up with Maewest once before through MN and can happily report that she is a very nice axe-free lady!

TheArmadillo Tue 02-Jan-07 18:42:29

I've emailed back maewest.

Am quite happy to meet up with anyone who swears they are not an axe murderer

HAve car so can travel a bit.

booge Sun 07-Jan-07 19:18:47

I also could meet up sometime. I'm non axe-weilding. The zoo is a lovely place for a term time midweek lurk.

clothears Sat 13-Jan-07 06:53:54

I live in Weston. Im a single mum to DD nearly 2 and would really love to meet up with other MNers.
I will keep an eye on this thread to see what gets arranged or you can reach me
at clothears74 at hotmail dot com

princesscarrie Sat 13-Jan-07 16:45:38

Hi I live in pill and i'd love to meet some MNers in real life.

bobalinga Fri 09-Feb-07 19:42:49

Can I join in? I'm in Staple Hill. Have 4 kids but 3 are teenagers. My 3yo is at home with me and I don't really know anyone in Bristol

Flossam Fri 09-Feb-07 19:49:03

I'm about too. I live in Kingswood. Am up for meeting round abouts here! I have 2 yr old DS and pregnant with no 2. IGW is lovely we meet every few weeks, perhaps we could all set a date in the next few weeks?

TheArmadillo Fri 09-Feb-07 19:51:19

I'd be interested if anyone wants to arrange something.

<maewest turned out not to be an axemurderer thankfully >

Flossam Fri 09-Feb-07 20:00:22

Perhaps if we were to all post which days we could do? I'm free tues, thurs and fri most weeks.

TheArmadillo Fri 09-Feb-07 20:37:44

thurs and fri are usually good for me most weeks or weekend.

booge Fri 09-Feb-07 20:56:50

I'm on maternity leave at the mo so could do any day. DS is 2 in May and DD is 4 months.

bobalinga Sat 10-Feb-07 11:49:27

thursday and friay are best days for me. DD, 3, has cerebral palsy so anywhere needs to not have too many steps! I hope that no-one would feel uncomfortable with that. lease tell me!
There's a soft play place in Kingswood that is bus-able for me. that any good?
And no, I'm not an axe-murderer either!

TheArmadillo Sat 10-Feb-07 12:13:37

I think I know the soft play place you mean - castaways or something?

bobalinga Sat 10-Feb-07 16:53:50

Yup. They have a cafe area and a ball pool/climbing thingy.

TheArmadillo Sat 10-Feb-07 18:07:29

castaways would be good for me (I have a energetic 2yo)

Thirtyplusafew Sun 11-Feb-07 16:16:52

Hi all. I'm from Yate & would love to meet up with some other mums in the area. Moved here from London a few yrs ago. I have a very active 2yo. I work part time but I'm free on Mon & Fri's. I have only felt like murdering my hubby with an axe on a few occasions , but apart from that I am quite sane!!

bobalinga Sun 11-Feb-07 17:36:43

Sounds like friday might be a good day. How about the one after half term, in the morning?
This friday C has several appointments (nothing like a all-day hospital extraveganza to make one feel like an axe-murderer). Half term could be a hideous nightmare!
Maybe Castaways down in Kingswood?
Any takers?
They have a cafe, play area and soft mats for DD to lie on.

bobalinga Sun 11-Feb-07 17:38:30

Course, if anyone wants to come and play that would be good too. Going nuts with boredom here.

maewest Sun 11-Feb-07 17:53:07

ooh, how exciting, haven't looked at this thread for ages and there are lots of messages (thanks to TheArmadillo and F@F for confirming my non axe murderer status). I'm in St George, so walkable to Kingswood easily.

Anyone want to suggest a date?

maewest Sun 11-Feb-07 17:54:41

Doh, just realised that bobalinga did suggest a date, just that DS is not school age so have no idea of terms etc...

TheArmadillo Sun 11-Feb-07 18:15:34

will that be the 2nd of MArch? That would be good for me. And castaways sounds good.

Flossam Sun 11-Feb-07 19:53:40

Is that the 1st fri of March? I should be able to make that too.

maewest Sun 11-Feb-07 20:23:32

Sounds like a few of us then - do we have a funny handshake ready ?

IntergalacticWalrus Sun 11-Feb-07 20:31:13

can I come too? DS1 loves castaways and they do nice cake.

Flossam Sun 11-Feb-07 20:35:30

mmm, cake..... I owe you a text IGW - I set about it earlier and never finished it! Once I get up off my arse off the puter I will text u!

IntergalacticWalrus Sun 11-Feb-07 20:38:46

Noi mworries.

I've been a slow texter too.

clairemow Sun 11-Feb-07 20:41:31

I'm in north-ish Bristol, can i maybe join in too? have DS1(2.9) and DS2 (5 months). I don't do axe-murdering either... often... . Haven't been to Castaways before - is there a website? not really sure where kingswood is??

PS - bit scared of meeting "real" MNers...

IntergalacticWalrus Sun 11-Feb-07 20:43:44

dont worry claire, I won't bite. and i can vouch that flossam is fab!

do you drive? kwood hgigh street is the A420 if that helps

Flossam Sun 11-Feb-07 20:45:31

here you are I tried to take DS last week but it was closed for refurb!! I can't help but think they might have meant a bit of a spring clean...

bobalinga Sun 11-Feb-07 20:45:34

Sounds like a date then! Wish it could be sooner.
I'll be the tall axe-murderer with the ginger child in a wheelchair. She's called Celyn. Ask questions about her, I don't mind. She can't move at all or see but she understands what is said and loves being around mobile kids.
And I'm looking forward to cake!
What time? I was thinking maybe 10ish?

clairemow Sun 11-Feb-07 20:46:04

thanks, yes, do drive, so I'll have a look on A-Z, or Titchikers' guide.

Bit silly to be scared of Real MNers... but writing on internet is kind of anonymous isn't it, and now some people'll know what we look like!!!

IntergalacticWalrus Sun 11-Feb-07 20:50:35

I'll be the chubby one with shoulder legnth hair and double buggy with blonde curly boy and baby.

I'll probably have my normal hang dog expression.

IntergalacticWalrus Sun 11-Feb-07 20:50:52

Oh yes, 10 sounds ok to me too.

bobalinga Sun 11-Feb-07 20:56:02

Don't be scared Clairemow. I bet it wont be as scary as walking into a toddler group alone! I remember my first one after DD was born. Sat on the carpet all alone cos no-one would talk to me. They just stared at C and whispered about what could be 'wrong' with her. I went home and cried and cried. The second toddler group I tried was more welcoming but seeing as C isn't really 'playdate' material,the mums were friendly but I didn't make any friends. Haven't been for ages as we now get respite care on a thursday morning and as its my time off I usuallypark myself in front of the TV or go for a child free walk or, real excitment here...., go to the supermarket!
Bit of a shame really as C loves seeing other kids. She goes to nursery at Claremont Special school but all the kids in her class are in wheelchairs and she likes watching kids run and play.

Flossam Sun 11-Feb-07 20:56:28

IGW you always put yourself down. Don't!

I'll be the harrassed looking one with a rather mischevious 2 yr old.

maewest Sun 11-Feb-07 21:00:28

That must be tough bobalinga, looking forward to meeting you and Celyn.

IntergalacticWalrus Sun 11-Feb-07 21:22:31

Bobalinga, you sound lovely. I'm looking forward to meeting you.

I hope Celyn doesn't mind being kissed. That's DS1s thing at the moment!

princesscarrie Mon 12-Feb-07 00:43:36

Can I come too? Is it 1st or 2nd March? Anyone have directions to Castaways? I have DD, 5 months. I'll be the one with the car-sized buggy lol

bobalinga Mon 12-Feb-07 08:24:43

Castaways is off two-mile hill in Kingswood, sort of in the Bristol direction from Kingswood shops (hideous one-way system so directions might be tricky. I usually cycle or bus)
Where are you coming from PrincessCarrie?

bobalinga Mon 12-Feb-07 08:42:28

Looking forward to seeing the car-sized buggy! I am amazed at how huge they are nowadays. Back in the olden days when my 3 teens were babies they were flimsy small things. Now a lot of them dwarf Celyn's wheelchair. They look so heavy!
If anyone wants to see some pics of Celyn, they are on

Thirtyplusafew Mon 12-Feb-07 16:57:32

Hi Bobalinga. I tried the website to c photos of Celyn but couldn't get it to work?? I know a bit about CP as I worked as a carer to a young girl and her family for a few years when I lived in London. I know they had a tough time as she was growing up as it is hard enough bringing up a young child anyway but you have a lot more hurdles to get over than we do, especially all the endless hospital visits!!
Unfortunately I can't make the 2nd March as I am covering for someone at work for the next 3 Mon/Fri's (which I forgot about until I looked on my calender today!!). I would love to meet up with you all next time you meet though.

maewest Mon 12-Feb-07 17:01:17

I can see them - she's lovely bobalinga

TheArmadillo Mon 12-Feb-07 18:39:42

time and date sounds good to me.

MEet inside/outside?

I'm the one who randomly throws her stuff down on the floor and legs it after a 2yo in a brown duffle coat

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 12-Feb-07 18:39:59

Bobalinga, Celyn is gorgeous!

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 12-Feb-07 18:41:35

We could meet in the bit with the mats between the soft play thing and the cafe.

Shall I make a "Is that you UCM?" sign so everyone knows where to come? I can pin it to my beast of a double pushchair

TheArmadillo Mon 12-Feb-07 18:41:55

oooh just looked at the photos - I very pretty little girl

TheArmadillo Mon 12-Feb-07 18:42:46

sounds like a good idea.

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 12-Feb-07 19:01:46

Right, the "is that you UCM?" sign is made. (if I don't do it now, I'll forget, but I'll need reminding to print it before the day)

clairemow Mon 12-Feb-07 19:10:24

Wow, how organised. We'll be there. I'll be the one with a mad 2 yr old boy and baby, like IGW. Oh, and I'll look like I'm going on holiday I'll have so many bags...

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 12-Feb-07 19:13:01

Oh god, Claire, the bags!!!

Actually, I just sling everything in a handbag now, and if I forget something it either gets bought while we are out or we have to wait til we get home.

Dippy cow tht I am, I usually forget to [pack nappies.

Thankfully, I haven't yet forgotten the children.

How old are your 2 claire?

bobalinga Mon 12-Feb-07 20:55:05

Well, I'll be hard to miss unless there's a sudden wheelchair convention!
Bags, something wheelchairs are very useful for although, given they've been designed by a man, their tipping point is quicker than a normal buggy. Still, she's well strapped ina nd wont be catapaulted out ;-)
I'm just wondering what other mums will think at 'Hey Armadillo, its Intergalacticwalrus' 'Isn't that Bobalinga?' etc etc

TheArmadillo Mon 12-Feb-07 21:06:24

hehe I know what you mean about the names

TheArmadillo Mon 12-Feb-07 21:12:21

I can imagine telling my (not parent) friends what I'm doing.

Well I'm meeting IGW she'll "be the chubby one with shoulder legnth hair and double buggy with blonde curly boy and baby."

and Flossam she'll "be the harrassed looking one with a rather mischevious 2 yr old"

and Clairemow who'll "be the one with a mad 2 yr old boy and baby", looking "look like I'm going on holiday I'll have so many bags"

and Bobalinga who'll "be hard to miss unless there's a sudden wheelchair convention"

under a sign saying "UCM is that you"

NO wonder they wonder about this forum malarkey

FirstAtForty Mon 12-Feb-07 22:19:18

ooh sounds great can I come too? Should be free as it's a Friday. I'll be the one with bags under my eyes (unless DD's sleeping habits radically change between now and then)!

TheArmadillo Mon 12-Feb-07 22:28:42

feel free to pile in I say

Oh pooh,fart and arse wipes - I would love to come but afraid I'll be stuck at work paying the staff that day - You'd think they'd do it for love wouldn't you !!.... Now I have met IGW and I can assure you that whilst she is not an "axe weilder" per se - she packs a pretty nifty right hook !!!

maewest Tue 13-Feb-07 13:42:43

Of course now I'll be eyeing up women with buggies on the streets of Bristol wondering if they're MNers .

bobalinga Tue 13-Feb-07 14:38:40

Maybe MN'ers should have a secret handshake/ Or, given that we all have small children....a MN shriek aimed at toddlers.
I rarely take C into town but can occasionally be found in Broadmead in the company of a surley teenager. In fact, this weekend, have to take DS1 to buy shoes. His feet keep growing! Last bought some about 4 weeks ago and now he needs more!
And given he has ASD and is very fussy about seams and bits that rub etc, it could be a long job.
Thats one thing about C, don't hafta buy her shoes. I know many mums with non-walking disabled kids do but i just figured.....why bother?
Mean mummy

needsanity Thu 15-Feb-07 10:18:15

Hi, new to MN but live in St George - can I join in with you guys. Want to make some friends with kids - all my mates are childless.

maewest Thu 15-Feb-07 11:52:50

Hi needsanity - I'm in St George too. Are you a first time mum?

needsanity Thu 15-Feb-07 15:06:31

Hi maewest . I have 3 kids - 6 months, 3 (4 next month) and 6 (going on 16).

Steppy1 Thu 15-Feb-07 15:09:04

not in Bristol but will be taking DS and DD to Bristol Zoo next week as part of their half term break...I'm near Glastonbury

bobalinga Sun 18-Feb-07 09:51:18

Is the zoo still the sort of price that requires a bank loan?
I last went several years back and was charged some huge figure. Thought you should at least take home an animal for that price!
Might try them again one day as they say carers of disabled people get in free. DD is disabled and under 5 so she's free.....and i'm the carer...so maybe its a free thing?

princesscarrie Wed 21-Feb-07 16:54:30

I'm coming from pill bobalinga, is it a week fri? and what time?

bobalinga Thu 22-Feb-07 17:20:53

Did I say 10'ish?

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 26-Feb-07 16:01:32

Must remeber to print off the Is Thay You UCM? sign off

Are we still up fo this, btw?

bobalinga Mon 26-Feb-07 16:15:28

Me n Celyn will be there. Everyone else still coming?

fluff32 Mon 26-Feb-07 17:42:33

take it there is a meet up in bristol ???? somewhere? not suer getting bit confused with this thread or has the meet already passed?

bobalinga Mon 26-Feb-07 19:23:10

Its this friday. The 2nd March. About 10ish.

IntergalacticWalrus Mon 26-Feb-07 19:23:30

It's on March 2nd at 10m. We are meeting at Castaways in Kingswood!

bobalinga Wed 28-Feb-07 20:07:37

Who's still planing to come then? This thread has gone rather quiet. Don't want to be Billy-NoMates there all by myself!

clairemow Thu 01-Mar-07 13:50:28

hello, I am still coming, looked on the map and worked out route today!

Flossam Thu 01-Mar-07 13:57:52

I'm still a coming!

clairemow Thu 01-Mar-07 17:50:37

Oh god, DS2 seems to have a sickness bug. Threw up milk this afternoon and about 10 times since. We won't be there anymore, you'll be glad to hear. Sorry, maybe another time...

feel v. nervous, hate sick.

FirstAtForty Thu 01-Mar-07 17:57:27

hi - yes I'll be there, if I can find Castaways!

bobalinga Thu 01-Mar-07 17:57:29

Sorry to hear that Claremow. I hate sickness bugs. Hope you get some sleep.

Anyone esle going?

clairemow Thu 01-Mar-07 18:03:33

should i offer him his milk at bedtime do you think??

MaeWest Thu 01-Mar-07 19:34:31

I'm still coming, just been a bit scatty about checking this thread.

bobalinga Thu 01-Mar-07 19:54:08

I wouldn't Claremow, unless you want to see it again! Try some water and see if that stays down.

MaeWest Thu 01-Mar-07 19:56:45

Sorry to hear about DS2, hope he feels better soon. And look forward to meeting you all another time

TheArmadillo Thu 01-Mar-07 21:37:21

sorry not coming now. Ds is poorly and not himself and so is going to granma's (she's his favourite person at the moment) and I've got more uni work to do

I was looking forward to it, but ds really isn't going to enjoy it in this mood and has had really painful constipation for the past couple of days, and if he goes to his granma's he can just lay about if he's not up to much and she'll spoil him for the day.

WIsh I was coming though

TheArmadillo Thu 01-Mar-07 21:56:28

wow that sounds really precious

Its not just constipation - it causes other problems as well. He really is not happy and not well.

IntergalacticWalrus Fri 02-Mar-07 08:12:36

I'll be there too! I'll see you all in a bit

Clairemow and Armadillo, I hope your childfen get better soon. We'll organise another meet up sometime x

bobalinga Fri 02-Mar-07 09:09:23

I'll be there just ater 10. Wearing jeans, black top nd pushing a ginger in a wheelchair.
Bus should get there about 5 past.

Flossam Fri 02-Mar-07 09:14:12

I'll be the one with weird shaped clothes - am at that awful in between stage of pg where normal clothes too tight and maternity (esp friends borrowed mat clothes!) are too loose. Grr. Please excuse me!

clairemow Fri 02-Mar-07 09:45:16

I hope you all had a great time. DS2 did chuck up all his milk last night (too late by the time I read your posts!). But he did take some water in the night which stayed down, and he kept milk and a little breakfast down this morning. Just hoping we aren't all ill by this afternoon.

Wish we were coming..

bobalinga Fri 02-Mar-07 17:06:28

I had a nice time and Celyn loved watching the other kids. It was great to put faces to names and no-one turned out to be an axe-murderer

clairemow Fri 02-Mar-07 18:44:23

glad it went well. here we aren't all sick, thank god. DS2 seems much better, although off his milk and solids (which weren't much anyway!). DH getting a curry, so I must be feeling all right..!!

FirstAtForty Fri 02-Mar-07 18:50:45

It was really nice to meet you all too, sorry I didn't get round to chatting properly to everyone, children are just so noisy !

Hope to see you again soon, and meet the others that weren't able to make it today (hope your LO's get better soon Clairemow and Armadillo).

MaeWest Sat 03-Mar-07 19:18:55

Nice to meet everyone yesterday. Will have to arrange something else soon

bobalinga Sun 04-Mar-07 10:13:24

Yeah, but maybe not on a friday. It was certainly manic at Castaways. Despite that, IGW's cute little baby fell sleep face down on the mat. Nearly took him home with me he was so lovely
There was a lack of yummy cakes too I noticed.

booge Sun 04-Mar-07 16:04:32

Hi, I was sorry not to make it, Fridays are super busy for me and I couldn't rearrange everything, glad you had a good time though and if you do it again I would love to come along.

jojofoot Mon 05-Mar-07 16:42:05

Ive just moved to bristol, would LOVE to meet other mums got 3 month old ds. so any other meet ups -im there!!

bobalinga Mon 05-Mar-07 17:43:12

Whereabouts in Bristol are you joJo?

SingingRachel Sun 11-Mar-07 22:50:32


I'm new to MN and living in Kingswood with a 7 month old daughter. Any more meet ups planned? It'd be really lovely to meet some other mums :-)

LouiseSJ Thu 07-Feb-13 13:57:52

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