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I need some friends *sobs*. Are you in Nottingham?

(87 Posts)
LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 02-May-13 14:27:58
LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 02-May-13 17:45:04

sits alone on the friendship bench

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 03-May-13 17:51:47


LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 09-May-13 12:51:27

sad sad

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 09-May-13 14:49:05

sits and rocks in the corner

There is a bus which drops off just across the road. There's free coffee and tea if you have a family card (which is free). And there's meatballs! Horse free meatballs!

Arion Thu 09-May-13 14:56:19

I'm Derby and quite happy to meet! (I don't do football either so I'm sure the Rams/Forest thing will be fine!)wink

When are you looking at meeting? There seems to be a certain apathy about meet-ups apart from the London piss-up, so don't take it personally!

Have you tried meet-up website as well? There's a few groups in Derby and Nottingham.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 09-May-13 14:59:42

smile Thank you!

Derby's having a meet up in the Quad. Have you seen the thread?

I'm determined to get Nottingham to have a meet up. It may drive me up the wall, but I will do it!!

Arion Fri 10-May-13 11:28:05

I'd not seen that, will venture over to the local site, been a bit stuck lurking in AIBU! grin
I love Ikea for a meet-up. Some of our NCT group still meet-up fairly regularly, then plan was always to meet at Ikea for lunch, then onto Escape. (We didn't do lunch at Escape as they were rather officious with their 2-hr only policy!) The last few times we met, we never made it into Escape, with playing in the play bit in the cafe, then mooching round Ikea! blush

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Fri 10-May-13 14:01:59

2 hours! shock Blimey! Ikea are going to give us a comfy area in the cafe with cushions etc. There's a creche for the over 4s if anyone wants to do some shopping afterwards. smile

Arion Sat 11-May-13 17:10:09

Yes, most of the soft plays around here say that they may stick to 2 hrs in busy periods, Escape print out a receipt with the time you're supposed to be gone by!

colditz Sat 11-May-13 17:11:29

I'm near Nottingham, I'm in Melton, but I'm afraid my children are Quite Big ....

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 11-May-13 18:26:32

That's unhelpful, Arion. sad

You can still come, coldtiz. Age has no boundaries, it would be nice for the new mums to listen to your tales of puke and sleepless nights. wink

Arion Sun 12-May-13 14:25:27

Puke and sleepless nights? Is that the children or Colditz?

I'm in Mansfield does that count? smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 14:28:11


I'd love to get some advice from someone who has an older child (mine's 14). My mother doesn't have any words of wisdom so I'm left making it up. What I wouldn't do for some advice sometimes sad

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 14:29:03

Of course it counts, it's not too far away. Hello smile

I'm trying to arrange a meet up. Are you interested?

I'd definitely be interested. I work three days a week but would come if it didn't clash with my rota. Any excuse for a trip to the Ikea food shop! I know there are a couple of mners close to me too so I'll hopefully we can get a group together. I've posted on the thread in local too smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 14:39:05

thanks Thank you!!

I moved here in June and I don't know many people so I'm getting sick of being on my tod. It would be great to meet up with some of you all. smile

I'll pm the ones I know near me and see what they think. I've already met one mner for a coffee so think she would go for it. Where in Nottingham are you?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 14:45:32

I'm very close to Beeston but have to go into the city centre every day to drop ds off at school. I can travel (on the bus) anywhere. smile

I'm sure we can get a meet up going then. I spend a fair bit of time on my in too as I work most weekends and all of my friends are teachers, council workers etc so work Monday to Friday. Ds is 13mo but I've never really got into baby groups so we do lots of walking around parks and reading!

I'm a bit blush that a morning out at Ikea sounds like it could be the highlight of my month smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 15:28:02

No need to be blush I think being a parent can be really lonely if you're not working out of the house. Ds is 14 now, I didn't go back to work until he was 2 and I can remember taking him out as much as I could because I just wanted someone to talk to. I work from home now and I wish the days away sometimes. I must be a bit of a social bird. grin

PeachActiviaMinge Sun 12-May-13 15:34:13

Ahh I will bite the bullet too and join in. I've been here 10 years but have no friends thanks to depression and anxiety sad However I do have a beautiful scrummy 2 week old so I'm not a complete loss grin

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 15:39:46

Oh, congratulations, Peach! thanks

I think you're very brave to join us, it can be a difficult thing to overcome. You're incredibly welcome to join us. smile You're not a loss, you never were.

Ooh three of us now! Hi Peach smile

colditz Sun 12-May-13 18:39:12

I will come if I can get there. Is there a bus from city centre to ikea?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 18:52:40

Yes. The first stop on Upper Parliament Street just opposite Starbucks (Rainbow 1) drops off just across the road from Ikea. You can't miss it, it's the big blue building which has 'IKEA' on the front in huge, yellow letters. grin I catch this bus, you may see me on there.

colditz Sun 12-May-13 19:08:45

<<girds loins>>

Ok. I shall be brave.

I have two children, aged 7 and 10. I do like other people's toddlers though. And mothers need other mothers.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 19:13:15

Mine's 14 and I still have no idea what the hell I'm doing. I quite like little kids; I trained as a children's nurse for a while and I have a full CRB certificate. grin I only like them when you can hand them back when they start to smell or sob though.

You'll be most welcome, colditz. brew

Free tea and coffee all day with your Family card. wink

I'm liking the idea of a morning with people who like little kids, I'm still completely bewildered by this little person living in my house!

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 20:06:32

Little children are funny. They come out with the most inappropriate things! grin

There's a soft play area if you need it. Free tea and coffee with your card and the nice lady is going to let us have an area with comfy seats and cushions so we can veg out. You may have to remind me that I have a boy to collect from school when it hits 3pm though. grin

Well Ds mostly says 'book', 'dog', 'ta' and 'no' at the moment but he does use them with brilliant comic timing to cause maximum embarrassment smile I will look forward to it.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 20:16:19

Ds used to point at people and announce 'dirty'. blush

I'll give it a few days to see who else wants to come. Does after the bank holiday sound OK? Tuesdays?

I work different days every week so I'll check when I'm next in work but I can normally swap easily enough. I'm on holiday from 3rd -17th June though so I'll be soaking up dome sun instead smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 20:23:55

Mine are flexible hours to so I'm happy to work around everyone else. smile

hopes no-one notices a shy bod creeping onto thread and hiding in the corner

BasicallySFB Sun 12-May-13 20:29:27

Hello! I'm near-ish!

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 20:35:46

Come in, take a seat and have a wine/brew?

The more the merrier. smile

BasicallySFB Sun 12-May-13 21:57:19

grin I work too but fairly flexible-ish. DS (2) in nursery 2 days a week, but I'm in!

ILovePonyo Sun 12-May-13 22:01:10

Ooh I'm interested! Always love a trip to ikea wink

I work mon-fri but can be flexible with my hours, and have 2yo dd who may or may not be in nursery. Will keep an eye on this thread for dates smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 22:21:38

Yay!! Excellent! grin

You do know that you can bring them with you? There will be things to keep them occupied. smile

landofsoapandglory Sun 12-May-13 22:26:02

Can I come if I can get there? I am East Midlands, but in Rutland. However I wouldn't know till the day if I could come due to my stupid back/pelvis and now my silly numb leg.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 12-May-13 22:31:26

Of course you can. smile We'll keep our fingers crossed but remember that your health is more important than a meet up. If you can't make this one there will be others.

Wow, we seem to have a meet up grin If its Tuesday 28th you're thinking of I can definitely make it as I'm only working 2 days that week. If anyone is going from Mansfield area or anyway on the way I'm happy to pick up as long as you don't mind car sharing an old banger with a 13mo who really doesn't like travelling.

peach I think this is an ideal opportunity to get some experience looking after an older baby. I will, of course, be happy to mind your scrummy 2 week old in return wink


PeachActiviaMinge Mon 13-May-13 13:08:41

Thank you Lady smile

English I have a 10 year old too grin but you're welcome to the chubby scrummy one if it means I can take him off my shoulder for 10 minutes!

Quite excited to find out there is a bus to Ikea I've never been before. I'm pretty much free anytime.

I was just looking for excuses to cuddle a newborn blush Ds doesn't really do cuddles any more as that would involve sitting still for more than 2 seconds.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Mon 13-May-13 13:51:17

The Rainbow 1 goes from opposite Starbucks on Upper Parliament Street and drops off opposite IKEA.

That week will be half term. I know they are busy on the bank holiday Monday so I'll have to ask if the Tuesday will be OK. I'll bring ds with me; he's a grumpy teen. grin

maxmissie Tue 14-May-13 21:18:39

Hi am up for meeting up too, though can only do Mondays and Tuesdays as at work the other days. Am in Mapperley in Nottingham so can easily get to IKEA. If in half term will have to bring dd (5) and ds (3); if not in half term will just bring the little one. They're both usually partial to an IKEA lunch.

Arion Tue 14-May-13 21:40:43

1/2 term is usually busy in Ikea. If we meet up on 28th I'll bring DD as well, in term time it'll just be me and DS. We all like Ikea meatballs though! grin

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Tue 14-May-13 23:18:56

They haven't got back to me yet. sad I'll give it a couple of days.

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 20:21:13

Ikea would prefer it if we went to eat their meatballs see them the week after half term, if this is OK. How's Tuesday the 7th? brew

Badvoc Wed 15-May-13 20:26:19

Ohhhh..l am near (ish)

I'm on holiday from 3rd to 13th sad Hopefully you'll have a great time and organise another one smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 20:31:04

Oh, don't worry, we will.

Come, Badvoc. Have some cinnamon buns and meatballs. You don't have to bring children but there will be lots of things for them to do. smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 20:32:02

Have a lovely holiday, EnglishGirl. There will be other meet ups. It would be lovely to have regular ones. smile

You have to have a cinnamon bun for me. I'm very disappointed, there must be another one!

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 20:37:53

There will be. wink They want us to move in by the sounds of it. grin

Badvoc Wed 15-May-13 20:42:07

Ha! Wasnt thinking of bringing the kids! smile

skiesmylimit Wed 15-May-13 20:45:27

Badvoc I've just read this thread and all way through was wondering if I'd be judged for not bringing kids smile

Badvoc Wed 15-May-13 20:47:05

I wont judge skiesmylimit!

skiesmylimit Wed 15-May-13 20:49:19

That's a deal, I wouldn't host up my judge pants on you neither smile

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 20:49:26

Mine will be at school. No one's going to judge unless you dive into the softplay area. grin

Come and have a coffee. You don't have to go shopping afterwards. Coffee is free with your family card, which is also free. It'll only cost you the bus fare/petrol.

Badvoc Wed 15-May-13 20:56:35

When is it again!?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 21:05:33

Tuesday 4th June I keep thinking it's May! blush

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 21:06:25

First Tuesday after half term. That's the 4th.

Badvoc Wed 15-May-13 21:14:07

Can do that!

skiesmylimit Wed 15-May-13 21:15:36

I wil look into what shift dh is on. I will be travelling from Mansfield area, possibly by car if anyone wants a lift

Arion Wed 15-May-13 21:27:29

I will see you there, barring any illnesses! I don't own a Mumsnet scarf though so will have to loiter around looking shifty till someone turns up! grin

No meet-ups for ages (was a Derby one back in September) now 2 in one week! There's one at the Quad in Derby on Mon 3rd June and now Ikea on 4th. Cake then meatballs in one week, now what can I eat on Wednesday?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Wed 15-May-13 21:39:22

I'm catching the bus from the city centre oh, what luxury. I'll stick a fruit shoot and a packet of pom bears on the table. grin I bet the local editor setting the Derby one will let you take some cake home if there's any left, Arion. wink

Will be lovely to meet you all. You don't have to give away your mumsnet names or tell anyone your real names. Just turn up, have a coffee and relax.

skiesmylimit Wed 15-May-13 22:18:22

Just a quick question from those on Nottingham, what's 'the toy shop' like? Ds1s birthday is on Tuesday and we desperately need to get stuff he's asked for but hard to find locally

maxmissie Thu 16-May-13 21:44:40

I can do 4th June, what time and whereabouts in the cafe?

LadyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 16-May-13 21:53:20

Yay! From 10am until whenever you want to stay until (I have to go at 3). They are going to mark a section of the cafe off for us so you won't miss us. smile

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Thu 23-May-13 13:45:13

Anyone else want to join us? smile

MrsBungle Wed 29-May-13 19:39:30

I'd love to come but I work on a Tuesday. If ever you're having a thurs or fri meet up or a piss up count me in . Hope you all have a good time.

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 01-Jun-13 18:34:40

Anyone else want to join us on Tuesday? brew?

MiaowTheCat Sat 01-Jun-13 19:57:31

If I can get DH to work somewhere he doesn't need the car to get to on Tuesday then I might be able to make it (but I'm crap at wrangling my pair - a not quite as mobile as she wants to be 14 month old and an 11 week old who pukes and screams a lot). Hence me not quite being up to the walk down to the bus stop, bus into town, finding the bus stop out of town when I don't know the city centre brilliantly well experience!

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 01-Jun-13 20:01:13

smile It would be lovely if you could make it, not the end of the world if you can't as there will be others. My ds will be at school and there will be a few without children if you need some help. The bus to Ikea from the city centre is very easy to find. I think there's details on page 2 (or 3). I'm going on the bus.

MiaowTheCat Sat 01-Jun-13 20:50:48

Yeah - it's the having to get into the city centre probably during rush hour with a large overladen Phil and Teds putting me off the buses really - haven't braved public transport with the double yet!

Short of getting DH to drop me off on his way to work - but I don't think even I can kill two hours in Ikea on my own!

Theas18 Sat 01-Jun-13 20:57:46

aww peach I'm sure you'll find some lovely mumsnetters.

I shall wave to you all as I'm going to have lunch in Nottingham with my eldest tomorrow prior to her singing in the Albert hall ( Nottingham lol) for a lunchtime coronation celebration concert.

evening at st Mary's too. a fab packed day for me

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sat 01-Jun-13 21:06:00

We're there from 10am onwards so you can easily avoid rush hour. smile Don't feel obliged to come, we get it.

Have a lovely time, Theas. smile You know the meet up is on Tuesday, yes?

MiaowTheCat Sun 02-Jun-13 14:58:35

I have a cunning plan - think if I try to get a bus into the city centre early I can wait for a few to go by and have a big enough pushchair space on 'em - then DH has said he'll duck out of work to take me and the girls home so I don't have to do the stupid evil hill of doom (why the fuck did we move here?!) on the way back.

So if anyone sees a very fat bird with a chronically overladen P+T, probably with a screaming puking refluxy bay and the world's largest 1 year old in it - that'll be me.

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Sun 02-Jun-13 15:27:47

grin I'll keep a look out for you and I'll happily give you a hand if you're on the same bus as me. I have to drop ds off at school so should get to the bus stop around 09:05. It's the one just opposite starbucks (Theatre Royal is across the road). It's the Rainbow 1 bus. There will be toys and free coffee (if you have a family card, which is free). There's a soft play area inside the cafe and the lovely lady is setting up an area for us with cushions etc so we can veg out.

Hi all.

I may come but I won't have children (all school age).

I will therefore be on my own and might be a bit scared and might walk past and buy lots of billy bookcases instead...

ladyMaryQuiteContrary Mon 03-Jun-13 23:44:07

I won't have children either, mine's at school. You're very welcome, whether you come alone or not. smile The meatballs are tastier than the billy bookcases though wink

butterflyexperience Sun 09-Jun-13 06:24:25

I think I've missed this meet up but if your organising another please do let me know!

Arion Tue 11-Jun-13 10:54:48

Thanks for organising Lady Mary (and the Quad meet-up). Had a brilliant time, was good to meet everyone.

Looking forward to next month, and the product testing! Might leave my credit card at home next time though! wink

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