Autumn Term At Crepey Towers

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QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 10:38:02

I did it!

QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 10:41:34

Over here Crepeys...
(can't post on old thread...)

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 10:59:20

Oh hello there!grin

Blackduck Thu 05-Sep-13 11:01:13

Oh had a mild panic there when I saw the thread was full!!

Hello QQ and Cremo......

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 11:12:47


motherinferior Thu 05-Sep-13 11:21:25


(In thrilling home décor news I am now mixing colours. Ho yes. There's no stopping me....)

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 11:24:31

Hello - just checking in - I'm sheltering in the kitchen from my roofers who seem to be throwing things direct from roof into the skip - so it sounds like Armageddon out there. Also a stormy weekend is predicted and we'll only have a plastic sheet on the roof so feeling vaguely panicky. Also very glum as half the wood holding up the roof seems to be rotten and they couldn't see this until they took off the insulation so it's going to cost us another 4K - just what we could do without.

On the bright side "la rentree" seems to have been reasonably smooth - DS got the bus with the little girl down the road this morning and I'm assuming he has arrived at college.

BD - that's bad news about the op for your mum - I hadn't thought about your blood being correct - although I know you have to fast before operations (let's hope I never go Under the knife as not very good at this). The on/off operation thing must be incredibly stressful.

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 11:25:21

By the way - I love the idea of being at Malory Towers - we should have a uniform next wink

QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 11:46:00

Oh yes. what do you have in mind? Firm control underwear and a defiant attitude?

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 12:38:58

Uniqlo orla kiely scarf and fitflopsgrin

Blackduck Thu 05-Sep-13 13:13:57

QQ grin

Mum is out - changed her drugs to fatten up her blood, back in next Tuesday, with intention to operate Wednesday. At least my brother will be back from hols which will help.....

My dad is driving her mad, and she is concerned about having another stroke sad Told her if she feels even remotely like she did the last time to call an ambulance and get herslef to hospital....... Good I hate this.

CointreauVersial Thu 05-Sep-13 13:18:51

I've just ordered some new boots!

I'm a sucker for a 20% off deal, and I figured there was a taupe-boot-shaped hole in my life.

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 13:20:46

Very nice CV! I have just ordered some more Birkies at 20% or so off!

QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 13:22:59

I'm waiting for these to arrive in stock...

grey and gorgeous

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 13:34:01

Ooh yes, QQ - must be good if they've all gone!

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 13:55:57

Cv those are divine esp the diagonal zippage
QQ - envy I saw those yesterday in town and narrowly avoided the temptation as I've just bought [[ these]] which I also have in tan suede.

Have we found our uniform then ?wink

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 13:56:29


herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 13:59:28

Well, he's there! And I didn't cry! Felt oddly excited this morning, because he was, and concentrating too much on going in the right door, etc, when we arrived to be sad. His little face fell though once he realised we were going, and he was being left in this strange place, and I did start to lose it. But we had to do boring stuff like pay for snacks, buy the book bag, etc, so I had to hold it together. By the time I'd left the building, the crying moment had passed.

Might not be the case tomorrow, however!

I must get some black ankle boots to replace the pleather ones I got from Tesco last year. Only £18, and I wore them to death. Sweaty though.

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 14:00:34

In fact, those Midnight Mist Clarks one in black might just be the 'PFB goes to school' treat I need...

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 14:15:40

Oh and the Herbs. Bloody loved that. Quite often preceded Hector's House, if I'm not mistaken. Mr Onion and the Chives, Dill the Dog - 'I'm Dill the Dog <pant pant>, I'm a dog called Dill <pant pant>. My tail I'd like to get <pant pant>. I've never caught it yet <pant pant>.'

Right. Work.

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 14:21:08

God you lot have very good memories. and are obviously very very old - nearly as old as me.

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 14:22:00

grin Well done Herbs. I'm wobbling just thinking of your wee mite heading off to the big wide world .

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 14:27:25

Oh yes, Hector's House with Zaza and Kiki. I had plastic hand puppets!

Please top putting up links to boots. You know I am a boots and sandals woman, and I already have loads of boots.... Cremo, those boots look great!

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 14:30:44

Herbs, awwww!

beachyhead Thu 05-Sep-13 14:34:30

Checking in.....bagsy the bed by the window and who's up for a midnight feast?

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 15:20:04

Well, I emailed the cocktail place and got this reply:

We can reserve it from 5 to 8 or from 8.15 onwards.

In any case we require a deposit of £50. It is fully refundable on your arrival but I cannot confirm reservation without it.

Also, as it is a highly requested area we require a minimum spend of £300 per/sitting.

If you are happy with these conditions, we will just require your card details, number and exp. date (NO SEC. CODE NECESSARY) and will send you confirmation.

I think it's probably best if we take our chances - they seemed to think we would be able to get a space at that time.... Maybe we should try to arrive as early as possible?wink

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 15:25:28

Gosh - seems £300 sounds a lot - you can't just go and have a coke then.wink

Builders have dumped a load of tiles and mysteriously disappeared as only builders can do.

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 15:55:21

Minimal, yet positive, report of the day. "For lunch I had salad, coleslaw and jelly. And, of course, cous cous."

Did you make a friend?
"Yes, Ashta."
Is that a boy or a girl?
"Girl. I mean, boy."

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 16:01:49

Soo sweet. Sounds like the salad, coleslaw and Jelly were all in the same bowl with the couse couse smile

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 16:13:50

Herbs !smileHe made a girlboygirl friend !!!

Bugger that BTM - we may be lushes but £300 is a bit shock. Cheeky buggers. Lets take our chances. Less pressure on anybody who ends up being late anyway.

motherinferior Thu 05-Sep-13 16:15:13

I am loving the Herblet's refusal to be tied down by gender binaries. (Can you tell I'm writing about this stuff at the moment?)

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 16:18:52

Before we applaud the micro-herb's refusal to kowtow to gender specifics, the other day, when I said I used to work in an office, he laughed: "But ladies don't work in offices. Only mans do that."

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 16:19:48

Why did I add e's to cous cous? blush.

Awaiting DS now - he's rung to say he's at the bus stop so should be back in 20 mins (if he doesn't end up in the wrong town).

Fingers crossed.

motherinferior Thu 05-Sep-13 16:19:57

Little bugger!

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 16:29:02

I assure you I put him straight on that one.

On the way back from our day trip to Peppa Pig World (NB do NOT believe Google maps when it says it only takes two hours from Walthamstow to Southampton) he insisted on only passing me Peppa Pig stickers from the back, as only girls like Peppa, and only boys like George. Sigh.

QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 16:31:38

Phew Herbs. That doesn't sound too bad at all! so they do provide school lunch then... of course!

QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 16:33:54

It's an important phase herbs, all this working out your gender stuff... like most things it too will pass.

Agree re scary booking conditions. let's take our chances... it would be a tad stressful if only three of us turn up and have to drink £100 worth of cocktails in an hour and a half... on the other hand....

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 16:41:54

I agree re taking our chances with cocktails. The challenge of drinking £300-worth of cocktails would have been fun in younger days, but could now require a team of paramedics on standby.

And YY to gender business. He's only just realising he's never going to be a girl - or, indeed, a baby again - so is trying to establish his place in the world. He didn't seem to notice he was in a tiny minority at Peppa Pig World yesterday, nearly all the other clientele being three-year-old girls dressed head-to-toe in pink.

Blackduck Thu 05-Sep-13 17:14:08

Ds used to announce that he was going to be a girl when he grew up ;)

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 17:16:02

Just got another email saying it gets busier towards 6, so I will try to get there as early as poss. And anyone else who can? Happy to PM my nosmile

Herbs, love that he didn't know if it was a girl or boygrin

QueenQueenie Thu 05-Sep-13 17:19:18

It's quite poignant in its own way.. the intrusion of reality and all that. I still remember ds1 when he was about 4 taking a lime green furry handbag everywhere with him... until some street hardened 5 year old boys took the piss out of him in the library one day after which he renounced it for ever. <wipes tear from eye at recollection of how cute her hulking great manchild used to be>

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 17:24:32

And the hideous dawning realisation that time doesn't ever go backwards, that you'll never be young again, that this is it, and there's no going back. Gah.

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 18:09:55

Dunno Herbs , if I start on the cocktails at 5.30pm ill be pushing the space time continuum quite a bitgrin
It'll be Taxi for Crem at 9 o'clock shock

bigTillyMint Thu 05-Sep-13 18:25:41

Cremo, you will have to learn the art of sipping slowly. An art I have yet to perfectgrin

Blackduck Thu 05-Sep-13 18:37:12

Sipping slowly? What is this 'sipping slowly' you speak of?grin

motherinferior Thu 05-Sep-13 18:42:28

I want a drink now.

Shall give self the boring option of Posh Tonic and fresh lime...

hattymattie Thu 05-Sep-13 18:50:35

... I should be staring longingly at the gin bottle and then crack. grin

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 19:23:13

I have wine. The 5:2 starts again next week.

wilbur Thu 05-Sep-13 21:16:35

Love those boots, CV and QQ - tempting but grey or taupe? Which is more useful. Grey, taupe, taupe, grey...

Ahhh to slightly sexist mini Herbs. At about that age ds1 was devastated to hear that he wouldn't be able to have babies without assistance from some kind of female, he was really upset. Then he cheered up and nominated me (er, no), his sister (really no), and his cousin (legally yes but still a terrible idea) as babymamas for him. grin I am planning to remind him of that at some point during a teenage strop.

Re autumn term uniform - I believe Malory Towers gels wore brown and orange, does that work for those who have had their colours done? Or we could just wear CV/QQ's nice ankle boots. And just the boots. But grey or taupe, taupe or grey?

Stropperella Thu 05-Sep-13 21:39:45

Ah Herbs, that pic of the Herbling post-first day with his giant schoolbag made me go all mushy. What a cutie he is!

I had a Parsley the Lion annual, of which I was very proud.

I spent the day in Southampton hospital and have an arm full of holes and covered in graffiti to show for it. The upshot is: I am declared safe for penicillin - for the first time in 30 years! Apparently I may have had a true allergy and "grown out of it"; the symptoms the drs 30 yrs ago thought were an allergic reaction were actually the result of an infection OR penicillin has now evolved into purer stuff that I don't react to. So next time I need anti-bs they won't have to give me some rubbishy old stuff that noone else ever gets anymore because it barely works. And I don't have to carry an Epipen any more as they've declared my other "allergy" to be null and void as well. Is all fab apart from a bit of a weird feeling about the med. profs. making me feel more neurotic than perhaps was strictly necessary for the last 30 years. Anyway, onwards and upwards etc etc.

Dh sneaked off yesterday and had £250 worth of vanity dental treatment. So I after a day of jabs I felt justified in a visit to JL (you must understand that I inhabit a world far, far away from any JL in my everyday existence in the boondocks) to purchase those boots I was yearning for. see here for a spot of taupe Victoriana Dh was feeling so guilty about the dentistry he practically dragged me all the way to the shoe dept. grin

Stropperella Thu 05-Sep-13 21:49:11

Re: the innocence of youth an' all: I fondly remember the day when my little dd (then 3.5) accompanied her bf (4 yr old boy) to the bathroom and then came rushing out squeaking "X has a diffren' bum!!"

Bless 'em, they barely speak to each other now, but then maybe that's why.. grin

Blackduck Thu 05-Sep-13 21:49:33

Oh loving all these boots... But mustn't...

Stropperella Thu 05-Sep-13 21:57:17

Eh, BD, we should actually be using our "spare" cash to have the plastering done on the landing so that we can finish painting that was started, er, 3 years ago. Our hallway, stairs and landing are a disgrace, but we have sadly got used to the extremely tatty look and only remember how ghastly it looks when we see the look on visitors' faces. blush

Then there's the car service, the boiler service and, um, a list of other things that definitely did not include teeth whitening (wtaf??) and yet more boots. At least both dh and I deserve a smack.

MrsSchadenfreude Thu 05-Sep-13 21:57:43

Found you! It all got too much for me today, the clearing my desk, the packing, the cleaning, so I told AB I was leaving early and, err, went to Disneyland. blush I did feel a lot more positive after my blast on the Rocknrollercoaster, Hollywood Tower of Terror, the "behind the scenes" tram, Big Thunder Mountain, Pirates of the Caribbean and It's A Small World. I was contemplating staying for the fireworks, but felt that enough was enough, so headed home via the Pinocchio ride as there was no queue. Went into local Italian resto on the way home for dinner, told Salvatore we were leaving and watched his lower lip wobble as he saw his profits back. Now off to bed, ready for an early start to finish the cleaning and packing tomorrow.

herbaceous Thu 05-Sep-13 22:29:21

I love you, Mrs S.

Cremolafoam Thu 05-Sep-13 22:48:14

Mrs S you are truly fabulous ! What a laugh!!!
Feeling sorry for Salvatoregrin tho.

CointreauVersial Thu 05-Sep-13 23:19:33

You nutter, MrsS. grin

Herbs - glad Day One of school went well and you didn't blub.

BTM - £300 of cocktails! Cheeky sods.

QQ - what a coincidence! I loved those grey boots too, so much so that I included them in my taupe boot order grin (I'm really a Clarks 6.5, but they had the 7s in stock). I always order a few alternative styles/sizes when there's a promo.

Strops, that's weird about you growing out of your allergies. I'm going the other way, and have started to get reactions to things like raw hazelnuts, figs and cherries which I never did in the past (mouth goes tingly and throat swells a bit). Nothing life-threatening, just mildly irritating.

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 06:08:55

MrsS smile

Any news on the interviews?

Am a bit sad with all the mum stuff, as was supposed to have friends over, but cancelled and haven't been able to 'uncancel' - Ho hum.

Also not drinking because the night sweats were just getting me down, and no alcohol definitely makes a difference. sad so its bloody fun around here!

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 07:17:02

MrsS - Way to Go!grin

DC's first day back today. Alarms have gone off and getting ready noises can be heard...

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 08:04:57

No news on the interviews but not optimistic and now in complete chaos with all the little bits and pieces that didn't make it into the heavy baggage and air freight. Thankfully we are back for a couple of days on Thursday, so am leaving a bag full of crap with a friend to pick up then. Unfortunately I don't have a suitable bag, so will have to dash out later or tomorrow morning to buy one... The charger for my UK phone has also been packed, and I can't find my French phone. I have also run out of milk, so can't even have a cup of tea.

beachyhead Fri 06-Sep-13 08:28:20

Have glorious visions of Mrs S screaming abuse at AB from the top of a rollercoaster where 'no-one can hear you scream'. Very cathartic and an excellent full stop to a Paris experience.....

Back to Style and Beauty, although frankly there is little stylish or beautiful about it, today I shall be sporting this. It was one of my birthday presents and I shall report back on its waterproofness, mainly for the dog walkers!

It does make you look like Batman though grin.

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 08:39:16

Hmm Beachy.... and why didn't you go for{EX555DMD-R46-B25C6M59H12-P-16498&htm_mta=targetdry_festival_flower_poncho_£26.50_inc_p&p} hmm???

MrsS safe traveling.

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 08:40:08

well that convert linky thing is rubbish isn't it...

{{{EX555DMD-R46-B25C6M59H12-P-16498&htm_mta=targetdry_festival_flower_poncho_£26.50_inc_p&p this}}

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 08:40:50

And so am I... sheesh...wrong brackets....


beachyhead Fri 06-Sep-13 08:53:07

That didn't work either!

I'm afraid I'm not a fan of flowery coats grin. I've never really 'understood' them. I want to be nice and inconspicuous when I'm out and about!

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 08:59:23

AHHH - well you know the one I mean ;) (epic fail.....)

Well we seem to have gone from summer to autumn overnight here.....

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 09:00:00

actually if you click the very first one - that works..... doah!

QueenQueenie Fri 06-Sep-13 09:19:04

Batman Beachy? More like Darth Vadar! I think I'd run away if I saw you approaching in that... even though I know you're lovely.

Pouring with rain and COLD. Bloody hell. Still chained to my desk, writing. Feels like a cross between a prison sentence and childbirth... in fact I think I preferred childbirth. If I seem to be posting prolifically please do me a favour and tell me to fuck off. Ta.

beachyhead Fri 06-Sep-13 09:23:26

Structured breaks, that's what you need... work now till 1230, then from 2 until 5pm and if we see you in those hours, we will indeed tell you to fuck off....

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 09:27:08

Well, we were doing well this morning until DD couldn't find her Kickers. Cue huge shouting, etc and me in mild panic. Then I remembered that I had put them in a cupboard in DS's room. Then she swore they weren't hers and that DS (who is 5 sizes bigger!!!) had gone off with hers FFSgrin

Stropperella Fri 06-Sep-13 10:51:28

BTM, I feel for you. We were doing OK this morning until dd announced that she wouldn't be going to any Maths lessons this year as she is sticking by her refusal to attend any Set 2 classes as she wasn't happy with the way she was demoted from Set 1 and now aims to get a U in her Maths GCSE "just to mess their stats up". She had Maths first lesson. Gah, how old is she FFS??? angry shock hmm <excess of emoticons to convey exasperation>

MrsS, it'll all be over soon..

wilbur Fri 06-Sep-13 10:53:28

Excellent crepey uniform suggestion from Ruby - so Darth Vader waterproof (covers all wobbly bits), taupe boots, and I'm also liking the sound of Queenie's ds's lime green furry handbag. That's my look sorted for the new season then. Plus I got another 2 scarves for my birthday last month, which I still don't know how to wear as I'm hopeless with accessories - think Hyacinth Bucket rather than Cara Delvigne. I may make them into cushions.

herbaceous Fri 06-Sep-13 10:54:37

Thought I was doing remarkably well on the 'not crying' front. Just had massive snotty bawl in the car when 'Have I Told You Lately That I Love You' came on the radio. I used to sing it to DS whilst in newborn hormonal haze and think of it as 'our song'. Oh dear. Off again.

In other, less pathetic, news, I saw the head for 40 minutes! Gave her what for. She realises there's a hell of a lot to do to improve communication with parents. She was at the new starters meeting, as a guest, and was horrified at the size of it, and the relative uselessness of the info given out. Nothing was from a parent's perspective - all just internally-driven blather.

She's got all sorts of ideas, and is prepared to make herself unpopular with the 'we've always done it this way' mob to get them done. She turned her previous school round from 'special measures' to 'good' in four years, so reckon she's shit hot.

I complained that no-one had shown any concern re DS's eye, or suggested a meeting of how to deal with it, etc, and that I was in the middle of organising a transfer on medical grounds. She was horrified. She knew there was a boy in his class with a problem, and had asked the staff if it was sorted. They had said yes. Further profuse apologies.

And she's going to send me the email of the chair of the PTA (or, indeed, PITA)!

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 11:02:49

AIBU? I have three quarters of a bottle of Sipsmith gin left. I am making this my priority to fit in my luggage along with the bottle of Jack Daniels at the expense of dull stuff like shower gel and tea towels.

herbaceous Fri 06-Sep-13 11:04:47

YANBU. Purely on £££ grounds.

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 11:08:11

Herbs, result! Now let's see if it all gets translated into actionwink

MrsS, you know the answer!

motherinferior Fri 06-Sep-13 11:10:09

Way to go Herbs! Sounds like you've got someone really, really good on side. Go for it.

MrsS, bring it home. Definitely.

Oh, Stropps, molto sympathies.

wilbur Fri 06-Sep-13 11:11:33

MrsS - totally take the gin, forget the shower gel and anyway, when you have a new home [ignores fact that you've owned it for years] you should have nice new tea towels anyway. I like this one or this one which is appropriate!

Herbs - glad you got through to head teacher, it does sounds like she has plans to sort things out and a good head makes a big difference. I reckon the blub was fair enough, good to get it out of the system and at least you didn't do it in the classroom.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 11:11:40

Yeah! You go Herbs! Sort that school out. At least the head sounds as if she is good and on the ball.

this makes me bawl - it reminds me of a time when DD1 was very ill in hospital in Romania and my employer was refusing to medically evacuate her ("Let's just see how things go, shall we?" - yes, let's keep her in this utterly inadequate shithole for a bit longer, and watch her deteriorate, shall we?) Finally got her out when she stabilised a bit, and they still refused to medevac, but did agree to 24 hour doctors at home for a week. How that was more cost effective than 2 economy flights home, I'll never know.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 11:12:45

<sniffs a bit>

herbaceous Fri 06-Sep-13 11:46:02

<wobbles lower lip>

Mrs S - do you make it a rule to work for arseholes?

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 12:10:41

Herbs - it would seem so. Everyone acknowledges that I have had more than my fair share. This incident was London being unnecessarily bureaucratic. It still makes me seethe to think about it.

Cremolafoam Fri 06-Sep-13 12:44:05

Herbs - that's better news re school. I sincerely hope head teacher can motivate the staff into action.

Mrs S take the gin FGS
It is deserved on historical grounds at the very leastsmile

Wilbur lol at making scarves into cushions. You are a woman after my own heart gringrin

herbaceous Fri 06-Sep-13 12:52:25

I think the teaching staff are generally great. There's just a lack of overall framework and direction about communicating with parents, and some entrenched, ancient ways of doing things, like hand-written signs all over the place, dinner (and all) money handed over in brown envelopes (rather than parent pay), and a few defensive hags in the school office.

I'm in a quandary now whether to continue with the appeal for a move to our originally preferred schools. I'm sure he'd be happy just about anywhere at the moment, so we have to play the long game. MG could go on to be a brilliant school, and being on the small site is a real luxury these days in London. The other two schools are much bigger.

The school I originally really wanted him to go to is much more 'white middle class', has two choirs, and lots of his friends are going there. Meaning it's almost more for my benefit. It is an Ofsted 'outstanding', but its results aren't as good as MG. Golly.

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 13:05:01

Hmmm. Do you think you could resurrect the appeal at a later date if you felt MG really wasn't up to it?

Are you keen for him to mix with children from different backgrounds or do you think he will have a better friendship group with friends who will do similar stuff to him (like coming for tea) at the other school?

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 13:12:02

Stropps, I meant to say, hope she goes to the lesson. If she was to be told by the teacher/HoD that if she attends Maths Club or whatever and improves her grades she can move back up, would that work?

alto1 Fri 06-Sep-13 13:15:35

I could come along at the cocktail hour on 20th so long as I don't actually drink any cocktails. Glad there's no spending target to worry about - good decision.

MrsS - are you 20 years younger than me? The rocknrollercoaster nearly finished me off. Everyone said the music was great - I didn't remember hearing a note of it grin

herbaceous Fri 06-Sep-13 13:19:43

It's all a balanced, innit, between mixing with all different backgrounds, and having enough of a feeling of 'fitting in'. In his class at MG he's about one of four 'white British' children, but no idea yet how much going for tea goes on amongst everyone.

The other school is 50% ESOL, so not exactly a white ghetto!

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 13:24:56

Was the only noise you could hear, a thin and piercing scream coming from your own lips, Alto? grin I prefer Thunder Mountain actually, but do like the rocknrollercoaster. Space Mountain is a coaster too far - I felt as if my head had become disconnected from my neck.

Spoke to DD2 last night, who seems to be enjoying school so far. She informs me that she is in the top set for maths, and would try to stay there! Am looking forward to seeing them and the cats tomorrow. Oh and DH of course. grin

QueenQueenie Fri 06-Sep-13 13:36:24

You are a woman of excellent priorities Mrs S: rollercoasters over AB, cats over dh, gin over shower gel. Admirable.

herbs, what is the downside of continuing with appeal? Apart from the energy required and stress involved.? If you succeed you don't have to move him if by then all is paradise.

QueenQueenie Fri 06-Sep-13 13:38:50

Stropps, that sounds like something for school to engage with to me or at the least a wait and see approach rather than get sucked in to arguing with her about how she has to go to maths / her appalling attitude etc. sit on your hands and bite your lip?

Beachy that was stern and excellent advice. Having a cup of coffee and a short break but have felt quite productive this morning for a change

Blackduck Fri 06-Sep-13 13:39:00

Gin MrsS - surprised you had to ask....

motherinferior Fri 06-Sep-13 14:41:56

gel for you grin

Actually that may just have solved a few Christmas presents especially with friend's staff discount-

motherinferior Fri 06-Sep-13 14:42:30
Stropperella Fri 06-Sep-13 14:50:11

BTM and QQ, I wrote a long reply and then realised that pressing "post" wasn't a good plan. Suffice to say, when people know the details, there isn't really a lot of sympathy around for dd. And I'm afraid that is a situation of her own making and she has refused to take any advice from either the school or me for the last year. I have the emails from this term last year to prove it.

What can I do? I've informed the school (and they're probably just seeing me as a useless idiot at this stage because all my attempts to make her cooperate with anything they have offered in terms of help have failed) to see if they can magic up some strategy for getting her to change her mindset and I have joined a new support group for parents of challenging teens.

If I hear "You can't make me" one more time, I may have to run away and join the circus as a bearded lady.

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 14:50:55

I am still waiting for my air freight to be collected. I have been waiting since 0900 and they couldn't give me a shorter timeframe than between 0900 and 1700. What a waste of a day. I can't even finish my packing as I need to run out and get another holdall. Very fed up. And can't make a cup of tea as I have run out of milk.

wilbur Fri 06-Sep-13 15:13:09

Stropps - so sorry dd is making things so hard for herself and others. I realise it's unlikely she would take any kind of reading suggestion, but I have you heard of a book called Mindset by Carol Dweck? I don't know if I have mentioned it here before, but I read it about a year ago and even though I am not usually one for self-help books, this one really hit home for me in terms of self-confidence and lack of it, fear of failure holding people back and making them shoot themselves in the foot before they have even taken a step etc. It's a bit hard to summarize, but it has helped me look at myself, primarily, but also at the dcs and dh in a fundamentally different way. I am going to read it with ds1, who is having his annual freak-out about friends at school, new year jitters and how he's the lowest of the low socially and will never have any friends and hates the one friend he has etc etc. Even if dd would only set fire to any book you gave her, I'd still really recommend reading it yourself. It has given me a measure of calm when dealing with dh's lack of effort in some of life's key areas, and that can only be a good thing.

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 15:17:32

Space Mountain is awful - it totally did for me when I went on it first thing on the day we went. Bleurrrrghsad

Stropps, just run away to join us on the 20th!

MrsS, I couldn't have managed all day without a cuppashock

Cremolafoam Fri 06-Sep-13 15:25:21

You still have the gin right mrs S?winkgrin

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 16:26:03

Well, I think I will join Stropps in the mums with disgruntled DD's corner. Mine is NOT HAPPY after her first day.
DS is not home yet...

QueenQueenie Fri 06-Sep-13 16:29:36

What is she unhappy about BTM?
Ds2 claims that "all my teachers are shit this year" and is being generally wholly negative.
There is some comfort in finding I am not the only one with disgruntled teenage angst.

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 16:37:47

Well, she has a new HoY (not new to the school) who she doesn't like, a new Head of KS4 (also not new to the school) who she doesn't rate, a new maths teacher but the same English teacher (wanted it to be the other way round), they have said that they are tightening the uniform rules (so fake nails will probs have to go. And bracelets - DH will be rubbing his hands), the HT came into their assembly today (for the first time ever!) to lecture them about working hard, she has some lessons with people she wasn't with before and maybe not friends.... Oh and something about early entry for stuff, including a controlled assessment in MFL in 3 weeksconfused
On the plus-side, some of her tutor group have been moved out (including one very annoying boy) and her new tutor is nice.

Is it normal teenage behaviour? We are round to friends (with DC at the same school) for dinner tonight so we can compare notes!

Stropperella Fri 06-Sep-13 16:43:09

Wilbur, that title/author rings a bell, so I think you might have mentioned it before, but I have now put it in my Amazon shopping basket. I did grin at "if dd would only set fire to any book you gave her" because that's exactly how it is when she is in that kind of mood. The weirdest thing is that she can be perfectly nice and normal. Even sometimes for days at a time. She clearly managed to be sunny and lovely for an entire 3 weeks when on holiday with another family this summer. I'm just not much good at dealing with all the rage and vitriol when it comes my way, I'm afraid.

<links arms in solidarity with QQ and BTM>>

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 17:02:06

DS has just come in with his mates. They all said school was fine when askedconfused

Maybe it is the GCSE effect.

Cremolafoam Fri 06-Sep-13 17:13:42

I'm so sorry to hear the tales of teenage daughter woe. I wish I had something helpful to add Stropps QQ and BtM. Hang in there. That book sounds good in lieu of a Teenage Manual.

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 17:17:58

Just seen the recommendation, Wilbur - will google it! I have a whole library of teenage manualsgrin

motherinferior Fri 06-Sep-13 17:57:23

Hurrah, it's wine o'clock grin

rubyrubyruby Fri 06-Sep-13 19:06:22

Found you 10th of the way through the thread!

I can't catch up. Furiously sorting house and a manic weekend of sleepovers, parties and football. Coming down to sarf London tomorrow.

Start my course on Monday and have so much prep to do for various presentations. <<screams>>

rubyrubyruby Fri 06-Sep-13 19:07:02

..... hoping my bike is in the garage somewhere!

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 19:08:50

House is still full of shit. I have just bought a nice new roll of bin bags.

Cremolafoam Fri 06-Sep-13 19:14:49

Mrs s are you finally done with AB, like for evah?
If so wine

bigTillyMint Fri 06-Sep-13 19:21:21

Yes, let's all have a wine and cake for no more ABsmile

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 19:34:57

I hope so. Interestingly, my successor was seething about him this evening. grin So I am quite sure it's not me!

I am now going to take a huge box of cleaning products round to a friend, which will probably involve much swearing as it is heavy. Or I could just leave it for the people who are moving in here next... mmmm, that's quite tempting. If I don't take the box, I can get rid of some stuff in the clothes bank en route and take her a bottle of champagne. Yep. I think I'll do that. grin

Cremolafoam Fri 06-Sep-13 20:03:37

I think I'd rather have the champagne than the Eau Javel if I'm honestgrin

I have just eaten a vast pizza blush
I am hoping that once my periods are done and dusted I will no longer get cravings to eat every damn thing in sight. Honestly I could eat another one. confused

beachyhead Fri 06-Sep-13 21:38:46

Just think Mrs S, she has a whole year of that to deal with...

MrsSchadenfreude Fri 06-Sep-13 22:07:55

Beachy - she has at least two, if not three. I feel sorry for her, she's lovely.

wilbur Fri 06-Sep-13 23:22:29

I've had pizza too, Crem. [bloat] Yummy tho, as was my Friday cocktail - a Martinez which was very, very delicious. I had 2 and am now a little wobbly on my feet. Have a good weekend all. [stumbles to bed]

CointreauVersial Fri 06-Sep-13 23:54:58

Fingers crossed for dry (ish) weather tomorrow - tis the Family Fun Day I've been organising for work. I spent the afternoon sorting out deliveries of tables/chairs/BBQs etc, which involved standing on the dual carriageway in the rain flagging down random lorry drivers who couldn't find the turn-off. Off to the butchers tomorrow morning to pick up a huge box of burgers, and to Majestic for cooler bins - I have also run out of raffle tickets and need to find balloons to mark the entrance so people actually get there - gah!

I'm hoping it will be "fun"; I have organised some cra-zeeee inflatables (bungee running and gladiator battles) and stuff for kids, but I expect most of the attendees will be content to sit on their arses and drink beer. If it tips down we'll be huddled in the scout hut listening to the MD play the guitar.hmm

MrsSchadenfreude Sat 07-Sep-13 05:47:37

Signing off from Paris now, fellow Crepeys. "See" you in London at some point in the next week when we get t'internet installed.

Cremolafoam Sat 07-Sep-13 07:34:42

Good luck mrs s! smile

motherinferior Sat 07-Sep-13 12:05:44

I did my first couch to 5k this morning. Although I swim a mile three times a week, it was a ^bit difficult^grin

QueenQueenie Sat 07-Sep-13 12:34:29

Ooooh MI, god for you. Am going to start that as soon as I've finished this workathon I'm on at the moment.
Am a complete novice. What do I need by way of shoes etc?
Did you download a podcast thingy? What? Where from?
Can you help me?!

QueenQueenie Sat 07-Sep-13 12:38:17

Good for you even!

bigTillyMint Sat 07-Sep-13 12:58:29

Yes, what do you have to do on the first day or two?

Blackduck Sat 07-Sep-13 13:49:29

First week back and the mail bag contains a tramp after to secondary form -eek!

Cremolafoam Sat 07-Sep-13 15:17:46

Bd ? Once more in English grin

Blackduck Sat 07-Sep-13 17:02:02

Transfer to secondary form - fat fingers... smile

Cremolafoam Sat 07-Sep-13 18:39:14


CointreauVersial Sat 07-Sep-13 20:19:35

It stayed dry! <punches air>

And we raised £3,700 for the Royal Marsden Cancer charity! <yay!>

The little lassie with leukaemia we were fundraising for came out of hospital for the day, and it was lovely to see her toddling about with a big smile. Someone baked a beautiful cake that we sent back for the nurses. Everyone seemed to have a laugh, we didn't run out of booze and the MD gave me a big bunch of flowers for my efforts.

The only goof I made was pricing the raffle tickets at £1 a strip; fine for a Brownie raffle, but when people were flashing twenties and announcing they weren't staying for the draw....I ended up with RSI from writing names on tickets and had to send DH into town on an emergency dash for more raffle books. If I had a fiver for every sodding person who came up to me and said "Do you know, what you should have done is £2 a ticket...." we could have doubled the charity fund. Doh.

I am now aching all over.

CointreauVersial Sat 07-Sep-13 20:20:54

And High Five (K) MI for getting out there!

Cremolafoam Sat 07-Sep-13 21:02:01

Cv what a great job! I'm sure you must be wrecked .winethanks

bigTillyMint Sat 07-Sep-13 21:21:09

Oh well done CV - sounds like a great success, and good cause tooflowers

motherinferior Sun 08-Sep-13 17:46:15

Will update re running anon but currently gazing at glowing if streaky office grin

Cremolafoam Sun 08-Sep-13 19:03:06

I am busy having a frustrating day arguing with a complete moo on Etsy over non delivery if a coat I ordered in May. She's now had it returned to her ( never arrived here) and is refusing to either send it on or refund me. angry She wants me to pay again for delivery. angry

bigTillyMint Sun 08-Sep-13 19:56:44

Oh dear Cremo.

DD is currently doing/moaning about/struggling to complete an art homework she was given over 7 weeks agoconfused

Cremolafoam Sun 08-Sep-13 20:26:07

Eek btm art homework's quite a hard one to do at speed!
Hope she gets it done!

This woman is driving me to drink
She's now saying she'll refund me for the coat ,but only if the coat resells. What a load of bollox. Never again . It would have been easier to just move house to a country where coats are not a requirementwink

alto1 Sun 08-Sep-13 23:18:27

Crem grin grin you should tell her that

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 06:19:04

She sounds a bit of a nutter like she needs some lessons on customer service!

Blackduck Mon 09-Sep-13 08:32:23

Busy and potentially stressful week ahead here. Have packed ds's stuff for Llanrug trip, and need to pack for self as coming down Wednesday to London (course, and seeing mum).

Cremo tell her you want the refund - you have not had the goods - she owes you!

hattymattie Mon 09-Sep-13 09:03:15

Bit stressed as had a huge storm here on Friday and as the roof is being redone we only had plastic sheeting resulting in inevitable leaks - they have been round to sort it but they promised me they' all be here 4 men on the job - Monday - where are they? Luckily it didn't rain over the weekend but there are ominous clouds on the horizon.

Crem - she should just refund - she should have stickers all over it saying undelivered.

hattymattie Mon 09-Sep-13 09:04:16

Just to add Crem - I've twice had things not arrive from Boden - if it doesn't arrive within 10 working days they either refund or resend whichever I ask for.

motherinferior Mon 09-Sep-13 09:49:40

Crem, tell her you'll take her to the small claims court.

motherinferior Mon 09-Sep-13 09:53:06

Try this

wilbur Mon 09-Sep-13 10:16:39

Ha - I was just about to link to that same letter, MI. Crem, quoting the Sale of Goods Act usually works - v useful Act, I have invoked it a number of times in the past.

Today was the first day in several months when I woke up feeling a bit chilly sad. We have still not got any further with our new windows. We are going to be cold cold cold again soon.

Cremolafoam Mon 09-Sep-13 11:05:04

Except she's in the US.
I have referred my case to Etsy support . She sent this yesterday.

Well like I stated in my first response to you today I will be contacting easy staff tomorrow. I can't simply manifest money I don't have to send to you because you refused the package at the postal station your lucky I'm offering a refund to you at all. I know I'm not in the wrong and the Etsy terms and conditions are clear to me the package made it to You and was then returned to me because you either refused it or didnt pick it up NOT my fault and completely out of my control. As far as I'm concerned you should be thankful I'm willing to give you a refund at all because as stated in my shop polices I don't normally give refunds. My best regards I will be contacting you soon.

Posting to give you a sense of her raddled brain.The package may well have got as far as the uk but I never got it or indeed a note to say collect from Post Office.
I'm lucky apparently.grin

wilbur Mon 09-Sep-13 12:17:41

Oooh, certified crazy lady. There must be applicable laws in the US that would cover non delivery of goods? I would forward her email to Etsy and tell them this is what their sellers are saying to Etsy customers and that you no longer feel Etsy is a trustworthy site to order if they have sellers who refuse to give refunds and basically behave like children. Be interesting to hear what they say - they may just shrug and say Not America, Not Important, in which case we will all know to avoid them in future. Which would be a shame as Etsy has some very cute stuff!

hattymattie Mon 09-Sep-13 12:57:36

It's raining again - more leaks sad. But we will get our bedroom roofs replastered and painted. I think my kids may sleep downstairs tonight. The weather forecast is dire - I need a golden September.

US lady sounds bonkers.

MI - saw your DC's were doing "invasion skills" in PE on FB what exactly are these confused

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 13:10:34

Too right, wilbur - what a cowangry

It's so miserable here - can't believe we were suffocating in 30 degrees two days last weeksad

motherinferior Mon 09-Sep-13 14:03:35

Snap, BTM. And I have earache. EARACHE. On top of leg-ache which persists - I think my mistake was going swimming yesterday.

I have no idea what invasion skills are. I suggested a horned helmet...

Stropperella Mon 09-Sep-13 15:01:28

Bah, MI, have you not seen Horrible Histories? Horned helmets are so 20th century, apparently smile "Invasion skills" does sound like a rather odd thing to be doing in PE. Is this some kind of shifty recruiting process for the CCF? grin (Dd did that for a while and then gave it up when she realised that she was having absolutely no fun at all doing press-ups in the mud after school. I said nuffink. Well, actually I may have said some grumpy words about being forced to shell out for bloody army boots which are now, of course, collecting dust.)

Sorry to hear about your Etsy travails, Crem.

Hope MrsS is home safe and sound and will never be troubled by AB or his like again.

Hatty, hope your builders are getting busy fixing everything in doublequick time.

I took ds to the local agricultural show on Saturday. We were browsing the cows, but decided the neighbours would not approve even if we only got a teeny-weeny one. smile My homemade cheese project will have to wait for my next life. We also admired the giant vegetables in the horticulture tent. Ds vastly impressed by the giant marrow. Simple pleasures..

Garden produce is a bit thin on (in) the ground this year. My potato crop was weedy to say the least, the rocket and spinach bolted due to disorganised watering and the bastard slugs repeatedly ate the courgette flowers so no courgettes. However, we do have some tomatoes and would have some raspberries if the chickens didn't keep nicking them.

Dd went to the show under her own steam with friends. Which I am very pleased about. She is also doing lots of sporty stuff with friends at the moment and has been a bit more social than previously, which I think is healthy. <focuses on the positive>

Stropperella Mon 09-Sep-13 15:02:15

And congrats to CV - a job very well done, by the sounds of it!

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 15:16:33

Stropps, that all sounds very positive for your DD <quakes in anticipation of what will have infuriated DD at school today>

motherinferior Mon 09-Sep-13 17:00:24

Have just had exchange with DD1. “Do you have any homework? OK, crack on with it when you’ve watched Wolfbloood.” “It’s not DUE till next WEEK.” “Well, you will get more over the week, you know…”

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 17:21:33

Hmm, sounds familiar - had a similar exchange with DS. It's the Y8 effect!

herbaceous Mon 09-Sep-13 18:17:38


As I won't be spending money on nursery any more, and have sold one jacket to a friend for a whole £10, this seemed to justify a trip to TK Maxx.

Very good haul, though maybe a little rash. I'd been looking for the elusive waterproof yet stylish coat for school run, park, etc, and think I've found it in something like this, which was £60 reduced from £120.

Then I bought some Hudson Carly jeans, reduced from £210 to £50. Not quite sure what I was thinking, as I wouldn't normally spend £50 on a pair of jeans, especially when they're miles too long and will need taking up. But there we are.

Oh, and a jumper/sweatshirt on a whim on the way out. And some shower gel. And some moisturiser.

CointreauVersial Mon 09-Sep-13 18:30:50

Ha, MI, that's so funny, exactly the same conversation happened here! Across the country grumpy, whining children were being kicked off the sofa as the closing credits of Wolfblood rolled.grin

I had all three with their noses to the grindstone, although DD2 has finished all her homework, and I can now hear Elbow booming from DS's room, so I'm guessing his is done too.

Herbs - jacket looks great, and judging by this week's weather you'll be needing it.

It's official. The central heating at Chateau Cointreau has been switched on.

hattymattie Mon 09-Sep-13 18:37:56

Ooh - is Wolfblood back - I liked that (childish); I used to watch it on Sunday though with DS.

motherinferior Mon 09-Sep-13 18:40:01

Apparently so grin

In other news I have offloaded DD2 next week so can come out for cocktail hour, I very much hope.

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 19:25:42

Herbs, nice jacket!

I have no idea what Wolfblood is and I suspect my DC don't eithergrin

Great news MI!

Cremolafoam Mon 09-Sep-13 20:07:39

Ooh herbs vair niceenvy

Was wondering about bd's maman when is the op

I have made a damson cake with some damsons I have gathered hereabouts. It is in the oven ATM . The recipe was a bit peculiar and came from a WI pamphlet I found that dh must have had given him from the olden days. ( 70's at a guess) will report back.shock

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 20:16:47

Yummm! I love Damsons!

Cremolafoam Mon 09-Sep-13 20:27:22

Me too BTM . But am always looking for unusual things to do with them.( apart from jam or gin)
I made damson ripple ice cream last year . Was delish.

We have lighted the fire due to cold cv! Have withheld central heating until breath can actually be seen .miserlywink

bigTillyMint Mon 09-Sep-13 20:31:07

OMG, damson ripple ice-cream - lush!

We haven't got the heating on, but I do have an extra jumper on!

Stropperella Mon 09-Sep-13 21:03:39

Blimey, not very cold here at all. Was actually quite sunny and warm this afternoon and we had to switch the fan on in the office. I refuse to put the heating on before October. So there. <eyes jumper drawer>

herbaceous Tue 10-Sep-13 10:53:49

I say crepesters - do buck up! We're halfway down page two!

I have an S&B question. I need a new facial moisturiser. I have tried many, but keep coming back to Clarins (especially if a gift!) However, it's tres cher – the one for 'mature' skin is over £50 – and I wondered if anyone had any cheaper alternatives to keep that crepe at bay?

motherinferior Tue 10-Sep-13 10:56:33

Eucerin is pretty good...many people also swear by Avene. I'm sure that when MrsS gets back to us, she'll suggest La Roche Posay too.

I am wearing a THERMAL VEST.

Managed another sedate Ladyjog this morning: in answer to previous questions, I did possess trainers (freebie from former job) but purchased a (pricey) bra and a bumbag to stuff the iphone and keys in. Downloaded the Couch to 5k. All this took a lot more time and faff than it should have done, obviously...

herbaceous Tue 10-Sep-13 11:10:44

I had to wear leggings, socks, a vest and a jumper IN BED last night. I think it might be time to remove the summer duvet.

I am intending to do the 30-day Shred today. We shall see.

I must say, this 'school day' thing is odd. Don't quite know what do with myself. Have so far just pottered about, doing little bits not very well. I think I need a routine.

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 11:31:48

Quick poll: if you pay for school lunches, how much do they cost? Ours have just gone up AGAIN.

Still not cold here smile Went down the garden in my pjs earlier to recapture escaped chooks who are far too good at flying and are likely to end up as dog's "chicken tonight" dream dinner unless my wing-clipping skills get up to speed v. soon. Dh is doing adding some wire to the top of the fence this afternoon to stop them from landing on it.

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 11:32:36

Meh, this latest MN upgrade prevents me from posting in my usual browser. Will have to get new browser to continue to post. <grumble>

herbaceous Tue 10-Sep-13 11:59:43

Bloody freezing in the house. Probably more so due to contrast with this time last week, which was spent in the park with DS. Seems a very long time ago now...

Re school lunches, ours are £2 a day, but obvs primary.

bigTillyMint Tue 10-Sep-13 12:05:29

Stropps, funny you should say that - my colleagues DD who has just started in Y7 seems to be spending a fortune! My DS buys a pattie or baguette using his fob - I think about £1.30? It's not a balanced meal, but I force feed him fruit and veg when he comes homegrin

Herbs, you need a DH like mine - radiatorman! And a routinewink

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 12:07:13

Ds is year 4, so I'm talking primary as well. Hmm. Ours are now £2.50.

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 12:10:15

Yes, dd gets by at upper school on £1.50, but she does have actual proper food like chicken curry etc and what's more it all comes from the same kitchen that does the food for ds's school. hmm

motherinferior Tue 10-Sep-13 12:38:22

I switched to the winter duvet last night.

DD1 is £2 a day, I think: DD2 is per month and I know how much it was this month because it was the Satanic £66.60 grin

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 12:46:22

My dcs only have school lunches two days a week. The rest of the time I give them packed lunches as ds in particular won't touch the rest of the week's menu (he has a great distrust of "things in sauce" and won't eat tomatoes unless in the form of soup or ketchup) and frankly I can do decent packed lunches for a lot less than £2.50.

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 12:49:01

MI, those devil dinners seem v. expensive to me grin

motherinferior Tue 10-Sep-13 12:54:01

I mean this HALF TERM. I am clearly in need of my own lunch.

CointreauVersial Tue 10-Sep-13 12:59:42

DS and DD1 have a canteen, so can spend what they want, although there is a £3 daily limit, and I can check online exactly what they've ordered (cue regular chats about "healthy choices"). They have packed lunches two days a week.

DD2's school charge the standard Surrey rate of £2.05 per day.

In S&B news, I'm surrounded by Clarks boxes - my ankle boots arrived! (I always order multiple sizes and alternative styles). QQ - the Marble Cool boots are actually silver and slightly glittery. shock I shall be channelling Alvin Stardust.

CointreauVersial Tue 10-Sep-13 13:02:40

Strops - you mentioned MN upgrades and browser problems - I have just had to open MN in Chrome in order to actually post.


wilbur Tue 10-Sep-13 13:05:44

School lunches v expensive here too, but they are good quality at least. Although ds1 now has a lunch card that we load with money and a daily limit and they have just changed systems so that i can now see what he is buying grin. TBH, I don't really want to know, he's old enough to eat whatever shit he likes during the day (although I fear for his expensive new braces) but of course I couldn't really resist looking at what he ate over the past year, or rather his top ten purchases from the school lunch room. Waffles were very popular, as were a variety of other carb -based treats. I think there was a sandwich in there somewhere hmm.

Herbs - re face creams, I would try some of the Lo'real wrinkle-busters, I think they are v good quailty for the money. If you can find some kind of tester, it's worth trying ahead of time, as one of them (can't remember which) was a bit harsh on my dry skin - I think it was one with retinol in, maybe?

I am desparately trying not to put the heating on until October after last year's bills. Probably won't make it - I stood looking feebly at our freezing bathroom this morning (no heat in there at all, even with the heating on) and could hardly bear to get my pjs off to dsh into the shower.

Stropperella Tue 10-Sep-13 13:17:49

I'm quite glad I can't spy on what dd is eating at lunch time, as if I could I would almost feel duty bound to check up on her. And it would only be another thing to fuss about.

CV, I've had to install Chrome to post. Google has too much of my life on file already, I don't like using it here too. <grumbles some more>

Blackduck Tue 10-Sep-13 14:32:34

So let's try again - I can't post either (am now in firefox)
I am with Stropps - no heating til 1st of October - put another jumper on....

Dinners £2 - local place does all the small primaries around here...

Mum in for pre-op today - fingers crossed, all okay - op tomorrow....

herbaceous Tue 10-Sep-13 15:01:58

School dinners seem yet another area of chaos at DS's school. His is one of the few that isn't supplied by the local authority, but at the moment their kitchens are out of action so they're getting them from another school, which I think must be on the LA scheme, as the rota of macaroni cheese, chips, etc, seems the same as on the LA website. Not sure when/if kitchens will be finished! And feel sorry for the other school, having to make enough extra dinners for a four-form-entry primary!

CointreauVersial Tue 10-Sep-13 17:16:17

Boot review!

These are the ones I really wanted to like, and I wasn't disappointed - very comfy, good "go with anything" colour, and funky snakey bit at the back. Sold.

These were similar colour, but too loose around the heel and had a hint of "rigger boot" about them. Going back.

And these - ho ho - QQ's silver specials......well, they were a bit strange really. Very stiff and smooth, like cast iron pixie shoes. I wanted to like them, but......Anyway, QQ, they are available in lots of sizes now, if you want to give them a try. Don't let me put you off. grin

Still on clothing, I wore my new White Stuff work trousers to work today, and they are fab. Well-fitting trousers are a Holy Grail for me - I have countless pairs that gape at the waist, sag round the arse, disappear up where they shouldn't, or are too short/wide/tight, but these are amazing. I can't link as they are from the Outlet.

Cremolafoam Tue 10-Sep-13 17:40:44

Re school dinners about £3 here at big school which will get you a panini a piece of fruit a drink and a tray bake / cake. All made in school.
I tend to buy enough for dd to throw a pack lunch together as I always bring my own healthy salad or soup and bread.

Re face ironing cream , I like avene eluage and dr hauschka rose day cream if I'm feeling spendy or my sister needs a pressie suggestion!

Started using this new Aveeno gear recently and it's lovely

Bd all the best for

CointreauVersial Tue 10-Sep-13 17:43:24

Oh yes, BD, good luck to your ma.

It's my DSM's op tomorrow too (gall bladder, so not quite so scary).

Cremolafoam Tue 10-Sep-13 17:52:20

Cv envy of your perfect trouser . I am yet to discover such an item.sad
Shoe boot no 1 is divine . Like wearing little mushroom elf bootsgrin

I lost an auction on eBay today for my perfect coat. The Etsy coat debacle is still rumbling on.
Clearly I am destined to last another winter borrowing dh's anorak. Glamour you do elude me....

bigTillyMint Tue 10-Sep-13 18:20:11

Good luck BD (and mum) and CV (and DSM)

CV, those boots do look good. I also quite fancy the idea of silver pixie boots, but you are not selling them to me!

DD's latest moan is that she wants to give up drama - she is in a class with 3 other girls and at least 10 boys all of whom are idiots. And it seems that there may be a performance coming up....

QueenQueenie Tue 10-Sep-13 18:31:58

I beg to differ BTM, am finding the idea of cast iron pixie boots extremely appealing!

motherinferior Tue 10-Sep-13 18:48:38

I bear news from MrsS, who is weltering in unpacking including two microwaves and two tellies. She sends her lovegrin

Good luck to all in hospital!

Cremolafoam Tue 10-Sep-13 18:52:27

Oh excellent MI
Glad she's back safely in Blightysmile

Starting to get excited about Friday week.
Hope I won't need a warm coatwink

QueenQueenie Tue 10-Sep-13 19:45:07

What size are your pixie boots Crem? If they'd fit me I'll buy them off you next week....!

CointreauVersial Tue 10-Sep-13 20:40:14

Mine, you mean? They are a 7, which is probably half a size too big for me.

They are extremely silver. If they were a bit roughed-up they'd probably be perfect; maybe it's the shiny-smooth newness I don't like. Or maybe I'm an old gimmer stuck in a fashion time-warp

Cremolafoam Tue 10-Sep-13 20:56:27

QQ I have no boots to sellwink
I was trying to buy a coat on eBay
Confused .com

Cremolafoam Tue 10-Sep-13 20:57:57

Ah I see.grin

QueenQueenie Tue 10-Sep-13 21:08:39

Sorry Crem, didn't mean to confuse you!

CV, it was you I meant. I am definitely a Clarks 7 and I need want those boots... could I buy them off you?

beachyhead Tue 10-Sep-13 22:23:59

I quite like the rigger boot ones, maybe its the builder in me.... but I won't make you drag multiple pairs of boots to a cocktail bar, but I will pop to Clarks and take a look there.

Well, dd1 has finally started 6th form college and its been a bit of an organisational do-dah getting her to and from the station to fit in with her timetable. It will all settle down, but I suspect there will be a fair amount of pyjama clad station trips in the car over the coming year.

Rock on summer when she can take her driving test....

Am very much looking forward to meet up. Could someone please pm me details as I'll never find the venues and am happy to meet early for cocktails. Might wear the Darth Vadar poncho grin.

wilbur Wed 11-Sep-13 08:25:52

I may have to pop into Clarks and check out the taupe boots, CV. They sound fab (and I am crepily impressed with the sound of the cushioning in the sole). On another S&B hunt, I have decided that after 6 years of wearing the same effective but drab weatherproof coat from October to March that I should have something else to wear. I quite fancy a pea coat but am worried it will be too short and will cut me in half just at the wrong point in the hips. Lands End do several kinds this one is nice and I was thinking navy or grey, but then I see that Debenhams have got the LE black one on sale for 30% off. Dilemma! I think I will just have to order a couple and see how they fit.

BD - hope your mum gets her op and all goes well today.

MrsS - if you can hear inside your packing box, hope it's not too exhausting and that you have found both cats, the kettle and the gin. Everything else can wait.

Blackduck Wed 11-Sep-13 08:57:29

Oh am liking those first boots CV 9do NOT need new boots BD - stop it!)

Mum went down 20 minutes ago so fingers crossed....

Blackduck Wed 11-Sep-13 08:58:01

MrsS I think the order should be gin, kettle, cats.... smile

bigTillyMint Wed 11-Sep-13 08:58:56

Fingers crossed BDsmile

motherinferior Wed 11-Sep-13 09:22:34

My fingers are crossed too grin

I have had my Fasting Blood Tests. So in the past week I've eye check, breast check, smear test (remarkably gentle) am booked in for dentist on Friday and one of those 40-60 tests (hence blood tests this morning) week after next...

bigTillyMint Wed 11-Sep-13 09:30:34

MI, what are the fasting blood tests for?

motherinferior Wed 11-Sep-13 09:38:06

Diabetes. Not that I think I have it, but genetically I've got a higher risk of developing it, given my south-Asian mother, so it's worth saying 'yes' if that's on offer. Mainly they check for cholesterol (you don't have to fast for that).

I am mostly feeling glum and under-achieving today grin

Cremolafoam Wed 11-Sep-13 09:45:11

Dd has had the mole orf.
Painful. She was stoic

MI amazing health overhaul.
I need to book in for breast screening,but may wait til after op.
I have very shiny teeth as had a scrape and polish yesterday .
Wish the rest of me could be scraped and polished.

Herbs how is mini herbs doing - week 2 report??

Bd thinking of you today.

motherinferior Wed 11-Sep-13 09:54:59

It was the looming invitation to the 40-60 health check that made me finally purchase running bra as am worried they'll just tell me I am vile unfit porker grin

bigTillyMint Wed 11-Sep-13 10:55:30

flowers to Cremo's DD

MI, you are being well checked-over - is it your NHS GP doing all this?

wilbur Wed 11-Sep-13 11:00:07

I have a "Free NHS Health Check" in an hour's time, mainly for the cholesterol check and for the chance to bend the nurse's ear about the clinic's appointments system. Have not been invited for boob mashing yet due to my extreme youth. MI - don't they let you off smear tests at some point? The last time I went in I did feel like saying don't bother - why continue this sham assumption that I am indulging in some kind of exciting sexual cornucopia which would require regular testing. (And yes, I know it's not just about that, but my lady parts are getting prim in their old age).

I need to make dentist appt. And eye test too probably.

Am doing my taxes today. Am v v v v v bored.

herbaceous Wed 11-Sep-13 11:01:43

Hmm. I have been good, and I have been bad, health-wise.

Good - I'm back on the 5:2, and today started doing the dreaded Shred again.

Bad - I'm well overdue a smear test. I just HATE HATE HATE it. It hurts so much, and the nurse saying 'it shouldn't hurt' makes me think I've got something terribly wrong with me. So I just don't go, which of course increases the chances that I DO have something terribly wrong with me.

Re the micro-herb, he seems to be having a whale of a time. Already promoted to the top set of year 1 for reading, and his love of singing has been noted. Each day I get a detailed run-down of the carb-heavy lunches: 'Today we had pasta, potato wedgies, garlic bread and, of course, crumble and custard. Oh, and lettuce.' He has made a couple of friends, and declared himself 'really really happy'. The eye business has all been sorted. My medical appeal letter lies languishing on my desktop, unsent.

Good luck to BD the Elder. Hope all is well.

herbaceous Wed 11-Sep-13 11:02:32

Oh, and yes. Haven't been to the dentist for buggering ages either. My teeth are in dire need of a scale and polish. But it hurts, and is expensive.

Stropperella Wed 11-Sep-13 11:04:57

BD, fingers crossed here for your mum. Hope all goes smoothly today.

Nobody wants to screen me for anything yet. I get free eye checks because there is a history of glaucoma in the family and had my peepers checked over earlier in the year. Am beginning to wonder at what age they call you for breast screening round here. Surely someone will be wanting to squeeze me soon, now that I am 48 and a half??

I was hoping not to have to buy another waterproof coat this year, but I have just noticed that the home-made elixir of youth (hahaha) that I slap on my neck every day (a combo of rose oil and spf factor 50 cream) has left an icky stain on the inside of the collar of the green Goretex number I bought a year or two ago. Plus the coat appears to be not as waterproof as it was. Am trying out stain removal and re-waterproofing treatments, but am not hopeful. Damn.

Stropperella Wed 11-Sep-13 11:10:41

Herbs, fantastic news re: Herbs Junior. Top Set of Year 1 already! Sounds like the school is pretty on the ball.

We have an incipient problem with ds's schooling this year, but it's too tricky to go public with here (you never quite know who is reading, after all, and I have made myself highly identifiable to anyone that knows me). I may well be asking for some advice next Friday..

motherinferior Wed 11-Sep-13 11:23:49

Herbs, my test didn't hurt yesterday. It didn't hurt the last time too. So, having had a meeting with the lovely press officer from a charity specialising in Cancer of the Ladyparts, I am going to pitch a piece on good practice in smear tests. Because I was anticipating it being absolutely horrible and it wasn't. Which was down to her skill. Not my attitude (so bah to your nurse, if it does hurt it is HER FAULT not yours).

My barrage of tests is mainly a perfect storm of reminders. It is all rather wearing.

Blackduck Wed 11-Sep-13 11:47:46

I need to have eyes tested (I need 'proper' glasses and not the cheapie reading ones from boots) and must do dentist too!

I am ignoring smear test....
Stropps - that sounds ominous - what year is your ds in - think he is a tad younger than mine? I also need to slot in secondary visits, though barring accidents I think it is decided (well ds has decided).

Thanks for all the good wishes - hopefully hear something soon....

bigTillyMint Wed 11-Sep-13 11:56:05

Herbs, "potato wedgies"grin Fantastic that he's been put into an appropriate reading set so quickly and the eye stuff - that does sound like they are on the ballsmile

Breast screening seems a bit random here - I went last year aged 48, colleague went a few months later aged 52. Smears shouldn't hurt - they are fairly unpleasant, but frankly after giving birth twice, they are a breeze!

I badly need a hearing testsad I am putting my head in the sand, but I am something of a joke at home and work.

Stropperella Wed 11-Sep-13 12:25:08

BTM, the dcs keep telling me I need a hearing test because we keep having exchanges along the lines of "but you don't like jam" "I didn't say JAM, I said HAM". blush

holidaybug Wed 11-Sep-13 12:39:32

What is this thread all about?

Stropperella Wed 11-Sep-13 12:40:36

BD, ds is in year 4. It's just a thorny little problem that I need to nip in the bud now, but I will have to tread very carefully when dealing with it. Am hoping the Crepey Crew will come up with some firm but tactful lines I can use. Dh all for rushing in and doing his bull in a china shop routine. This would be a bad plan.

CointreauVersial Wed 11-Sep-13 13:26:14

Holidaybug - this thread is about all sorts.

Mainly, it is a group of slightly....crepey.....folk comparing notes on life, children, health and chin hair.

Feel free to join the chat.

wilbur Wed 11-Sep-13 13:37:11

Herbs, that sounds great re ds - and carbs are good for a growing boy...

Stropps - ds2 has just gone into Y4 so I'm happy to compare notes if it helps.

Hi holidaybug - we do sometimes talk about clothes and makeup as well!

Blackduck Wed 11-Sep-13 13:54:20

Herbs fab news re ds - and yes, carbs are good - they need the energy and it is quick release - as long as there is a bit of greenery in there ;)

Mum in recovery (we think - all a bit vague) - dad needs to call back later this afternoon and I think I am off to buy him a mobile phone (for 'old people' as dp put it)

Holidaybug - this thread is about anything and everything, with boots thown in ;)

QueenQueenie Wed 11-Sep-13 14:43:58

Don't run away Holidaybug! we may be crepey but we are rather lovely..

QueenQueenie Wed 11-Sep-13 14:44:29

CV, are you hiding those cast iron pixie boots from me....?

Cremolafoam Wed 11-Sep-13 18:41:07

Holidaybug welcome.
I've been asking myself that for a couple of years. grin
Life , ageing and being fabulous in the face of drooping boobs .

motherinferior Wed 11-Sep-13 18:42:51

I have gone off the written word. Literacy is over rated. Gah.

Another hour gone, another submission to an agent...

hattymattie Wed 11-Sep-13 18:46:10

BD - so glad to hear everything went ok for your Mum - sorry I'm a bit late off the mark with this one. Basically it's still raining here so they can't work on the roof so it's really cold as we only have a plastic sheet on the roof and I'm getting increasingly sulky and bad tempered about it. We need a run of good days - I'm going to start praying soon and believe me I am not religious.

herbaceous Wed 11-Sep-13 19:21:06

On the hunt for a half-term holiday. Requisites include warmish (so southern Spain, but not middle Italy), historic stuff to look at, pool, self-catering, not touristy villa complex yet things for DS to do and optional company, and with reasonable flights.

We'd found a dear little place in the mountains west of Seville, but the only flights there either leave at 6am or arrive at 11.30, neither of which are ideal.

Pretty much all the mumsnet recommendations are in France, apart from the top one, which is ludicrously expensive.

Cremolafoam Wed 11-Sep-13 19:46:13

Have you liked at Toprural for properties?
I'd try skyscanner for flights to Spain where you can type in time parameters for departure . You might be able to get a more suitable flight time that way. smile

Cremolafoam Wed 11-Sep-13 19:56:05

What are your dates herbs??
Found this

Flights | Hotels | Car Hire
Your London Gatwick to Seville journey details from Skyscanner
Journey details:
01 Nov 2013
09:30 London Gatwick (LGW)
13:15 Seville (SVQ)
2h 45m | easyJet | EZY5175
09 Nov 2013
12:25 Seville (SVQ)
14:10 London Gatwick (LGW)
2h 45m | easyJet | EZY5176
Total Price £406
checked at 11 Sep 2013 19:53
2 Adults, 2 Children

Obviously I have no idea of where u are flying from or how many you aregrin just a beta test

holidaybug Wed 11-Sep-13 20:16:10

Hi, I'm not running away - jut not sure what I can add really smile

bigTillyMint Wed 11-Sep-13 20:33:59

S&B recommendations for crepeys?smile

QueenQueenie Wed 11-Sep-13 20:37:26

Are you, ahem, crepey Holidaybug? Or are you young and crepefree?

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 11-Sep-13 20:41:31

I am back! Briefly - I am off to Paris tomorrow for DD1's last orthodontic appointment. I am suffering a bit, I appear to have bronchitis and have spent most of this week in bed, surrounded by cardboard boxes. Why do we have four irons? I have told DH that I want it all sorted by Christmas, and I don't care if he hates Billy bookcase, I am ordering several, just to get rid of these boxes of books.

On S & B front, I discovered TK Maxx online while I was waiting for my air freight to be collected, and a pair of brown Bench ankle boots and a pair of vair lovely leopardskin wedges (Ecco) were delivered the day I arrived back in UK. DD1 looked covetously at the boots, but I am keeping them. grin

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 11-Sep-13 20:43:44

Four irons, two huge plasma TVs (people will think we're on benefits if they are Daily Bile readers and look through the window), two hoovers, two microwaves, four dinner services, four sets of cutlery (have binned one), fourteen glass vases of varying sizes and designs, six decanters... shall I go on?

Cremolafoam Wed 11-Sep-13 20:52:16

grinHurrah mrs s ! Welcome back. Am wel jel of leopard bootage. Really like the sound of those. Please wear next week so I can admire in the flesh.
(Did anyone email Beachy with details btw)
What the actual fuck are you going to do with your stockpile of equipment.?
Make friends with gumtree maybe?

QueenQueenie Wed 11-Sep-13 20:53:02

Oh well done Mrs S. Sorry you're poorly. Jolly well done for surviving all that. Are you missing AB?

BD, hope things have gone OK for your Mum. Thinking of you, it must be very stressful for everyone.

CV, speak to me!

MI, much sympathy re writing despondancy. The deadline for what I've been working on forever is Monday. I finally feel like I'm on the home strait, woo hoo, but it's been hellish. Am going to see Leonard Cohen at the O2 on Sunday evening which I am hugely excited about. My plan is to finish EVERYTHING by then....

Herbs, what a superstar your gorgeous boy is! So glad it's going well.

holidaybug Wed 11-Sep-13 21:12:26

Er, not quite sure. I'm early forties so am not crepey of neck but am not full of the flushes of youth!

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 11-Sep-13 21:16:13

Early 40s, come on in, Holidaybug!

Blackduck Wed 11-Sep-13 21:34:35

Holidaybug - you add yourself! More the merrier...

I am off to (hopefully) see mum in morning and then on to management workshop - be still my beating heart...

four irons?! That's one each - why?? (Says she who irons once a month if that...)

CointreauVersial Wed 11-Sep-13 22:22:43

MrsS - four irons! shock I need an iron - mine is about to die (and not from over-use; the British Museum might be interested in it).

Soz, QQ, not ignoring you, just stupidly busy today (I managed to get distracted at work over some trivial issue which could really have waited, then ran out of time to do what really needed doing, and I've been playing catchup ever since.....) - yes, yes, of course you can have the silver pixie boots; you can even take advantage of the 20% off! I'll bring them on the 20th.

Poor DSM was bumped off the ops list today - she was in bed dozing, in her gown, when there was a tap on her shoulder telling her to get dressed and go home, as the surgeon wasn't going to get to her. She's not in any major discomfort, but really hacked off at still being in limbo after several months waiting. BD, hope all is well for your DM.

I'm working from home tomorrow, supervising glaziers (new patio doors) and sparks (new central heating controller). Can I stay in my PJs, do you think?

Stropperella Wed 11-Sep-13 22:57:29

MrsS, why not get rid of a few books? grin I have decided to have a major clear-out and am going daaahhhn the local car-boot sale soon to see if I can turn any of our rubbish valuable possessions into actual cash. I have therefore had a ferocious book cull. I still have books that I bought about 30 years ago to look brainy and have not read them yet, so it is clearly time for me to give up trying to look brainy. My bookshelves are now a far more honest reflection of my intellectual capabilities. Hmmm, moving swiftly on...

wilbur Wed 11-Sep-13 23:02:43

4 irons, that's brilliant. We have two but only because I was given a fancy pants steam one by Mumsnet. Your unpacking sounds a lot like mine, MrsS, we have ridiculous multiples of many, many things including glasses, loo brushes, and sofas. And no bookcases. BTW, if you are planning to ebay/gumtree one of the microwaves, I'll make you an offer for it.

Sorry about your DSM's op cancellation, CV, that's very frustrating. It does make one worry about the NHS. My health check today declared me low risk of death so they are only checking my cholesterol hmm, even though I said I have no spleen and that we have such terrible vascular problems in my family it's a wonder any of us still have feet. I would have liked them to do some full bloods as I haven't had that done for a while and I know for a fact you can die of something sneaky while your weight, waist circumference and blood pressure remain perfectly within the normal range.

wilbur Wed 11-Sep-13 23:06:30

Holidaybug - stay! Do you have dcs? Ages? The crepeys' dcs range from 4 to, erm, somewhere in their 20s. And [whispers] we are not as wrinkled and falling apart as we like to pretend and actually scrub up quite well. smile

alto1 Wed 11-Sep-13 23:11:12

BD, glad operation over. Be prepared for a bit of a shock tomorrow, first post-op day was worst for me if not for dh. He was still tied up to loads of machines and looked awful (but didn't remember it later). Even next day he looked much better.

Teenage strife here. Dd miserable and sobbing when I got home, after nasty, bullying phone call from 'friend'. Same friend we took on holiday with us & bent over backwards trying to please angry. And whose mother is coming for coffee with me on Fri hmm.

Friend has a bit of form for this: dd is usually the peacemaker. She's less willing to make excuses for friend this time - but afraid of how badly friend will act out.

Think we managed to cheer her up and other friends are supportive. God knows I hate middle age but I wouldn't be 14 again.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 11-Sep-13 23:11:58

Ho yes. I remember my first crepey meet up, when I was nursing the hangover from hell and hiding a bar bill of £400 from the night before, and you lot greeted me with the words "We thought you would be really old!" I am still not sure whether to be cross or flattered at that.

Wilbur, if you are on the 159 bus route, I can drop off one of the microwaves. They are both cheap and cheerful (will check they both work) so won't want anything for them.

MrsSchadenfreude Wed 11-Sep-13 23:14:53

Strops, we had over 100 boxes of books, records and CDs. The men lugged it all up the stairs and one of them asked me if I had ever thought of getting a kindle. They are mostly DH's. I tend to chuck out novels as I go, and got rid of most of my pretentious books a while back and immediately reordered them from Amazon.

I have visions of me turning up at the meet up with various electrical goods now...

Cremolafoam Thu 12-Sep-13 00:00:15

The meet up is turning into a Crepey Carboot what with microwaves and pixie bootsgrin ill be out the back of Tas with a bag of contraband gin and fegs.

Blackduck Thu 12-Sep-13 06:26:46

Speak for yourself wilbur, I am very crepey!!

bigTillyMint Thu 12-Sep-13 07:36:16

grin Crepey carboot!

We have a strange situation with our heating and hot water. Turned on the heating yesterday afternoon, but it didn't seem to come on. Then it came on (as hot water heating turned on?) but nothing came out of the shower when DH tried last night and a burning smell by the hot water tank. So we turned everything off. The heating came on this morning, but everything was turned offconfused

hattymattie Thu 12-Sep-13 08:04:20

Crossed Wires BTM?

Raining again angry and now it's cold - cannot put on heating here as we will essentially be heating the sky.

beachyhead Thu 12-Sep-13 09:01:46

I so need to do a car boot sale, but I find them quite scary....the first time I did it, so many people clustered around the car as we drove in, virtually pulling things out of the boot, that dh refused to get out he was so shocked.....I've also got some things that may be between car boot and antique fair and I'm not sure what to do with them.

Had a lovely day yesterday - got ddad down onto the beach for a walk for the first time since his heart attack in July...felt good.

Maybe we could do a Crepey meet up Secret Santa; someone gets a microwave, someone else pixie boots grin Personally would like Crem's gin and fegs...

motherinferior Thu 12-Sep-13 09:04:49

MrsS, we need plates grin. And cutlery.

We very much need MORE bloody bookcases. But am not actually sure where we would put them.

I have purchased another small junkshop table (a semicircular one originally from IKEA, the sort that pushes against the wall) to spray gold grin.

bigTillyMint Thu 12-Sep-13 09:05:54

Well, the npower man came to service the boiler/heating only a couple of weeks ago, so it does make me wonder what he did...

We are very lucky in having a local online forum - have got rid of loads of stuff that way!

motherinferior Thu 12-Sep-13 09:10:15

And you have lovely local charity shops too, BTM <surveys today's outfit>

herbaceous Thu 12-Sep-13 09:53:49

We have a really good local sell and swap Facebook page. I get rid of a few things a week on there, including clothes that are now too big to prevent me getting fatter again. Ha.

Re flights, EasyJet denies all knowledge of such pleasant flight times. We are now also perusing Gozo, Barcelona and the Canaries, though worry the latter might be a bit dull.

Stropperella Thu 12-Sep-13 10:17:39

I have always tended to give our unwanted/outgrown stuff away to friends and relatives, Freecycle, charity shops or the women's refuge. I have given away A LOT of stuff over the last decade, including large items of furniture and, well, all manner of things really. I have in the past been the recipient of much generosity in times of trouble, so this has all been in a spirit of "pass it on". However, I have realised that the only way to get the dcs to part with some of their old stuff is dangling a cash incentive in front of them. So I have taken car-booting advice from my lovely neighbour - i.e. have a price in mind for all your stuff before you go so you can just flog it quickly to all the traders who rush up and try to unpack your car for you. Currently have about a third of our bedroom filled with a large pile of stuff to go - and dd hasn't got started on her room yet and I'm slightly pressuring ds to face the giant boxes of Playmobil under his bed.

wilbur Thu 12-Sep-13 10:44:57

I give away a lot of stuff to charity, dds clothes go to a couple of friends with small girls, but the boys' clothes rarely make it past ds2 in any kind of wearable state, so they get stuck in the fabric recycling bag which the council collects. I also love Freecycle and the local one is very active, trouble is I then can't resist picking stuff up... Although I have created a little outdoor haven using pallets and various bits picked up from Freecycle that I am tremendously pleased with. I might post a pic later if I remember.

MrsS - that would be completely brilliant re the microwave if it works - but you don't need to bring it over, I could collect as I am not far from you most mornings as dd and ds2 are still at school not too far from your gaff, I think. I live a bit beyond the bottom end of the 159 route, so it would be a bit of a schlepp with an oven in your arms! Although you are v welcome to come to the wilds of Streatham for coffee one morning anyway - maybe MI could join us.

Alto - sorry about your dd's friendship trials, I remember all that and agree would not go back to being 14 for all the tea in china. Ds1 is also having friend ishoos insofar as one of the friends he made in Y7 (he's Y8 now) has turned out to be a bit of a PITA - copying ds1's work, rubbing the other kids in the class up the wrong way, complaining endlessly about everything. So ds1 is not keen to remain close and wants to gently extract himself from the friendship, but that's hard for anyone at any age, let alone for a 12yr old boy with not the best level of social confidence. He was in tears about it at the weekend sad.

motherinferior Thu 12-Sep-13 10:53:09

Oh Wilbur sad Shall I bring over DD1 to cheer him up, which I seem to remember had an enlivening effect on him before?

herbaceous Thu 12-Sep-13 11:05:55

I do take a lot of stuff to charity too, or freecycle it, but I'm need of cash ATM.

Stropperella Thu 12-Sep-13 11:39:04

Moi aussi, Herbs, moi aussi.

Wilbur, sorry to hear about your ds (and alto re: your dd). Gawd, the trials of "friends"..

Am envy of yous London Crepeys hanging out and doing coffee and microwave re-homing. I have to content myself with talking to my chickens.

QueenQueenie Thu 12-Sep-13 11:43:46

But I'm jealous of your bucolic chicken keeping lifestyle Stropps! No chickens here, only numerous hardcore urban foxes who are completely fearless and terrorise the neighbourhood.

wilbur Thu 12-Sep-13 12:20:39

If it makes you feel better QQ, I passed a dead urban fox (bleeuuurgh) on my way to work this morning. It was on the footpath from my house to the Common - if it had died 18 inches further down the path, it would have straddled the border between Croydon and Lambeth. It would have been like a wildlife epsiode of The Bridge.

MI - ha yes! It would be lovely to get them together, although he might now just fall apart at her beauty. Or attempt to woo her with a lego creation. Or a wand - he's been making a lot of wands. Would she like a wand?

Herbs - I have a bunch of stuff to ebay at the moment, need to get my act in gear. It's always nice to have some extra cash in the run up to Xmas.

I envy Stropps' chickens too - how is Esmerelda?

motherinferior Thu 12-Sep-13 12:34:03

We just have enormous, semi-disembowelled huge rats, left outside our door courtesy of the Inferiorfelines.

I am sure DD1 would look benevolently on DS's wand, Wilbur (snigger). I do envy DD1. I was a podgy morass of insecurities by 12, whereas she still appears to be resisting the horror of self-doubt and misery that no doubt will engulf her the day she turns 13.

bigTillyMint Thu 12-Sep-13 13:11:47

So glad I don't have petswink

Sorry to hear of friendship woes - it's not easy going to school.

In S&B news, DD has commandeered DH's old jacket (only 6 sizes too big!) which she proclaims looks like a Harrington - who knew they were back in fashion?confused

hattymattie Thu 12-Sep-13 14:30:49

Ha MI - that just reminded me I saw a live rat trotting through the garden yesterday bold as brass. That's all I need. Have anxiously walked around the outside of the house looking for rat holes but we seem secure. Maybe I should get a cat!

Builders have vanished into outerspace - I think they're waiting for a run of sunny days so they can replace the wood - we could have a long wait.

Blackduck Thu 12-Sep-13 19:15:37

Mum looks good, all pleased with her. Might have another little poke around on Monday (not entirely sure why) discharged Tuesday.

I sat through a presentation by a big honcho from Capita - I refrained from asking how come a. They screw a lot of things up b. it always costs more than they originally quote.

Am knackered - need a glass of wine and bed - missing dp and ds AND the hound...,,

hattymattie Thu 12-Sep-13 19:26:33

Glad your mother is improving BD. May join you in a glass of wine.

herbaceous Thu 12-Sep-13 19:52:58

Had wine last night. Really shouldn't tonight, especially as DP is out and it would be mildly tragic.

I have an S&B quand. Joining my besties for a meal at l'Anima tomorrow night. Moderately posh, but the main anxiety is that people will be dressed in clothes of less than five years vintage, and not from Sainsbury's. What do people wear in the City these days after hours?

herbaceous Thu 12-Sep-13 19:55:27

Bugger me. Just seen the prices. I'll need to sell what's left of my wardrobe to pay for this. Although as it's our 10-year anniversary next week, I'm hoping that DP will foot the bill. We can have beans on toast on the actual day!

bigTillyMint Thu 12-Sep-13 20:01:26

Great news, BDsmile

We are waiting for the hotwater/heating man from NPower. The heating is turned off, the thermostat at zero, but the radiators are hotconfused

Herbs, I'm sure you've got another spiffing Sainsbo's outfit up your sleevewink

herbaceous Thu 12-Sep-13 20:13:39

I do have a mock wrap dress that TWO gay men thought was a DVF. That may have to do. Or I could nip there tomorrow for something new...

Cremolafoam Thu 12-Sep-13 21:33:35

Good to hear your mums doing ok bd. courage.

Stropperella Thu 12-Sep-13 21:40:56

BD, lovely to hear the good news about your mum.

Wilbur, Esmeralda is doing very well, thanks for asking grin

Stropperella Thu 12-Sep-13 21:43:27

(She's the dark brown one with white spots)

CointreauVersial Thu 12-Sep-13 22:45:59

Jeez, just seen the weather forecast for the weekend. The word "gales" was used. shock

A busy day at Chateau Cointreau, with no fewer than five tradesmen doing their stuff while i made a stab at "working from home"; I now have:

- A downstairs loo light which works every time you switch it on.
- A heating controller that allows you to have heating and hot water at the same time.
- Two gleaming new patio doors with glass you can see through (study and living room)
- An empty biscuit tin and a headache.

<happy sigh>

On the subject of getting rid of excess/unwanted possessions, I have three words:

26 foot loft.

Enough said.......

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Sep-13 06:38:47

(thought you were the ebay queen?!)

N Power man never turned up last nightangry DH gave them what for and we are again waiting for a call today. Still, at least he can't complain about me turning the heating on as it is coming on itself despite being turned off and thermostat on zeroconfused

Stropps, I can just about cope with your chooks on a photo!

Stropperella Fri 13-Sep-13 09:07:03

BTM, sorry blush Immediately after I posted that last night, I thought "oops, did somebody mention a bird phobia at some point?"

CV, we have a vast loft - but most of it is our office. grin

Cremolafoam Fri 13-Sep-13 09:39:50

I did the MN eBay challenge last year which was to make £300 for Christmas. It worked well and I'm going to try and do that again this year. I'm a terrible one for acquiring clothes for an occasion and then falling out of love with them afterwards. I'm going to wait for the free listing weekend to fire sale the lot . grin

My S&b challenge for next week will be packing only a minuscule carry on bag for London . You will have to forgive me for crepey clothes laydees . I will be recognisable by my crinkly

rubyrubyruby Fri 13-Sep-13 10:20:33

You'd dropped off my threads I'm on shock

Hope everyone's ok
Things have been full on here for a while.

Cremolafoam Fri 13-Sep-13 10:27:52

Hi ruby! Hope everything's oksmile

hattymattie Fri 13-Sep-13 10:41:48

Hello Ruby - I've given up on style and beauty for the moment. Rain again angry. Roofers have actually been by and said they'll work sat and sunday as they are so behind. They just need two good days to do the wood and then after the tiles can be put even if it's raining. DD1 has taken herself off to friends for the weekend - she say's it's too cold and her room is uninhabitable.

motherinferior Fri 13-Sep-13 10:58:44

I have just had my eyebrows threaded. Which was the extent of my S&B for, well, the foreseeable future. I may pick up a packet of hair dye some time soon.

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Sep-13 11:05:09

Stoppsgrin - I'm not that phobic - just don't like them much!

Hi ruby - hope the unpacking's going well!

Stropperella Fri 13-Sep-13 11:12:39

I have been very much going for the "natural look" over the summer, which kind of worked but now I just look like Mrs Beige of Beigeville. I am somehow blending into myself. So I will at least dye lashes and brows before turning up at the crepey meet and blending into the background. My hair is turning grey at a horrible rate but dye is never going to be a good plan for me, so I'm just going with the flow there.

motherinferior Fri 13-Sep-13 11:23:56

Inspired by MrsS's bookcase vigour, I am distracting self with looking through the ahem Argos catalogue, which has many storage solutions.

herbaceous Fri 13-Sep-13 11:58:59

No closer to an outfit for tonight, tho at the moment a souwester and snorkel could be appropriate.

And no closer to booking a holiday. Almost tempting to just brave the UK, and have bracing wet walks, 'fun' outings to attractions, etc. A return trip to Lyme Regis, perhaps...

What I want is Lyme Regis, but in Spain.

QueenQueenie Fri 13-Sep-13 12:30:06

Have a look at San Sebastian Herbs, a bit like Diuthwold... but in Spain. Amazing food too and near Bilbao for a dose of culcher.

QueenQueenie Fri 13-Sep-13 12:32:56

Southwold even.

QueenQueenie Fri 13-Sep-13 12:33:06

Southwold even.

CointreauVersial Fri 13-Sep-13 13:01:38

Hey Ruby - all unpacked? I thought of you today, as I signed the Bikeability forms for DD2 and noted the requirement for waterproof clothing!

Crem - I did that eBay challenge too, but last Easter, I think. My total was bumped up considerably by the box of Pippa dolls, meanwhile the pile of outgrown clothing and other household detritus gets ever larger. That's the problem with having a giant loft with door access.

It's one of my new (school) year resolutions - to get back into the flow of eBaying. I usually manage a few weeks, and then it all gets forgotten.

Hattie - your roof situation sounds miserable. All that dry weather we just had......

hattymattie Fri 13-Sep-13 13:23:59

CV - I had Pippa dolls, and Tammy and Maria and er Brit I think they were our favourites. I'm sure DM has long ago chucked them.

On the weather front - can't believe it was 30° this time last week. I have clearly done something to upset the gods.

CointreauVersial Fri 13-Sep-13 13:28:08

Well my DM, who is normally an avid declutterer who would throw out your cup of tea if you put it down for too long, for some reason squirrelled my box of Pippas away. They sell for ££ on eBay, as do the outfits (I was a very careful child and still had all the shoes/gloves/hats etc).

Cremolafoam Fri 13-Sep-13 13:49:59

Oh I have a box of Sindy and Amanda- Jane . Lots of outfits including ballet tutu and BEA stewardess outfit. shock That dates it !
There's a brownie dress too. Amanda -Jane was in a pixiegrin
Can I bear to part with them?

Have planted 200 bulbs this morning in a half-assed attempt to invest in the garden. Mumsnet were on to me about b&q doing a photo shoot for their brochure or some such next week, but I have had to say no as its during the meet up . The lovely mumsnet lady (Angelie?)was v interested to hear about the Crepey meet.grin

Stropperella Fri 13-Sep-13 14:03:13

Amanda-Jane, that takes me back.. I had one but never liked her. She gave me the creeps. I seem to also remember her Brownie uniform.
Dh does the eBay stuff here, but it's all his guitar and speaker bits. I'm trying to encourage him to get rid of the mountains of stuff that has been sitting in the garage for years, but it's a glacially slow process. This means that instead of using his workbench in the garage, he does soldering etc on the dining room table. Grrrr.
Hattie, hope you get a couple of dry days at the w/e..

motherinferior Fri 13-Sep-13 14:16:46

Inspired by the needs for shelves expressed on this thread I have just bitten the bullet and rang the local charity shop, found out they have a - doubtless hideous - bookshelf for £25 and reserved it.

Another day, another coat of pink paint...

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Sep-13 14:22:35

Oooh, I had both Pippa and Sindy. And I had all the pass-me-down furniture for Sindy. And a horse and a pony. And a car. They lived in a 60's bookshelf in my room till I passed them onsmile

DD was never interested in dolls (had a few unplayed with Barbies!), though DS might have liked them at one stagegrin

motherinferior Fri 13-Sep-13 14:29:24

We are still awash with Sylvania here. DD1 is very happy to play with them too.

Is it pathetic of me to be really quite excited that it's only a week till we all drink meet up?

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Sep-13 14:35:58

Not pathetic at allsmile

QueenQueenie Fri 13-Sep-13 14:58:39

I'm very excited! Cocktails, delicious food, cast iron pixie boots, oh and delightful, witty crepey company... can't wait.

motherinferior Fri 13-Sep-13 15:13:26

...cheapskate DIY and eyebrow tinting tips...

Blackduck Fri 13-Sep-13 16:56:21

Oh QQ are you a San Sebastián lover?! Bilbao and San Sebastián are two of my fav places smile

QueenQueenie Fri 13-Sep-13 17:38:33

I love it but it's a good while since I've been there. Any good for the Herbs do you think??

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Sep-13 17:45:28

Herbs, your house isn't up for sale is it? Saw this on another thread and thought of you!

alto1 Fri 13-Sep-13 17:48:59

Evening all. Glad to hear good news about your Mum BD.

Dd off school today. She's not a lead-swinger but I think the stress of friend problem has got to her. She had head and tummy ache, spent day in jammies.

Mother of the 'friend' in question came round for coffee, no hint that she's aware of anything amiss.

I am so relieved to have gone down to 4 days. The day at home makes it all seem manageable, for now at least. And then it's the weekend grin

Blackduck Fri 13-Sep-13 18:15:57

Omg that bathroom - my eyes, my eyes...

Now talking about taking drain out tomorrow and discharging Sunday!
I have done San Sab and Bilbao with ds when he was about 5 - he loved it.....

hattymattie Fri 13-Sep-13 18:55:57

Well that house link cheered up my evening grin

bigTillyMint Fri 13-Sep-13 19:12:20

Twas on another threadgrin

Alto, hope your DD has gained some strength from her duvet day. I doubt the friend would have said anything to her mum if she knows she is being unreasonable. It must be hard to sit back and not say anything, especially if seeing your DD at home didn't make her wonder.

Am now wanting to visit San Seb and Bilbao. Sadly my teens (especially DD) would probably sneer and say it would be boring.

herbaceous Fri 13-Sep-13 19:18:38

San seb. QQ you are a genius. Already found some highly suitable gaffs.

CointreauVersial Fri 13-Sep-13 19:39:38

Christ alive, that house!

Actually, elements of it reminded me of this place when we first moved in. Particularly the fondness for pink embellishments, shiny meringue ceilings and tart's knickers curtains.

QueenQueenie Fri 13-Sep-13 21:39:41


herbaceous Sat 14-Sep-13 00:13:47

How dare you be so rude about my decor. That embompoint belonged to my great grandparents.


Not really. Frankly, that kind of nonsense devalues the 'village borders'.

Blackduck Sat 14-Sep-13 07:20:55

Herbs there is a fantastic kids playground outside the Guggenheim in Bilbao - and the installations (the foggy bridge) just entranced ds. If you do go let me know - I might ask you to purchase something for ds!!! And the food, omg the food.... (Books own flight ;) )

Cremolafoam Sat 14-Sep-13 07:38:27

Wow that house is something else.!


bigTillyMint Sat 14-Sep-13 10:01:51

In S&B news I am taking DS to get a new blazer (having postponed from the end of the holidays due to the queues) and then I am going for a much needed haircut.

The weather is vile and it feels like Novembersad

rubyrubyruby Sat 14-Sep-13 10:09:57

I typed a long post last night but it obviously diidnt get here.

I went to a wedding in Bilbao a few years ago - great fun.

I'm sprinting but miles behind in all aspects of life atm
Unpacking, understanding new house, training for new job etc. it wasn't just training - I had to pass both practical and theory and do various presentations, and all that malarkey.

Anyway, I did it smile and I'm still on for Friday.

bigTillyMint Sat 14-Sep-13 10:30:15

Well done rubesflowers

Cremolafoam Sat 14-Sep-13 10:46:22

Good woman ruby !

BTM I also need a haircut and Beauty overhaul . Do you think there's time for a facelift before Friday. May have to send my glamorous younger! sister to deputise for me at this ratewink

What are you wearing peeps?

Cremolafoam Sat 14-Sep-13 10:50:51

Btw if in Bilbao you have to go to Alhondiga swimming pool! It has a glass floor and is amazing! Oh and the flea market on Saturdays . Fantastico

alto1 Sat 14-Sep-13 11:03:34

Aargh, don't all have makeovers. Style and beauty left me behind three years ago blush. Please tell me I won't be the only one with a bad haircut and shaggy brows, in old clothes (all slightly too small) and Ecco beetle-crushing shoes that don't hurt my feet. The only new thing I have is a wrist splint, and that doesn't go with anything <sigh>.

Off topic, I have long stressful commute in current secondment. Can anyone recommend a radio station that plays suitably soothing music? I love radio 4 but 3 hours of it a day is too much. Classical music is either too distracting or makes me cry atm. What are your favourites?

QueenQueenie Sat 14-Sep-13 11:04:12

I plan to wear a waterproof "Darth Vadar" style poncho, pixie boots, firm control undergarments and a feisty attitude... You?

QueenQueenie Sat 14-Sep-13 11:09:07

Do you mean on car radio Alto or new fangled MP3 thingumajig? If internet possible I can highly recommend "Loudcaster" internet radio, where you can find station called the "Great American Songbook". It's so soothing it'll put you to sleep if you're not careful. I can't listen when trying to work as I go into a trance like unproductive state...

Two days til my looming deadline laydeeez. Give me a last minute kick up the bum and tell me "JUST FECKING FINISH IT!" Please? Then life will be one long merrygoround of Leonard Cohen, cocktails, lounging etc.

alto1 Sat 14-Sep-13 11:18:08

QQ it's old-fangled car radio. And just feckin' finish it, for goodness' sake grin. Leonard Cohen is waiting

bigTillyMint Sat 14-Sep-13 12:03:50

Altogrin at S&B woes!
Re radio - I used to listen to Heart, but we have had to have Capital on in the car for a year or two now. Unless DH has been in it and then it will be switched to Sport Live, or some such crap.

Blackduck Sat 14-Sep-13 15:42:39

S'okay Alto1 I'm an s&b fraud too... No makeover here. I decided to go to the elbulli exhibition at Somerset House completely forgetting about London fashion week... So I fought my way through all these bright young things - I don't think I will be appearing on the news - unless it's in a 'what not to wear' montage....

wilbur Sat 14-Sep-13 17:09:06

I would like to have some kind of makeover before Friday, but no chance, time or money, so you will be treated to v bad hair (grown out cut, and bad colour since I tried a different one to my usual just ^out of interest - what the fucky fuck I was thinking I have no idea hmm.) If it's still raining, I won't even be able to wear my leather jacket which makes me feel at least a little rock n roll.

Luuurve that house! How house proud must they be? It's actually quite touching. Although the garden as bathroom extension is quite a sight to behold - the tiles must be treacherous in winter.

wilbur Sat 14-Sep-13 17:10:32

Alto - try Magic for a bit - they have a slightly repetitive playlist, but for a few weeks it's ok.

bigTillyMint Sat 14-Sep-13 17:14:04

Off for cocktails at the Langham bar soon and then a meal with our besties - excited!

Wilbur, an umbrella will do the trick with the leather jacket surely?

herbaceous Sat 14-Sep-13 18:28:50

Gah, BTM. Beware bestie nights out. We spent £100 each last night, and I was up half the night on the lav. Now debating whether to go out tonight as well. I fear at my age it could be unwise, but perhaps should channel the blitz spirit of our very own Mrs S. And it's with my main 'clients', so perhaps should press some flesh.

On the other hand, DP has just bought some delish-looking steaks, some red wine and, more importantly, a mini-iPad for me!! It's lovely. White with a red cover. And we're going for another pal's birthday lunch tomorrow.

Cremolafoam Sat 14-Sep-13 19:39:21

Blinking heck Herbs - are you secretly 32? Two nights in row plus lunchity lunch. Impressed!

I won't be dressing up much due to space in bag issues . I bought a boden coat in the oxfam shop yesterday for £12.99 MI u would have been proud if me. There is nothing wrong with it except one missing button on the sleeve. It a mac but with the fleece lining .
No makeover here either. Haven't time or money and have had to pay for dd's school formal which is 19th at great cost( dress shoes blow dry taxis after-party Ffs ) grin
At my formal in 198 something my mum ran me up a shot taffeta number with enough puce frills to make Barbara Cartland envy vile it was!

Blackduck Sat 14-Sep-13 21:40:19

Dinner with the family here.

Mum not out until Thursday now - think I am losing the will.....

Herbs -£100 each!! Yowser ..... I am off to dinner with friends on Monday - hope it doesn't approach that!

herbaceous Sun 15-Sep-13 08:30:18

It was a v posh restaurant. Starters £15, kind of deal. The chef has been on Masterchef and all that kind of thing came over to our table, as one of our party has been a couple of times, shook all our hands and said we could have a bottle of wine on him. So naturally we chose a dessert wine, to just push us over the edge.

The place was full of the sort of people you suspect are the type of minor celebs lauded in the Evening Standard mag, and leggy model types. Very glad I wore my poshest frock!

I didn't go out last night, and am v glad.

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 09:05:50

Well, we had a fab night - cocktails in the Langham were fab - very theatrical (plus loads of complimentary nibbleswink) and then we went to eat at a newish place off Carnaby St which just does meals focused on chicken and eggs! And no hangover, yay! But huge mangled blistered little toe - that'll teach me for wearing 4" heels!

Herbs, that place sounds interesting - where was it?

Now counting down till Fridaysmile

Cremo, what is a "formal"? Is it like a coming out party?shock!

Cremolafoam Sun 15-Sep-13 12:05:03

BTM its a prom really but I hate that word. It's like a final hurrah in upper 6th with a band, dinner and dancing. You can bring a date. Dd isnt as she just wants to have a giggle.Teachers and 6th formers and school governors attend. It's taking place at a posh hotel. Full length frocks and black tie.
Most of the grammar schools here have one in June but dds school have it now, as the end of term is so frayed with exams finishing at different times. Gets it out of the way before the applications for uni start in earnest.grin

Am very excited I am going to a book launch tonight with Jo Nesbø. I'm a bit of a scandi noir fan. blush

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 15:47:19

Good afternoon Crepeys smile

I have lurked for a bit and now plucked up the courage to post. Would you be able to point me in the direction of some great boots to wear with jeans? I love clothes but am not desperately fashionable IYKWIM. It's usually skinny jeans and I am desperate to avoid anything frumpy.

Many thanks

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 15:52:52

Ooh, hope she has a great timesmile

Hi Sybil! Are you looking for ankle boots, mid-calf or knee-high? I was shocked by a link on another thread to boots from one of our favourite magazines to some rather nice knee-high boots which look like they might actually reach my knee!

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 16:07:38

I was thinking of ankle but other lengths can be good. I liked the ones in your link, esp in the Tan. I don't know Hotter though. Is it worth a look in general ?


bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 16:11:51

grin Well we may have mocked it, but those boots are pretty nice in the photo at least!

Somewhere up the thread there are a lot of links to ankle bootssmile

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 16:19:39

Thank you - will look for them.

Am feeling especially desiccated (sp?) today. Is there an antidote to that on the thread?

Cremolafoam Sun 15-Sep-13 16:53:30

Stick with us Sybilgrin
I have learnt all sorts on here.
Do not dis m&s re ankle boots, I got a terrific pair of ankle bikers last year that have the all important cushioned sole smile oft admired.
Also up thread are some links to neck potions for the crepey of wattle.
Nice to have you heresmile

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 16:59:32

Thank you for the kind welcome, Cremola smile

I will look at M and S re boots. I find their shoes are either fantastic or awful - I have a fab pair of heels which I wear at work which are much admired (and with cushioned sole so I can stand in them for hours on end). Will check them out.

My poor neck might need more than a potion. Sometimes I catch sight of myself in a shop window and despair, so turkey is it. My friend who is a Dr with a handy line in botox says that there is nothing filler wise which can help. It is potions to keep it as, er, hydrated as possible so not too then hiding it. I am large of bust so cannot wear the dreaded polo to conceal it. Scarves are my new friend.

Cremolafoam Sun 15-Sep-13 17:10:12

Agree Sybil , m and s can be very hit and miss .
The boots I have are Clarks , fatface,
Marksies and astonishingly George at Asda.
I do like to browse on zalando

motherinferior Sun 15-Sep-13 17:29:25

I currently possess ONE pair of autumn boots, my new DM biker ones. And they are giving me blisters.

Another not brilliant weekend here, alas. We are all knackered and fed up with each other. And neither DP nor I are good at handling DD2 when she is off on one. She has refused to get out of her nightie all day.

I have been sanding a chair all effing afternoongrin

And the school gates are full of fellow y6 parents getting arsey about secondaries. I am bracing myself for a desultory look round before inevitably opting for DD1's school. Which makes me feel lazy and uncaring especially as it is close and convenient, which in the bizarre world of middle-class parenting is an indication that I couldn't be bothered to try and get her into somewhere nail-bitingly difficult.

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 17:47:39

MI, have you come across Annie Sloan paint? Supposed to be able to be slapped on without sanding and sticks to anything. I have not yet had a go but am sorely tempted.

Are you happy with DD1's school? If so, then close and convenient are great things. Some friends' children have just sat the exam for St Olaf's (in Orpington). If they get in they will have an hour's train journey each way on their own. In the dark for half the year. That makes our local school (which is on the up, apparently) look quite appealing.

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 17:48:41

Happily DD1 only in year 4 so none of these dilemmas for me yet.

motherinferior Sun 15-Sep-13 17:58:18

Do you know, I was just wondering about that paint and I could get it at posh shop in Dulwich...

sybilfaulty Sun 15-Sep-13 18:05:44

Yes - if you order it on their website, they will have it in the next day. Or you can nip to the Park Hall Estate where their warehouse is.

I have spent so much money in the DT over the years. It was my venue du choix in the sleep deprived baby years. Some great clothes (and some dross, my eyes!) but very spenny and out of reach for me unless the sale is on.

I think they also allow collection from Ed and Tomlinsons if they are closer to you.

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 18:29:46

MI, don't beat yourself/DD2 up - DD virtually never gets out of her dressing gown on a Sunday. And she is also on one. Too much homework, maths test tomorrow, controlled assessments in 3 weeks, you name it. Gulp.

And yes, definitely DO NOT choose a school that does 15 GCSE's (well PE is an extra) It is ri-bloody-effing-diculous.

Oooh, syb, just spotted that you're a local! Wanna join us on Friday?

motherinferior Sun 15-Sep-13 18:35:43

I am dreading DD2's teenage years...

Yep, DD1 is v happy and doing well. I would ideally prefer mixed, that's all. Though DD1 seems happy enough without Boyswink

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 18:40:14

DD now thinks boys are overrated. I think she's rightwink

DS is on cloud nine having captained his team to another storming win.

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 18:41:25

And MI, if you need any more bookcases, there are a few on the forum!

motherinferior Sun 15-Sep-13 18:42:43

Don't tempt me!

I love my new gold spray paintgrin

Blackduck Sun 15-Sep-13 18:51:25

MI I feel guilty that I removed ds for an area of grammars to a place where unless you pay that is off the cards. We are currently thinking te school with the bus wins... How bad is that....

I shall go and shoot myself now.....

Stropperella Sun 15-Sep-13 20:46:00

Just move to an area where there is just the one school. grin Takes the stress out of all that (up to a point). I know I couldn't do any better for my dcs unless I had squillions and could go private and single sex (which would probably have suited dd much better), but that wasn't ever going to be an option as I can't even afford to keep the dcs in organic carrots, let alone private education. And as for tuition... ha! 15 GCSEs seems a tad excessive, BTM. I don't even know offhand how many dd is doing, but it's def not that many. However, I am currently on one of my "the education system is all a load of bollocks" jags, so best pay no attention to me. smile

Had a pleasant and productive w/e doing bucolic things such as apple picking and baking apple and blackberry turnovers. And hedgecutting (again) and celebrating the laying of The First Egg. Rain, cold and gales only pitched up here this afternoon. I may need to budget for a new coat. Drat.

Looks like we might get fracked. They are coming to do a geophysical survey around these parts and an ominous little numbered stick has appeared just outside our house. Hope there is nothing in the least bit interesting underground in our road.

Ds (8) went to a party at a water park today and didn't really enjoy it. He is not much of a thrill seeker and doesn't like heights. I think his friend's parents thought he was annoying weed. He also doesn't like football at all and is crap on a skateboard. I fear for his future social life, poor fellow.

beachyhead Sun 15-Sep-13 20:50:28

So ladies, the nights are drawing in and my thoughts have turned to slippers..... In the past, I have favoured some thing like these lovelies Hard bottoms are a must, for trips to the bin, copious trips to the 'shed-of-shame with wine in' and running after the car when something is forgotten on the school run... could someone suggest others? Am willing to upgrade from Shoe Zone if I must!

beachyhead Sun 15-Sep-13 20:55:17

Oh Stropps, cross posted with first egg, that's very important! I saw the picture of your ladies and they look so young, with no combs as yet... made my missus' look ancient..

Stropperella Sun 15-Sep-13 20:59:48

Beachy grin
Sadly, I can't offer much in the way of slipper advice - I keep a pair of clogs by the back door to slip on for visits to the <ahem> recycling bin, chicken run, running up the road clutching forgotten lunchbags etc. Otherwise I live in a pair of slippers that look like embarrassing elf boots.

bigTillyMint Sun 15-Sep-13 21:12:53

Beachy, I have some of these and they are so comfy, especially as I have a high instep!

Cremolafoam Sun 15-Sep-13 21:21:28

I have these 66 romika jobs
But I got them up Tkmaxx for a tenner. grin

Book launch was rather tremendous .
What an interesting man Jo nesbo is.

CointreauVersial Sun 15-Sep-13 21:46:42

Tis indeed slipper weather. I tend to wear a variety of slipper sox that I chuck in the washing machine regularly. I'm currently sporting a pair of Tiger's finest.

It's been a chillaxing weekend for me - no cocktails, hobnobbing with top authors or scoffing £15 starters. No egg-laying either.grin

MrsSchadenfreude Sun 15-Sep-13 22:59:04

I am still very fed up with the chaos, mess and boxes. DH has removed some stuff from boxes, so we now have to fight our way past a pile of collapsed boxes before exiting and entering the flat. I am not amenable to "living with it for a while to see how it feels." I want the filthy and collapsing armchairs removed pronto, and their small friend the footstool. I want bookcases up, and filled with books, and don't care if I am wasting my money on a temporary solution, as going by previous experience, it will be permanent once it is up. And DD1 says she would quite like Billy Bookcases for her room.

Had a trip to A & E yesterday evening with DD1 who had horrid asthma attack. All I can say is that it was quick. And v pissed off with young doctor who insisted on spelling out in lugubrious fashion, all of the potential side effects from taking a three day course of steroids which could come in to play in the future. DD1 spent today refusing to take them as she didn't want to get diabetes/fat/other grim and forgotten illnesses. Her breathing got worse, and I threatened to take her back to hospital to be admitted, whereupon she admitted defeat and took the bloody things.

bigTillyMint Mon 16-Sep-13 07:07:41

Oh MrsS, that sounds horrid - at least she was home with you when it happened though.

I have to take DD to hospital this morning for her appointment for her knee....

sybilfaulty Mon 16-Sep-13 08:24:09

Sorry to hear of all the unwell girls. Mrs S that sounds very frightening. Young doctors can be so tactless, can't they?

Slippers - I am wearing these. Very cosy and can make it as far as the bin, as well as being machine washable. Perfect for our messy house.

This am is a new dawn. My youngest has his first full day at school, so I have from 9 til 3.30 with no children at all. Swimming pool, Tesco and a couple of manky cupboards in need of a sort out are beckoning. Rock n' roll.

Tilly, thank you for inviting me to the drinks. I would have loved to have come but alas have plans for Friday. Would love to come another time though smile

Have a good day.

motherinferior Mon 16-Sep-13 08:55:43

I have just sent Mr Inferior a peremptory email saying I won't be in for Friday night's supermarket delivery grin.

Sybil, that's living on the edge. Respect.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 16-Sep-13 09:16:08

I have the urge to order these slippers

hattymattie Mon 16-Sep-13 09:24:23

No Mrs S, just no!

I've men on my roof - desperately trying to do something before predicted storms and 65 km gusts. Seriously why me? They reckon if they can get the insulation on and then the plastic sheet we should be ok - I reckon the plastic sheet will just blow away and am imagining rain in all the bedrooms - optimist me.

On the slipper front - I have a pair of imitation crocs from Primark which have done me years and can go in and out to the bin etc.

hattymattie Mon 16-Sep-13 09:27:45

Sybil - I also am suddenly bereft of children - I need a job that fits in with school hours - I'm going to end up teaching English aren't I. My cupboards need cleaning out but I really don't want to go there.

MrsSchadenfreude Mon 16-Sep-13 09:37:11

I quite like these shoes too

I hate slippers and think that they should be quite fugly/quirky. Giesswein usually fit the bill. I thought Stropps might like the slippers?

Stropperella Mon 16-Sep-13 09:52:23

MrsS, I quite like those slippers. Is that bad? I hope your dd1 is feeling better now. Has she gone back to school? My dd would have reacted exactly the same way re: long list of side-effects. If the drs have to tell you this stuff, they should just slip you (the parent) a leaflet FGS. Overwrought, poorly teens just don't need to be wound up even more, they need to take their medicine.

Hatty, sounds hellish and very stressful. Hope you stay dry!

Stropperella Mon 16-Sep-13 09:53:45

Hahahahaha, MrsS, x-posts. You are quite right. grin blush Is it me German blood?

herbaceous Mon 16-Sep-13 10:19:31

I like the slippers too! I currently have a pair of ugg-type M&S numbers, but they're pretty damned fugly. And a little smelly.

I too am newly filling my days while DS is at school. Bit odd. I have a long list of thrilling tasks - such as getting extensions leads out of the loft, tidying my clothes, doing The Shred - but I seem to be watching Homes Under the Hammer.

hattymattie Mon 16-Sep-13 10:49:55

Herb's - my guilty pleasure is come dine with me whilst ironing. In fact I will only iron if this is on which means there is a lot of laundery piled up around the house.

hattymattie Mon 16-Sep-13 10:51:42

I think I should have had some capitals on the programme title there - honestly I think MN is very bad for grammar and spelling, not to mention organised thought processes.

Blackduck Mon 16-Sep-13 11:34:20

I like those slippers MrsS - but not the price.....!

I have two pairs of furry ones, but the dog has chewed one pair....

Blackduck Mon 16-Sep-13 11:58:37

Ladies, not trying to encourage you all or owt like that, but M&S have 20% off on line today......

New boots anyone?

QueenQueenie Mon 16-Sep-13 12:17:04

Have finished my endless writing! All done and submitted.... that took up 6 weeks of my life that I'll never see again. Ta to all who gave me well earned (and aimed) kicks up the bum and told me to JUST DO IT.

Was very money saving as I never went out except to buy food from the supermarket... but I did slip up on the spending front by ordering things online to reward myself for my diligence... seem to have acquired two dresses. Ooops.

Leonard Cohen was fab. I have mega love for everything about him <sad> and if he was twenty five years younger would probably stalk him and try to run off with him <sadder>. The audience was tres crepey!

Mrs S those slippers are great... the gold wedges, not so much.

Off to peruse M and S website in rare hope they might have something nice rather than just bargainous.

motherinferior Mon 16