Chat thread for Dundee MNetters - come and say hello

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TeaAndTunnocks Sun 13-Jan-13 14:34:41

Hello, I thought it would be good to have a place where we could introduce ourselves, and find out where we are all based (in a very general way, please don't post addresses or phone numbers on the board).

I am based in the West End, and am mum of two kids, my daughter is 10yo and my son is 8yo. I am a freelance writer and blogger. I am the Local Editor of Mumsnet Dundee, so if you have any questions about Mumsnet, feel free to PM me (private message).

For those who are completely new to MN, I wanted to add some basic advice on Mumsnet and how to find your way around.

To begin with, [[ ]]here is the acronym list and the Frequently Asked Questions - do have a read through them to find your feet.

Mumsnet is a site for parents, and we do allow people to speak their minds, so if you ask a question you will get an honest answer - sometimes it might be too honest for you, especially if you post in Am I Being Unreasonable (AIBU). Personal attacks are however not allowed, so if someone is mean to you, report it to MNHQ. (this is aimed at usage of the main site, not so much in Local, where I hope things will be more local based fun than bun fights!).

If you are new to Mumsnet, do have a look around but lurk on AIBU and chat till you find your feet and know what we are about.

Finally, I will say that although this may sound as if we are a scary bunch, we are also incredibly supportive. To get an idea of what we can achieve when we get together, check out the Woolly Hugs website, where MNetters show the blankets they have made for MNetters who have lost a child or a husband.

TeaAndTunnocks Fri 22-Feb-13 16:02:24

Come and have your say on a very important question

TeaAndTunnocks Fri 01-Mar-13 22:24:49

How are you all doing? Wasn't the weather glorious today? My mum invited me into town for coffee. We were at the new Cafe Borsa behind the museum. It is really nice, and great if you are going in with a pram cause lots of space.

I noticed they had live music on tonight. Might go sometime when we have a babysitter.

BalgayHill Fri 01-Mar-13 22:27:10

Thought I should post because I saw the thread in Chat.

Still haven't been for my haircut yet, mainly because my hair is such a mess I am a bit embarrassed.

Hope everyone is well.

You're doing a great job TandT.

TeaAndTunnocks Fri 01-Mar-13 22:33:07

There we are. Job done smile

Go get your hair cut if you want it done. What style are you going for? Or do you want a restyle?

BalgayHill Fri 01-Mar-13 22:40:39

Probably a restyle but having been cutting it myself for ages so it's pretty raggedy at the moment. Luckily it's longish and curly so only really shows when I straighten it.
I love my hair straight so am thinking just shoulder length but also with a fringe. I will have to leave it for a couple of weeks because I just cut my fringe last weekend and it's wee bit wonky.

I'm painting a lovely picture of myself I know. grin

TeaAndTunnocks Fri 01-Mar-13 22:54:00

haha all the more reason to hot foot it to the hairdresser. They have seen folk who've chopped at their hair before. Don't worry about it. Do you have to straighten it then?

I always wanted curls.

BalgayHill Fri 01-Mar-13 23:11:39

Definitely has to be straightened.

I am going to get my finger out and make an appointment though.

If there is a meet up in the meantime I won't have to tell anyone my name, I'll be the one with the dodgy hair.

TeaAndTunnocks Fri 01-Mar-13 23:18:59

I am off to Germany for 2 weeks next week, but if someone wants to organise a meet up while I am away, I will cry into my wine that would be fine.

I have the PILs coming on Wednesday, and have to get the house PIL-acceptable

BalgayHill Fri 01-Mar-13 23:30:41

PIL -acceptable? grin

That should be a proper category in the tidiness of homes. At the moment my house is neither family or visitor friendly.

Hope you have a lovely time in Germany. I've only ever been to Munich. I worked in Austria for a while and travelled through Munich a few times and always wanted to spend a bit more time there.

MyNameIsAlexDrake Fri 01-Mar-13 23:45:30

Hello local people!

I've only just found this thanks to the current post on Chat smile

I've a 7 month old boy, making the most of my last few weeks before going back to work (thankfully part time). Been loving this glorious weather we've had most of the week, even though it is still cold its so nice to see the sun again, have managed to get some good long walks in with the pram - trying to shift some of the lbs before squeesing back into my work clothes!

TeaAndTunnocks Fri 01-Mar-13 23:58:31

My FIL is a real stickler for everything being just right. My parents are on Operation Siegfried too. Mum is sending dad around the house to stick the wallpaper down properly and mend broken lamps.

Am going to Munich. DH has been living there for the past year, and is moving over so will be helping pack up.

Hello Alex, and welcome to Dundee Local. That is good, that you are able to go back part time. Especially coming into the nice weather. It was really spring-like today wasn't it.

BalgayHill Sat 02-Mar-13 08:13:14

Your DH has been working away for a year? That must have been difficult to say the least. Hope the move goes well TandT.

Hi Alex. I used to walk for miles with DS when I was on maternity leave. It's a bit of a thought going back isn't it? Although I did find working a bit easier than being at home. blush

The weather is amazing just now. My friend has just come over from Paris and thinks Dundee is an oasis of fine weather. grin

TeaAndTunnocks Sat 02-Mar-13 10:07:18

It's not been easy. He was flying over a couple of times a month so at least he's not away for months and months like in the forces. And he's in Munich, not Afghanistan. So I don't like to complain.

Will be glad to have him back. Mostly. wink

I hope the weather holds for another week. Would be great if it were like this for PILs visit.

Off to the Ferry this afternoon and nip into Jessie's Kitchen for coffee and Tunnocks Brownies.

What are you all up to? Are you doing tourist stuff with your friend, balgay?

BalgayHill Sat 02-Mar-13 10:15:04

Yes, we're going to Edinburgh today and St Andrews tomorrow. Just getting ready now.

We haven't been to the Ferry this visit so that will be another thing to do. She really loves Dundee which I find a little strange - she lives in Paris after all!

Hope you have a good day. Tunnocks brownies sound amazing.

TeaAndTunnocks Sat 02-Mar-13 12:09:43

Someone just tweeted to say there is a craft fair in Roseangle Cafe Arts, so am going to pop in there on the way past.

Edinburgh and St Andrews is a great day out. Love the drive through Fife. We always stop at the big hotel on the outskirts - the new posh one on the hill. St Andrews Bay I think it is called. Park at the club house for a fab view of St Andrews

TeaAndTunnocks Sun 03-Mar-13 12:29:08

Virtual [brownies] for all today. How are you all doing?

We had a fab day yesterday. Managed to bag the VERY LAST Tunnocks Brownie in Jessie's Kitchen so that was a big win. And it had fallen apart so they didn't charge me for it. Double win.

Lovely walk around the Ferry, popped in to the pet shop to talk to them about MN Local and adding their listing. They don't have an email address, much less a website or FB page. She said they had only just recently replaced their old phone, with the circular dial grin

Errolite Mon 04-Mar-13 06:50:54

Good morning all, been AWOL for a while, not been doing too much too exciting though sadly!

Balgay, my fil was visiting on Sat, we took him up dundee Law, the view was stunning!

TeaAndTunnocks Mon 04-Mar-13 09:30:27

Morning Errol. (that sounds rather dashing!)

The weekend was a good day for views and visitors, wasn't it? Have you all seen the lovely Scotland ad that keeps popping up on the main site? It featured a pic of Dundee, and the Rail Bridge, and it got me quite excited to think that the tourist board are actually properly promoting Dundee.

It is such a lovely city really, and so overlooked. Once we have the V&A, it will really boost the city. I've already noticed that you hear more forrin voices about the town.

We had a quiet weekends, did a bit of tester paint pot shopping, and now have patches of colour all around the house. It is amazing how different the colours look on the wall. Dulux have an offer on - 3 pots for £2 when you order online so have done that to get the perfect shade.

CrystalQueen Mon 04-Mar-13 20:01:03

Just swinging by to check out the revamped local site - shiny! Hi to all fellow Dundonians. I live in sunny Menzieshill with my DD (4) and my husband (slightly older than 4).

TeaAndTunnocks Mon 04-Mar-13 22:03:31

Hi there Crystal. How are you doing? I don't live far from you. Is your DD going to school this year?

CrystalQueen Mon 04-Mar-13 23:04:46

I'm trying really hard not to think about it! She's really looking forward to school - we live quite close to Hillside primary and she's spotted the out door stuff they have there.

TeaAndTunnocks Mon 04-Mar-13 23:35:06

That is where our kids go. They are really happy there.

The new sensory garden is great, and they have been told they can learn outside in the summer.

Errolite Fri 15-Mar-13 11:09:04

Just wanted to let you all know that the Errol fun run is on on Sunday from midday, incase anyone is feeling energetic?!?

TeaAndTunnocks Sat 23-Mar-13 11:40:47

In case you are all confused where your Dundee site has gone - see this thread

TeaAndTunnocks Sat 23-Mar-13 11:46:27


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