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Durham / Teeside / Tyne & Wear Meet up and random chat thread.

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KaraStarbuckThrace Wed 29-Aug-12 21:44:36

Next meet up, Tuesday 4th September.
During the day, either Botanic Gardens in Durham or the Slug and Fiddle near the Gala Theatre in Durham City centre.

Now for some random chat.
DS sang a song about bolognaise today. And DD walked some more. But still prefers crawling and using my nipples as handholds on Mount Starbuck.

Indith Sat 08-Sep-12 16:07:52

That's a shame kara. Sure we will do something else soon though!

FrozenNorthPole Sun 09-Sep-12 18:32:06

What time should we meet at the Botanics?

Indith Sun 09-Sep-12 21:24:00

I don't mind too much. Got to be back in Bearpark to pick the girl up at 1pm. I'll be heading into Durham straight from school run to do a few bits like return those bloody plimsols then I'll head up.

FrozenNorthPole Sun 09-Sep-12 22:40:37

Sounds good - I'll be around from about 0930 assuming my first attempt to do the nursery run with three little ones doesn't end in utter disaster. (grin)

FrozenNorthPole Thu 13-Sep-12 21:18:10

Ugh. DH is bound for Afganistan in about 3 weeks' time, and we were hoping for him to be able to take his paternity leave before then. Nope! He needs to attend 3 different courses, all at the other end of the country, so will essentially barely see us before he disappears off for 3 - 4 months.
It's not all bad though apparently he'll be allowed to take paternity leave when he's back, next February ... when I'll be at work and J will be in full time nursery. Splendid. F*ck you, army! sad
* sorry for the vent. Can't say it anywhere else ...

Indith Thu 13-Sep-12 21:26:20

Oh Frozen I'm so ssorry.

Plus side. think how amaxing it will be when he leaves.

FrozenNorthPole Thu 13-Sep-12 22:01:13

I can't wait Indith. They're still trying to convince him to stay in, but when they pull stuff like this I don't see how they can expect to retain professionals with families. If someone can earn a living out of the army, without all the incredible stress, inconvenience and separation that a forces career entails, then why wouldn't they? The entire family suffers when someone has this kind of career, and no amount of money can make up for missing large portions of your children's baby days - or for the pressure and loneliness that it inflicts on the spouse left behind.

juneybean Fri 14-Sep-12 00:06:28

Urgh Frozen that's ridiculous sad I still remember to this day crying whilst writing my dad air mail letters because he was in Germany or Kenya or wherever else.

Is DH leaving in the next few years (can't remember seeing you post about it)?

spiffysquiffyspiggy Fri 14-Sep-12 11:54:47

Frozen, am sorry DH won't be around. I have a friend who is a navy wife and I am always in awe of her and other forces wifes who put up with so much. At least with J arriving early you've had some time together although not as much as you were hoping for.

Can you plan a holiday for Feb, even if it is just to slob around the house so you can all be off together and have something to look forward to?(as well as the new job!)

KaraStarbuckThrace Mon 24-Sep-12 08:04:38

Frozen {{{{hugs}}}} I too have a friend whose DH is in the RAF and I know she find it tough when he is deployed abroad.

Doe anyone fancy meeting up for cake this week? I can do Wednesday or Friday?

FrozenNorthPole Mon 24-Sep-12 10:33:11

Mmmm, cake ...

KaraStarbuckThrace Mon 24-Sep-12 13:51:06

Cake is good. Especially chocolate cake. Totally essential for successful breastfeeding, you know ;)
If I was in charge of the NHS, I would assign every new mum a breastfeeding mentor and 2 year's free prescription for chocolate fudge cake (or your cake of choice).

spiffysquiffyspiggy Tue 25-Sep-12 11:07:17

sad can't do this week. Could really do with some cake given the grey horrible weather.

If anyone knows anyone looking for work, there are some jobs going at our place. Fixed term for a year with a possibility of being made permanent (the last 2 times we have recruited we have made permanent) It involves giving advice over the phone, no experience needed- we select on whether you have the right attributes (good communicator, customer service etc rather than having done a similar job before) Does involves some late shifts and Saturday work but it is a good place to work. Closing date Friday but I can give pointers on how to fill the form in that would make it a bit easier. PM if you want any details to forward on.

KaraStarbuckThrace Tue 25-Sep-12 11:22:11

PM sent.
What about next week? Wednesday or Friday best for me, but could rearrange CM to do Tuesday or Thursday as long as I can let her know by Thursday.

spiffysquiffyspiggy Tue 25-Sep-12 11:38:48

reply sent smile.

Free Tues next week.

KaraStarbuckThrace Tue 25-Sep-12 12:35:24

OK will talk to cm today about swapping Tuesday to Monday smile

KaraStarbuckThrace Tue 25-Sep-12 18:03:01

OK spoke to CM, she'll have DD on Monday instead of Tuesday so can bring her along and not have to rush back.
Probably get to Durham for about 10? Slug and Lettuce?

JackJacksmummy Tue 25-Sep-12 20:58:06

Can anybody tell me the names of any schools in and around the centre of Durham that has good a good special educational needs reputation.

If we move up that way one of the priorities is making sure DS is in a good mainstream state school with good sen provision.
He is currently year 2 but will be in juniors when we move so either a junior or primary school. Many thanks smile

LeggyBlondeNE Wed 26-Sep-12 10:12:09

I think Gilesgate primary had a mention in their last Offsted that they had a higher than normal proportion of SEN and may have had specialist support. It was either them or Laurel avenue. Can't remember very clearly though as neither are on my shortlist for T (for unrelated reasons!)

Cake next week sounds good.

JackJacksmummy Wed 26-Sep-12 18:42:09

Thanks leggy smile

spiffysquiffyspiggy Thu 27-Sep-12 09:36:16

Don't know anything about Durham schools (I'm further north) but hope you will join us for cake if you do make the move smile

Viking- I replied to your pm but computer crashed and I don't know if you got it.

FrozenNorthPole Thu 27-Sep-12 12:12:56

Ah, darn - I'm at a meeting in Newcastle on Tuesday. You'll have to eat cake on my behalf!

JackJacksmummy Thu 27-Sep-12 15:26:04

Oh I definitely will!!! Hey I might even just come up for a week to scope the place out so will make time for cake especially!!

spiffysquiffyspiggy Thu 27-Sep-12 15:45:16

grin You'll fit right in!

Indith Thu 27-Sep-12 16:22:54


You'd slipped off my threads, terrible!

Can't do Tues 2nd I don't think as my mum should be coming up. She was supposed to come up this week but I told her not to, she was oblivious to the A1 being closed and all set to leave. When i told her she said "oh well I've got my satnav!". No mum. Just no. Not unless your car is amphibious.

Kara I have done so much loft organising that I now have all your bits and bobs of nappies <<proud>>.

Jack hello and welcome smile Afraid I don't know anything about SN provision in schools around Durham. We are however blessed with a lot of very good schools both in Durham and in the villages around so I am sure you would find one to suit your needs. There is a FB group called mums in durham. It frequently drives me up the wall but there are a lot of parents on there from all over the region so they might have more of an idea.

I went to the new cupcake place on Monday and was treated for my birthday. Very yummy cakes but not enough seating at all for us lot ot meet up at which is a shame.

Shall have to do another meet so I can give Kara her nappy stuff back.

We'll have to start planning Christmas night out soon! Or shall we ignore Christmas ont he basis it is always really busy and do something November?

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