Any other ideas before I resign myself to ditching the bag. I do like it. Hoxtonchick took me shopping to buy it because I don't really understand bags and I've never had such a comfortable, attractive, strokeable bag.
Things are great thanks Kristina. We had a really good summer as I am one of those much reviled mothers who send their child off to holiday club to have fun rather than keeping them home to be bored and whingey as a proper mother should. They are both getting on very well now and we are even considering whether to take DD's sibling if we are offered her.
Since it's a clean it or throw it out situation you could try cleaning it with Saddle Soap - it can work wonders on leather, but you would need to clean the whole side rather than just the stains to avoid water marks when it dries out. After that you might need to polish it with shoe polish - wiping it over afterwards with a damp cloth should remove any excess. Good luck!
Mulberry do a special bag cleaner spray / cream. They are always trying to sell it to me. It cleaned up my bag, but sadly didn't get rid of the smell! So this might be worth investigating if you have no smell problem and really want to keep the bag. I guess other leather shops would do something similar if you're not near a Mulberry outlet.
I'll investigate that, thanks MrsSB. I guess any upmarket shoe and handbag shop or John Lewis might be able to recommend a product. Failing that I'll try saddle soap, thanks ft.
Sibling is currently about 4 mo Kristina, I'm not sure when they'll make the decision about permanant placement but it should be soon-ish. There's a possibility that birth mum may be able to keep this one, or the extended birth family may be considered. After that I think we have first refusal, but I imagine we won't be offered until all the family possiblities have been investigated so I'm guessing it wouldn't be until next spring at the earliest.
seems so long, what a shame they cant get their act together a bit quicker. its not like the family situation is not known to SS. how sad for the baby to be in foster care for a year while Ss " think about it".....
hope it works out for you and DD . Ds will be expert big brother by then