Local Talk


(51 Posts)
HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Tue 13-Nov-12 23:00:53

Hi, I really hope someone joins me on this bench soon, I look like a billy n no mates lol!

As I've not read any bench threads I don't know what I'm meant to say, so ummmm, hi grin

maudlynne Wed 14-Nov-12 15:26:50

Hi Hippo

I'll join you!

I'm not sure either, have only just found this bit.

Am just waiting for school to finish. After school club today. Been trying to do some accounts all day but it's been very slow. Got a bit distracted by the real housewives in new york city then it went downhill from there.

How are you today?

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Wed 14-Nov-12 22:29:06

Thanks for joining me, it's less lonely now!

I am the Queen of getting distracted, I'm amazed I ever get anything done lol!

I'm ok today, a bit narked at the Ex but hey Ho! How are you?

So how many children do you have? I have 2 boys age 8 and 6grin

Lostinbray Thu 15-Nov-12 08:38:49

Hi I am new to the area, and to mumsnet local!

I have 2 DC's, 5 and 8.

Have you been in Berks a long time?

maudlynne Thu 15-Nov-12 09:33:45

Hi lost and morning Hippo

I've just got the one dd age 7 and we've been over the West side of Berkshire for about 6 years now.

Yes me too with getting distracted Hippo. Will try harder today.

Did you move here recently Lost? How are you finding it?

Lostinbray Thu 15-Nov-12 10:06:26

Hi maud, moved at end August, finishing work at he end of this month, and still finding my feet. It is very beautiful round here, but very different from where we lived before, and I know no-one!

What is he West side of Berkshire? Geography not my strong point!

I am working at home today, but keep checking mumsnet as I get distracted too!

ILooklikeGraceKelly Thu 15-Nov-12 10:26:16

Hi everybody,
I live in Reading and have 2 boys (6mo and 2y).
I hate the winter, Beale Park and Wellington are shut till feb. What are we going to do at the week end now?

Lostinbray Thu 15-Nov-12 10:33:02

Hi Grace,

I'm envy of your grace Kelly likeness!

I hate the winter too, am dreading being on my own from Dec in the cold and yuk!

ILooklikeGraceKelly Thu 15-Nov-12 10:38:00


Lostinbray Thu 15-Nov-12 14:33:52

So ladies,

Any recommendations on great places to go with the kids or to meet people round here? Trying to find my feet, and everything is very spread out round here, not sure what is good.

Thanks in hope!

maudlynne Thu 15-Nov-12 14:52:05

Hi everybody and welcome Grace

So a big change for you Lost. Are you in the countryside? I'm in Newbury down the M4 a bit. Finishing work sounds nice envy.

I work from home so don't see much daylight in the winter. Summer's a bit better as we go to the park and things after school.

The school's been closed for elections so my dd and her friend are here today. They are just making a big "keep out - private" sign to keep me out of dd's bedroom.

Is Reading museum any good for dc Grace? Keep meaning to go.

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Thu 15-Nov-12 17:28:44

Ho all, wow this bench is cosy smile

I I've lived in reading forever!

My 2 love the museum Maud, we go there fairly often, and there's lots of interactive stuff for them to do.

Lostinbray Thu 15-Nov-12 18:32:18

Hi maud & Hippo, I'm in Bray, which feels very countrysidy, IYKWIM, but is right next to the M4. Feels very close to nature, including squirrels, bunnies, birds and foxes in the garden, and so different from where we used to live in the middle of a city.

Looking forward to finishing work, but is only temporary, until I find a new job unfortunately!

ILooklikeGraceKelly Thu 15-Nov-12 18:51:03

Would the museum be suitable for my 2yo?
Bray is really nice, much nicer than Redders envy
I am not sure what to advise re-meeting people round your neck of the woods. It's quite small, so maybe it might be easier to get to know the locals.

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Thu 15-Nov-12 21:13:31

I have no idea where bray is grin but out sounds lovely!

I guess it depends on the 2 year old grace I took mine there at that age, and iirc they've added more stuff for children since then. They have bags you can get in reception I think, with activities and things to look out for. Plus a whole room of stuffed animals which I hate, but the boys love!

Lostinbray Fri 16-Nov-12 16:19:00

Hi Hippo,

Bray is near Maidenhead. Haven't ventured to Reading or Newbury yet, but must have an explore.

Museum sounds good, maybe I'll take my two in the holidays.

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Fri 16-Nov-12 19:20:05

Ahh ok, I don't know that side of Berks that well.

What sort of job are you looking for?

Lostinbray Sat 17-Nov-12 10:27:21

Marketing/Brand job

Lostinbray Sat 17-Nov-12 10:28:44

Sorry posted a bit early, yes looking for a marketing type job, but a bit knackered after the year I've had so hoping for a couple of months before I go back to work.

You said your ex was annoying you, hope all sorted now.

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Sat 17-Nov-12 10:42:54

No still being a twunt, but hey Ho, I'll manage I think!

A couple of months off sounds like a good idea smile

maudlynne Sat 17-Nov-12 23:04:02

Sorry to hear that Hippo.

And thanks for the info on the museum. We'll give it a go next time we go to Reading.

Sounds like a couple of months off would be good Lost. I've never been over Maidenhead way at all - seems really silly when it's only down the road. I only know of Bray because a couple of friends have been to the Fat Duck.

Have been trying to watch the Killing but have no clue what's gone on. Will have to watch it again on iplayer I think. Oh dear DH has now found football. Must be time for bed smile.

BerkshireMel Sun 18-Nov-12 13:09:45

Hi ladies - sorry to butt in...local editor for MN Berkshire here. We are looking for people to be local ambassadors for us across the county -- would involve organising meet-ups with other likeminded MNers in your area. You would get your own page on the site to publicise these (see top tabs - local Meet Ups) and we are working to get incentives for ambassadors such as money off deals with local cafes, restaurants and attractions. You also get a special MN card that you can use to negotiate treats for yourself (ie free coffee for you when you organise a meet-up in a local cafe etc). Anyone interested?

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Sun 18-Nov-12 16:31:47

I might be interested smile

BerkshireMel Sun 18-Nov-12 18:01:00

ooh great - where abouts in reading are you?

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Sun 18-Nov-12 22:16:41

East reading smile

fancyboots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:45:21

Hi ladies, room for anymore on the bench? Just grabbing a bit of me time before the weekly onslaught of work and school. I like the sound of the museum as I've been looking for somewhere to take my 4yr old now that the park has been a no go for the past few weekends.

fancyboots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:50:59

Hi ladies, room for another one on the bench? I'm just grabbing some me time before the weekly onslaught of work & school. I like the sound of the museum - I need something for my 4 yr old to do at weekends now that the park has been a 'no go' for the last few weekends.

fancyboots Mon 19-Nov-12 00:52:16

Well waddya know! the first message didn't seem to appear - so I typed it again and now look like an idiot!!!!

BerkshireMel Mon 19-Nov-12 09:14:09

Hi again - you should really probably be an ambassador on the Reading site then rather than the Berkshire one...bit confusing I know but as Reading is such a large town it has its own site outside of the Berkshire one (so does Slough) - here's the link: local.mumsnet.com/reading. You can click on the link in the 'meet ups' tab to be set up as an ambassador there - good luck (and don't dessert berkshire completely wink)

Lostinbray Mon 19-Nov-12 12:27:16

Hi Fancy Boots,

Working from home today, and bored, bored, bored, how about you?

maudlynne Mon 19-Nov-12 13:21:58

Morning all and welcome to Fancy Boots

Me too Lost - it's so hard to get motivated. It will be dark before I get my act together.

Did you have a nice weekend?

Lostinbray Mon 19-Nov-12 13:47:26

Yes I did have a lovely weekend, how about everyone else?

I baked and helped at school jumble sale on Sat, then went to a family party in London. Had a lovely relaxed Sunday, shovelled leaves and went for a walk round Bray lake, and had a nice family meal. Can't remember the last time we had a low key Sunday.

maudlynne Mon 19-Nov-12 17:25:26

Sounds lovely Bray. Quiet one here just catching up with things.

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Mon 19-Nov-12 23:22:21

The reading one wasn't working last time I tried, but I'll look again.

Hi everyone, hope you are all well

BerkshireMel Tue 20-Nov-12 11:56:29

Just a thought Hippo, but if traffic is low on Reading's site (which it might be as they don't have a local editor yet), you could always be the 'Berkshire wide' ambassador - I guess there will be people who will not be too far away from you and be happy to travel a short way for meet-ups? If you are interested send me your email address (the one linked to your mn account) and i'll get you set up. am at home with chickenpox child so plenty of time for MN today wink

morenoodles Wed 21-Nov-12 13:51:41

I've been debating whether or not to say hiya, forums scare me a bit. Anyway, hi all. I live in Twyford, I'm mum to a cheeky 2 year old boy. I would love to meet up with other mums but struggle to find the time because I work full-time (I had my flexible working request refused)

@lostinbray, I know Bray, your not that far away Odds farm (its out past Taplow on the way to Cliveden Stately Home) its a fab place to take little people too...

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Wed 21-Nov-12 18:48:04

Reading site is working now, so I'll see about becoming am ambassador on there, if it's slow moving I'll become a Berks one if one is still needed.

Hi more don't be scared, we're all friendly smile

Lostinbray Fri 23-Nov-12 21:32:25

Hey ladies,

I've been away for a few days with work , so just seen this, hope everyone is well. Thanks morenoodles, and welcome, i'm glad you decided to delurk! I took the DC's to Odds farm in half term, it was very wet, but we had fun!

What is everyone up to this weekend?

EverythingsChanging Fri 23-Nov-12 22:38:56

Hi, can I join in. I live in Reading. Been on MN for ages but never been brave enough to post in local before.

Not sure what I'm doing this weekend. ex h left in June and I still haven't got used to it being just me and the dc (2yo and 5yo) at weekends. How daft is that? We normally just play it by ear but dd1 does love the puddles at Dinton Pastures so we have been getting muddy quite a lot recently!

I like Odds Farm Bray, although I think I preferred it before they got replaced the haystacks with the soft play - it can get quite hectic in that bit now! Bray sounds beautiful, dd1 would love it, she's very into nature atm. I may have to pick your brains for nice walks around that area.

Lostinbray Sat 24-Nov-12 07:28:21

Hi Everything,

Sounds tough trying to entertain 2 by yourself every weekend.

We walked round Bray lake last week and it was lovely. Let me know when you are heading this way. smile

morenoodles Mon 26-Nov-12 13:40:17

Afternoon all! I've been lurking on MN for just over 2 years and have only just started posting, I find the main site absolutely terrifying blush but I do like reading the AIBU section...

Anyway, I hope you all had fab weekends?

@Everything, whereabouts in reading are you btw?

Lostinbray Fri 30-Nov-12 10:20:08

Hurrah, first day of no work! Got home from last day at 1am so am knackered.

Have taken DC's to school and am now going to chill out today to recover!

What is everyone up to today?

lonelyfedupgonnascream Fri 30-Nov-12 10:59:17

Hi ladies can i join u, im in bracknell, been here8 weeks anddont know a soul, i hav 4 kids, 4,8,10 & 13. X

lonelyfedupgonnascream Fri 30-Nov-12 11:01:25

Morenoodles im the same, a good moch at aibu cheers me up, lol

morenoodles Fri 30-Nov-12 18:31:17

I know Bracknell very well, whereabouts are you?

morenoodles Fri 30-Nov-12 18:32:18

I've got mumsnet on my iPhone now! So please excuse the odd predictive text mistake if I make one smile

mumtotwoks Sat 08-Dec-12 21:02:36

hi all how are you all this very cold night.

HippoInAtutuAndTapShoes Tue 11-Dec-12 19:51:58

Hi everyone, old and how are we all in this cold weather? Is everyone ready for Christmas? I know I'm not!

1son1women1hound Mon 30-Dec-13 14:04:12


TiggyOBE Tue 31-Dec-13 16:34:07

Hello everybody on here.

Bit quiet isn't it?

1son1women1hound Wed 01-Jan-14 11:46:28

Hi Tiggy! Very quiet..... Happy New Year!

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