Local Talk

Hello Exeter... Mumsnet has arrived!

(47 Posts)
CiderPunk Fri 09-Nov-12 13:06:33

Hello everybody. I am your Local Editor for Exeter.

I've been a Mumsnetter on and off for several years (Pom bears and nice ham all round) and I'm really excited about building this site into a useful local resource for all of us.

Here's a little introduction to what it's all about...

Listings
Anyone can add a listing using the pink "Add a listing" button at top right. Have a browse through the categories and think about anything you'd like to broadcast to other Mumsnetters. I've enjoyed adding listings so far, and have found out all sorts about Exeter that I didn't know before.

Local Chat
When I signed up for this, one of my first thoughts was "surely people will find me on the main talkboards and read about my raging mastitis/sausage roll habit/criminal record?!*" This won't happen... because Mumsnet has cleverly asked local chatters to assign themselves a local chat name that is different to their regular board chat name. If on the other hand you are happy to be known far and wide, you can use the same name and add a tweak to it (e.g. CiderPunkExeter).

*just to be clear, I don't have any of these things.

Local Meet Ups
I've recruited a few helpers to start organising these in the new year - but if anyone out there is keen to get involved, let me know. These wondrous people will henceforth be called "Mumsnet Ambassadors" and have a special card declaring them as such.

That's all for now... enjoy yourselves!

CiderPunk Fri 09-Nov-12 13:40:21

oh and one other thing... we're on Facebook and Twitter now, so we can natter all over the place...

Come and like yourself here

Come and laugh at me trying to get the hang of Twitter here

CiderPunk Fri 09-Nov-12 23:42:10

Thanks to everyone who has followed on Twitter/liked on Facebook - it's good to know someone's reading!

ZinniaWormwood Thu 29-Nov-12 09:06:28

Wow it's scarily quiet on this board! How can we find some more people?

IandMe Thu 29-Nov-12 16:00:51

Hi
Blokey Mner here. Live near Winkleigh and great to see a local site running as meeting new friends is difficult.

CiderPunk Thu 29-Nov-12 19:20:09

Oh wow people are talking on the talk board! <faints> Hello folks!

ZinniaWormwood Thu 29-Nov-12 23:39:50

Yay, now there's 3 of us.

CiderPunk Fri 30-Nov-12 21:36:12

Any advance on 3? Come on you lurkers...

eclecticmix Fri 30-Nov-12 22:55:02

I've joined, how exciting! Anyway, that's enough excitement for one night I'm turning in zzzzzz

ActuallyItsDecaf Fri 30-Nov-12 23:09:47

Exeter is top of the active convos...yay! Can we join in from outlying and rather undesirable towns?

CiderPunk Fri 30-Nov-12 23:18:32

Yes of COURSE, Actually. Wow top of active convos... <fans self>

WhycantIhavemyusualname Fri 30-Nov-12 23:30:48

Hi, I too come from a local and not very desirable town grin

CiderPunk Fri 30-Nov-12 23:38:56

Whereas I am speaking to you from one of those penthouse flats in Princesshay with huge picture windows overlooking the cathedral which I have just burgled

WhycantIhavemyusualname Sat 01-Dec-12 00:10:29

Funny you should say that, CiderPunk. My other flat's a penthouse too!

HannahMR Sat 01-Dec-12 06:31:11

Hello? Anyone there?

CiderPunk Sat 01-Dec-12 16:40:53

Hello Hannah... Yes, the penthouse is open, how may we help you?

CiderPunk Sat 01-Dec-12 16:41:48

<wonders whether I burgled whycantIhavemyusualname's pied a terre>

WhycantIhavemyusualname Sat 01-Dec-12 18:05:49

Ah! Did you nick my cats? If so, then yes it was mine. If not, then they are probably asleep in the airing cupboard.

(Let's forget that I actually live in not very desirable town, which is a bit like rather undesirable town.)

My actual house is this Could you arrange to burgle it too? I'm not fond of the artex in the sitting room...

Loisangersstrepsil Sat 01-Dec-12 18:10:16

Testing, testing

Loisangersstrepsil Sat 01-Dec-12 18:11:12

Hello! What are meant to talk about on here?

CiderPunk Sat 01-Dec-12 19:10:21

Yes I was going to buy that one why , but the lamp-posts near the stables were the wrong shade of pewter, and after that I just shuddered every time I looked at the photos and I had to ask my PA to have the butler dispose of them.

Hello Loisangersstrepsil. Welcome. That's a good question. It's a new thing, so we can make it whatever we want.

Shall we decorate the place? Devonshire theme, maybe?

WhycantIhavemyusualname Sun 02-Dec-12 10:21:47

Morning all! I have just shoved some weirdy lump of meat in the oven for lunch. DH got it, and the butcher said to cook it like lamb shank.... We shall see in about 4 hrs whether it is edible grin

Yes, those lampposts have never been right, Cider. DH wanted to paint them gold. I think I'll just abandon the place to squatters, what with the artex 'n' all.

WhycantIhavemyusualname Sun 02-Dec-12 10:23:14

Oh, what is a Devonshire theme? Does it involve pasties and cream tea with the jam on last?

starbug Sun 02-Dec-12 10:53:30

hello hello, can I join too? not quite Exeter either, but close enough

CiderPunk Sun 02-Dec-12 15:25:55

Hello starbug welcome to the penthouse, help yourself to a jammy scone and mulled cider!

I am intrigued by Why's mystery lump of meat... Hope it was tasty..?

Now what else makes a Devon theme? Perhaps we should have a spot of flooding in one corner of the penthouse (when a penthouse floods it's time to panic...)

MissFloParker Sun 02-Dec-12 15:39:44

Well I'm right in Exeter, so hello!

WhycantIhavemyusualname Sun 02-Dec-12 16:00:32

Yes, flooding definitely. Perhaps some cows? They'd be useful in a flooded penthouse. We could sit on their backs and keep our feet dry.

The mystery lump of meat was pretty yum. Turns out it was a Lump of Chump. Slow cooked with wine, garlic and stuff it fell off the bone and was very nice. We had fried sprouts and mash with it. I am finding it hard to move, and want to turn into my dad, slumbering in front of a film on a Sunday afternoon, but there aren't any films on so I have to MN instead. And it's really cold here too so dozing is out.

CiderPunk Sun 02-Dec-12 16:24:42

Welcome MissFloParker pop round to the penthouse any time!

I think we should organise a meet-up soon. I also think Why should cook for us grin

Seriously though, does anyone fancy a December meet-up? A very informal elevenses somewhere reasonably child-friendly in Exeter perhaps?

Roadstone Sun 02-Dec-12 21:41:48

Hello all, I'm following on fb and twitter so I'm saying hi here too. I'm in mid Devon.

Wooderswummie Sun 02-Dec-12 21:48:24

Oy oy!! I be in Woodbury (betwixt and between Exeter and Exmouth). Oright byes and goils?
Ok enough of stupid dialect speak. Loving an Exeter board- been keeping an eye out for ages. Looking forward to some jollity!!

Wooderswummie Sun 02-Dec-12 21:49:11

YY to elevensies too...

CiderPunk Sun 02-Dec-12 21:58:30

Welcome Roadstone and Wooderswummie

Okay I think there are enough of us to justify a little shindig now... will start a new thread...

MissFloParker Sun 02-Dec-12 22:01:59

I went to an Exeter meet about 3.5 yrs ago and met the legendary NeverGooglrDragonButter

WhycantIhavemyusualname Mon 03-Dec-12 00:49:48

Don't! I had to bleach my brain! I have at last disciplined myself to not google things from mn, nor to click on links...

Cider, if I cooked you'd all have to come to my penthouse, which is currently full of cows.

HerbiesNo1fan Mon 03-Dec-12 01:27:35

hello? hello? Has everyone moved to another thread?
<shouts into the darkness and feels very alone...>

Wooderswummie Mon 03-Dec-12 09:40:53

I'm here! Not sure other fred is up yet...

Wooderswummie Mon 03-Dec-12 09:45:27

Just checked and it's up on the local board- entitled 'pre-Christmas meet up'

CiderPunk Mon 03-Dec-12 09:46:53

Hello Herbies - is that a reference to the cafe, or the anthropomorphic VW?

There that's my big word for the day.

Good morning everyone else. I have started another thread on this board about a possible meet-up (and am wandering about in there listening to the tumbleweed)

CiderPunk Mon 03-Dec-12 09:47:29

ah, house points for Wooders smile

CiderPunk Mon 03-Dec-12 09:49:15

Why what about your little pad in Woodbury Salterton? I'm sure we could ask the squatters to confine themselves to one wing, or something

starbug Tue 04-Dec-12 15:45:50

missflo I think I went to the same meet up, was that the one at the phoenix? :-) definately remember the lovely dragon butter

CiderPunk Wed 05-Dec-12 21:54:31

If there's anyone about who has organised meet-ups before please do say, I really don't want to tread on any toes... I did email a good number of people from the old board asking whether they would like to carry the torch!

I nearly made it to one once many moons ago, but my baby had a poo in the bathwater at the last minute and so I wasn't feeling particularly "Mumsnetty" that day.

Would be lovely to get meet-ups off the ground again now that my children aren't infused with poo. (There now, you can't get a better invitation than that!)

AllanK Sun 09-Dec-12 21:02:47

Hi, I would really like to start a book club, I was in one when I lived in London and really miss it!! Nothing too heavy but a good reason to read a book and maybe to read something you wouldn't normally choose. I moved to Exeter at the beginning of July and I tried to join an existing group but no-one came along on the agreed evening so I was on my own!! Rather than feel unpopular I decided to start my own, don't want to get a reputation for sitting in pubs drinking alone....... Anybody fancy it, we could meet up with an idea for a book and decide, a pub is always a good place to start.

philippa86 Tue 11-Dec-12 10:29:00

Newbie alert! newbie alert!

Hi everyone, I've just moved to Exeter (well in September but it's amazing how long you can play the "just moved in" card and until the boxes are unpacked, i'm sticking with it!) and would love to come to a meet up to get to know people. Also, I can read (*pats herself on head*) so would love to come along to a book club too! Hope to meet you all soon!

CiderPunk Tue 11-Dec-12 19:50:01

Hello AllanK that's a great idea. I'll start a new thread about it to drum up some interest... would you be meeting in Exeter do you think?

Welcome philippa86 and good luck with unpacking the boxes (been in my "new" place for just over a year and I still have loads to do!) I fear the pre-Christmas meet-up isn't going ahead, which I am putting down to the weather and being too close to Christmas, but I'll have another go early in the new year...

Wombat1802 Mon 17-Dec-12 18:17:10

Helloooo fellow Exeter and 'not quite Exeter' mums! Looking forward to getting to know you all... thanks Ciderpunk!

CiderPunk Mon 17-Dec-12 18:21:41

Hello wombat. I think we both must have finished our tea at the same time and popped in for a quick post!

Are you all following Mumsnet Exeter on Facebook, folks? There's a lovely competition on there to win a handcrafted bag from Good Golly Miss Molly in McCoy's Arcade... Closes on Friday!

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