Posted: 04/08/2017 at 10:45
I just think it's so sad when neighbours are regarded as strangers ... when we moved in we introduced ourselves to everyone we saw ... now we don't socialise together or live in each others pockets, far from it ... to be honest I don't even remember everyone's names (I'm shockingly bad at names), but I bung the ball back on the few occasions the boys behind us get overexcited with their aim and if I don't see it they come to our door and ask for it politely ... when I said it'd landed in the pond and frightened the frogs they wrote a funny little note of apology. If the ball bangs loudly on the fence too many times I shout telling them that's enough now and they stop ......... until the next time ........ they're boys
One neighbour uses his chainsaw and chops wood loudly more than we would like, and in the summer the boys behind us have their friends round to play on the trampoline and their dad (who sometimes works nights) shouts at them a bit. Someone's teenage son has friends around on warm summer evenings when the parents are away, and they sit outside strumming guitars and smoking (!) until the wee small hours.
I noticed next door (elderly chap) had a dripping pipe from the tank in the roof and let his daughter know when I saw her visit. The other side take in parcels for us and we do the same for them, and we keep an eye on their house and garden when they're away and they do the same for us. The idea of being upset because neighbours can see you when you're in your garden is just odd to me.
I come from a village where people used to chat over the garden fence and take each others washing in if it rained ... no one there would lie dead in their home for days with no one having missed them ... and in bad weather older children would be sent around to ask if elderly neighbours needed any shopping done ... ... I'm used to being part of a community ...
Last edited: 04 August 2017 10:48:55