Neighbours

 Everybody needs good ones, or so the Australian TV soap theme tune tells us.



P has been spending the past few days clearing and tidying the memorial garden, which had suffered a little over recent years from neglect. The low stone wall dividing it from our neighbour's property had collapsed in places so P has been  carefully rebuilding it.

The neighbour came over to chat with him and they discussed the state of repair of our joint boundary and the trees on each side, some of which are becoming a bit of a nuisance. One large and very heavy branch had fallen onto the wall during the recent storms and demolished a section of it.

The neighbour offered to apply to remove two of the offending trees and also to use his heavy duty saw to take out a huge stump left over from an earlier diseased tree that had grown into the wall at some point  dislodging most of the stones.

When P went back outside after his lunch  the neighbour was already hard at work. He had taken out the stump and was busy rebuilding the section of our wall.

Perhaps he is relieved to have  a new neighbour like P who is keen on maintaining the garden as we gather the previous owner was not so inclined.

It always seems to make life easier if you have good neighbours. 


31 comments:

  1. That last line? Truer words have not been spoken

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    1. Yes, we have seen what effect bad neighbours can have, Debby.

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  2. That is great! Such a bonus to discover good neighbors after a move!

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  3. Yes, I have good neighbours around me and I get along with them well, we all give and take when it comes to fallen trees, boughs etc and those kinds of things. I am pleased you have found your neighbour is a good one too. xx

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    1. It does make for a more relaxing life doesn't it.

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  4. Indeed good neighbours can make up for all sorts of late discovered shortcomings in the property itself.

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    1. P is hoping to borrow the chainsaw later to get rid of some large, overhanging branches. I may need to provide cake.

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  5. Good neighbours are always high on the list when moving house.

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  6. Good neighbours do make such a difference.
    Some years ago we had to have a tree removed on our joint boundary. We shared the cost between us, and they had all the logs for their wood burner! They were delighted with the logs and we were even more delighted to be rid of the tree!

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    1. That seems like a fair arrangement to me. Win-win!

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  7. Have you called round for a cup of sugar yet?

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  8. Good neighbours make life much easier. A cheery greeting, a helping hand, maybe some tomatoes over the wall.
    Yours sound like some of the best

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  9. How very true and what you describe sounds like a harmonious relationship....
    xxx

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    1. We should both benefit. Lose the trees and build a wall xxx

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  10. Good neighbours are essential I believe and I endeavour to be one myself so that it works both ways. Sounds as if you were already doing this.

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  11. Boundaries between properties can be a source of significant aggravation. I hope that the relationship with your neighbour remains just as cordial in the future. I would hate to think of him chasing Lord Peregrine with a chainsaw.

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    1. I would set the dogs on him!

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    2. When did you acquire dogs or are they just imaginary? Down Tyson! DOWN I SAID!

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    3. Well, there is the rottweiler called Kevin and the dobermann called Cyril. They can be very fierce.

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    4. Don't forget your freshly trimmed French poodle Peregrine and your Irish wolfhound Dave.

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  12. Unfortunately we have a new neighbour in France who instantly introduced himself as that classic 'nightmare'. Most people try to make friends with their new neighbours; this one did the opposite.

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    1. Something to look forward to when you return home.

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  13. Our neighbours are OK as people, but neither side looks after their garden. One side is leaving the bottom of the garden to be a " wild flower" area.....it has been a mess for years, and the other side is now a rented property and she is not a gardener!! We get Ivy and brambles coming through from all sides!

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    1. Oh dear. At least they don't keep pit bull terriers or have a collection of rusty motorbikes in the front garden!

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  14. We just have hedging now between us and our neighbours, all ours. We pay to have it cut. Your neighbours sound really nice.

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    1. P and the neighbour are both out there now working together on the wall. Male bonding 🙂

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