Now here is the problem. Our neighbours, either side and over the back. The problem? They are lovely!
I should be pleased really. Our neighbours have so far:
- showered us with gifts when Holly was born
- Invited us to summer barbecues and parties
- Baked for us
- Offered to babysit Holly any time
- Offered to cook for us and get our shopping when Holly was a newborn
- Brought our bins in when we've been out
- Put our bins out when we were away from home
- Taken in our washing when it started raining
- Given us gardening advice
- Given us energy saving lightbulbs
Here's the thing though. I find it overwhelming. I'm a friendly chatty person, but I'm quite a private person too. I really don't mind having a chat, or going to parties or accepting parcels for them when they are out, or feeding their cat when they are on holiday. It's just constant. They see you pulling into the driveway, they are out to say hello and ask about your day. You go to hang out the washing, it takes 30 mins because they are straight out to talk, and won't let you go. Now its good weather and I have Holly out in the garden, they come straight out, and I'm expected to talk to them the whole time I'm out there. I don't mind a quick chat, but that wasn't why I went outside. If it isn't one neighbour its another. It's never ending. I just want to enjoy my garden in peace and quiet, just me and my family. Is that too much to ask? Am I being mean?
I understand how lucky I am to have such lovely neighbours, I really do. In our old flat we really weren't blessed with nice neighbours at all. No one would speak to anyone. I used to get glared at if I dared say hello! There were always arguments about the shared gardens, and it was pretty much left up to us to do all the gardening and maintenance.
At the new house I just want a little peace. Please. Please? Is it really a lot to ask? Hopefully the neighbours will settle down when we've been in for longer, maybe it's still the honeymoon "getting to know you" period for them. What do you think? I'd love some other opinions or advice.
Want to see my lovely garden? NO? Well tough, here it is anyway!