Neighbours...everybody needs good neighbours! Well they do don’t they? I like to think that I am a good neighbour too.
I’ve not lived in that many places really, only 2 x houses in Nottingham, UK and another 2 x since moving to Irvine, CA so I’ve not had that many neighbours.
Back when I was a kid, we lived in a lovely neighbourhood on a tree lined street, I remember having street parties and washing cars. The old guy across the road used to show me how to make pop-ups, like you get in books and next door to us we had a guy called Allen Edwards who was into fishing and did a TV/radio fishing show. He used to get our family tickets to the London Boat Show each year and we’d get to sit on a posh boat with the best seats. Allen actually hosted the show! I never realised what a big deal this was really...but you don’t when you’re a kid do you.
In our current UK house, we have lovely neighbours like Jane & Trevor, Steve & Michelle and of course Sue & Dave who are the best neighbours ever! They were like surrogate parents, nothing was ever too much trouble. They happily looked after Minnie (the cat) when we went on holiday (which was often) and we always got back to a few days worth of groceries and cake. Dave often did a bit of gardening for us and even installed our kitchen and taught me how to wallpaper. They are absolute stars! It was very sad to leave them when we left the UK for the US. We’ve emailed a few times since though and they know we will go and see them next time we visit the UK.
I know of friends who have had horrid neighbours and the police have been involved. I’m glad things have never got that bad for us, although it was close at one point. A few years ago (back in the UK) a family moved in next door. At first they seemed friendly enough, then they turned....they had loud friends over all the time (blocking our cars in the drive), they stood in the quiet street outside drinking and smoking (when they had a large garden available), they revved motorbikes for hours at the weekends, they got a massive Rottweiler dog and let it run loose and they had parties with karaoke until all hours. We don’t mind a bit of noise or parties (as long as you invite us!) but it was too much and the neighbourhood was a really quiet area. After 18 months they got kicked out by the landlord and he came round to apologise for their behaviour. Apparently, they had ripped up all the carpets and trashed the house inside. I guess some people just don’t know how to behave?
Where we are now in Irvine we have lovely neighbours, Courtney & Ed who welcomed us with homemade banana cake and Noev & Shoba who bought me some beautiful pink flowers. It really does make a difference living somewhere with nice neighbours.
Here is a list according to Wikihelp on how to be a good neighbour (followed by my artwork for the day):
What are your neighbours like?