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‘MoreOldHomes’ by gracey

Generally speaking, the sense of community we once shared with our neighbours is greatly diminished. As a result, we are often little more than strangers exchanging tokenistic waves or nods every other day. This is incredibly unfortunate for many reasons, and those of you who maintain more than superficial relationships with your neighbours will know what I am mean.

Can you count on your neighbours?

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I have always made sure I know the neighbors around me. I think I can with some, and others - not!
At the moment I am having a problem with one of mine.
Who.....is a total gossip, and has caused all kinds of issues.Not just for me!
So I would say probably not in my case with her.
The 85 year old man next door, who keeps falling down, and my son keeps picking up...know's we are a stones throw away.So it's a bitter pill...Sadly.
We too are having problems with some of our neighbours, though they are completely oblivious to the problem. Their son is always screaming and yelling and locking himself in the family car where he beeps the horn while his mum yells at him from the outside. It can be particularly painful when I'm trying to put my own son to sleep. Arhh. We are on good terms with two older ladies on our street who are also quite active in the community. They are really lovely.
by Vee
Maybe her son has ADHA...my youngest has it, sounds like something he use to do....No fun for you. :)
by jonaja
Perhaps, but I doubt it. The parents appear very carefree. Toddler can often be seen wandering by the road.
by Vee
Should have mentioned that the toddler is the boy's little sister.
by Vee
Good question! I wish we could because we are neighbourly people, but the week we moved in our next door neighbours raised the fence by a foot! Not sure if it was coincidental, but we've never even seen them so I doubt we could count on them in a jam.
Oh Sarah, how unfortunate! If they're like that then perhaps you're better off not knowing them.
by Vee
We have two neighbours that we know and get on with. We can generally rely on them. One is a builder and oversaw our loft conversion, and the other is member of neighbourhood watch and active in the community. One of the houses next to us, however, has been split up into flats. and we have had all sorts of problems with strange tenants and landlords coming in and out.
Yes, I can count on neighbours on one side. However when I found out their age (84) I stopped asking for help I could ask someone else to do!
On the other side, definitely no, as they are not friendly.
by Finy
I've just moved to a new neighourhood. the neighbours went out of their way to welcome us. I think it served a dual purpose of them finding out who we were, and me having the chance to 'tell' our story. We've since invited them all to our housewarming. The guy next door whilst I don't know him well, I know I could call on him for a favour if I reallly needed.
I only know a few. Most people are out with the sun and back at dust. You'd almost think the houses are empty. Hopefully they'll come though if something happens.
by Gia
Yes, which is a comfort.
YES! I have wonderful neighbors. I am very blessed. I live in a lake cottage year round while most go south for the winter. I keep an eye on their houses and drive up and down their driveways if it snows. We have all exchanged phone numbers so that I can let them know if something is wrong or if they need me to do something. During the summer, we bring each other fresh fish that we caught and meals that we have cooked a few times a month.
Polly, it sounds as though you are the wonderful neighbour!
by Vee
Thanks, Vee. I would love to have me for a neighbor. I really try to go out of my way for others. My mantra is "Can't we all just got along?"
by Polly
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