I usually go over to them when I see them outside and introduce myself. Usually if they are gardening on a sunny day, collecting the mail, or washing the car. I know most of the people in our very long street, so I notice when people move out and new ones move in. I get along very well with the neighbours and it pays to be friendly with them. Thank goodness we are not involved in any feuds that you hear about where people spy on each other, and get violent, and have to go to mediation. I have been here for 30 years, since we go married, and we have no reason to move. I like to be friendly with the neighbours around my home.
Seriously, I try not to. That makes me sound stand offish but the reverse is actually true. I am too polite and friendly and it works against me, so I keep to my own space. I certainly am a good neighbour - no loud music, no late hours and I do not let my dogs bark like loonies and I would help anyone in need or feed their animals etc., I just would prefer to keep them "over the (six foot) fence".
I agree with you too. Ver, very close neighbours - like either side when they are new to the street, I say hi my name is….and I am always here if you need help. Have a good day. Then, I never make contact again, unless they ring my doorbell and need help. I meant that I am always there IF THEY NEED HELP but as for morning tea, gossip over the fence and any such thing, then I am not available.
often. I go to the pub with mine. we drink. its good to have a friendly way with those nearby. here's a tip - if you have a party & don't want the cops called due to noise, invite your neighbours. that way, you've been friendly & they wont whinge about the noise. who knows? you might end up being buddies! enjoy your weekend
Ours was one of the first houses on our estate thirty-seven years ago, so I have seen a lot of neighbours come and go. I follow a Greek tradition of taking a Basil plant, a symbol of good luck in a new home. I also leave my contact details in case they require information about their new locale. Our estate comprises three streets, and this year we will celebrate our thirty-fifth cul-de-sac Christmas party.