As I walked around the neighbourhood at the weekend, I started thinking about who lives in the houses, I realised we have a wide variety of characters, so here’s an insight into my neighbours.
Next door to us we have Doreen and Ken, we are very friendly with them, we have lived next door to them for over twenty years, we have dinner together every two or three months, it’s a nice relationship, but not too invasive, in fact lately, with the dark nights of winter, I have hardly seen them. Over the years though there have been occasional testing moments with them, for instance they used to allow guests and family to park across our driveway, so Pierre and I had to play car shuffle to get my car off the drive. They also told their guests that they could park on the grass in front of my house, it is County Council owned land, but I mow it and keep it nice, as it’s my outlook, so this bothered me a bit, eventually it all came to a head when they were on vacation and their daughters boyfriend parked on it for four days straight, meaning the view from my lounge window was of his damn car, I politely told him to move it and please not park there again, as there is a car park just around the corner. When Doreen came home she immediately tackled me about it in an off hand way, I merely asked her how she would feel if one of our guests parked right in front of her lounge window for 4 days straight and made a mess of the grass? she admitted she wouldn’t like that, so that was the end of it, nobody ever parked there again. I am quite a mild mannered person and it was hard for me to stand up for myself, but I was so glad I did!. Then of course there was the time they installed outdoor SPEAKERS in their back garden, and left the radio on constantly, even when they were out, honestly, you couldn’t make it up! Eventually, after three summers of this, an opportunity came up for me to say to the Avon lady, who is Doreen’s friend, after she complained about her neighbours being noisy, that she should be grateful, at least they hadn’t installed ‘bloody’ speakers in their garden and ruined every summer!. A week later the speakers were removed and have never been seen since, and that was two years ago! I find there is usually a way around things without a falling out, well except for Vile Vera, see my earlier blog ‘Vile Vera Next Door’. Vile lives on the other side to us, I won’t go into her again, all done in the other blog, needless to say she is still vile and unfortunately still next door!
So, along from Vile are Paul and Karen, she never leaves the house except in his car and he is a bit of an odd character, but not unpleasant, basically they keep themselves to themselves, I can understand that, as of course they live next to Vile Vera and have been subject to her lunacy the same as everybody else in the street! Doreen, who is also the neighbourhood gossip, told me that Vile sent away Pauls tree cutting men last week, as the hedge they were trying to trim was the divider between the two properties, that woman is unbelievable!
Next ones along are Arthur and Andrea, he tells everyone he is a retired Lawyer, Doreen advised me years ago he is in fact a retired Solicitors Clerk, not being one to believe all I hear, I asked him if he could draft some documents for me and advise me on some legal matters, He said certainly, then avoided me for six months! Coincidently he is also a HUGE gossip, little tiny guy who wears shorts in the winter, they have three cars, but Andrea doesn’t drive, aren’t people interesting!.
Finally we have, who we refer to as ‘The Rocker’ and his family. He is a big guy with long wild hair and an array of tattoos, he looks really scary but is actually very polite and friendly, he plays electric guitar in his garage occasionally. Thankfully he lives round the corner, his wife is really sweet and they have a really cute little girl, who is always dressed so beautifully. But their front garden is a dump, full of old bits of wood, lately there was a mattress for a while, black bin bags and general crap! So I’m happy that I don’t live next door to them!
Oh and I forgot about ‘The Hillbillies’, they live across the green, I’m sure you imagine them, as the name we have given them implies!
So has anybody else got interesting neighbours? Come on …. I bet you have!