Thursday, 24 February 2011

This week I tried something new # 2

I went to visit a new playgroup in the next suburb this morning.

I actually met a 'new' neighbour (#4 behind /on our side boundary fence) of 2.5 yrs.
'K' knew who I was straight away when I introduced myself.

Though I had no idea who she was Hi 'Kirsten'.
Maybe ... she just knew my boys' NAMES ...
Quietly I call them NOT.

She said she doesn't miss the DRUMS.

I met her gorgeous lil man, 10 months old ...C
I thought they had 2 girls - no they don't.

She told me the other neighbours that face our outdoor living area (#3 on the fence line) have a 9 month old son ...
What the ?

Though DH did think he saw a baby walker & a little head whiz by their glass deck doors a few weeks ago and we saw a high chair on the deck.

They both have main living areas that face away from us - frontage is to a little cul-de-sac and their outdoor areas are in the front.
We have a view of a few of K's windows. They build very close to the fence.

Neighbour #3 has a small deck that overlooks us and 2 large Labrador dogs - we hear them alright.It's also very close to our fence only higher.
I hardly see her and I never noticed her pregnant ...nor have I seen a baby of 9 months.Their kitchen is behind that blind/deck area  - the blind is not normally down.

Well now K knows we have plans to move  - she learned something new too.
How well do you know your neighbours ?
What happened to neighbour 'hood' watch ?

Yesterday I saw & spoke to our 'front' neighbour's wife for the first time in months ... as I was putting the bins out she came home. We had a chit chat.

(We see her hubby & kids more often).

Have you tried anything new this week ?

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Cate said...

I try to make an effort to know my neighbours, but it's really hard. I know just a couple and they are so nice...I should try harder (but not today)

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

@Cate - Oh I know ...just not today feeling. You are certainly busy enough ;)

To be honest the fence is 6ft high and they are really in the next street. For 3.5 yrs we had 3acres (I think) of vacant land & neck high weeds to look at.Then a developer sub divided the block into 14 lots.
We still have one vacant block #2 on the same side fence.

Glowless @ Where's My Glow said...

I met my neighbours a few houses down today for the first time since I moved in, but for very different reasons (I used their phone when I was locked out with Tricky still inside). They're the last remaining original residents of the street and remembered me (after some prompting) as the girl who lived there years ago when my parents owned my house.
I don't know any of my neighbours names or kids' ages, but we're "wave friends" from the driveway - does that count as being neighbourly?

Christie - Childhood 101 said...

We live amongst a very sociable triangle of neighbours (both sides and across the road). Am I bad to admit I avoid the chit chat as much as possible???

Becky said...

We live in an area where we are surrounded by retirees. They're all different neighbours to the ones who were here when we moved in, but I try to keep to myself as they're quite grumpy.
Our newest neighbour is a little reclusive and I've only seen him once or twice and spoken to him the once.
It is sad that we've lots that sense of community, but I would prefer not to encourage the crazy people nextdoor... (literally crazy)

Jill said...

Great welcome to a comment description!

We have two girls and are always talking about trying something new.
The neighbour one is topical for us as we recently escaped the cyclone up here in Cairns and with all the fences down and broken trees, it was great to meet the neighbours.

These days society is so anaesthatised we all stay within our comfort zones. We always try to get the girls to try something, whether it is food, whistling (tricky) or back street dance- the new favourite!!

I am your newest follower, please drop over to our blog when you have a chance.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

@ Glowless - We are a battleaxe (long driveway with house at rear of another) so we have an excuse. Our road frontage is width of car basically.So we rarely see anyone unless we stop to get the mail and they are outside.
*Waves* count as neighbourly - though I would only recognise two sets of neighbours (ones down one full side who gift us vegies ocassionally) and front ones who have boys 8 & 10 ...also been there longert than us.
The teenage/young 20's girls next door (after we have been 6.5yrs here) I wouldn't recognise if I saw them - only seen them from distance - teenage son might :).
I know their stupid dog though - little dirty white yappy thing.

@Christie - once or thrice is a year is as good as it gets with that lady neighbour.I chat to her hubby more (only when my hubby is there too).
It's good you have lovely neighbours. We are isolated from most of the 7 that are on boundary fences of our house.

Becky - that must be tough, not having someone your own age/with kids close by.
It was so different when I grew up.
Oh no not crazy neighbours too ...I wouldn't encourage them either.

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Trish.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

@Jill - Great idea.I am thinking of introducing it with my 4 yr olds to encourage them with foods/activities etc ..they are so enthusiastic with most things it will be fun to think up ideas together and write on a calendar/planner.

One of my 4 yr has been trying to whistle - so cute.

Popping over to visit you now.

Kymmie said...

Oh, I love this! But I'm so sad for you that you're only just getting to know them and you're moving! Doh!

We know all our neighbours. There are lots of kids in our street and they all play together. I love how their different ages don't matter. They all play well, nontheless. It's the first place where I've known all my neighbours, and I love it!

Thanks for linking up today. I sure hope you get to enjoy your neighbours for a little bit longer!

Kymmie said...

Me again! I just wrote you an epistle after your comment on my blog about kinder. Are you nervous doing it all over again next year???

The Clip Cafe said...

We only know the neighbours across the road and one next to us a lil bit. Yay to you for new things!

Jayne said...

We do the whole hog when new neighbours move into the street - go meet them, say hi and give them a dozen fresh free range bum nuts from our chookie girls lol.

tiff(threeringcircus) said...

I know my neighbours too well. I also know I would give anything to move away from them. They probably feel the same way about us.

Kellie said...

One of our neighbours' boys goes to child care with our little girl and the rest are retirees who all love a natter over the fence or in the street. I guess that's the beauty of living in a small cul de sac (and living in Tassie!!).

Anonymous said...

I love where we live, it is like a small country town within walking distance from the city. We know most of our neighbours and I am sure that everyone within a 3km radius of where we lives knows the monsters. Having a great neighbourhood sure helps with free range parenting and letting the kids have a sense of freedom and independence.

As for something new I tried this week, I went shopping in an african supermarket and bought some somali tea and some other spices - yum!

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