I am going back to bed in a few hours...as this is the weekend that I am working both nights. My neighbour, who is also called John , caught me this morning and offered his services with the setting up of the open day later next week. We are blessed with good neighbours in this little corner of Trelawnyd. The Open Day is a case in point. I now have on tap helpers with the setting up, home made ice cream made by another in our freezer and the promise from another couple to open up their lovely garden to the public next Sunday.
It was not always the case.
When we lived in Sheffield we really only knew one set of neighbours. They indeed became life long friends but they were the only people in the street that we knew really well. The other set of neighbours were a bit of a rough family that kept themselves to themselves. They argued a great deal, had a knackered old sofa in their back garden which the teenage lads sprawled on for much of the time and seemed to drink cheap beer by the barrel load.
I remember being in our beautifully tended walled garden one Sunday morning ( I probably was wandering around with a pair of secateurs and a trug)I could hear but not see the " rough family" bickering with each other as they sat on their garden sofa . They all seemed to be suffering from a hangover.
The mother as I recall was yelling at her sons.
It was one of those " You treat this place like a hotel" type of lecture which went on and on and on
Her final , exasperated plea kind of gave me a back handed complement
" all I am asking for is a little bit of help with the housework!" She rasped
" why oh why can't you all be like that OLD POOF NEXT DOOR AND KEEP THE BLEEDING PLACE TIDY?"