Do I know my Neighbours?

The answer is a No I don’t know them.

I found this article at Karen’s blog. Courtesy of Gray Cee at The Parenting Diaries (Yes I know I’m not a parent but I am still a babysitter and it is interesting!!!!)

I can still list quite a few of the people who live in the same street as where I lived when I lived with my parents. There was Michael and Cat at 2, Clare and Philip at 3, Ollie and Jordan at 4 and Mr and Mrs Redman at 5 Amy and Warren at 11. Now it changed and people have grown up and got married, or gone away to university or in the case of Mr and Mrs Redman, Mr Redman died and Mrs Redman lived on her own for a little while. Twice in my last year of uni (when I still lived with Mum) her carer came and rang Mum’s doorbell as Mrs Redman wasn’t answering her door. The first time she was out at her Day Centre’s Christmas lunch thing and the paramedic’s had called the police to break in – the carer had arrived and there was no answer. As the carer though someone was in she called the Paramedics. I then arrive back from uni and a policeman comes and knocks on the door. He asked if we had any keys or form of access and I said yes as Mum had told me the code for her emergency key box, I was too late and the paramedic or the police man had broken a window to get in! The second time she was genuinely hurt, she’d fallen over and ended up on the floor leaning up against her walker thing (it was a zimmer frame as it had wheels and trays so she could carry bits round the house.) Thankfully she wasn’t hurt, but if she hadn’t had had contact with anyone in the street and she had have been hurt, would she have been ok?

I moved in with Mr J and that was Denmark Street, We had a friendly family at No 99 (which incidentally was my Dad’s old House when he lived with his parents) they sent everyone in that bit of the street a quick note to let us know that it was their daughters birthday and that if there was a bit of noise they were sorry. Well that sort of thing. Then next door there was Judith and Dave – they are super lovely!!! Whenever we had packages arrive and we weren’t in but they were they would sign for them for us. We made a neighbourly gesture as such which was to give them a plate of homemade biscuits at Christmas back in 2006, and then homemade fairy cakes Christmas 2007. The ones in 2006 were also kinda  welcome to the neighbourhood as they moved in about 2 weeks before Christmas. We did know one of the neighbours who lived at 94 but we didn’t really talk as she always seemed to be on a mission to get somewhere quickly.

Now me and Mr J have moved to our own flat, I can tell you the names of three of the other four people in our building but thats all I can tell you. Well other than the fact that the lady directly downstairs from us really likes Flog It! She always has it on really loud!



One comment

  1. Ari says:

    We know the couple who next door to us…they’re about our age so we hang out quite a bit….and we know the older couple across the street – Mr.Reep acts kinda like a granddad – he keeps an eye on me when Mark is out of town…its nice but a little annoying (he knows all of my firends’ cars…)

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