Saturday, August 10, 2013

How not to introduce yourself to the neighbourhood...

Last night we had friends over for supper. (I was so chuffed because I managed to find not one, but two bottles of Mrs Balls chutney, which my dinner REALLY needed.)  


The weather was gorgeous and we moved our couch onto the balcony with our two newly acquired "very basic" chairs and there we sat until well after midnight.  If you had ANY idea how quiet this area is, you would understand that even our talking would have reached the periphery of the valley, never mind the laughing and joking. I am sure that the neighbours were not thoroughly impressed with the late-night noise.  (That is if anyone actually lives here?!)

Then this afternoon we headed back from the city after a few hours of walking around, a glass of wine, and watching some of the Summer in the City festivities. Walking up the hill I mentioned that there were now two dogs in a garden that we usually walk past that usually had just one. At which point My Girl pointed out that they were OUR dogs!  

My Man promptly climbed over their fence, and proceeded to pass first Tigger to me, then Jack, and we marched them up the hill toward home. On the up side to that, at least we now KNOW that people do LIVE here. A young man popped out of a house, he was really pleasant and told us that the dogs were actually in the road. It's a miracle that they survived since we live on a very busy main road. How they even got into the garden we found them in, is miraculous. A lady walking down the road said that she had kept an eye on them and given them water. She was really kind and concerned.

I guess that's one way to meet someone.  Not the best introduction to our new neighbourhood - but hey, I think even God was desperate for us to meet someone!

Now, the fence is fixed where they managed to escape from, we have a cup of tea and are half-watching the first soccer match of the season from our balcony.

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  1. How lovely that they were friendly and concerned and not ugly and moaning! And glad that your dogs are now home safe and sound:-)

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    1. Yes - I was half expecting the 3rd degree, and that in a foreign language is probably even more scary! :)

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  2. So agree with Robyns comment - hooray for nice people in your neigbourhood. And thank GOD the dogs are safe - the alternative is unthinkable. Loving that you are making your social butterfly mark on your community already!

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    1. After the effort to get them here, yes, the alternative is not a pretty picture! I will let you know how the "butterfly" thing turns out in a few months! :)

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  3. Ha ha ha! I love to think of how you and your neighbours soon-to-be-friends will laugh at this in months to come! These 'exposure to people' moments can be priceless (especially since they seem to have responded well!). Now ... we are about to drill into the bathroom wall and have no idea where the water pipes are ... I really want to meet the neighbours but NOT because we drilled into a pipe and flooding our house. You get that, right?!

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    2. My first comment assumed you had joint walls in which case I suggested you just add a tap to both sides if you hit their pipes too.

      However, on reading again, you just don't want to pop next door to borrow towels and newspapers! Yes, I do SO get that!!

      Happy settling and happy drilling - hope all goes according to plan!

      x

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  4. How marvelous of your pooches to bring on the introductions ;-) I am glad you are living among nice people and wish you many, many lovely friends soon.

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  5. Thanks Lynette,

    Hopefully getting to know more people is on the horizon! :)

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