Is our street some kind of Frugal HQ?

Miss Thrifty7 July 21, 2009

good-neighbours Before I begin, I’d like to remind you that I live in Yorkshire. I would add that I live in a mid-terrace on a former council estate with semi-retired, salt-of-the-earth couples on either side. So I’m sure you won’t be surprised when I tell you that I have the thriftiest neighbours ever. How fitting!

They are also extremely kind and generous. Colin, who lives to my right, is a TV repairman. One day he brought round an old Sky box and remote control, and fixed us up with Freeview. Another time he got annoyed after I paid a roofer to replace a couple of tiles and detach the broken TV aerial from the chimney. Our neighbour told us that we had only to ask, and he was perfectly happy to go up there for us. (“Why not? Two words, Colin.  Rod.  Hull.”) When we moved in he let me borrow his garden equipment so that I could try and tackle our bombsite of a back garden.

Sue, who lives to our left and gives us spare plants, is an uber-recycler. Sue works as a cleaner and brings back piles of magazines, many of which she passes onto me. Sometimes she goes and cleans posh houses, and I get Good Housekeeping and BBC Good Food. At other times I end up with mountains of those women’s weeklies”, with their day-glo diets of wretched real-life stories, baby snaps and recipes for “Egg Surprise” and “Creamy Mushroom Bake”.

I must admit, some of the first-person features in the women’s weeklies are absolutely riveting. A while back, I read a story about a woman who cut off her breasts with garden shears. Incredible. You don’t get that in Easy Living now, do you?

I feel very fortunate to have such great neighbours. The neighbours tell me that they feel fortunate to have us too: apparently the family who lived here before us smashed the place to bits, urinated out of upstairs windows, used the garden as their rubbish dump for ten years (the council filled four skips once they were gone) and stole the neighbours’ garden furniture (they hid it in the attic – somewhat missing the point, methinks).

Even so, being not-evil isn’t quite enough. So I make up hanging baskets for our neighbours, to thank them for being so jolly nice. On the one hand I worry that this still isn’t enough. On the other hand, they get not-evil and flowers, which is all right, isn’t it? It’s a starting point, anyway…

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7 Responses to “Is our street some kind of Frugal HQ?

Holly says:

From the description of the previous residents, perhaps these neighbours are being so nice because they never ever EVER want you to leave!

Sounds like a good set up though, this country could do with going back to some good old fashioned neighbouring.

July 22, 2009 at 8:27 am

Diana says:

Your neighbors sound priceless. Can you put me in touch with Colin? Having a reception problem with channel 7.

July 22, 2009 at 4:36 pm

apieceofwood says:

Good (or bad) neighbours make such a difference having lived next to the worst cretins ever has made me (I hope) a better neighbour…

July 24, 2009 at 5:45 pm

savingsusie says:

It’s true – good neighbours make a huge difference to anyone’s life.
Wondered if you know about Freecycling ? Check out FreecycleUK on the internet – you’ll find all sorts of garden stuff and much more going for free!Sort of neighbours on the internet………..

July 27, 2009 at 4:35 pm

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