Despite living in this house for three-and-a-half years, we don’t really know our neighbours.
On one side, we have Family A; the ones who let their dog poo freely. I’ve mentioned this before. We know the couple’s names, but they had a baby a couple of years ago and I’ve forgotten his name. I know the name of the dog, who is the fluffiest Alsation you ever will see.
On the other side, we have Family B: a lovely couple who I think we’d get on with well if we saw a bit more of each other. I once sat next to the lady on the bus home and we had a lovely conversation. Barry’s spoken to the man’s dad quite a few times, so we know more about him than anyone that actually lives in the house. Her mum has been round a few times to borrow a corkscrew! They also have a dog, but it’s a bit crazy and won’t stop barking when it sees anyone other than the owners. Although I see myself as a dog person, this makes me jump and scares me. On our way home from a night out, a very drunk Barry stopped to pet the dog and (in his best doggy voice), said, “Hello, doggy! Why are you out on your own? Where’s your owner?”. The owner was at the other end of the lead Barry had failed to spot, so I just dragged him away, apologising. The neighbour seemed bemused, but it may be why we haven’t seen much of them.
Both sides have been round and looked at the kitchen. The dad of the man from Family A actually knocked on our door to have a nosey (which is fine because we’re show-offs), and then happened to be outside the day after the worktop was put in, so we asked if they wanted to see it. Family A guy said they were thinking of doing something similar, so there may be a spate of home improvements down our street shortly.
Family B nipped round when B&Q delivered some of our stuff to their house, and made polite noises about it looking nice, but haven’t been round since.
I’m thinking a housewarming may bring us all together. I’m calling it a housewarming, because we never had one, and now we’ve definitely got something to be proud of (or will, when the floor’s done!). After all, we all know that’s when good neighbours become good friends…