Gardening at 8am on a bank holiday!

(51 Posts)
PJBanana Mon 29-Aug-16 13:42:14

I was out for a girls' weekend Sat/Sun, and was really looking forward to a massive lie in this morning. At 8am on the dot, I was woken up by a super loud hedge trimmer, followed by almost an hour of the same noise, plus lawn mowing etc angry

Neighbours across the street had a gardener round. The noise wouldn't bother me at all, but the fact that it was at 8am - 9am on a bank holiday pissed me right off.

To make matters worse, the same neighbours have done this on the last few bank holidays. Every bank holiday Monday I can remember over the last year or so, they've had gardeners round really early in the morning.

I won't complain, as I feel a bit petty and hate confrontation with neighbours, but at the same time I'm really annoyed that my cherished bank holiday lie ins are constantly ruined by this. I don't know why, but I think being loud on a bank holiday Monday morning is even worse than being loud on a Sunday morning!

AIBU?

MajesticSeaFlapFlap Mon 29-Aug-16 13:44:13

Bank holidays and weekends aren't like they used to be when all of this was fields, most are working days for the average worker. I think 8am is fine

humblesims Mon 29-Aug-16 13:49:14

I think it is rude. Especially if they always do that on a bank holiday.
You should complain really. But I know how you feel about confrontation so i guess i would just put up with it too. Or, you could set teh alarm for 4am on the next bank holiday monday and go and ring their bell really loudly and ask if the gardener will be coming as usual. 8am is OK on a work day but not a sunday or bank holiday.

eightbluebirds Mon 29-Aug-16 13:50:53

8 am is fine imo. Bank holidays are the days for DIY and gardening etc around here

Trifleorbust Mon 29-Aug-16 13:52:51

I think 7am would be taking the piss, but 8am is surely normal for most people to be awake, even if not out of bed? It's a little on the early side, but 9am is absolutely fine in my opinion.

ageingrunner Mon 29-Aug-16 13:55:33

I wouldn't do it personally. I had a lie in today until about 9.30, so I think on a bank holiday 10am would be considerate. It's also a bit shitty for any neighbours that ARE up and would like to sit quietly in their garden.

kitnkaboodle Mon 29-Aug-16 13:55:51

I think there's an unwritten rule (my OP follows it, certainly) that 8am is when you're allowed to start with the gardening machines! We had to have a word with our neighbour (his COUSIN!) who was out with an electric mower at 6.30 am one day when it was hot and everyone had the windows open!

Where we live (rural), days off are for doing, not lying in, I regret...

Crisscrosscranky Mon 29-Aug-16 13:56:57

I think 8am is fine. We're normally up and at least thinking about getting dressed at 8am even on a weekend. Could it be their gardener comes once a month on a Monday and they choose to work bank holidays rather than your neighbours deliberately arranging the work for a bank holiday Monday?

MindSweeper Mon 29-Aug-16 13:58:06

I think 8am is too early to be honest, and I wake up at 5.30am most days for work so I'm not shy of an early morning.

chough Mon 29-Aug-16 14:05:09

It wouldn't bother me, as I'm always up before 6, and may well be out at work anyway.
But I wouldn't make a noise outside so early, out of consideration for others.
If our gardeners turned up at that time, though, and I was at home, I wouldn't send them away.

WellErrr Mon 29-Aug-16 14:11:52

8am is fine.

I can't imagine that they wait until a bank holiday to pay a gardener double time though.

sophiestew Mon 29-Aug-16 14:11:53

8am is perfectly normal, I really think YABU.

greenfolder Mon 29-Aug-16 14:14:17

My next door neighbour is ocd. The first day of every school hols she has a man arrive with an industrial cleaner unit. We are detached but the noise reverberates thru our entire house. I am particularly pissed off because I know she does this. She is a teacher.i have 25 days a year hols . I forget it and have a precious day at home wrecked.

jobrum Mon 29-Aug-16 14:16:49

Yesterday my toddler was woken up by loud talking from our neighbours. Then music in their garden. At 5:30am. 5:30! Garden party! Wtf! I was hoping for a 'lie in' until 7:30!

Yanbu. 8 in the morning is a perfectly reasonable time but it its just polite to think "it's not a workday, maybe this can wait an hour".

woowoowoo Mon 29-Aug-16 14:22:03

I'd be fuming too...YADNBU

Our bins were emptied very early today and I too was moaning about the time.

Mind you..I just hate noise in general but before 10am on weekends and BHs is just pig ignorant.

Revenant Mon 29-Aug-16 14:24:39

No yanbu, it is inconsiderate. 8 am may well be fine for some people but of course not everyone will be up at 8 am on a bank holiday. I certainly wasn't and I'm fairly sure others in my street weren't either, so this would have annoyed me too.

Whathaveilost Mon 29-Aug-16 14:27:42

8.00am is acceptably even if I don't like it!!

Chottie Mon 29-Aug-16 14:29:02

OP - I am with you on this one.

8.00am is far too early. 10.00am is a more reasonable time. Especially if you live in a densely populated area which means lots of people are disturbed by the noise.

Noseypoke Mon 29-Aug-16 14:32:22

8am is far too early, i would be fuming too. 9am at the earlieast on a weekend or BH IMO.

2rebecca Mon 29-Aug-16 14:34:31

I think 10am is a bit late, half the morning is gone by then. I prefer it when people leave it until 9 but accept nice weekend and public holiday days are rare in Scotland so 8am starts make sense for many folk.

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 29-Aug-16 14:35:26

8am is too early.

Applesandpears86 Mon 29-Aug-16 14:45:46

I think 8am is ok, I would expect even if people were still in bed they weren't still sleeping?

I don't see how most people can sleep in past 8am, it's daylight outside!

BackforGood Mon 29-Aug-16 14:45:47

8am is too early. I'd be really cross too.
I know there's some give and take to be had when you live near neighbours, but, if it happens every BH, then I'd mention it in conversation with them. Doesn't have to be a 'complaint' as such, you could ask if there is a reason that it always starts at 8, and explain that you would like to have a rare lie in on your BHs - it might not have occurred to them.

Puddington Mon 29-Aug-16 14:51:19

One or the other of my neighbours seem to have been doing this EVERY MORNING ALL SUMMER starting from 9am, and my elderly downstairs neighour blasts his radio in his bedroom (directly beneath mine) when he wakes up at 7-8am every morning. My lovely lie-ins on my days off are a thing of the past sad YANBU, I'd kill for just a few days of silence!

MitzyLeFrouf Mon 29-Aug-16 14:52:03

I don't see how most people can sleep in past 8am, it's daylight outside!

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