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AIBU to light a bonfire even though next doors left her washing out?

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deemented Sun 03-Jul-11 20:03:22

Manshape knocked at hers earlier and told her that he was having a bonfire this evening. She pulled her face and said she'd take her washing in later.

It's still out, and tbh, i don't think she's any intention of taking it in at all.

Manshapes reluctant to light the fire, but i say go for it - she doesn't bother telling us when she's having a bonfire wether i've washing out or not, at least he gave her fair warning.

So AIBU to go ahead and light it?

ButWhyIsTheGinGone Sun 03-Jul-11 20:05:35

Light it! She should count herself lucky - open-air bonfire is a gorgeous smell and you are kindly infusing her laundry with it for FREE! Sadly where I live there is a horrible smell of cowshit lingering over the town (rural area) so no outdoor washing for me.

itsastrawpoll Sun 03-Jul-11 20:06:21

Why are you lighting a bonfire?

Pandygirl Sun 03-Jul-11 20:06:23

I think you are being unreasonable, could manshape go and give her one last chance to bring the washing in (it isn't going to get any drier at this time is it?).
Once she's had her second warning I think you should go for it.

ComeWhineWithMe Sun 03-Jul-11 20:08:35

It's a lovely summer evening and I think it is a bit anti-social to go and light a bonfire, when a lot of people will be out in the garden enjoying the weather.
Our neighbours did it to us Friday and Saturday while we were in the garden, tis horrible.

mosschops30 Sun 03-Jul-11 20:09:06


Why the fuck are you lighting a bonfire and why do people always do it on lovely sunny days when you have all your washing out.
Im 36 and have never lit a fire in my garden. Wtf is it all about?

BeerTricksPotter Sun 03-Jul-11 20:09:10

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Irksome Sun 03-Jul-11 20:10:17

Yeah, I'd go round and say 'going to be lighting it now, in case you wanted to move the washing - cheers!', and then light it. If you really want a bonfire on an evening like this!

deemented Sun 03-Jul-11 20:10:23

It's a strawpoll - Manshape works with timber pallets, and once he's dismantled them it's far easier to incinerate all the scrap wood that he can't use for other things, rather than have it clog up his working area.

Yes, he'll probably knock again, he's a better man that i wink

AgentZigzag Sun 03-Jul-11 20:10:30

Because of the title I would have said no, but if you've warned her then I would go ahead, it's later on in the evening which is when you'd expect a bonfire to be going.

Agree with pandy though if your DP is still reluctant, to just give her another shout and then light it, you have got to live next door to the woman.

FabbyChic Sun 03-Jul-11 20:11:22

Knock on her door and tell her, it would be rude not to.

BornSicky Sun 03-Jul-11 20:12:19


go and remind them one more time.

or, wait til you aren't going to pee your neighbour off over something so trivial.

itsastrawpoll Sun 03-Jul-11 20:13:35

I still really want to know why people light bonfires. Why? What are you burning? Isn't it something that can be recycled/freecycled?

misty0 Sun 03-Jul-11 20:15:36

What about any other neighbours - smoke travels further than one garden away and its a lovely evening. And its Sunday - people will be trying to enjoy their gardens. Open windows ..... smoke goes in the house and stinks the place out.

I HATE the smell and the ash that sometimes travels along with it and would not be happy.

Sorry, but there it is.

tyler80 Sun 03-Jul-11 20:15:59

YABU to light a bonfire on a day light today irrespective of washing in or out.

We'd left the windows upstairs open yesterday and came back to find the house stinking of smoke.

I think it's antisocial to have fires on summer's evenings when people have probably got windows open to stay cool

tyler80 Sun 03-Jul-11 20:16:18

day like today

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 03-Jul-11 20:18:39

I am 48 and have never lit a bonfire, as I live in London, where it is (supposedly) banned.

It is one of THE MOST ANTISOCIAL things a neighbour can do to another. And everyone else within a half mile radius.

Bonfires at 5pm on a damp November evening = ok, I suppose.
Bonfires at midsummer, anytime, = just horrible.

griphook Sun 03-Jul-11 20:19:22

yabvu, not just because of your neighbour, but it is hot at the moment and people have their windows open, it's not fair to make them close them because of the smell. Would be very pissed of if you lifed near me

deemented Sun 03-Jul-11 20:19:51

It's being lit today because it's dry. And because manshape needs to clear some scrapwood so he has room to work out back.

Neighbours other side are fantastic - they've even given us some things they want rid of so we can incinerate. They have no problem with it.

TBH i really don't give a fiddlers fart what the neighbour with the washing out thinks - it's gone passed that.

lilyliz Sun 03-Jul-11 20:22:24

round here it is illegal to light bonfires and you get fined for it,woman back to me did it one sunny Saturday afternoon,fire brigasde out and a £200 fine(second offence as she did it last year too)

misty0 Sun 03-Jul-11 20:22:36

If you lived next door to me i'd have the hose pipe out! And i wouldnt give a fiddlers fart if you were angry or not.

WidowWadman Sun 03-Jul-11 20:23:12

Can't you just dump the scrap wood in your local recycling centre?

AgentZigzag Sun 03-Jul-11 20:23:13

Arf at fiddlers fart grin

bibbitybobbityhat Sun 03-Jul-11 20:24:22

Drive the wood to the council dump. It will be recycled.

AgentZigzag Sun 03-Jul-11 20:24:30

I'd like to see that scenario in action misty shock

Glad we don't live next door to you.

I know we don't because we have lovely neighbours.

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