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I'm sure I AM being unreasonable

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Fleta Tue 10-Sep-13 10:43:49

But this is driving me potty.

I live in a semi detached. Our gardens are only separated by dense trees - no physical fence. At the top of the garden is a flagged area that goes between both houses by the bay windows. (This isn't any sort of walkway/right of way) It is a small step up (we live on a hill and next door's garden is slightly lower). We each have a small flower bed.

The new postman (been about 3 weeks now) has taken to posting to next door, walking in front of their window, climbing up and walking in front of our window to the front door. Which would really be an issue except he steps into our flower bed each bloody time. My winter plants are totally mashed and he's walking soil all over our pathway. Today he's knocked my planter over.

It is absolutely driving me up the wall. It would be really petty to say something wouldn't it?!

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 10:45:19

YANBU. Plant stinging nettles there.

valiumredhead Tue 10-Sep-13 10:45:59

No of course not. Why wouldn't you say something if he's treading on your plants?

RobotHamster Tue 10-Sep-13 10:46:41

Just tell him. Or put a very spiky plant there.

yegodsandlittlefishes Tue 10-Sep-13 10:59:47

Say something to him, he knows that this is not a grey area and his employers would take this very seriously. Ask him if he's going to reimburse you for the plants he has destroyed and pay for someone to follow him around clearing up after him, too!

MrsWelly Tue 10-Sep-13 11:11:09

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

NotAQueef Tue 10-Sep-13 11:16:09

grin reggie I like your style!

CSIJanner Tue 10-Sep-13 11:26:16


However stinging nettles won't make a difference with trousers in the winter. Plant some blackthorn. Huge nasty spikes and you can use the sloe berries to make gin grin

Fleta Tue 10-Sep-13 11:34:58

Ah ok glad to know I'm not actually being petty. I've spent the last three weeks simmering about it to the point where I couldn't see the wood for the trees grin

Thank you. Will say something next time I see him along the lines of "I don't mind you taking a short cut, but please avoid my plants!"

DonkeysDontRideBicycles Tue 10-Sep-13 12:17:30

Nice little time saver he's figured out hmm

Tell him straight he's wrecked your garden and costing you money. If he gets lippy or does it again complain to his employers.

DropYourSword Tue 10-Sep-13 12:19:35

Invest in a bear grin

DropYourSword Tue 10-Sep-13 12:20:14

No no no. A bear Trap. Invest in a bear TRAP!!

My postman does the same. I havent said anything as it doesnt particularly bother me, but you'd think they would be told not to do this by their bosses?

Put a sign up, "this is a flowerbed, not a short cut". Covers you if he's off sick then too? smile

MrsGeologist Tue 10-Sep-13 12:21:46

A bear would do the trick too

pushmepullyou Tue 10-Sep-13 12:26:10

I think a bear would be better.

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 12:44:49

I'm agreeing with the bear.

Please get a bear, OP!!!

GrendelsMum Tue 10-Sep-13 12:58:09

Oh for heavens sake, just tell him. He's walking into a flower bed, which is not on, and anyone but a fool would know it.

I had to stop a young man in his 20s climbing into a flowerbed of mine the other day. Idiot.

reggiebean Tue 10-Sep-13 12:59:28

Why tell him when you can just buy a bear though!?

Lethologica Tue 10-Sep-13 13:02:27


Juiciestorange Tue 10-Sep-13 13:04:23

I second the bear!

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