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to expect neighbours of the field where my animals live, to warn me about sodding fireworks?

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Nottalotta Tue 05-Nov-13 21:27:32

Just that really. 5Horses and some cows. Broken fencing, traumatised panicky animals. Not sure about injuries as too dark to tell. Had i been told that these particular morons neighbours were having fireworks i could have moved animals and administered sedatives. But no. No warning. From an elderly couple too. Annoyed isn't the word.

Bunbaker Tue 05-Nov-13 21:29:32

a) Do they know where you live?
b) It is 5th November. Surely you were expecting this?

phantomnamechanger Tue 05-Nov-13 21:29:38

OMG YANBU at all, how bloody stupid of them!! angry for you!

CocacolaMum Tue 05-Nov-13 21:29:41

you weren't expecting fireworks? on guy fawkes night?

LEMisafucker Tue 05-Nov-13 21:33:15

YANBU fireworks should be fucking banned - and whilst its guy fawkes tonight, many people had fireworks at the weekend so not necessarily expecting them tonight no!

NotMeNotYouNotAnyone Tue 05-Nov-13 21:33:59

I agree that it's shitty however yabu not to expect fireworks tonight

Nottalotta Tue 05-Nov-13 21:34:15

Its a rural area, with only a few houses. This house is right next to the field. And no, i wasn't expecting them to have fireworks. They are really quite elderly and have never had them before. I don't expect them NOT to have them, but to have a bit of consideration and warn me. They don't know where i live but i see them daily.

Geckos48 Tue 05-Nov-13 21:36:54

YANBU... I would suggest buying a cockerel

Quoteunquote Tue 05-Nov-13 21:37:16

How very inconsiderate and stupid, move the muck pile to their end I would write them a letter and ask in future if they could give you warning.

AmberLeaf Tue 05-Nov-13 21:37:42

I can understand you annoyance as your animals have been worried, but it is the 5th of november, surely the date is warning enough?

WorkingItOutAsIGo Tue 05-Nov-13 21:37:53

Sorry but it's your responsibility as an animal owner. We've all been warned for years about making animals safe on Bonfire Night. My cats (i do know its not the same thing as horses and cows) have been locked in since mid-afternoon. You have to work on the assumption this might happen.

But yes they should have told you too.

Nottalotta Tue 05-Nov-13 21:38:24

Realise i've contradicted myself there. I wasn't expecting them to have fireworks, they are very elderly and have never had them before. I realise that they can have them if they want, but expect a bit of common sense and a warning that they will have them and what time.

My neighbours at home put a note through everyones door saying they were having some at 7pm. Fine. Husband Got the home animals inside, some music on and distracted them.

Joysmum Tue 05-Nov-13 21:39:08

I'm another horse owner and I've never been told off fireworks, even by the yard owners. No I don't expect there to be fireworks every night around 5th Nov but obviously expect it on the night and the closest weekend.

Don't get me started on fucking Chinese lanterns. Dangerous and should be banned because there are do many fuckwits that's can't follow simple instructions. They are a danger at worst and littering at best. If you asked someone to just go to a field and throw it on the ground and walk off most wouldn't. Get somebody to set fire to it and let it float off out of sight and out of mind and that's ok right.

WholeNutt Tue 05-Nov-13 21:39:45

Ynbu, I wish they'd ban fireworks unless it's an organised display. Bloody sick of them and the idiots that let them off with no thought for others.

Quoteunquote Tue 05-Nov-13 21:40:39

I would suggest buying a cockerel

and some peacocks/hens,and a demented donkey.

Quoteunquote Tue 05-Nov-13 21:42:29

Rather than ban them, you should have to put a forewarned notice in the local paper, stating the date you intend to let off fireworks.

Fairenuff Tue 05-Nov-13 21:43:02

I realise that they can have them if they want, but expect a bit of common sense and a warning that they will have them and what time.

You expect them to have the common sense to warn you when, as you said above, they don't even know where you live, but you don't have the common sense to predict that, as it's the 5th of November there may be fireworks.

You should have anticipated this and made sure your animals were protected. That is your responsibility, not anyone else's. If you can't think of them how can you be cross at others for not doing the same.


FreeWee Tue 05-Nov-13 21:43:02

This is kind of a reflection of a lot of the threads on MN. People just don't talk to their neighbours. If I was having fireworks in my back garden I would tell the nearby neighbours who have animals. It's courtesy surely? There's a bus advert campaign near me about talking to your neighbours and I think it's crazy a campaign needs to be run but a good idea to reduce the number of calls to the council about neighbours. Of course the OP generally expects fireworks on or around Nov 5th but cos it's midweek unless someone tells you you'd be tranquillising your animals from last Friday to next Saturday. If her neighbours had mentioned it when they saw her she could have done something about it. It's really quite thoughtless to scare animals if you live rurally. And the OP has said they were elderly and had never done it before and so didn't expect it now.

Nottalotta Tue 05-Nov-13 21:43:55

Tomorrow i can hope that the fences are still intact and the animals still where they should be. Uninjured.

Maybe it being 5th nov i should expect some fireworks but not had a problem in several years i wasn't expecting one tonight.

Strumpetron Tue 05-Nov-13 21:44:14


It's Bonfire Night, it's bound to happen. If not right next to you, somewhere close.

Calling them morons is harsh too.

But YANBU to care about your animals. Hope they're ok.

Bowlersarm Tue 05-Nov-13 21:44:47

I think you are a bit unreasonable to refer to them morons. Yes they could have thought it through from your point of view, but they probably had enough on their plate if they were entertaining. And they are entitled to have fireworks on 5th November, even if they haven't had them before.

I think your other neighbours putting notes through the door were exceptionally considerate. I don't think it's the norm.

wonderingsoul Tue 05-Nov-13 21:45:33

i do you think you should be expecting it.. given that its fire works night. BUT manner cost nothing.

we had fireworks in my parents garden tonight, right behind the gard is a feild that horses are kept. my dad phoned the owners up to ask if it would cause to much distress to them, the guy said nope, go ahead but he apprciated being asked.

it would have been nice.. but i think it depends on how close they are to you. (in our case it was just a wallbetween garden and feild) and of course you should have realized there would be some.

FreeWee Tue 05-Nov-13 21:47:32

wonderingsoul and that's being a good neighbour smile Why can't more people be like that?

Nottalotta Tue 05-Nov-13 21:49:18

fairenuff they don't know where i live but their son lives two doors away - sorry bit of a drip feed. I see the man and son every day if not twice a day.

It is SUCH a rural area that honestly, no, i don't think its common sense to expect fireworks. Like i said, never had them before so didn't think it would be an issue.

I do think anyone letting of explosives a matter of meters from large animals (mine or not) deserves to be called a moron.

Bowlersarm Tue 05-Nov-13 21:51:31

Well then OP despite quite a number of people telling you YABU you're just not accepting it.

Maybe next year expect that it may happen again, and plan accordingly.

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