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to have not told her we're moving?

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tickleyourpickle Fri 25-Mar-16 10:05:55

We live on a very quiet road and have been here for 8 years.
All of our neighbours are elderly and lovely.

A new couple have moved in at the back of us, their garden backs onto ours.

Yesterday we were playing in the garden after school with my DS(5) and DD(3) when the new neighbour pops her head over the fence. I thought she was maybe popping her head over to say hello, but no.

The conversation went like this :
Hello, do you live here?
Yes, hi I'm tickle
I've just moved in, I thought this was a nice quiet road
Yes it is it's lovely
I wasn't expecting children
I came here for a quiet retirement I didn't expect to have noisy children playing at the back of my garden

I was literally speechless, I could have put her out of her misery and told her were moving house in 2 weeks, but I didn't.

Savagebeauty Fri 25-Mar-16 10:08:49

I would have said, wait till you meet the other seven.

Bailey101 Fri 25-Mar-16 10:09:11

Does she think that children can be banned from whole streets hmm What a weirdo, if she wanted to live with only people her own age, she should have moved to a retirement community.

You should pop round and let her know that you've sold the house to lovely young couple with 7 kids and plans for more grin

nocoffeenouppee Fri 25-Mar-16 10:10:28

Wow! I hope you've sold to people with toddlers and dogs. I once lived in a terraced house beside a teenager who claimed he was 'studying to be a dj' (getting higher and playing trance at top volume until 3am). I never thought I'd wish him on anyone but someone that entitled?!

Pico2 Fri 25-Mar-16 10:10:59

I'd have them out at 7 am, with their noisiest toys, right at the bottom of the garden. If asked say, 'they have to play at the bottom of the garden as they are so noisy, they'd wake their dad if they were nearer our house.

OliviaStabler Fri 25-Mar-16 10:11:03

Wow. What a thing to say to a new neighbour shock

MilkTwoSugarsThanks Fri 25-Mar-16 10:11:39

Do you know anyone with a dog that barks excessively? Could you borrow one for a couple of weeks?

TondelayaDellaVentamiglia Fri 25-Mar-16 10:12:01

please brief the new neighbours to say they have been there for years and to make up some story about a ghost lady and her ghost children seen in the garden by miserable old bags


tickleyourpickle Fri 25-Mar-16 10:17:00

She was just so rude!

We don't have a for sale sign up so she has no idea were moving.

Lovely day for playing outside today isn't it!

My parents have a huge dog with a very loud bark, I could borrow him for a few days.

Ohhhh and school holidays are coming up too, I could invite DS friends to play grin

Schwabischeweihnachtskanne Fri 25-Mar-16 10:17:09

What a horrible woman - of course its impossible to think of appropriate retorts at the time, but it would have been fitting to respond with

"Oh how disappointing. We so enjoy living here with all the other lovely neighbours, we weren't expecting incredibly rude people to move in and make unpleasant comments over our fence".

NU at all not to tell her you are moving, and also hope the new neighbours have more children, preferably a little 5 a side team of infant garden football players grin

As others have said, if she was looking for a quiet retirement in a community without young families, there are retirement communities with rules she might be happier living by.

Creampastry Fri 25-Mar-16 10:19:20

Put a note through her door saying that a neighbour will be having a party in the next weekend also and apologising about the noise in advance, But don't specify which neighbour! It will wind them up, ha ha

ThumbWitchesAbroad Fri 25-Mar-16 10:36:46

Unbelievable levels of entitlement! IF she wanted that much peace and quiet she shouldn't have bought in a built up area, she should have bought somewhere in the middle of a field. Or her own island. Failing that, put up and shut up!!

coffeeisnectar Fri 25-Mar-16 10:37:26

I think you need to have a children's party. Lots and lots of small, noisy children.

I have one you can borrow if you like? <hopeful>

Pinkheart5915 Fri 25-Mar-16 10:39:01

I would of told her about moving either. 2 children playing in a garden and she felt the need to comment on it. What a grump!
I would of said I've got another 6 inside, go and watch raised by wolves that's what my house is like.

Pinkheart5915 Fri 25-Mar-16 10:40:01

I wouldn't not would silly iPad

Lweji Fri 25-Mar-16 10:42:23

She should have done her homework better, shouldn't her?

Specialsnowflake1 Fri 25-Mar-16 10:43:41

Can you get a loan of a trumpet and/or a drum kit? You can encourage them to practice in the garden (don't forget the ear plugs for you)

Battleshiphips2 Fri 25-Mar-16 10:50:30

Horrible woman! I would have deliberately kept them out getting noisier and noisier. All our elderly neighbours all say how they love hearing our kids play out. One even does a little party for them in their garden. When we have bbqs they say how lovely it is to hear us all having fun. We do have lovely neighbours though. Yanbu. I would make this the noisiest 2 weeks ever!

nonicknameseemsavailable Fri 25-Mar-16 10:51:10

surely if you buy a house and you are particularly awkward and desire noone under the age of 80 to be living nearby (although if they were hard of hearing their TVs might be too loud) then you would go round the area at different times of day and see what it is like wouldn't you? ask questions? buy a lone house on an island?

Andrewofgg Fri 25-Mar-16 10:56:19

Just tell her you have sold to a large family.

Have you got friends or rellies with a big family of noisy children who could pose as your buyers and make loud conversation about their plans for the house, starting with tarmaccing the garden over?

Make her shit herself about the next neighbours!

ClarenceTheLion Fri 25-Mar-16 10:56:53

Have a nice big moving out garden party!

SlinkyVagabond Fri 25-Mar-16 11:01:36

You do have a large squeaky trampoline don't you?

sodabreadjam Fri 25-Mar-16 11:09:50

I am retired and I love hearing the children play next door - three of them and their friends. They are in the garden a lot because the street is now too busy to play and the school field where my children played is now locked.

I remember that I had two noisy boys - some neighbours were nice to them, some not. I promised myself that when I grew older I would always be nice to the neighbour's kids - normal play noise is fine.

sodabreadjam Fri 25-Mar-16 11:12:07

Tell her if she wanted a really quiet life she should have moved to a house up a country lane - not an estate.

But she sounds like the type to complain about the cows mooing.

scarlets Fri 25-Mar-16 11:18:21

What kind of antisocial halfwit introduces themselves in that way???

Our elderly neighbours couldn't have been lovelier when the children were small.

I like the sound of kids playing happily outside and am a tiny bit suspicious of those who don't tbh.

You have had plenty of great ideas for a bit of malevolent fun in the next two weeks. Keep us informed! :-)

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