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To be extremely peeved off at neighbours windchime?!

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AshBluex · 23/10/2018 07:36

Admittedly I may be hormonal due to being 39 weeks pregnant so apologies in advance. We moved in to our home about 4 months ago and have no complaints whatsoever....apart from across the road have an extremely loud windchime. It keeps me awake through the night, and as our street runs down to the sea it is extremely windy all the time. I know it's a petty problem but it isn't petty to me when I am heavily pregnant and cant sleep at all with the sound of that chiming away.

What is the best way to deal with it without causing a row? I have even though about taking it down myself when it has been 3am and I'm wide awake🙈


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Someoneelsee · 27/10/2018 22:39

I can see it now. In 2 months there'll be a thread on here "I took my wind chimes down for my neighbour so she could sleep, now her newborn doesn't stop crying and keeps me awake all night"
I feel for you though. I'd be majorly pissed off about it but too scared to confront them😬


Gg1510 · 27/10/2018 23:11

Absolutely... my fake neighbor (next door but 6) has 3...... wtf, why punish us all. If you love them house them, in a sound proof room. I feel like getting an amplified boom box and pumping out pan pipes or whale music 24/7, but half think it would be appreciated


boredretiree · 27/10/2018 23:13

I'm 65 and they annoy me- not during the day but at night. My next door neighbours were on holiday and I nipped across the dividing low wall and put an elastic band round them. They never noticed . They eventually blew off on a windy night and never replaced .


Jen150 · 27/10/2018 23:23

I adore the noise of windchimes. I wish my neighbours had them. I love the sound and wind and rain so much that I have a fan going all night long, even in snowy weather near my face 😀 guess I'm weird ha


Jen150 · 27/10/2018 23:26

I also actually bought album that played the wind pipes to help me sleep however that backfired as no words and I spent ages just singing along to the music 😂


WhatAboutTheWeather · 28/10/2018 00:06

The most important question is what did op write in the note that made the neighbours take the chimes down? Would love to know for future use myself ....


Icanttakemuchmore · 28/10/2018 00:35

Our neighbour had windchinrs that drove me and dh insane for about 18 months. Last month when the winds were so bad they kept us awake for hours. I demanded dh speak to the neighbour as I was at the end of my tether! Didn't trust myself to have a word as I probably wouldn't have been very diplomatic.
Dh was getting out of the car that next afternoon as they got home too and he said 'I'm really sorry but I'm wondering if you could do us a massive favour'.... And the grandaughter (adult) said 'I bet its the wind chimes'! So the wind chimes came down that day thank goodness!


totallyaddicted · 28/10/2018 00:59

Urgh my MIL bought us a wind chime and my Dh has put it in the garden. I hate it with a passion. Whenever I am in the garden I take it down and hide it somewhere but Dh keeps finding it and putting it back up. He thinks it would be rude to MIL not to use it because it was a gift .
I really really wish that the neighbours would come round and complain so that Dh won't put it up again.


MNMH · 28/10/2018 01:29

I'm surprised at the amount of people who condone damaging people's personal property just because it annoys them. I guess if something you own annoys your neighbour, you won't mind if they destroy it then. Treat others how you want to be treated and all that


HoppingPavlova · 28/10/2018 04:09

@BitOutOfPractice - you do realise that those are the exact same times that your neighbours want to peacefully enjoy their gardens without what probably only you consider to be delightful clanking going on.

Not sure what type of rural surrounds you live in to have such ‘peace’ around you. I’ll admit it’s pretty peaceful here in winter as most people are locked indoors i.e. NOT enjoying their gardens.

In summer in the average neighbourhood we would have, at any given time, lawnmowers going; whipper snippers going; other electric gardening equipment going; kids in pools making all the noise of kids having a good time; people having BBQ’s which generally involves even more kids in pools, rowdy adults and loud music; people doing home repairs with loud music so they can hear it while cleaning out their gutters etc; kids on trampolines yelling, giggling; people tinkering in garages with the doors open and music on .......... and my windchimes. Bollocks to them prohibiting people ‘peacefully’ enjoying their gardens as even if I tied them up there would still be all the other neighbourhood noises. So yes, I would be mighty pissed if any neighbour came over and said the noise (during daylight hours when I am out there only) was annoying them.


Oakenbeach · 28/10/2018 06:49


The noises you describe are temporary and usually occur during the daytime. If any of those were constant and incessant like a wind chime and continued all night, people would rightly complain.

Wind chimes are an anti-social nuisance and should be banned! I’m not even joking!


Cardiganqueen71 · 28/10/2018 07:56

Oh for heaven’s sake, what a fuss. Just go and politely ask them take them down or move them to the back of the house. And don’t blame your pregnancy as that’s for nothing to do with it. Just ask them nicely.


CupMug · 28/10/2018 09:20


The other noises you describe are generally transient. I would being forced to listen to neighbours music irritating but at least it wouldn't go on all the time.

It really selfish of people to inflict their annoying tinkly wind chimes on other people. I just don't understand how anyone could think it was ok.


Tomatoesrock · 28/10/2018 09:22

I took mine down after reading this thread. Grin


Labradoodliedoodoo · 28/10/2018 09:26

I’d go across looking exhausted. Be warm and friendly. Tell them you are really sorry to ask but would they mind doing something with the wind chime as it keeps you awake every night for hours. Then invite them across for a cuppa and cake later in the week.


CupMug · 28/10/2018 09:26



MadMadaMim · 28/10/2018 21:58

Ear plugs


nowifi · 28/10/2018 22:13

I'm having the same problem but can't tell which garden it's coming from so can't go and cut it down Grin


BitOutOfPractice · 28/10/2018 22:37

@HoppingPavlova ha! Rural idyl. No. Just an ordinary neighbourhood where we try hard not to purposely hack our neighbours off with completely unnecessary noise. Like really irritating wind chimes


BitOutOfPractice · 28/10/2018 22:39

And @HoppingPavlova none of those perfectly normal neighbourhood sounds are still clanking on at 3am as the op describes.


BouleBaker · 30/10/2018 06:38

Wind chimes are a bloody nuisance. Even “beautifully tuned” ones. I’m glad you got it sorted OP, nobody wants random clanking noises inflicted on them for hours.


HoppingPavlova · 30/10/2018 06:45

Just an ordinary neighbourhood where we try hard not to purposely hack our neighbours off with completely unnecessary noise. Like really irritating wind chimes

That sounds like a retirement village?
Seriously on a weekend out of constant lawnmowers/whipper snippering/hedge trimming (everyone does it at different times so there’s always st least one lot); kids screaming in pools; kids screaming in trampolines; music from BBQ’s; the general sound of 30 odd ‘happy’ people at a BBQ; teenagers with friends in pools when parents out (clear winner for neighbourhood noise award right there but we have all been there done that); the guy on his roof cleaning gutters having a conversation with the guy in a yard 2 houses over about how he really should get gutter guard so he doesn’t have to do this anymore, repeat scenario fortnightly; cockatoos screeching; dogs barking; insert 1001 other normal neighbourhood scenarios here - windchimes are the problem?

Sure, I get they would be in a retirement village where none of the usual neighbourhood noise occurs (apart from the birds) and grounds are managed in condensed predictable hours by groundsmen but in average suburbia? And of course they would be an issue in the night, which is why you have them tied up and only ‘release’ them during reasonable hours where they add to the rest of the neighbourhood noise.


BitOutOfPractice · 30/10/2018 07:47

I'll repeat again @HoppingPavlova :

none of those perfectly normal neighbourhood sounds are still clanking on at 3am as the op describes.

Also, none of those noises are created by activities whose sole purpose is to create noise.

And no, I don't live in a retirement village (I'm guessing you're in the US. We don't have retirement villages in the UK). I live in an ordinary suburban street in a small town in the South east of England. It's very much like every other street I've lived in.


shadypines · 01/11/2018 19:24

Let's ignore the fact it's a windchime, it's an unnecessary loud noise maker which occurs day and night. If your neighbours like the noise of something tinkling they could have something going on inside their house where other people aren't disturbed by it.

Sometimes, to make sense of whether something is ok or not I think 'well what if everyone in the neighbourhood did xyz?' so imagine, a whole street full of wind chimes, it would sound like Big Ben when you have a breeze going. Iow, it's a bit unreasonable, obviously they having set out to be so you need to politely point it out.
If they are reasonable people they should be ok to take it down in the night.

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