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Gobelinoisawitchescat · 06/12/2019 18:44

It’s the season to be nice - so as an antidote to all the cheeky fucker neighbour threads - thought I’d start a nice neighbour thread instead.

I’ve just moved in around a month ago- neighbour popped by today to both bring me some Christmas cake and also ask to meet the dog as she had seen him in the garden and thought he was sweet so wanted to
Say hello.

Aibu to ask for your nice neighbour stories.?

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sandytoes84 · 06/12/2019 18:49

I have the loveliest neighbours, most are about 40 years older than us but we regularly socialise and they would do anything for us. They really appreciate having younger people on the street and we’re happy to help them if they need it.

ifigoup · 06/12/2019 18:52

Our next door neighbour always puts our bins in/out if the collection is while we’re away, and is happy for ladders etc. to be carried through his garden if we’re having work done. They also offered us use of their washing machine when ours broke while we had a young baby.

Neighbours further up the road always invite us to pick their blackberries.

thistimelastweek · 06/12/2019 18:54

We love our neighbours. Not best pals or anything like that but we help each other out and never ever complain about trivia.
We recently thought about moving house but when it came down to it i didn't want to leave my neighbours.

Welshmaenad · 06/12/2019 18:55

One really stressed morning I managed to lock my door whilst it was open, so it couldn't even be securely closed and was just swinging open in the wind.

Chap across the toad on his day off noticed this. He had no contact info for me, so he sat on his front steps for six hours watching my house to make sure nobody burgled me.

TuttiCutie · 06/12/2019 18:55

We've lived here 3 years and have never met any neighbours. They're wonderful.

Gobelinoisawitchescat · 06/12/2019 18:56

Oh and previous neighbours - used to live in an old townhouse converted into flats with a shared garden. We’d share beers and nibbles etc.

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SingingLily · 06/12/2019 18:57

On the day we moved in, we needed to borrow an extension lead for half an hour so I took a chance and knocked on new NDN's door. She was lovely. Gave me the extension lead straight away plus some scones she had just taken out of the oven. She also said when I was finished with the extension lead, to just leave it on the doorstep because "This is [name of village]. It will be perfectly safe". She was right. It's the best house move we've ever made.

Spritesobright · 06/12/2019 18:57

This is so nice. I have one particularly lovely neighbour. After my ex left I was a mess. She offered to be my mum because I don't have a functonal one and no other family (but said she doesn't do hugs because she's british and a bit posh)
Since then she's lent me her oven while my kitchen was being renovated (gave me her house key and lets me use it whenever). She did the same when my hot water went.
She fixes my kids' bikes and calls on me for a cup of tea. She is so amazing. I feel very grateful.

Gobelinoisawitchescat · 06/12/2019 18:58

@Welshmaenad that is above and beyond - what a lovely chap to do that!

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noeyedeer · 06/12/2019 18:59

I got a great big scratch down my brand new car. Lovely neighbour polished it out for me as he was doing his at the time. Other side neighbour regularly beings our bins in if the bin mem visit whilst I'm on the school run, and brings sweets for the kids when bringing back plates (we give her cake quite frequently).

Redcrayons · 06/12/2019 19:01

Mine always brings my bins back in for me.
Cuts my hedge, though we share it so it’s as much for his benefit.
Fixes kids bikes
Pop the bonnet of my car, and he’s round like a flash to offer to fix it for me.
Also came round to show my DCs how to tie a tie properly when they started secondary school.
Takes one of my other older neighbors to the shop as she’s not so good on her feet anymore. He also waits in with her when she has workmen round so she doesn’t get ripped off.
He’s retired, and potters all day.
Him and his wife are Lovely.

Chuzzle · 06/12/2019 19:04

We are really lucky with super neighbours too. Parcels, bins, children playing, furniture moving, bike maintenance, all that jazz. It's fabulous.

ParkheadParadise · 06/12/2019 19:07

Previously I didn't really know my neighbours. There is 6 houses on a small development. They all seemed to work full time.
When my dd died 4yrs ago, they organised a card and flowers from them all. They also brought food over.
Now we see them all regularly.
I take in parcels for them, put their bins in.
It's good to have nice neighbours.

TheTeethingPoo · 06/12/2019 19:09

Mine are normally so quiet you don’t know they exist. Lovely couple with lovely teenage daughters - teens used to play music on a Friday night until 9pm on the dot (not an issue at all) until 6 months ago when we had DD and now they either don’t play it at all, knock and tell us they are going to play it and turn it off at 8pm. We keep telling them it’s ok, we can only hear a dull tone but they still follow the self-imposed rule Grin

Additionally, I came home from work when 9 months pregnant to find lovely neighbour had left a bunch of her wild flowers on my doorstep.

We’re moving soon and it is with a heavy heart we leave these quiet and considerate neighbours, may have mentioned to them the house next door to our new one is up for sale Blush

speakout · 06/12/2019 19:10

A lovely thread OP.
It's wonderful when we turn our thoughts to the positive- and you have helped us do just that. I don't know many of my neighours, but they all seem really good people.

Mumshappy · 06/12/2019 19:10

I've recently moved and had lovely neighbours. I'm a single mum and the man used to always clear me a path to my door when it had been snowing and put my bins out. They always bought my children xmas gifts and when we left they gave them all a thorntons advent calendar.

joffreyscoffees · 06/12/2019 19:14

My neighbour is amazing.. she buys DD something for her birthday every year, puts our bins out if we don't remember, told us we can always put bin-bags in her bin if needed (she lives alone) and told us to send packages to her business address so there's always someone in for them and she brings them home.

We actually live in her old house so there's a nice connection too.

bakingcupcakes · 06/12/2019 19:17

I have awesome neighbours. We share getting the bins in but it's nearly always them. They get there before me! My neighbour de-iced my windscreen for me the other morning when I was late out without me asking him too. Both sides are always around for a chat and they're very kind to my son. One of them is very elderly and lives alone so I try to do my bit for him. Giving him a lift if he's waiting for a bus, stopping to chat etc. I feel so lucky to live in this house. It's the best place I've ever lived.

ThisIsMeOrIsIt · 06/12/2019 19:17

We moved in April. Neighbours one side is a lovely woman with kids aged 7-18 but they're either really quiet or the soundproofing is really good! We even like to see/hear them in the trampoline in summer, that's how nice they are! Always say hello and stop for a chat when we see them in the village.
Other side are around our age with a DC a bit older than ours. They've given us hand-me-downs (nice ones) and brought us chocolates and are the kind of people I can go to if I need to borrow something. I've baked cake for them in return!
We are very lucky!

Cosyjimjamsforautumn · 06/12/2019 19:19

Our Dneighbour is 86, looks and acts 20 years younger. Bakes DH his favourite cake once a fortnight, walks our other neighbour's dog for her (age 60 but poorly). Pops in or texts my DD who has been unwell at home to see if she needs anything from the shops. She is awesome and my surrogate mum i think!

SimonJT · 06/12/2019 19:20

My neighbour is lovely, he plays peekabo with my son from his terrace. When I had only been here a few days I left the front door open, he didn’t want to shut it as he was worried I didn’t have my key with me. So he sat in the flat until I got home, he even did the washing up!

He has a very cute french bulldog who sometimes toddles in for a visit. His partner appears to have moved in who has I think two beagles. So it’s sometimes dog heaven and they knock on on Sunday mornings so my son can go and say hello to all the dogs.

divafever99 · 06/12/2019 19:21

I have lovely neighbours. They always take parcels in and keep an eye on the house if we are on holiday. Last summer we decided to paint our adjoining fence the same colour. Their house is on a higher level to ours so for my to paint my said I need to get the ladders out as I am small. One day when I was out my neighbour leaned over her side and painted the top half of mine so I didn't need to get the ladders out 😀

Wintersleep · 06/12/2019 19:27

Any specifics would be outing but most of my neighbours (and I) are all very close friends now and we are always around each others' houses, we babysit for each other, feed each others' children, look after pets when anyone goes away, are there for each other through every personal drama and summers are spent in each others' gardens. If a washing machine/tumble dryer/oven breaks we use someone else's. I never feel alone and can't imagine moving

RoxytheRexy · 06/12/2019 19:40

We have the nicest family. When I’d had my children they brought me round a tray of home made snacks and the mum makes lime pickle and gave me a jar. It was the best thing I had ever eaten.

Plus just generally neighbourly, take in parcels, chatty but not over bearing. Perfect

MaudesMum · 06/12/2019 19:51

I nearly cried when my neighbours on one side told me they were moving. They've now left and I miss them so much. They were the sort of neighbours who let me know that their son was getting an electronic drum kit for Christmas, reassured me that they'd make sure it wouldn't be too loud, and then popped round after it had been up and running for a bit to check it was ok (it was!) He was a great DIY person, and I'm a something of a gardener, so he built a long window box to sit on the wall between my back yard and theirs, and I kept it filled with plants...

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