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How to really irritate your neighbours......
Member Name: pollee
Date: 13/07/01, updated on 13/07/01 (335 review reads)
Advantages: gardens can be beutiful to look at
Disadvantages: Gardens stir up a lot of jealousy
I took the plunge recently and decided to have my front garden landscaped. As I have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to plants and the only ones I can keep going are plastic ones (and even those melt in front of the fire in the winter) idecided to employ a professional.
'It's not like Groundforce' I was warned 'Don't expect a garden in 2 days'
I was Ok with that and having agreed plans, the price (gulp - more that I thought) the work began.
I'm having grass - everything was previously tarmac - paving to the front door, raised beds, a bit of gravel and two benches.....it looks nicer than it sounds I promise :-)
Anyway - two days of digging up the tarmac have elicited the following comments from my neighbours who until now have been really lovely but over the last two days have taken to standing looking over the front wall and making snide comments.....
'We decided not to do our garden, as it didn't seem worth spending money in this type of area'
'Well anything will be better than the eyesore we have had to put up with for the last 5 years'
'The problem with having a nice garden is that it will emphasise how horrible the house really is'
To cap it all - having paid a fortune to get the tarmac up I arrived home this afternoon to find a tarmac company about to re-tarmac the garden...........someone had ordered it and they were getting on with it in my absence....a passing neighbour had said it would probably be OK......but they didn't know who it was....
My advice - get groundforce in then everyone loves it because they can be on the TV!!
I only wanted to improve my aspect through the front windows and I've fuelled a feud!
My final thought is that it must be looking good for them to be sooo jealous :-)
I'm just waiting for the cans to end up in my garden as they walk past....