"What`s that blasted noise Angela? I`m trying to read the paper!" "I think someone`s mowing again, Denis." "And one of those petrol-driven jobbies, I`ll wager – completely thoughtless, some people!" Sound familiar? If You suffer from Noisy Gardeners, you`re not alone. Earlier this month residents of a north London suburb found themselves driven to the End of their Tethers by this – the constant, pitiless Tumult of their neighbours` gardening...
Sadly, as with so much anti-social behaviour, it seems to be a growing problem. Particularly at weekends, when everyone else is trying so hard to Relax. Reduced to desperate measures, these residents have been forced to Form a Committee. Because it`s not only lawnmowers, but also hedge-trimmers, chain saws... and those appalling leaf-blowers - surely the worst!
(Actually, what do they do, apart from blow all yourleaves next door)?
These machines are often gigantic and ridiculously Noisy not to say Dangerous in the wrong hands!
Why can`t everyone, is the cry, go back to using those lovely old-fashioned manual gardening tools - So much more satisfying; so much more Considerate.
The longer this menace goes on, of course, the more likely is the possibility of retaliation. There has already been talk of Red and Yellow Cards for serial culprits - what if that`s Just Not Enough?
There Will be Squabbles...
YET are we not all guilty in our own way? Is it possible my own whistling-a-happy-tune out there could irritate...?! My muttering, swearing, snarling, startling yelps when pottering `twixt our shrubs - might someone hear all that?
So let`s all make an effort; let`s keep jolly quiet in our gardens...
And then we can begin to think about Noisy Neighbours Indoors... Did I mention George has bought me a bongo drum?