“Be patient with a bad neighbour: he may move or face misfortune!” – Egyptian Proverb
GC tells us about his inconsiderate neighbours and having seen the evidence I have to agree with his actions. I also have inconsiderate neighbours, the type that causes considerable damage and grief.
A few short years ago, a pretty stream ran between two of my fields. To the east, adjoining the lower end my land was the neighbour’s farm, and somehow he managed to gain approval for a landfill site on his bottom field. The landfill changed the lie of the land, leaving the stream with nowhere to run and resulting in a new pond between the two fields.
Today I have a lake!
A couple of years ago I complained on here about these same neighbours. First, they informed us of plans to turn their farm into industrial storage, and then changed their minds and applied to build housing instead.
Next, the same neighbours removed the hedgerow at the other side of the farm track that runs between our land and another neighbour, which in effect, has removed the privacy of a second neighbour; this led to a dispute of ownership of the hedgerow.
When my daughter Victoria and her family moved in with me, we extended the house in two directions, and in a quest to give the extension at their side of the house more privacy, they paid for a substantial number of trees and bushes to be professionally planted along the eastern edge of the garden, and the edge of the fields that adjoin the farm track that leads to the neighbour’s farm.
Not in dispute was our side of the farm track, however, with the new trees growing well, but not yet tall enough to offer privacy from the expected onslaught of large trucks, we decided to give ourselves additional security by erecting a solid fence around the part of the garden where the children played.
A few weeks ago, our farming neighbour took it upon himself to trim the new trees. Ruthlessly, he hacked off the top of several of the Leylandii trees and gave the excuse that they were overhanging his track. My son-in-law Simon spotted the farmer’s illegal actions a little too late but managed to halt the butchering of further trees.
Simon demanded to know why he hadn’t spoken to us first. The neighbour’s answer was, “What are you worrying about? they’ll grow again.”
Unfortunately, if you hack off the top of a tree, it will continue to spread outwards, but will no longer grow upwards; I suggested we issue a bill for the damage. That has still to be decided.
I find it difficult to understand people who behave in such a selfish manner and who plough through life not caring upon whom they trample.
© SueW-nansfarm.net 2019 Word Prompt Considerateness from Weekly Prompts.
The lake photograph was taken a couple of days ago by Victoria during Woody’s evening walk.
Clipart courtesy of Free Clipart.com.