My neighbours…

My current neighbours are the worst I’ve ever had, they moved in this March and they have already upset the sheltered housing community that is behind my garden.

They cut back all the bird cover and now no birds come into my garden. My bird feeders are still full after two weeks – they used to be empty after a few hours. I’m heartbroken. I have strived to make my garden a haven for birds and bees, butterflies, and other insects.

They also hung windchimes, which are so high pitched that they cause my damaged nervous system agony. I have to live in my bedroom, as that’s the only place I normally don’t hear them. I had headache for two weeks, my neck hurts with nerve pain. My arms and legs twitch with nerve pain. I take painkillers every day, even though they don’t work. When I go out my back door, I cry out in pain. I can’t enjoy my home or garden.

Quay Living, their letting agent, couldn’t care less. Or my neighbours, They have been written to by the council and refuse to move them. I don’t understand such an attitude at all. I once hung bamboo windchimes but where there were no windows, so that my neighbours weren’t affected. My choices shouldn’t affect others.

What are your neighbours like?

By Chrisssie Morris Brady

I've read poetry since I was nine and have written creatively since I was fourteen (probably long before that). After writing book reviews and social comment, I decided I wanted to write poetry. I have no formal training, but I surround myself with poets and their writing. I am honing my craft.
I have two published collections which I don't feel good about, but have been published by and other publications. I live on the south coast of England with my daughter. I am seriously ill.

5 replies on “My neighbours…”

I’m so sorry you’re suffering from so much pain. It just makes everything worse when dealing with stuff that’s out of your control. If there isn’t anything you can personally do about your new neighbors, then it’s time to look at the things you can control. Right now, that’s your personal environment. What can you change or add to your garden to bring the birds back? Maybe during the times when you need quiet, you can wear some ear plugs. I know it’s an inconvenience, but it’s an option. Don’t be your own worst enemy by letting yourself sit and dwell on the negative stuff you have no control over because it will bring your energy down. It is what it is. Let’s sing, “Let it go; let it go” from Frozen. Take control of your mind game. Sending light-n-love.

My terrible neighbors lived in the duplex behind ours, and our stairs ran up the same wall as theirs. The 2 girls who lived there were prostitutes, and we heard heavy foot steps up and down the stairs all night long. We were definitely happy when they were finally kicked out, then I didn’t have to sleep with a pillow over my head anymore. 🙂

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Yes, I could use earplugs. It would also cut out the sounds of seabirds, boats and foghorns, which I love. I know exactly what you mean about not letting my energy be drained, I write in my bedroom, so it’s when I use other parts of the house that I am reminded. I don’t sit in resentment. It’s just that the pain gets intolerable.
Your former neighbours were ‘interesting’. I hope you got sleep under your pillow.
I have two nesting boxes in my garden, three trees, and my climbing plants are doing well. The feeders are there, but the bird cover next door was home to so many birds for 14 years. Most I think must have perished. I put out stale bread too, but the seagulls take that.

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