The Neighbours.: There's nowt so queer... - British Lung Foun...

British Lung Foundation
44,596 members โ€ข 51,933 posts

The Neighbours.

โ€ข24 Replies

There's nowt so queer as neighbours.

They come and then they go.

Sometimes nice and friendly,

Next thing full of woe.

It used to be my noisy kids,

Now it's always their's.

That fence is on whose property?

Now neither of you cares.

Their BBQ is belching smoke,

And you are fuming too.

But once they know it does you harm,

They say "That will never do".

A funny lot are neighbours,

They're never just like us.

We are always fair and calm

And never make a fuss.

Yes there's nowt so queer as neighbours

And it will always be.

One thing that is certain,

They'll think the same of me.

(Currently I have good neighbours.๐Ÿ˜Š)

24 Replies
oldest โ€ข newest

Great Poem Don, I Love my Neighbours too. xxxx

Ours are ok don but still no idea who felt the need to call the police rather than speak to us. They felt we were going to have a knees up over Easter! Strange. Oh well, life goes on.

Loved your poem and hope life is treating you well. This is the new normal so they say., xxx๐Ÿ˜˜๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŒˆ

in reply to sassy59

Oh heck, that was a bit strong whoever it was. We once had an elderly lady with her spinster daughter living next door who was constantly calling the police. This was when policemen were all six foot or more and rode bicycles with two cross bars and a cape tied over the handle-bars. They finally warned the old lady that she could be charged with wasting police time and that stopped it. When she died her daughter became one of the best neighbours we'd had. ๐Ÿ˜˜x

in reply to Don-1931

Nowt so queer as folk eh Don. ๐Ÿ˜˜xxx

So pleased you do not have neighbours like two of mine who are me, me, me, me. Nobody else matters but me.

I've had my share. One Greek couple decided to return home and had the brilliant idea of letting the house to pay the mortgage, all undercover stuff. The mortgage was never paid and the Building Society sent all sorts of agents to find out what was happening, trying to get me to record the comings and going which I refused to do. I could write a book about neighbours. ๐Ÿ™„

That's a relief Don. You had me worried then! My neighbours have changed quite a few times since we moved into our village in the early 1960 s. In fact I am now the last person left from those early days when we were all of similar age, young and newly married. Children followed, grew up and moved away. They were good days and I have some very good memories. Although some neighbours eventually moved away my current neighbours on one side have been here for 30 years and the others just 2 years. One thing I find interesting is seeing how each family has changed their garden after moving in.


Hi Don, love the neighbourly complaint,slightly shorter than usual--presumably,its cos you and your lovely next doors are united in Lockdown -have a good day!

You found my poem too short? Try this for size then. ๐Ÿ˜‚

True. We are incredibly lucky and have lovely neighbours. I wonder if they think the same of us? Hmmm...


Kate xxx

Not only the garden . Houses are extended and converted. รŒ am at fault too I added a balcony as did neighbour number 3 when they saw my balcony but theirs is bigger!

And what about wallpaper. ! I moved in to large flowers and promptly painted it white. Now its all large flowers in fashion.

Both sides of me had big extensions built, one after the other and just when I thought they had finished the people directly opposite had their three bed semi converted into a mansion.

in reply to Don-1931

Lot of it about.

No room to extend our houses in our 2 bed 60s terrace so inner walls knocked down and rooms converted , or in one case room divided and built in wardrobe demolished. Cant imagine where their clothes go .Under the bed?


I love my neighbors too have a lovely day Don and take care๐Ÿ˜Š Bernadette xx xx ๐ŸŒˆ

Love your ditty Don. Your lucky you have good neighbours. x

and I bet they think of you as a good neighbour too!

in reply to dawnz

I hope so. ๐Ÿ˜‰ What do you think constitutes a good neighbour? I reckon just minding your own business comes pretty high on the list. ๐Ÿ˜‚

I've just been looking up my records to remind myself how long I've been living here.....1968 we moved in. My wife and I spent a good deal of our time travelling around being keen caravanners and our neighbours changed many times over the years. But now that I'm stuck here on my own I could not have picked a better set than the ones I have now. ๐Ÿ™‚

When I moved one of the things I was worried about was the neighbours, previously I lived in a close knit community.

My immediate neighbours are lovely, tho sometimes a little noisy. The lads opposite keep an eye open for me, lime telling me Iโ€™d left the keys in the front door and asked my immediate neighbours โ€˜ is the old lady ok havenโ€™t seen herโ€™ !

My other neighbours are not so good and have called the police several times about the childrenโ€™s anti social behaviour, comments made to me about my disabilities etc. Had eggs thrown at my window

Moving north with a southern accent they thought I was a bit posh etc etc Iโ€™m not at all posh, may have different values like not going to the shop in my does ding gown!

I put cctv up and thatโ€™s cured most of it, Iโ€™m a tough old cookie donโ€™t get mad get even.


Great poem Don, pleased you have good neighbours. I live on a cul-de-sac of 7 houses, we all get on and are friendly, do each other a favour. Had a few cul-de-sac parties and BBQs over the years. They will answer calls for help at time, day or night. We've been here 23 yrs and consider ourselves to be extremely lucky.

I hope your neighbours are looking out for you.

Stay safe. Jackie and Jasper xx

in reply to OOB_Tigger

Not as good as your neighbours but yes they are pretty good ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜€xx

Before we moved we had the same lovely neighbours on one side for 38 years, but on the other side we had some very odd neighbours over the years. The last lot tried to have a huge shed built in their garden as a studio but I did have to call the planning office, as did their other neighbours. They had to have it lowered and moved from the boundary! Turns out their builders had assured them that they had planning permission, but I reckon the householders were conned. They were perfectly nice people and apologised, which was really nice of them. Most of the neighbours here are our age (70s) or older. Lovely, but a bit Waiting for God!

I bet you are the ideal neighbor Don. Chuck us a burger off your Bar-B-cue. ๐ŸŒญ๐Ÿ”

I'm glad you have good neighbours. My nearest neighbours are sheep and cows. My sheep like chatting with the next door sheep but aren't too sure about the cows ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿ‘

You may also like...