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Neighbours (dum de dum) everybody needs good neighbours…!

Hope that got you singing!
But actually this post is about real neighbours.
We have neighbours on either side of us. One family are lovely, the other are antisocial selfish idiots.

We have had trouble with them since we moved in. Things got off to a bad start when I went round to say hello and introduce ourselves. The daughter answered and I asked to speak to her mum or dad. The mother swooped in and said that her husband had died and glared at me for upsetting her daughter. How did she expect me to know?! I obviously apologised but things have never settled.
I have frequently taken in parcels and items for them including a set of 4 tyres and a double mattress but there has never been any thanks and they never come round to get things, relying on us to take them round.
Our first summer, the son smoked cannabis repeatedly in their garden which meant we couldn’t have our patio doors open or be outside due to the smell. He and his friends were also frequently outside swearing and shouting. No way was I exposing my children to that behaviour. The mum and son also chain smoke on their patio all year round and the smell is revolting so we have to shut our windows and doors.
Parties. So many parties as the mum worked nights so the teenagers did whatever they wanted at all hours. Thudding music until the early hours, squawking shrieking girls, shouting drunken lads and the state of the garden in the morning was hideous.
I wrote a note as I didn’t want any confrontation with the mum as we had had minimum contact, not even acknowledging each other on the shared driveway.

 

Two years ago their giant red parasol blew over the wall onto our patio, hitting poor old Ollie who was having a snooze. I called out ‘are you there?’ and the mum popped her head over the wall and said ‘is it broken?’ Not concerned if it had broken anything of ours, nor considerate enough to check if it hit anyone (she had heard us playing so knew we were all outside. All she cared about was the bloody parasol… 🙁
They regularly choose to burn rubbish in the garden, meaning we can’t hang out washing or play outside. They give it little supervision and it is quite simply terrifying as the flames are so big. Plus they burn plastics which are releasing goodness only knows what into the atmosphere.

They have had work done on their house and garden. Working from home as I mostly do, the relentless builder sounds were awful and made it incredibly difficult to concentrate. If only they’d been thoughtful enough to inform me then I could have planned ahead to work at Mum’s as I did when the lovely neighbours on the other side had an extension built.
Then a couple of weekes ago I came home from an exam invigilation and found the mum pressure washing their side of the driveway and spreading all their building debris onto OUR drive. I went out with a brush and swept it back over. Childish perhaps, but oh so satisfying…
Parking is a major issue. They have 5 vehicles including a van and a wreck that is rusting away. They have space for 4 cars yet there is never more than two on the driveway. Instead they park on the pavement with little thought to other neighbours, often blocking in our lovely neighbours.

 

Friday night they had a guest who parked completely across our driveway. I went around and asked them to move and they made out I was being awkward and sighed and tutted as they went out to the car.

I am aware that we are not perfect neighbours ourselves. I know the children are noisy and I probably shout at them more than I should (seriously, how many times should you need to tell someone to get their shoes on for school?!) I understand that and try to keep our noise to a minimum but playing outside is so important for children.
I love our house and we are so happy here. We would like a bigger home and would love to extend our current space but due to our awful neighbours, we just don’t want to live here much longer. Sad but true 🙁


#Project365 2019 week 24

Day 160: soft play for my niece’s birthday (but I did make a boy cry…read more here)

Day 161: nothing says Monday morning like a wet school run

Day 162: a lot of rain but love the delicate droplets on the leaves outside the window where I was invigilating an exam

Day 163: poor Anya had a tummy bug so I cheered her up with these charm bracelets from Lucky Fortune

Day 164: feeling pretty happy with my completed models for Matthew’s railway layout

Day 165: that Friday feeling when Matthew cam home with a platinum award and Anya has an invitation to celebration assembly (I think Zach is grumpy that he didn’t get anything…)

Day 166: feeling pretty proud of my vegan barbecue including a chickpea salad, 2 potato salads and 3 pasta salads!

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Little Girl Missing, by JG Roberts

 

A family is struggling to deal with the after effects of infidelity when five year old Cassie disappears. It is difficult for the parents to avoid playing the blame game and both are suspects according to the police.
Has Naomi’s stress made her do something unforgiveable? Have Charlie and his mum taken drastic action to be allowed to see Cassie after 5 weeks apart?
DCI Hart and her colleagues need to sieve through the evidence as it becomes increasingly likely that Cassie has been abducted. There are also hints throughout the book of Rachel’s own past which may be influencing her actions and responses to the case.
I felt that a few of the interrogation questions were a bit clunky and jarred slightly as I read them but this could have been the effect the author was trying to convey (the police making the suspects uncomfortable). Other than that, the plot, characters and narrative were fabulous and realistic.
There are some key turning points in Little Girl Missing as JG Roberts expertly guides her readers towards and expected outcome before swiftly revealing a new direction.
The disappearance and the agonising wait for news is well described and as a parent, horrifically believeable. I did guess some of the big twist but this didn’t spoil my enjoyment of the book at all as I liked seeing how and why the plot concluded as it did.
When I got the media pack for this book, I realised that I recognised the author (a TV presenter) and will definitely follow the rest of her writing career and catch up on the other  books she has already written!

 

LITTLE GIRL MISSING by JG Roberts
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How can a little girl vanish into thin air?
Five-year-old Cassie Bailey’s mother tucked her into bed and kissed her goodnight. This morning she’s missing, her unicorn bedcovers are empty, and her parents are frantic.
DCI Rachel Hart knows that the first few hours after a child goes miss
ing are the most crucial, and that the Baileys are living every parent’s worst nightmare. Rachel knows, because as a child her family lived through it too, when her sister was taken.
The days are ticking by with no sign of Cassie, and the cracks in the Baileys’ marriage are beginning to show. But are the holes in their stories because they’re out of their minds with panic – or because they’re lying?
Rachel’s convinced that Cassie knew the person who took her, but can she find the little girl before she’s lost forever?
A gripping and unputdownable thriller for fans of Close to Home, The Couple Next Door and Behind Closed Doors.
About the author 
Julia was born in West Bridgford, Nottinghamshire, and began her career as a professional singer/dancer. This enabled her to travel the world in her late teens storing up experiences she has since included in her writing.
Following roles as a hostess on The Price is Right and a member of the Beadle’s About ‘hit squad’ in the 1980s, she became a TV Presenter and filmed features for Sky Sports before launching the QVC shopping channel in 1993 where she still presents today. Having always wanted to write, she penned her first book, a memoir sold on QVC, in 2013 and has since written four full length novels, two novellas and several short stories.
www.juliarobertsauthor.com
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The Mother’s Mistake, by Ruth Heald

This is a carefully crafted book and really well written, however I must give a trigger warning as the book deals with domestic abuse.
Claire and Matt leave the city and move into his late grandmother’s house. Matt is working all hours to set up a veterinary practice while Claire is home alone with baby Olivia. Claire feels isolated and starts to suspect those around her of stirring up trouble but also doubts herself and wonders if she is paranoid.
In tandem with this is a story of an abused wife desperately trying to escape the daily beatings for the sake of her daughter.
How do these two plotlines link up?
The Mother’s Mistake was so good and both women’s perspectives are cleverly written to create mystery and suspense so that we automatically side for them and hope for a better future over the course of the book.
I was instantly hooked with the strength of the plot and the characters, suspecting everyone of making Claire’s life miserable and the identity of the abused woman. There are hints that something has happened in Claire’s past, a ‘mistake’ that haunts her. Meanwhile the abused mum, is she making a mistake in not leaving sooner? There is plenty of misdirection from the author to keep the reader’s attention until the very end.
Obviously the subject of domestic abuse is a very powerful and sensitive one which the author handles delicately. Depression, isolation and the monotonous routine of motherhood are also dealt with in a realistic way. I think almost every mother can relate to Claire’s feelings of loneliness and the natural fears that come with being a parent.

Author:     Ruth Heald
Book:     The Mother’s Mistake  
Publication Day:  11/06/19
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Description:
Everyone makes mistakes. But does everyone deserve to be forgiven?
She runs past the tinkling of children’s laughter that fills the park. Heart hammering, feet stinging, she reaches the riverbank, her breath catching in her throat. And then she sees…
Three years later.
Claire has everything she’s always wanted. A new-born baby. A doting husband by her side. A picturesque home in the countryside.
But behind closed doors, Claire’s life is falling apart. Her husband is barely ever home, she’s struggling to bond with her baby girl, and she swears that she is being watched in the remote, lonely cottage.
And when a threatening note is posted through her letterbox, saying she doesn’t deserve her daughter, it’s clear that someone knows about the terrible mistake that Claire made – someone won’t let her forget it. Three years ago, she would have known who to turn to. But now she no longer recognises those closest to her, or the person she’s become. Who can she trust?
An atmospheric, chilling and absolutely unputdownable psychological thriller about a mother’s worst nightmare. Fans of K.L. Slater, Shalini Boland and The Girl on the Train will love the twists, turns and gasp-worthy shocks of this stunning debut from Ruth Heald.
Author Bio: 
Ruth Heald is a psychological thriller writer from a suburban Buckinghamshire town. She studied Economics at Oxford and then worked in an eclectic mix of sectors from nuclear decommissioning to management consulting.
Seeking a more creative environment, she found a role at the BBC and worked there for nine years before leaving to write full time. Ruth is fascinated by psychology and finding out what drives people to violence, destruction and revenge. She’s married with one daughter and her novels explore our greatest fears in otherwise ordinary, domestic lives.
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Website: www.rjheald.com
Twitter: @RJ_Heald.   https://twitter.com/RJ_Heald