Saturday, March 16, 2013

Gifts from neighbours

I know that I have written in the past about neighbours and how they love to stop and chat while I am trying to get on with weeding the garden.  I don't have a lot of time to spend in the garden during the week, so when I can get out there I tend to try to keep my head down, blinkers on and get one area cleared... having neighbours come to chat is nice, but it does mean my weeding time decreases and motivation often flies out the window.  Sometimes these chats are actually very productive though.  The best one I have had so far was when I was complaining about how long it takes to weed the path areas around my garden, leaving me with less time to actually weed the garden parts.  The neighbour I was chatting to agreed with me and said she'd drop something off for me the next day.  As promised the next day I came home from work and found some rolls of weed mat stuff that she was given and that I have put down and from what I have seen so far will reduce all path weeding to zero!  Not the most attractive way to make paths, but definitely effective. 
The kind neighbour saw me doing it and saw that there is not enough to do all the paths... so she'll bring me some more in the very near future.  I'm thinking maybe I shouldn't complain quite so much about chatty neighbours from now on!!


  1. Such an impressive garden.

  2. I am so pleased you said 'head down and blinkers on' - and not ' head down and bum up'!! (In case your readers wonder - a common New Zealand phrase)

  3. David Schweer10:11 AM

    So true the nosy obasans always want to stop and talk! Everytime im out they spot me a mile away and flock to the gaijins garden. You get all the local gossip but its really annoying as well!
    Keep up the good work like your blog!
    Where in Japan are you located?