I feel a bit rotten complaining about the neighbour who has lodged his car on my drive. This last week he attempted to repair my broken doorbell, then visited the shops to purchase a new one … and fixing same. I guess he’s so grateful that I am minding his car for him.
I raised the problem of my scooter being difficult to manoeuvre with his car there so he came up with the idea of me using a small side gate to avoid the car. The side gate is at the end of another path that leads from all aspects of the drive, in an area that is perfectly flat, unlike the rest of the sloping drive. He could be right if he was dealing with a young person who was able to bend and stretch. I tested it, thinking the idea might work but had forgotten the deep step where the gate is and it wouldn’t take long to ruin clothes on the thorny hedge.
One of the problems about our rubbish collections is that we have to put huge wheelie bins where the rubbish collectors can get at them. One bin is for household refuse, a second one is for garden waste, and the third is stuff that can be recycled. My little side gate is where I keep the garden waste bin because of the weight of it all. I can hardly push the bin when it’s full so I got into the habit of leaving it by the little gate and letting the bin men wheel it out.
If I could manage to ride through the little gateway, I would have to find another way of wheeling the garden rubble debris to a safe place where (a) the bin men can see it and (b) it will be out of the way of passing pedestrians.
What I really need is for a lift that runs from me to heaven and back again.
Finally, the matter is to be resolved. My lovely stepdaughter popped over from Australia and spent the day with me. Her view on the subject of cars and drive space was to stop the neighbour leaving his car on my drive. ‘Don’t worry about his feelings or arguments, tell him straight to shift the car.’ How could I resist such an approach. So any minute now, I shall hotfoot it over the road and leave a letter she dictated. Goodby problem! Hello peace of mind.