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Monday, April 1, 2013

Relaxing outdoors.. oh yeah, and I painted the front door red!

When I was holidaying in Greece years ago we stayed at my grandmother's house for a week. It was a tiny one bedroom house with a small doorway that you had to bend down to enter through otherwise you would hit your head. My grandmother was a short lady so it was fine for her!

We spent much of our time relaxing at the front of the house, sitting on old chairs, playing cards and eating figs we had picked that morning. I have such great memories of that trip. We met many locals who would stop by to say 'hello' and chat to us over the fence. Sometimes they would come in for a coffee, other times they would continue on but the conversation was nice. The village had a wonderful community feel to it and everyone knew each other.


Where I live I don't really know my neighbours. People seem to enjoy their privacy and aside from the polite wave there isn't much conversation. I believe part of the reason for this is that we don't seem to linger outdoors. We seem to relax indoors or in our backyards.


New outdoor furniture arrived and our new favourite spot sit is on the front balcony. We have started to get to know our new neighbour across the road and her young boys by simply being here and striking up conversations. Who knows, maybe we can achieve a bit of the village life in Sydney?

How about you, do you know your neighbours? How did you get to know them?


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