Knowing your neighbours makes you happier.

Getting to know the people who live nearby helps create a sense of belonging and shared identity in our local area. It also helps to strengthen connections and trust in our wider communities and contributes to a happier neighbourhood for everyone.”

Even better, the more at home we are, the more likely we are to give something back.

The more we look after our properties and green spaces, the more we use our bikes and go by public transport, the cleaner and more beautiful our streets will be.

I live in a long drive with 6 houses in it. We know our neighbours to wave to and occasionally chat but when I was working it never seemed the right time to invite people over. I ran into one of my neighbours in a craft shop. Liz and her husband have three children ranging in age from 4 to 10. I asked her and her little preschooler over for morning tea today. I knocked together some Anzac biscuits which turned into muesli biscuits because the Other Half had used all the rolled oats in his muesli.

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How lovely it was to see the little boy playing  with Sam’s lego and books. We had a great time chatting and discussing gardens, recipes and eco villages.  Liz brought me violets. They are my most favourite flowers in the universe.

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I gave them a …wait for it…surprise surprise… a dish cloth.

http://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/why-knowing-your-neighbours-makes-you-230928#ixzz39l2weRvF 

Sadly for me anyway,  it’s the end of my poetry writing MOOC but I am coat tailing on one called Creativity and Innovation from Pennsylvania Uni and have signed up for a fiction one from Iowa starting in September.

Have a great weekend everyone. FG

 

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