So it’s back to work today. It was really nice not to be in work yesterday, despite G using a lot of the time to write a job application.
The freeholder is being a pain again. Having out up with well over a year’s worth of building works, we thought being disturbed by them was now over. However, the next thing they are tackling is the garden next door, which is currently just mud. They have laid grass seed and it needs to be regularly watered in order to stand any chance of growing. The freeholder told my new neighbour to use our tap – for which we pay for the water supply. My neighbour did have the manners to come and ask and I did say how unimpressed I was with her landlord (who is my freeholder), but said it was ok. Then on Sunday the freeholder came round and asked to use it and ran a hose pipe for ages.
When I went outside later there was lots of mud outside my back door and they had also made it really wet, so it was impossible to step outside my back door without getting mud on my shoes or traipsing through the water. They had also left part of the hose-fitting on the tap, presumably so that it was easy to attach a hosepipe to it whenever they (or my neighbours) want to do so. The tap is right outside my back door and kitchen window, both of which have clear glass in them, so it means that, once again, we are having our privacy invaded by the freeholder (and now my neighbours, who I don’t even know) and are dealing with their mess.
At the moment I am dealing with it in a very passive aggressive way – by standing in the back garden and complaining to G about the mess that was left and detaching the bit of the hose that was left on my tap and putting on their windowsill for them. I really just want to be able to live undisturbed, without feeling that I might walk into my kitchen and find my neighbour standing outside my back door, or stepping over their hosepipe to get into my garden or dealing with the mess they leave behind. Grrrr…
I know I should perhaps just go and talk to my neighbour, but that would be too sensible and reasonable, so instead I shall carry on dealing with it in a passive aggressive way in the hope that they will somehow pick up from this that all is not well and go away. Somehow, I doubt this cunning plan will work.