Badgers and Neighbours, what an interesting mix.
We have had a problem with Badgers in our back garden for about a year. They either have a set at the back of my garden or they are coming in from the allotments opposite. Either way they are a massive pain in the bum! They rip through my bin bags every night, leaving my garden looking like a landfill. Even though there is absolutely NO food in there. I recycle my food waste.
Every Thursday without fail (apart from the last 3 weeks) I have been out there, with my industrial gloves on, scooping up the mess and putting it into new black bags, ready for the collection the next day.
We have tried endlessly to try to stop them getting to the bags including putting up barricades to stop them getting in. However, these smart-arse badgers always find a way!
I can honestly say I really, really, REALLY, dislike Badgers.
Now that Cameron is better from his bout of Gastroenteritis, we planned to get out in the garden today (Thursday) to have a big clean up, ready for the collection tomorrow.
I was minding my own business on Tuesday, as you do, cooking the Tea, when my phone rings. It’s the Housing Association.
Apparently one of the neighbours had put in a complaint about the bags in MY garden and before I was issued with Anti Social Behaviour (You’re kidding me) the lady on the phone wanted to give me a chance to sort it out.
I must say the first phone call, didn’t go too well, as I spent a good 15 minutes shouting at her and lecturing her about my rights, and the fact that the Badgers were THEIR responsibility to remove.
After that phone call, I shouted, I cursed, I smoked ALOT. So much for me giving up smoking. And most importantly I calmed down. I rang back the lady who I had spoke too, and apologised. We then had a very civilised conversation about how she was going to look into helping us solve the problem! Brilliant. After a year, we had finally got somewhere!!! I was actually sobbing down the phone to her about my badger woes and how the neighbours were being totally unfair.
Now this is the thing that really annoys me. I speak to these neighbours, mostly on a daily basis. There has never been any problems! Well apart from B, but that was just because is an elderly lady and likes to think she is the Queen Bee around here. As everybody knows, and she learnt quick, that sort of behaviour doesn’t fly (No Pun Intended) with me. No one is any better than any one else regardless of who they are. So B and I have quite a good relationship now, and I have told her, if she ever has any problems come and tell me.
So which neighbour is it, that has stabbed me in the back, which neighbour was too much of a coward to come to my door?
Well we have 3 candidates, and by hell or high water, I was going to find out who it was. I hate two faced people with a passion. If you have something to say, say it to my face.
I started off with B. I was very polite, very calm and my usual happy cheerful self. B said it wasn’t her. I believed her. I know B well enough to know that if she has something to say, something to moan, about she will say it to me. She did however notice that two people were snooping around my back gate the other day, looking into my garden and pointing. She was going to tell me, but she had felt too unwell. We spoke some more about random things and she wished me luck in finding out who it was. I told her I would let her know.
Next was M. Now I didn’t think it was them, I speak to them a lot. I am always taking parcels in for them, always talking about Cameron and their two children. Everything has always been very friendly. Even if I do find that they think very highly of themselves, because they own their property. So I knocked at their door, very quietly I might add, just in case one of the kids was in bed. See I AM nice.
Female M answered the door. I asked very nicely if it was them who had put in a complaint. She smiled at me and said ‘Yes, sorry we did’
I admit, I did see red, in my mind I was punching her in the face. But I kept my cool. We spoke, she tried to give me advice, which I dismissed, because basically I am an ADULT and I don’t need people telling me what to do. I reminded her we had of the Badgers and the problems and also boasted that because she went behind my back, the Housing Association are now actually helping me, so in a way she did me a favour. I also reminded her that instead of going behind my back, she is more than welcome to come and talk to me.
So I left it like that, nice, polite and conservative. But in my mind I am raging! And I still am! I hate two faced people, I hate Cowards and I hate people who think they are better than everyone else!
I have never liked these neighbours. They have always made me feel inferior to them, especially the woman.
We are now left in an awkward position. Part of me wants to smile sweetly and say hello when we bump into each other. Part of me thinks, sod it, why should I go out of my way to be nice? They are the problem not me! Especially seen as they must of been the ones snooping around the back gate to my garden, they wouldn’t of been able to see the rubbish from their garden, cause of their fence and also the fact there is a 5ft Drop between mine and there garden plus 3ft of fence. So unless they are over 8ft tall. They have been snooping! Which actually when you think about it, makes it worse!
I did ring the Housing officer back and explained that I had found out who it was, it was unusual behaviour, I pointed out that they had been snooping and she said she will log it all down and monitor the situation.
So today we have sorted the garden out, because we wanted too, not because some snotty neighbours have put in a complaint. An hour and half and 20+ black bin liners (Including the ones from our clear out the other day) are now sat outside waiting to be collected tomorrow.
I wonder if they will complain about that and I wonder if the Badgers will rip open those bags too?
Badger Photo by Andy Ballard
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