When we decided to sign the contract for our house and land package, we were a little worried about the 'neighbourhood'. It isn't the best area of town, but there are also a lot of worse places you could live, but the cost of the house and land was so cheap that we just couldn't pass it up. We are actually very happy here as it's still close to town and the boys schools, and we have a beautiful new house to live in, but there are often a few interesting characters walking the streets or living close by.
When we came up while the house was being built we noticed that the people next door looked quite 'interesting'. I didn't want to judge without knowing them at all, but I guess I saw the long hair, beard, old cars and run down house and thought they may be a little on the 'rough' side and really did judge them.
Tonight we got a knock at the door and it was the next door neighbour (long hair and all) with a tray of beautiful fresh salmon for us! I looked at him and had to admit that I didn't even know who he was at first. He hands me the tray and says 'for you!' and I was like 'huh!?' and he said 'I work at a fish farm, and get to bring home fresh fish and drop them by to the neighbours now and then, and I just wanted to say hi and thanks for putting up with my dog'. The penny then dropped who he was and I told him that the dog is no bother (we hear him now and then, but he's not awful at all).
He said he often brings fish home and will drop it by now and then, and it's definitely not something I will be knocking back! I can only imagine how much this would've cost if I bought it fresh today! I will put up with his dog anytime! It's nice to know we really do have lovely neighbours.