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How well do you know your neighbours?

When I was a child, all my neighbours were great!

I’d happily wave and shout over the gate.

I knew half the street and would talk to them all,

I’d knock and enquire “Please can I get my ball?”

But as the years passed and I grew a bit taller,

With each passing hour the world became smaller.

The rest of the globe’s now an email away.

I meet new nationalities every day.

Have face to face chats in the palm of my hand,

A couple of clicks and my diary is planned.

I see all the secrets of celebrity.

I’m told what a school friend has had for her tea!?

But who’s living life just a few feet away?

Do they struggle at all? And if so, would they say?

As our vast global village comes closer together.

The people next door are more distant than ever.

We pull up at home now and race to the door,

Nobody stops to say ‘Hi’ any more.

They’ve all no doubt seen me (and laughed) from afar,

As I wrestle my tantrumming tots in the car.

I might know their faces, perhaps an odd name,

But that’s where it ends, and the whole street’s the same.

They don’t call for coffee or pop round for lunch.

We’re just not that close when it comes to the crunch.

But what if my neighbour had quite a bad fall?

How would I know from my side of the wall?

Are they well, warm and safe?

Are they feeling alone?

Do they know who to call?

Would they pick up the phone?

With endless suggestions of whom we should tweet.

Could I maybe suggest that we start on our street?

And spare a few moments, just once in a while,

To knock on a door with some cake and a smile.

I was recently contacted by CORGI HomePlan to ask if I could help them spread the word about their great new campaign “How safe is your street?” Β They have launched an interactive hub, sharing fantastic tips including how to keep our families safe, how to recognise alarm bells and neighbours who might need a helping hand, and a short video on “How to break the ice?” (Without looking like a stalker!)

You can access CORGI Homeplan’s “How safe is your street?” hub here.

As part of their campaign to help us keep each other safe, CORGI HomePlan have kindly donated a carbon monoxide alarm system worth Β£40 for me to giveaway.

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76 thoughts on “How well do you know your neighbours?

  1. We are actually fortunate enough that the street we live on is great and we know most of our neighbours. I definitely feel that we would all look out for each other, which is lovely. Great work on spreading the word xxx

    1. That’s so lovely. We live on one of these new build estates where everyone says hello but drives off to work and that’s it. It’s such a shame really. My gran is nearly 90 and lives on her own in a small row of cottages in the country. It’s beautiful but quite isolated. Her neighbours are all outstanding though and they all have keys to each others houses and cook meals for each other etc. It’s amazing what a difference a strong community can make. It’s lovely that you have that and D will grow up with that support too. Thanks for reading and your lovely comment as always. Xx

  2. It’s scary to think that some people sit alone day after day,I work with a lot of elderly people and sometimes coming into our shop can be the first conversation they’ve had all week.What a great idea this is x

  3. What a great poem and way to spread a really important message. I’m lucky enough to know my neighbours too, and have helped several in the last few years. It’s important to know just a bit about everyone in case something happens, I think. Thank you for doing this!

    1. Thank you for reading and sharing! I agree that it seems like such a great cause and I’m thrilled to be able to help spread the word. It’s great that you have a supportive neighbourhood. I hope that this campaign helps to bring a few more neighbours closer together too. Thanks again. Dawn x

  4. What a thoughtful rhyme. We live on a great road where our surrounding neighbours are really chatty. But now I think of it, we don’t really properly know anyone further along. Sounds like a great campaign… I am off to check it out ? Xx

    1. Yey thanks lovely. I’m really behind it as I barely know my neighbours, but I’ve seen how amazing a supportive neighbourhood can be and how much of a difference it can make to people’s lives. I’m on a mission now haha! Thanks for reading and supporting xx

  5. Even though we live in a block of flats we know a fair few of our neighbours out in the street. BB started school definitely helped us get to know more neighbours! #marvmondays

    1. It definitely helps to have little people around as a conversation starter doesn’t it. I know all of my neighbours names and say hi, but that’s it. I’m not sure that they’d feel that they could knock on our door if they needed anything (but they absolutely could). It’s nice that you know the people around you. Thanks for commenting x

  6. So true, we don’t really know our neighbours. One side we talk to, the other we don’t and that’s always where parcels get left so always that awkward moment when yet another parcel gets left there! #bigpinklink

    1. We’re the same. Social niceties and the odd hello but that’s about it. It’s not that we don’t get on, we just never really cross paths. Ah yes the awkward parcel collection moment. Someone always answers in their PJs too just to add to the awkwardness haha. Thanks for reading x

  7. I’m sure street life varies around the country. We are pretty friendly here but the houses are so spread out you nave to make an effort to walk the 1/4 mile to the next house! A great rhyme as ever, you are so clever. (oh it’s catching, just realised my accidental choice of words there, sadly I couldn’t keep it up! ) #MarvMondays

    1. I think you’re right. I do know some people that are very close to their neighbours. Ours are definitely friendly. We just don’t stop to speak to each other and always seem to be rushing about. We have no excuse either – 1/4 mile is a fair walk to borrow some sugar! Thanks for reading x

  8. I’ve never really known any of my neighbours once I started living in flats. I pass people occasionally and smile at them, or have a quick chat when they bring down a parcel for me, but that’s it. I’m so shy that I wouldn’t really know how to start up a conversation with them, even though I know it would be good to get to know them better. #MarvMondays

    1. We’re the same. I’ve never been on bad terms with a neighbour, but I can’t say that I’ve either been “friends” with a neighbour either since being a child? Maybe that will change as the kids get older. I’d like to think that we would all be there for each other if we were stuck though? Thanks for reading and commenting x

  9. Aww I love this. I feel bad as not the best neighbour. My hubby is brill at it and so chatty where I just don’t think sometimes and feel I really should be better. When I was a kid we knew ours well too!! x #marvmondays

    1. I’m sure you’d be there to help if they needed you. I’m like you though and just never really give it much thought. Plus I’m normally wrangling offspring and trying to herd them into the house, not particularly conducive to conversation is it? πŸ˜‰ Thank you for reading hun xx

    1. Thanks Becky. I’m absolutely guilty of not giving my neighbours a great deal of thought or attention so it seemed like a great cause to get behind. I’ve seen what a difference a supportive neighbourhood can make as it has for my own grandma and I wish all streets could be like hers. Thanks for reading x

  10. Another fab post Dawn! And a topic that I quite often find myself thinking about. I think previous generations seemed to have much more of a real community where everyone knew all their neighbours and were all friends, today everyone is super busy with their own lives and whilst we might have online communities through blogging etc. I do wish we could be more neighbourly with the people we live so close to! Thanks for sharing. #BigPinkLink xx

    1. Thank you Cheryl. Times really have changed haven’t they? Although I regularly visit my grandma who lives independently in the middle of nowhere with just a few neighbouring cottages. She still breeds dogs and chickens etc and grows her own veg. Her neighbours are amazing and check in on her / pop round for a cuppa every day. I know that she’d really struggle without them and it’s like stepping back in time when I visit. They all have a key and there’s always someone calling in to visit. It’s amazing. Such a shame that our estate isn’t like that and I think it’s the same in a lot of places now. Thank you for reading xx

  11. Yes, this is such an important message Dawn!! When I was growing up, our street was a Coronation Street situation, where our row of terraces had a lane running down the back, before backing on to the gardens of the next row etc. All the kids played in the connecting lane, we all new each other, everyone had their doors open and we’d just walk into each other’s houses! When I first moved in with my husband, he knew very few people in his street, and nobody talked to each other. When we moved just before DT was born, I expected the situation in our new street to be similar, but the people we bought the house from left us an itinary of the entire street! Their names, jobs, age of children etc!! And about 10 of the neighbours knocked on the door to hand us back keys to our house, that they’d been given by the previous owner! I felt like everyone had a key!! It was lovely though, and I feel like I’ve got my childhood sense of community back, and 3 people on the street have children the same age as mine, and the mums are now really good friends of mine!
    Thanks so much for sharing with #bigpinklink!

    1. It’s lovely that you still have that amazing sense of community! I grew up in exactly the same scenario and it was so close. You knew everyone and could pop round to play with a friend at a neighbour’s house any time. The older kids became babysitters for the younger kids and all the parents knew each other. It was such a supportive and safe environment. I live on a new estate now and things just aren’t the same. This cause really struck a chord with me and I really wanted to support it. Thanks for reading x.

  12. I figure I will get to know mine a lot more this summer when the ball with be completely in their court (well, garden!) as my little one gets older and practises the art of throwing and football!
    Lovely poem #MarvMondays

  13. This is a lovely poem, very thought provoking. You’re right about how we used to know all our neighbours – I bumped into some of my childhood neighbours last year at a fete and we shared memories of how their son used to wash our car! I know the names of the near neighbours but there are some houses on our street I don’t even have faces for, let alone names…
    x Alice

    1. It’s amazing how much things feel like they’ve changed since I was a child (and it’s not THAT long ago haha). I’d love to bump into some of my old neighbours and see how they are. I moved house a lot as a child but we still always seemed to know everyone. I’ve lived where we are now for a few years but I still don’t know most of the people on our street. It’s a shame really. Thank you for reading x

  14. Lovely post Dawn. And so true. My neighbour and I were on Mat leave at the same time but never once had a cuppa or cake even though we kept saying we would! I’ve never seen the inside of any other houses on my street and that’s a bit crazy really! Thanks for sharing – will help spread the word πŸ™‚ #bigpinklink

    1. Thanks lovely! Same here. I have a neighbour that backs onto us and we both had babies at the same time nearly 4 years ago. We send xmas cards every year, but I’ve never even met her little boy? It’s bizarre and I need to make an effort to get out there more. Thanks for reading and sharing xx

  15. Another brilliant rhyme and very true who does know their neighbours these days? We are quite lucky as we live on a quiet avenue and park in the communal car park so we have to be a bit more chatty. But when we lived in London I didn’t even know the people who lived in he flat next to ours! #bigpinklink

    1. Thank you. When I read about the campaign it made me think about our street and I don’t think that any of us actually go into each other’s homes. We all just seem to wave and say hi but keep ourselves to ourselves. It just seems to be the norm here, and it’s fine. But I would like to think that I’d know if someone on the street needed a helping hand. I’m not sure that I’d have a clue though to be honest! Thanks for reading x

  16. Great little rhyme. When I was younger I used to speak to my neighbours and play with their children. With the things that have been found in my communal garden that we will never be able to use now, I wouldn’t trust my daughter visiting our neighbours. She does however get on well with the girl that lives next door to my mum! I also remember, I can’t have been much older than my daughter is now, but I went to the local shops alone, I was still using stabilisers on my bike so I can’t have been that old…I’d go so many places alone, with no phone, and no worries but I just couldn’t do that with my child now…so much fear around. A shame really. #bestandworst

    1. It is such a shame! I remember going out for the whole day with no food or drink and just coming back when the streetlights came on. That was the rule. I also remember my Dad sending me to the shop with a note to buy him cigarettes?? I would have been about 12? To be fair I never tried one and still haven’t to this day (and he did know the shop keeper haha). How things change in just a few *coughs* years… Thank you for hosting lovely xx

  17. Your rhymes really are outstanding. You should look to get them published – there’s a site that you can register with and be paid to publish poems. Tweet me for the info if you want. Anyhow, neighbours; funny relationships aren’t they. In my last house I didn’t really speak or get on with any of my neighbours – in fact once I had a screaming row with one of them that resulted in the 2 of us having to be separated – not one of my finest moments. Luckily, where we are now is much nicer. Fab post. #bestandworst

    1. Good neighbours can make such a difference can’t they (as can having ones that want to fight you I would imagine? Sounds dreamy haha).

      As for your other comment – oh my goodness thank you! Erm. Yes please if you have the details? I just wouldn’t know where to start but it would be great to see if any were worthy of publishing? Would it be easier to DM me? @rhymingwithwine Thanks very much again! Xx

  18. We know our neighbours and quite a few other people in the village, but I suspect that we’re not typical. Lovely poem as always πŸ™‚ This reminds me, I need to write my post for this!

    1. Ooh great are you writing a post for it too? I’ll look out for it. It’s such a great cause. It’s lovely that you know your neighbours. You’ll be able to share some great tips as our street is a bit useless at the whole “community” thing. Thanks for reading x

  19. What a brilliant poem, you are very clever.

    I live in a little cul-de-sac and we know most people in the road . We have been here 14 years and I’m originally from the local area. Most of our neighbours are retired and over the age of 65. They are lovely and very friendly. I feel that the biggest thing that stops people from getting to know their neighbours is the use of cars. When I was working, I’d see people to wave to from the car, but it’s so much better if you are walking and you can stop and chat.

    When we had the bad snow here back in 2010, we couldn’t use our cars particularly as we are at the bottom of a hill. For those couple of days I spoke to so many people, people I had never spoken to before and it felt like such a community.

    Very thought-provoking x


    1. Thank you Siena. I think you’re absolutely right. We just tend to dash between our car and front door now but if we get out walking we bump into so many people and chat. It’s lovely that you have a good relationship with your neighbours, and it must help that you’ve lived there for some time. I’m sure the retired and more elderly of your community feel very supported by the fact that they know the people around them. Thanks for reading and for your comment. Dawn x

  20. Growing up we knew everybody in our street and we all played out together until it became too dark. Now in our new cul de sac you never hear children playing or parents talking on their steps. I’m hoping they are just anti-social and not stuck inside playing on computer games, or worst still writing blogs, haha. #bestandworst

    Renee @peonieandme x

    1. Haha yep heaven forbid πŸ˜‰ I know for one that I’m guilty of bundling the kids into the car and driving off somewhere to play when we have a perfectly good park on our estate. *slaps wrist* I’m sure that would be a good place to start getting more involved with our community. Thanks for reading and commenting. Dawn x

  21. Such a fab rhyme as always but this one really got me thinking. It is so true and something I worry about. Especially as I live in a different country to my Mum and Dad and they have both been poorly, it makes you realise the importance of neighbours and how we should all check on our neighbours. Great as always πŸ™‚ x

    1. Thanks Emma. I think we all hope that our parents are surrounded by support – and I can imagine it being so important when they’re far away. I hope that they have people keeping an eye out for them. Thank you for reading and commenting x

  22. I’ve always thought we’re lucky to have such lovely neighbours, but as I read more of your poem I realised that our relationship is pretty much limited to our immediate neighbours. The others I know by name and will stop and have a chat, but it doesn’t go much further than chit chat. As my grandparents have got older I’ve realised the importance of neighbours, so I’m going to make a concerted effort to develop our neighbourly relationships a bit more! #coolmumclub

    1. I think it has been seeing the amazing relationship that my grandma has with her neighbours that has made me feel so supportive of this cause. My neighbours are lovely don’t get me wrong, we just don’t really interact and our whole street is the same. Just a wave as we pass in the car. It’s good that you get on well with your immediate neighbours πŸ™‚ Thank you for your lovely comment x

  23. aww this made me a little sad – we get so caught up in our own little worlds that the street has lost it’s community feeling – we seem to look elsewhere these days. It has the same vibes Talya’s post on raising girls where social media has lost the community feeling for girls so they turn to fake lives for inspiration as opposed to their extended family etc … a great thought provoking rhyme lovely #coolmumclub

    1. I thought the same as I read Talya’s moving post. I’m as guilty as anyone if not more so! I love our little on line blogging community! But am I neglecting to notice people in my own street as I’m so busy in my bubble. Yep. I’ve no doubt that I am. This whole campaign has made me want to open our eyes. I’m sorry that it made you a little sad though lovely. Sending cake xx

  24. Hey Dawn, I also wrote a post about the same campaign. It’s so sad to see the community spirit of old diminish. Bring back street parties I say!
    Thanks for linking up to #coolmumclub with this wonderful and thought provoking poem. x

    1. Ooh yeah street parties!! Sign me up for that! (Will there be cake? There will definitely be cake won’t there?) πŸ˜‰ Don’t know how I missed your post lovely but I’ll be over to find it later! Feel honoured to be blogging about a cause with you! πŸ™‚ Thanks for hosting xx

  25. It is true that people tend to know their neighbours less well these days, I think it has something to do with spending less time in the front garden as the days when we do a spot of gardening we manage to speak to people much more. That said, I happen to live on a lovely street. One of our neighbours even cat sits for us while we go away (so handy), and several have been round for tea and biscuits! #coolmumclub

    1. Aw that’s so lovely! I’m convinced that this is the root of our problem. We have a tiny patch of grass as our front garden (zero maintenance) and a not much bigger but well fenced in back garden (also zero maintenance – I don’t do gardening!) Maybe this is my way forward? Must buy plants! Thank you for reading and commenting lovely x

  26. I love this rhyme – so thought-provoking. My next-door neighbours always say hello and stop for a brief chat when we see them and I know a couple of the other neighbours (one of whom does drop in for a coffee every now and then) but hardly any of the others. One of the things I do like about Jessica being at preschool though is that is has helped me get to know other local parents at least – but maybe I should stop and say hello to my neighbours a little more than I do. Great post.

    1. Thanks Louise. It’s lovely that you have neighbours that pop in for coffee sometimes. I would probably know more people if we used our local school but Miss Tot goes to a nursery in the neighbouring village. I’m doing my bit for village neighbourly spirit but I think I need to do more for my own! Thank you for your comment x

  27. Fabulous post! In general I agree with you. At the moment we know 2 of our neighbours, 1 couple we actually consider friends and have had them over for dinner parties. I used to know 2 other neighbours as well but they’ve moved away. No one likes a nosy neighbour but it’d be nice if we were all a little bit more friendly!

    1. Thank you! I agree – I’d hate to be considered a pest and always be hovering around people’s doorsteps begging for sugar. It would be lovely to have neighbours that we considered friends as you do though. Everyone loves a dinner party! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment x

  28. Great as always but makes you think. I’m lucky to have good neighbours but I only know 3 or 4 in my street. You are right about not even having time to say hello. It’s a wierd world we live in. #coolmumclub lifeinthemumslane

  29. This is quite interesting as I feel as though I spend quite a bit of time gossiping about my neighbours but literally no time actually making an effort to get to know them, even though I am a little bit fascinated with their lives. Is that weird? #coolmumclub

  30. What a lovely rhyme! Its so sad how much the world has changed when we think about relationships and life. I remember a similar time growing up, but its so different now! Great campaign, thanks for sharing it on #MarvMondays. Emily

  31. I wish there was a love button because I absolutely love this idea! I feel alienated by my neighbors and sometimes feel like they are peeking at me through half opened blinds. Why? Because that’s exactly what I do. I don’t even know their names! It’s so sad in today’s society that we can talk on the Internet to people all around the world but have never even said hello to my neighbor. It baffles me truly. Thanks so much for linking with #momsterslink you rhymed it perfectly as always.

    1. Thanks Trista. Having seen the view from your window I feel like I already know your neighbourhood. (Stunning view!) It’s such a shame that society is increasingly like this now, and yet you’re half the world away and we “chat” several times a week? Not that I’m complaining about that bit of course! That bit’s great πŸ˜‰ Thanks for hosting and commenting x

  32. Excellent post!
    I’m lucky that I have a lovely neighbour. We do lots together and our boys are always piling their toys against the low fence to talk to each other. We pass toys over the fence and share cake over the fence. We’ve said many times that our fence should just be taken down!
    Just like neighbours should be.

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