natesmountain (natesmountain) wrote,

Wandering the neighbourhood

Having time to walk the boys to school has been really interesting these past couple of months. I've seen a lot of the neighbourhood in its 'getting ready for the day' mood, the coffee shop starting to fill up, the pharmacy rolling up its security door, the takeaways shops uncharacteristically dark and shadowy. We've been watching a house up Broadway fall apart, week by week over the last year or so it has become more and more neglected, and a few weeks ago the fence fell down... but today someone is building a new fence. Turns out the house is owned by a dairy owner in Miramar who just can't be bothered cleaning the place up and renting it out. A house further up has been totally refurbished. There have been plasterers and painters spilling out onto the footpath each day. Turns out to be a friend of my neighbours, who wanted to get the '70s look out of her house. I can get all the local gossip LOL. We've been reading the graffiti in the tunnel too. I recognise a few names from my last job ;)

I saw a car today that advertised Dog Behaviour Management. Its number plate is K9CALM!!! And I saw a van advertising computer assistance, called Geeks on Wheels *g*

As we headed out to school this morning, passing the home of one of the families from school I saw their front door wide open. That seemed odd. I know Liz goes to work, she's a single mum these days. I stayed over at school to help my friend who is the parish secretary fix up a word document, then I had a coffee with our parish priest. We talked a lot about family dynamics and writing. So an hour later, on the way home, I noticed Liz's front door was still wide open. I went home and tried to phone but her number wasn't the one in the book, so I called school. The school secretary phoned my friend at work, and sure enough, her children were supposed to have closed the door! So I wandered back to their house to shut the door. Two steps into the living room and I could have scored a whole stereo system! Nice place. Tidy. I liked their home *g*

And walking home I thought of a whole new dimension for Nick to add to his character... so whee! I'm off again.
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