From time to time, Pete and I daydream about what we’d do if the Euromillions came up and ironically for someone who never plays it (in my case), I have an awful lot of things I’d love to do with that money. One thing we’re both in total agreement on (although I reserve the right to change my mind should it ever happen!) is that we wouldn’t leave our home but rather pay as much as we need to get it exactly how we want and stay put.
Now that may sound completely crazy to most people when faced with an inordinate amount of life-changing money but the truth is we just really love where we live and that’s in no small part down to our amazing neighbours.
We live in a semi-detached house and I can honestly say my neighbours on our detached side have become wonderful friends, so much so that I toddled round there in my PJs and slippers on Christmas Eve to enjoy a tipple or two. We take in each other’s packages, look out for each other’s homes and walk our dogs together from time to time. They made and fitted the shelves in our home office and have quickly become so important in our lives, and I recently helped them out at a wedding fair selling their amazing light up letters.
On our attached side, our neighbours are equally lovely and have cleaned our gutters “just because” and are currently working their way through building a new fence between our gardens. After years of living in rented accommodation in London where people come and go and no-one really gets to know each other, it’s wonderful to feel part of such an incredible community, especially since that can be quite hard to find in a big city.
It doesn’t even end there – we know so many of our neighbours and our peaceful 1930’s estate has it’s own Facebook residents association group too so we really do all look out for each other. This is the focus of a new campaign by Corgi HomePlan called “How Safe is your Street” which encourages people to make sure their neighbours are ok. This is never more important than now as life becomes busier and feels a lot more self-involved than it would have done in my grandparents time. Taking time to get to know your neighbours and people’s patterns can help to build a safer, friendlier community which benefits everyone.
Corgi HomePlan have created an online hub packed with information on how to get involved. From ideas on how to play a bigger part in your community to a video with psychology professor Dr Sandi Mann on breaking the ice with neighbours, this is a great resource for homeowners who want to build a stronger sense of belonging.
And to make sure we’re also looking after our own homes, Corgi HomePlan have very kindly offered a carbon monoxide detector worth £40. If you’d like to win this important item of home safety, just complete the rafflecopter by Sunday April 24th, UK entrants only.
This is a collaborative post with Corgi HomePlan who have provided a carbon monoxide detector as a competition prize free of charge.
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