We are currently living in a quite nice residential housing unit in an area of town which happens to be largely populated by old-age homes and elderly people. As a consequence a lot of our direct neighbours are measuring their lives in coffee spoons and wearing the bottoms of their trousers rolled. Which is fine except that their aged crotchetiness is starting to become slightly intrusive. E.g:
- MrsCerebus can't go out with the boys between 10-2 without getting complaints about noise. I can tell you they are not particularly noisy children by toddler standards.
- Yesterday we got a complaint from the director via some anonymous individual about our laundry, which was being dried in the one sunny day of the entire winter, inside the porch doorway, and consisted of some nappies and towels.
- If the boys go outside in inclement weather we'll be guaranteed to be remonstrated by our most active resident, who believes that no amount of layering will be sufficient to protect them from pneumonia.
- The one time in 5 years of residence we had some guests over from the church and we sang for an hour or so, we didn't hear the end of it for weeks.
And so forth. We're generally exemplary neighbours, quiet and friendly and helpful where we can be. How should we take care of them while still upholding our basic terms of residence, which we actually never violate? In particular nr2 had my wife frothing the whole day yesterday.