Settling into the neighbourhood

You know when you’re starting to settle into the neighbourhood when…

…someone knocks on your door to let you know you left your car lights on

…you remember what day is garbage day, without having to check

…the various shortcuts (by foot or by road) to strategic locations have been figured out

…the local amenities (post box, shop, late-night chemist, takeaway, spot where somebody leaves shopping trolleys, video shop) have all been located

…you’ve met most of the neighbours, even if you don’t remember their names

…you start to work out which cars go in which driveway

…you join in a game of street cricket (stumps is called when the ball goes down a drain)

About the only thing that hasn’t been done is some kind of house-warming do. Ummm… after I get the place tidied up a bit. Which should be in the Christmas break.

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