......I had no excuse, so out I went into my 'postage stamp' garden and started the clear up. I managed to fill a bag with garden rubbish and got some primroses in. The summer baskets still look pretty good as long as the weather remains mild and wet. At the first sign of it getting seriously cold, nature will take its course and I'll be presented with brown foliage to dispose of and the newly planted baskets of pansies and viola can go up for the winter display.
When I get another few bags of garden rubbish, I'll be a model citizen and dispose of it at our local tip along with anything my neighbours have got to go. That's how we do things here and wo-be-tide anyone who does an Augusta Road. I've been reading local blogs and the problems they've been having. I agree that when you've got a moving population in an area, there's no reason for them to feel any sense of ownership. There's no point in fining them 'cos they don't pay and just move on! I'm afraid the only way to keep on top of it is for the 'locals' to tidy up. I'd like some reward for the cans, bottles and dog excrement I clean up on the pavement outside my house! Although there's no financial reward I and my neighbours have a go and it works! We all stick together in our little patch and try to keep it nice and tidy. Yes, I'd say we're all proud of our houses, look after them and the local area.... despite today's throw away society!