Neighbours helping neighbours

A scene showing all the debris I raked up from one small section of the Manse's yard. When we were finished, we had 20 of the big paper bags like you see in the photo full to overflowing.

A scene showing all the debris I raked up from one small section of the Manse’s yard. When we were finished, we had 20 of the big paper bags like you see in the photo full to overflowing. And now all that material has a new home!

We got an email from our Queensborough friend and neighbour Chuck late last week that absolutely made my day. It was just the perfect example of how people in a small community, where everyone knows everyone else, help each other out and figure out ways to do things that are mutually beneficial.

As I’ve mentioned in a couple of recent posts, like here and here, Raymond and I worked hard during our last visit to the Manse to get all the leaves and other fall/winter detritus raked up from our big yard so that it would be all set for when it’s time to start mowing the grass. And as I wrote here, our ending up with 20 big bags of yard waste stowed in the garage awakened a deep longing in me (and, I think, in Raymond too) for a trailer to hitch onto the back of his red truck. That way we would have been able to dispose of it all in one big dump run, rather than having to cover the not-insignificant distance between Queensborough and the Municipality of Tweed‘s dump near the hamlet of Stoco two or more times. But we don’t (yet) have that trailer, so multiple fossil-fuel-burning dump trips loomed.

But not any more!

Chuck was emailing to tell us that another neighbour is looking to collect all the yard waste he can to fill in some low, water-logged areas in his own yard. Could he have ours?

Well, he most certainly could! And not only that: Chuck volunteered to arrange to get the 20 bags out of our garage and over to our neighbour. So the next time we get to the Manse, it’ll all be gone.

I just love that: one household’s waste turned into another household’s useful stuff. All thanks to conversation and co-operation among Queensborough neighbours.

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