Journal entry by Eve Ilsen — 31 minutes ago
Ah, the garden is giving me great joy. It is even worth it to get up early and go down while all is still quiet, and I can smell the dawn. It is mostly wild, because of an invasion of a non-native grass, and now looks completely disorderly and lush. The local squirrel was gone for a few days, and is back. The rufous-sided towhee comes to check out the platform seed-feeders. I haven't seen the skunk for a long while; nor the raccoon family, since they took down the bird feeder and I haven't refilled it. The hummingbirds and butterflies come to the bank of flowers planted specially for them. And a colony of wasps has made their happy home in the little wooden shelf in which I'd stored the small garden tools.
My new neighbors to the east, on the other side of my back yard, spent months gettting workmen to gearup and dismantle everything that had been there before. Thank G-d, the months of macine-backing-up-beeping are over. They have laid down sod, created a berm slanting down from the border of trees, planted. This is sloping down from what I had thought were our fir and spruce trees, deineating the edge of the back yard.
It turns out that the actual edge of the property runs precisely through the middle of the spruce and firs that I thought were the boundary---and I thought the trees lay inside my side of the property line.
The neighbors took down a ten-foot long fence on the south end of the yard, precisely on that property line---without asking, consulting or notifying me--- because it was old and worn and they didn't like it.
It had been hiding the composter, which they asked me to please put elsewhere. I did, temporarily.) Now that they have created their berm, sloping down from our shared trees, they have asked me to replace the fence they removed.
Today I got the estimate of what that would cost: $1000.
So, let me get this straight:
-they took down a fence they thought was on their side of the property line
-they would like me to pay for replacing it
Why does something sound wrong here?
They have been friendly so far. This just seems to me to be a sterling example of chutzpah. And I had not planned a gratuitous investment of $1000.
How do I deal with this without making enemies of my new(-ish) neighbors?
I will tune back in after shabbos.
Blessings on us all for a restorative and peaceful shabbat...