New Neighbours

~New Neighbours~

It all started over parking !


Funny,  but what occurred between my neighbours is serious and ongoing.


To set the scene,  the building I live in is in two halves.  One side is a 3 storey single property and my side is divided into three apartments.  The two cats and I own the top apartment.  

Toni …


…. Pedro …


…. and their three children ….


…. live just below me.  And the ground floor apartment is hardly used.


New neighbours from another country in Europe, (whom I will call NewN from now on) moved into the large half next door.  I got on well with the husband, chatting in English.  THEN one lunchtime I heard shouting.  The NewN wife was screaming from her front balcony at Toni in the street to move Pedro’s car parked on the other side of the road of their house perfectly legally (no yellow lines and Pedro had parked his car there for years).


Toni said nothing.  Returned to her apartment,  got the keys and moved the car.  Then Toni got into her car and drove off to pick up her kids from school.  The NewN wife still shouting at the disappearing car.  Other locals and I were shocked at the verbal abuse.


Pedro, upset, parked his car day after day in his usual spot across the road from the NewN home.  The wife or husband never spoke to Pedro.  The wife concentrated on Toni and her children,  even frightening Ariadne by screaming out of the NewN window, “STUPIDO, UNEDUCATED !“, threatening Toni by saying, “You had better be careful when driving at night” and terrifying Liam who woke up crying at 04:30 by almighty banging on the concrete wall from the NewN half of the building.   How awful !


The NewN had local Spanish builders working in their house from day one who are always desperate for money.  The builders are the only local friends that NewN now have, socialising with them in the evenings.  One morning yellow lines were painted on both sides of the road in front of their house.


This, of course, is illegal.  No signs.  No authority from the many different agencies overseeing this area just outside this Spanish village boundary.


Pedro parked his car butted up to the yellow line.

One morning, just before Christmas.  Yes, just before Christmas !  We woke up to find ALL four of Pedro’s car tyres slashed.






I had had enough.  I told one of the Spanish builders that the whole situation was really bad.  He turned bright red, squirmed, but said nothing !

I then rung the NewN doorbell.  The NewN wife came to the door.  I told her that I knew that she had had the tyres slashed as she was the only person to ever be really nasty to this young family. “It wasn’t me.  I don’t care !” slamming the door in my face.

Soon after, the recovery truck arrived.  Luckily for Pedro the insurance paid for that, but not for the replacement tyres.  €240 (about the same in US dollars).  As I said, just before Christmas !  

Spanish locals gathered to watch while the car was being winched onto the truck.  THEN from her front balcony the NewN wife started screaming at Toni’s father !  Everyone was shocked, astounded by the ravings of this banshee, the father said nothing.

Later, the local police could do nothing about the tyres as nobody saw anything, but they did question the NewN wife over the verbal abuse, who said to police, “There is no problem.  We are the best of friends with our neighbours.  We are buddies !“.  Oh boy !

Since that day the NewN have gone totally quiet.  I even tried to say good morning to the NewN husband yesterday, but got the cold shoulder.  So much for “Love thy neighbour as thyself !”.

Pathetic !


I promise not to laugh when the NewN wife wearing only indoor clothes and a black plastic garbage bag on her head (Batman’s nun) is sweeping the street in the pouring rain.

I promise not to be brainwashed listening to the NewN wife playing her 8 note piano … the same scale, up and down, (nothing else !) for hours on end sometimes.

I promise ………. OMG, shoot me someone !


Do you have new neighbours like mine ?


Ralph xox ❤


I know !  Not a lot of fun in this post.  I hummed and haa’ed over whether I should publish it.  In the end I decided that I should as it is life in my Spanish village.  BTW, fun post next time  🙂

150 Comments on “New Neighbours

  1. That sucks. It’s said how two people can turn everyone else’s lives upside down.
    Do you want me to start a Big Girls Boot Brigade and come over and sort them out. Dancing in hob nail boots on their roof, or head…whatever! 🙂

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    • Hello Juls 🙂
      Yes, the whole thing really sucks !
      As the founding member of the Big Girls Boot Brigade you would be very welcome to Riverdance in your hob nail boots. I will sell tickets and you will make a fortune, if, of course, the new neighbours kick off again.
      I do hope that you are having a better week this week as I see you have been having a pretty rough time of things lately. Thinking about you my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤


  2. I am astonished at those awful people who don’t realize that Karma exists, it will come and bite them in the behind! The police should take statements from neighbors at how many verbal tirades the NewN family (I.E.wife) did towards Toni. This was sad but an important post. We need doses of reality, Ralph.
    My purse was stolen at the library with a man on a facing computer who used his feet to reach to get my purse by my feet. It was caught on surveillance video but he pleaded down so my new glasses, Mother’s Day gift cards to restaurants and my cell phone were stolen. Had to cancel credit cards and get new driver’s license. Not as horrible as the bad neighbors! Just had to share about the thief, since “misery loves company.” Take it easy and big hugs sent your way, dear. ❤

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    • Hello Robin 🙂
      I totally agree with you about karma Robin. There is good and bad, bad is the one to avoid big time and I think that the new neighbours’ wife is in for it.
      Oh no, how could he do that to you in the library ! All that hassle for you, probably just for stealing a few dollars. Karma will be busy, won’t she ?
      Thank you so much for visiting and all your Likes and comments dear friend.
      Big hug. Love Ralph xox ❤

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      • You are always wonderful to hear from, Ralph! I will be 62 this year and so made sure to go back to your big 70th birthday party and say my best regards! Fondly, Robin xo

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      • When is your birthday dear Robin ? I will send you an e-card, that is if I can find your email address on your blog or on your gravatar.
        Thank you so much for visiting my birthday post. So kind of you my friend.
        Love Ralph ❤

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      • Oh, it is an email account that I go once a week and Never read! I don’t like the thousands of blog notifications and so I literally delete about 15,000 by not reading them. My friends text or call, but my blogging friends visit my blog. Sorry, but this is just being honest. If I could start all over again I would not ask for comment notifications! 🙂
        Anyway, my birthday is kind of cool, 11-15-55. It is an easy one. I rarely say a word about my birthday on my blog. It is fun to celebrate with my little grandies and grown children. Ralph, thank you for asking! hugs xoxo

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      • Thank you so much for explaining about your email account Robin. I completely understand as it takes me a couple of days to visit every blog who has commented or liked on my new post. Each post generates at least 150 emails. It does take time to whittle down my inbox, so I completely sympathise with you.
        Thank you for your birthday date. I will use comments to send you something in November. Wow, the time is flying by, January has almost gone !
        Hugs back. Ralph xox ❤


      • Thanks so much, dear distant friend! I will always enjoy our friendship. It is nice to have had enough time to spend time visiting. Next weekend I will be up at my Mom’s! xo

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      • I totally agree with you dear Robin as it is lovely to have a little chat with you my friend.
        Have a lovely weekend with your mom 🙂 ❤

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  3. Neighbours like that are intolerable, and it is difficult to resist the temptation to retaliate in kind, which can escalate into violence. A solution which can sometimes work is to study up by-laws and report such people for each and every transgression. There is always something one can use.

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    • Hello Colonialist 🙂
      I’m sorry that I have been so long in replying to your very sensible comment. So much going on here for the last couple of days.
      I totally agree with you. It is so easy to take revenge on neighbours like these. At least they know that they can’t get away with being so nasty now that the police are involved.
      Have a great weekend. Ralph 🙂

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  4. Holy tires, batman! sounds like a super hero rescue is in order! Don your cape, and save that sweet family. You’ll think of something.
    In the meantime, Karma’s at work, silently plotting from all that evilness the NewN wife has reaped. Bet she even brought some with her from her last house. *shudders*

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    • Hi Roxie 🙂
      I just got in, bruised and battered. I did what you suggested, put on my cape, leapt from my third floor balcony shouting, “To infinity and beyond !” and ended up with a Ralph shaped 3 foot deep hole in the road. Any other bright suggestions ? I am game for anything, you know that 🙂
      Have a lovely weekend my friend.
      Hugs. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Hahaha, I can totally see the splat on the road from here! Messed up those pretty yellow lines they drew. Perhaps Spider-Man is who we need?! My cats enjoy those eight-legged buggers, maybe yours will too. And with any luck, NewN is arachniphobic, lol.

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  5. She is definitely an abuser and I am guessing her husband was silent with you because she would have given him more abuse. I think this post is good at highlighting domestic abuse of guys by women. It is so badly under-represented. I know a guy who has been verbally abused by his wife for years – he talks to me in confidence about it and obviously I can’t say the details but I recognise this behaviour and from the way my ex treated me.

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    • Hello Sandra 🙂
      You have really hit the nail on the head with your analysis of this post. I am so sure that you are right.
      Heavens, I am so sorry to read that you went through it yourself my friend. How awful for you.
      Big hug. Ralph xox ❤

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      • Hi Ralph, yeah, 8.5 years with one of them, of which mostly 8 got progressively worse until it was like being in prison. I have been free now for over 5 years.

        Have you read my new Asexual Perspectives book – the look inside preview?

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      • That’s great that you have been out of that relationship for a number of years now Sandra, at least you are trying to make the best of it nowadays. Good on ya !
        I am sorry, I have not read your book. In fact I have not read a book for a couple of years now since my hands went wonky. I have watched your videos and read your posts. My laptop is such a godsend. 🙂 ❤

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      • Bless you. So sorry to hear that – it’s a ebook – so like reading an extra long blog post. The book will be on a free promo at some point in the next few weeks too so I have kept it inexpensive for now. You can download the Kindle to any device – I think you may be able to buy the ‘add audio’ option but not sure. But I understand if you cannot touch the screen at all. Thanks for your kind words.

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  6. You can choose your cats, but not your neighbours. 😳 I’ve had some awful ones over the years, but we’re really lucky at the moment. Love them all, including the iguanas and Sammy squirrel. 😅

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    • Hello Sylvia 🙂
      Ha ! I am between the devil and the deep blue sea as my cats are one and the new neighbours another. Help ! 😉
      I am so pleased to read that your neighbours are okay where you are now. That is good news. I do know that you love the fauna all around you. You have a lovely mix of animals and birds. Really lovely.
      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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  7. That is terrible. We have had some inconvenient neighbors. But now we have awesome neighbors. They bring us food. Often. Granted it is too hot (spicy) for me to eat, but my hubby loves it. They are great neighbors!

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    • Hello Terre 🙂
      Oh wow, I am so so pleased for you that you have such wonderful neighbours. The young family who live below me are just as great. Brilliant !
      Have a lovely day my friend. Ralph xox ❤


      • Everytime we have inconvenient neighbors, I never wish for new ones because they could always end up worse. We got so lucky with these neighbors! I am glad you have at least one set of nice neighbors!

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  8. Yeesh… your NewN wife must be mighty miserable inside!
    Hopefully sooner than later, she will catch an honest look
    at herself and stop being such a jerk! :-/ 💜 Jackie@KWH

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    • Hello Jackie 🙂
      You must be psychic, as a couple of days ago the NewN wife, in tears, apologised to Pedro, offered him money for the inconvenience she caused him and his family, plus she offered him work to be done in her house. Fantastic news !
      Happy Sunday my friend. Ralph xox ❤

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