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neighbourly: adjective.

characteristic of a good neighbor, especially helpful, friendly, or kind.

strawberries from Qualicum Beach garden

See what my dear neighbour is again sharing with us. Last year you saw the baskets full of lettuce, raspberries, and other garden delights. This year we are again the fortunate recipients of strawberries, lettuce of all kinds (eating lots of Chinese lettuce wraps!!), snap peas, and beets. And on the other side of our fence, the other neighbour has been sharing rhubarb, dill, basil, and strawberries.

And the other neighbour shares her great sense of humour, conversation over the fence, sending me little quips and delightful points of interest. Not to mention that they treat our dogs like royalty. Aren’t we lucky?!

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ~John Holmes

wind chime zen, Parksville

I don’t have garden space except what I grow in pots so I share other things . . . homemade bread tends to top the list most of the time.

“If you are a dreamer, come in. If you are dreamer, a wisher, a liar, a hoper, a prayer, a magic-bean-buyer. If you’re a pretender, come sit by my fire, for we have some flax-golden tales to spin. Come in! Come in!” ~ Shel Silverstein

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lisa - July 16, 2014 - 8:07 am

You are indeed so very fortunate to have such wonderful neighbors, Diane! We have great neighbors too, and it is such a blessing since we live in the city, and are very close to one another.

Those strawberries looks so yummy, but you know, I think I’d rather have your bread!! 🙂

Happy day to you, my friend!

Leanne@CottageTails - July 16, 2014 - 11:04 am

mm summer strawberries – I can hardly wait. It is wonderful when you have good neighbours aye.

Susan - July 16, 2014 - 7:20 pm

I miss chatting over the fence now that we live on an acreage. I’m glad you have such lovely neighbours and I bet they feel the same way about you! We planted strawberries this year but have to wait until next year for our first harvest, however I have just picked some ripe, sun kissed raspberries, ate them straight from the bush while standing in the sun dappled meadow-close to perfect.

Kelly @ JAX does design - July 18, 2014 - 8:27 pm

You’re lucky to have such lovely neighbours 🙂 Ours are nice enough, but they don’t keep us so well fed! 😉 Nothing better than fresh local strawberries in the summertime…

Michele - July 22, 2014 - 11:16 am

Good Morning, I must tell your readers that we too love our kind generous neighbours! We are blessed to live next door to Diane and her hubby and our favourite furry friends!!

Sherry at Still and All - July 27, 2014 - 11:28 am

I love how your images evoke neighbourliness and summer-time sharing, Diane. Isn’t it a wonderful time of year? We have wonderful neighbours in our community too and there’s lots of reciprocity going on all the time.

Shawna - July 28, 2014 - 4:33 pm

What a beautiful spot. Makes me happy to think of you sitting there. Good neighbours are the best.