Hey neighbours, are you seeing and hearing a lot more of your neighbours during the lockdown? Has it helped you get to know them better - from an acceptable social distance - or is the noise of everyone being home together all the time getting to you?
Now more than ever it's up to all of us to try not to annoy our neighbours, and to be more tolerant ourselves, so here are some easy ways to do just that.
And if you're wondering what makes a good neighbour and what makes a bad one, check out the 12 most annoying neighbour types. How many have you lived next to?
Dear neighbours and NZ Gardener family,
Our April issue should be with our subscribers now and available in supermarkets and service stations (having been distributed prior to the lockdown restrictions). Whether or not it's on the stands yet is a bit patchy ... but then the incredibly brave and hard-working supermarket staff have quite a bit on their plate right now so I understand if there is a delay! Please, please, please everyone ... don't go out to buy it! Normally of course we love you buying NZ Gardener but right now it's far more important that you stay home and stay safe. (You can buy a copy with your online shopping though! That's safe and I think we are all in the market for something uplifting to read right now).
In this issue we offered to send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who sent us a SSAE. Just to reassure you, we will still send out sweet pea seeds to any reader who is keen to participate. We are just not quite sure when! Ignore the dates in the magazine of when you needed to send the envelope in by - that has been indefinitely extended. But we cannot wait to send you the seed and for those flowers to bloom as by then we will be well through this or even have it behind us. And keep letting us know what you are sowing and growing, send in pictures of your harvest, your flowers or what you are sharing.
We always love hearing from NZ Gardener readers but now when we are all staying apart that connection means more than you can imagine. Stay home, stay safe and stay in touch everyone. For the most updated gardening advice, subscribe to our digital e-zine Get Growing, which will be delivered to your inbox completely free.
Well, Placed an online order to be picked up on 01/04. Picked it up and it was short $102.00 of items that were out of stock (items I asked not to be substituted) That is o.k, however, now it is time to get My money back.
I go online & am advised via the computer generated question answerer that a refund will happen overnight after I receive My invoice. Invoice arrived 12.27am 02/04 so I expect $$$ in account this morning. But NO.
I ring the 0800 and after 1hr 55 minutes wait I get told it may take up to 10 days to be my account!
So, when I tell the genius on the phone "so what, I cannot buy any food for up to 10 days?" He replied "sorry for the inconvenience"
WELL, I will not starve, but what a poor attitude on behalf of Countdown!!!
I WILL now be bulk buying, going many different shops everyday so I can have what I want/need. Their crappy attitude has now forced Me into doing what is against the rules/suggestions.
I originally did not go overboard & buy up all and sundry. (wish I did now though)
If they ain't got the items, why are the allowing them to be purchased? I only went to the Bridge st as Dinsdale did not show the items as available for sale. (well done Dinsdale).
Oh, and on another note: day 5 now since applying for their "priority assistance" but no word.
I guess there assistance is about prioritized as there refunds!