Great neighbours are good for Friday wines, saying hi to as you put the trash out, and complaining with a about the not so good, play loud music all night neighbours.
Living out here in the Sounds they are even more important. We check up on someone who hasn't been seen for a little while, feed pets while owners are away, collect eggs and mail, mow lawns - if absolutely have to, keep an eye out whenever one of the guys goes out in their dinghy to bring in a net, haul out tractors stuck in the mud. And often tourist's cars in the same predicament.
I have access to a number of homes in our bay, same as those people can get into our house any time it's necessary, especially when home owners are away and we've had a storm or one of the shake, rattle and roll events.
Even better, in summer neighbours are great for sitting on someone's deck with and enjoying a wine and homemade pizzas.
We rely on these people to have our backs as we do them.
Do you have good neighbours you can rely on in good times and bad?