The Monday Peeve: 2 January

The Monday Peeve is a prompt hosted by Paula Light of Light Motifs II and it is a chance for bloggers to get all those annoying little gripes off their chests.

It’s holiday time and our quiet little seaside hamlet is full of visitors. There are permanent residents like us but many people own holiday homes and visit at weekends or during the holidays. Other places are permanently let as holiday accommodation.

The view from our balcony

Naturally that means it is noisier, people invite their friends and have parties. Naomi and I are not party types ourselves but we don’t mind if other people have them provided that they are considerate of their neighbours. We usually sit up pretty late too so it’s not that we expect it to be dead quiet by half past nine. One group of neighbours who visit regularly love to play backyard cricket and volleyball. We often hear them shouting and laughing outside well after dark. They never bother us though. They have their fun and are back inside the house by ten or eleven o’clock.

The annoying things about holiday parties are when people are inconsiderate. Just before Christmas some neighbours had a party on a Thursday night. The party goers were probably teens, it was the last night of school. It was loud and went on till well after 2:30am. When you can still hear music inside your house with the doors and windows closed it is too loud. They did not have to get up early the next day. Naomi did as she was going to her volunteer job in Devonport and had to get up at 6am.

The other annoying thing about party goers is that when it is time to go home they don’t leave quietly. They rev up their cars, they yell or stand around talking in loud voices for ages before leaving. We can hear all that. It makes the dogs bark. Why can’t people just go home?

Photo by cottonbro studio on

Vandalism is less common around here, we’re lucky, but there has been at least one occasion this year when partygoers have left a mess in the street although I think the family cleaned it the next day; more alarming I heard a story about a rope being strung across the street. That could have been dangerous.

It’s just a small peeve because for eleven months of the year it’s pretty quiet here. It is only from just before Christmas to the end of January that these things happen usually but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t make us cross.



I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.


  1. Hey Vanda, wishing you a prosperous and less noisy new year.

    We live on a busy street in town so noise is an everyday issue holiday time or not. Also my street is home to six Air BNB’s which means we have tourists here that completely don’t give a damn about real time residents. It’s the very nature and shape of our world today sadly.

    Having moved here from a very quiet area l can understand, however the good news is that mostly for well over 330 days of the year, you don’t have to worry about the noise levels 🙂

    Ps: Did you get my email?


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