Very recently, on 4 August to be exact, I very proudly reported on my endeavours to clean up and prepare my overgrown garden for spring. I even uploaded a photo of the pile of garden refuse (all of it organic plant matter), little knowing that it would land me in hot water (well more like lukewarm as it turned out to be).
My house is one of seven in a townhouse complex. Except for one young couple, all the other residents are elderly, retired people. Ours is the last house in the row and next to our house runs the old municipal service lane that is no longer in use. We rent this lane from the municipality and in it is our garden shed and Hubby's tool-shed.
The pile of garden refuse accumulated over three consecutive Saturdays and sits in this old service lane behind the garden shed where it is not visible from any road or any other house, except one. We decided not to remove the refuse until "Operation Clean-up" was completed, as the pile is not yet big enough to fill a trailer to cart it away. In fact, Steven, my garden partner, has already starting chopping up some of the bigger items in the pile preparing for it to be carted away this coming weekend. At this time of year in our part of the world, anybody who takes any pride in his or her garden is clearing and cleaning out their gardens and piles of garden refuse is a common sight in most backyards.
Today, shortly after Hubby got home from his mornings-only job, a health inspector from the municipality arrived to inspect our backyard because a neighbour reported a health risk in our backyard! Now really... Hubby took him to the backyard and they were standing right next to the pile of garden refuse when he looked around and asked where the "garbage" was. When he realised that the pile of plant matter next to him is the "garbage" he actually shook his head and laughed. As he was leaving he could be heard muttering something about wasting time...
Now please... I have learned that those bloggers who regularly read my blog are all intelligent, mature and well-adjusted people. Could you please help me to find the correct words to describe the behaviour of this complainant and maybe figure out the reasoning behind the complaint?
PS: Do you think it is possible that just maybe, neither the health inspector nor Hubby and myself understand what constitutes a "health risk".