Not everyone can take a day trip to the beach when the sun is shining, so if you want to get out in the garden for a few hours to soak up some rays then do, but be aware, your neighbours might be able to see you. Consider their view points from inside and outside their house – find a spot less visible to them – closer to the house tends to be better, and think about what you’re wearing.
“You may be sunbathing in your own home, so to speak, but decorum dictates you should usually consider clothing yourself in nothing less than beachwear.
“If you want to listen to music, use headphones for minimum disruption, but if you must use a speaker then stick to a three hour limit and keep it quiet – this isn’t Venice Beach!”
It might seem like a minefield to navigate, but stick to William’s top tips and there should be no reason why you and your neighbours can’t get on perfectly well, creating an enjoyable community and living experience for the whole street.
Adopt good manners, be considerate and as selfless as possible, and your garden etiquette is sure to get you noticed.
William Hanson is widely regarded as the UK’s freshest and most trusted authority on etiquette and protocol. His youth, coupled with his old-fashioned values, gives him credence to adjudicate on modern manners.
William understands that good manners and etiquette, which are based on common sense, should be universal. He strives to incorporate their proper use in a 21st century context, helping everyone to become more aware of, and sensitive to, the ways in which they conduct their lives.