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Old January 4th, 2013, 04:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Neighbour's Fruit

I've never been too sure what to do about this sort of situation. As you can see, my neighbours mangoes are almost ripe.

Are they "technically" mine? Does my immediate future hold the promise of a mango smoothie and perhaps some tropical fruit salad? Mango daiquiri?

Or will the bats get them because my neighbour is leaving those ones for me? I don't know that neighbour as I'd have to walk about 500m right around the block to even find which driveway is theirs (backs onto my place).

Hmmmm. BTW - I already know they taste delicious as one of them "fell off" ... into my hand ... accidently by accident, when I bumped it with my fingers.





And these passionfruit on my other neighbour's fence. Pretty sure they're mine. No way they can reach them. Must be 70-odd, and they're the delicious golden ones.



Is it cool to pick fruit that overhangs your place only just by a little bit?

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Old January 4th, 2013, 04:09 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It's sleeting outside now, and all I can think about are
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Old January 4th, 2013, 04:14 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I think you owe it to them as a good neighbor to maintain the health and utilization of the sections of tree on your side of the fence.
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I think the easy way here is to just have more of those 'accidents' and to make sure you do by continuing to 'accidentally by accident' bump them with your fingers. Vigorously if you have to.

Screw the damned bats. Let them do their bumping somewhere else.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 04:48 AM   #5 (permalink)
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Old January 4th, 2013, 04:59 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Nick, that tree grew that way for you. Enjoy!!
Please be careful , no more accidents, we need your sense of humour here.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 05:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Here in the UK the law is that whatever is hanging or growing on your side of the fence belongs to you, so if it's the same in Oz then pick away and enjoy!
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Old January 4th, 2013, 05:18 AM   #8 (permalink)
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get them before the possums/flying foxes do is a good plan...

does your neighbour make a fuss over the fruit each year?... out there collecting every morning, etc,.. hate to see them go wasted through "neighbours overhanging fruit guilt".. ;)

funny you mention Mangoes... for a few years there been barely one or two fruits on my tree that make it through the season from flower set... it's bone dry around the ground here with big cracks here and there....

this year there's a reasonable crop about 3/4 ripe all over the tree...what the !!??... Yay...

mangoes.... arrrggghhh...;)
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Old January 4th, 2013, 05:25 AM   #9 (permalink)
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They probably won't mind, however, they'd probably appreciate you asking more.

I deal with some neighborly battles fairly frequently, through work and of my own. I'd much rather have somebody confront me in a civil manner than either call the authorities, or just take as they see fit. It's a cultural thing these days, people are afraid of other people.
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Nick if the tree is overhanging the fence into your property then they are yours for the taking. Same goes for trimming / pruning any tree that overhangs into your yard.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 07:58 AM   #11 (permalink)
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You could pick one and then make the 500m walk and explain how the frisby accidently hit it. Add that you love mangos. You may just score a basket of fresh mangos for your honesty. I happens often around here with apples. Lots of baskets going to and fro.

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Nick if the tree is overhanging the fence into your property then they are yours for the taking. Same goes for trimming / pruning any tree that overhangs into your yard.
Be careful with that. A tree is valued at over $1000 in court these days. One little talk with a neighbour can change your world. Sometimes for the worse though.
Good fences make good neighbours. I wouldn't want to see a war over a mango.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 08:23 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Ya I would say to the neighbor (with an Aussie accent of course) "hey mate mind if I eat some of the fruit that hangs over my fence?", just be friendly. I'm sure they won't mind.

I grow tangerines in my back yard, and I give sacks of them to my neighbors.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 08:38 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Can't you just catch them sometime when they're in their backyard and yell over the fence: "Hey these mangoes over here look yummy; mind if I pick 'em?"
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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:01 AM   #14 (permalink)
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Isn't there some rule against coveting thy neighbor's fruit?
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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:09 AM   #15 (permalink)
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AFAIK the law in aus states that you have the right to "trim" a neighbour's tree if it is hanging over your property but the trimminsg remain the property of your neighbour. So you can pick them but they still have ownership.

How's about you pick them and offer them to your neighbours? They might let you have half if not all....
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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:20 AM   #16 (permalink)
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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:38 AM   #17 (permalink)
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Mangoes and passionfruit?? You're lucky. The only things coming over the fence from my neighbors is the noise from their Chihuahua, the snow from their snowblower, dirty looks, etc.. lol.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 09:43 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Mango margaritas are in order.
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Communication, open and direct is always the best initial policy. If not effective, may your desire for the juicy, sweet, nectar of the Gods be your guide. Aside from figs, I feel the Mango is the tastiest tree ornament ever grown.
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Old January 4th, 2013, 10:09 AM   #20 (permalink)
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You are a cruel man Nick, as I sit here looking at the 3ft drift of snow climbing up the window by my house.

Oh too have your "fruit" problem lol

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