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Old 27.06.2010, 12:05
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Ok so here goes, not sure if it goes here or not but we were out enjoying the sun and decided that the grass needed cut. Then the neighbour accross from us came out and gave us a stern telling off for doing it quote " we do not work on a sunday stop doing it" we litterally had just started. Ok so this is what i am not sure off, i know the shops are shut on a sunday and most "work" offices ect but i thought gardening, grass cutting and things like that were recreational. I may be wrong and if so fair doos for the telling off but if not what can i do to tell her it is fine and to leave us alone. Oh and does it mean we arnt supposed to do housework either. Sunday is really the only chance we get as hubby works so one looks after kids and the other does the work (we take turns). Like i said if i am in the wrong and there is a law or something that says you are not allowed to do it fair enough just peeved as now i am going to have to do it either with 1 kid on my hip and another running about or wait till 6 till hubby comes in.
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It's true, you can't mow your lawn on a Sunday. You also can't throw your empty bottles into the recycling containers and a couple of other things that others will be along to inform you of shortly.
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Old 27.06.2010, 12:14
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No noise-making activities on a Sunday. No grass cutting, no vacuuming (well, I suppose that's mostly in apartments or a semi-detached house), no laundry, no car washing, etc.
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Old 27.06.2010, 12:30
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Re: grass cutting

our laundry here is out of action on Sundays and official bank holidays so I guess grass cuting is definitely a no! I wish they could also get rid of the cow bells on a Sunday too !
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Old 27.06.2010, 12:56
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Re: grass cutting

Can't you cut the grass on Saturday?

I was at first annoyed that those in the know, like your neighbour, couldn'tt come over and simply say - "I need to tell, you. It's against the law to cut your grass on a Sunday". Why the "telling off"? I then found out that in the eyes of the neighbour, they're just being helpful.

Hopefully, that will take the sting off.

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..., no car washing, etc.
No car washing at any time, I thought. Apparently they're worried about the sudsy dirty water contaminating the ground water.

My Swiss neighbour, when I lived in Pratteln, cut the grass one sunday. I asked her about it, and she just said "We've been away for three weeks. It is necessary." Hmm...
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Re: grass cutting

get one of those electric ones. Is it a big lawn? and maybe tell him your situation. Now on a day like this I can understand people want to sit outside and enjoy but if the weather is crappy I am sure nobody would mind....just have a talk with him
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Poor woman! Caught between breaking the breakng the rules or being guilty of lowering the image of the neighbourhood with her unkempt lawn must have been a hard call.
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Re: grass cutting

Most Saxon countries have "rules n regs" about what you are not allowed to do and when (regarding regular domestic activities).

Germany is perhaps just as banal as Switzerland in that respect - and as the Auslaender, you should expect to get blamed for making noise - even when someone else (a local) is actually the source of it.

I drilled 2 holes in the wall (5 minutes after formal "quiet hours" finished) and got a visit from the Police! This actually made me feel very happy - because to receive a visit from the local constabulary surely meant that there were no unsolved murders, rapes, burglaries, assaults in the area - and that mine was the highest level crime being committed/undetected.

Just a few weeks later - a neighbour (not the original reporter) spent an hour drilling/hammering etc. Sure enough, not long after works were completed, there was a knock at the door and the Police (2 of them, even!) came to arrest/fine/taser/incarcerate me.

I explained the noise wasn't emanating from my apartment - but that I too had heard the offending noise (I knew where it came from - but didn't grass).

Here's the weenie: The officers left the scene, without knocking on the door of any of my (indigenous) neighbours to find out where the noise actually did come from. The authorities were interested only in hounding the Auslaender.

The moral of the story? If you want the rainbow, you have to put up with the rain.

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Old 27.06.2010, 14:07
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Here's the weenie: The officers left the scene, without knocking on the door of any of my (indigenous) neighbours to find out where the noise actually did come from. The authorities were interested only in hounding the Auslaender.
I do not really agree to the conclusion you draw: In all countries I have been, cops had one thing in common: They were all pretty lazy and only did work to rule, not a single step more.

In your case:
Noise complaints are not really "crimes", so they will only do as much as they have to. A neighbour complains about you, so they have the job to check it out. They did - it was not you - and now it is time to get back to the TV in the office. No need to spend the extra effort to find out who it actually was...


Ok, but back to grass cutting and the OP:
I did not find "Muchenstein" in Google Maps, did you spell it wrong perhaps? Since I do not know where it is: I have heard that machinery is illegal to cut grass in some cantons and you need to rent a goat at the Gemeinde, see this discussion for details:
Is there a rule regarding grass cutting?

Generally you will find most of these Switzerland specific issues already discussed, so I highly recommend the search function in the top right corner for fast results...
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i am going to have to do it either with 1 kid on my hip and another running about
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Re: grass cutting

Oh Dear God, I am turning swiss...

I actually love to not hear that incessant noise of grass cutting on sundays! I hear it almost every days of the week at the point when sometimes I do have to close the windows to have a bit of peace!
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Old 27.06.2010, 15:05
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Re: grass cutting

Just come from an hour's doze outside in the shade in a comfy chair, but it's too hot now.

Other than the leaves rustling in the wind, some birds chirping and distant cow bells there was nothing to disturb me. Oh peace. That's what I like about Sundays in Switzerland...
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Old 27.06.2010, 15:13
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Re: grass cutting

Hi guys thanks very much for the info.Here are a couple of answers to some questions. The reason i didnt cut it yesterday as it is just a fresh lawn(newly seeded) about 2 1/2 weeks ago and left it till now to come in, we took the kids out yesterday not realising that we couldnt do it today, hindsight is a great thing lol. It is an electric lawn mower and it isnt a huge garden (small to normal in size). I did indeed spell my location wrong (oops) and i dont know how to do the dots above the u. We dont have a non mower law thing here as the neighbours have been doing it too. Like i said thank you for the info i now know better than to try and do things like that again on a sunday.
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I did not find "Muchenstein" in Google Maps,...
Funny. When I type in "Muchenstein" into google maps, it immediately comes up with:

Did you mean:
Münchenstein, Arlesheim, BL, Switzerland


I'm surprised you missed that.
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Re: grass cutting

A tip for peaceful coexistence with noise-sensitive but neat-lawn obsessed neighbors:

Get a Sense (scythe).

Chances are the Weather Gods will rarely cooperate during the few precious hours when your free time and official not-quiet time coincide, so you need a back up to the big ol' mower.

Nothing says 'integrated Auslander' like the ability to wield a Sense just like Grandma used to... And nothing silences criticism so quickly.
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Just come from an hour's doze outside in the shade in a comfy chair, but it's too hot now.

Other than the leaves rustling in the wind, some birds chirping and distant cow bells there was nothing to disturb me. Oh peace. That's what I like about Sundays in Switzerland...
Sounds just like what I heard outside here in Manchester, minus the cowbells. Well, that and distant traffic, but far less traffic than I heard in Basel
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We've done this thread before folks. My repeated solution is to graze cattle on your pasture green and watch the agriculture take care of itself on a Sunday. Eat your heart out Ermintrude....
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Old 27.06.2010, 19:43
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Get a Sense (scythe)...
Nothing says 'integrated Auslander' like the ability to wield a Sense just like Grandma used to... And nothing silences criticism so quickly.


I think I'll buy one next time I'm in Jumbo.
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Shall I put your name down on this Site for the next Scything Championships then?

Have a look at the photos here, to see the experts.
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I think I'll buy one next time I'm in Jumbo.
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