Looked out my window to see a fire engine lights flashing, hoses on parked across my drive, it seems a new neighbour poured petrol onto a pampas grass stood back and threw a match...luckily no one was hurt but the next door house has lost their fence, decking and winter wood store. Police arrived as it turned into a bit of a domestic. I took down a tray of drinks and got chatting to fireman Owen, asked him how big the rig was as I fancy a bigger van and he'd almost managed to get his up my drive. 4 metres he said! Daft lad mines 6.4 said I. His defence was that he didn't normally drive it. Anyway I came in as there wasn't anything left to see and all the drama was over. Hour later knock on the door, tray returned with lots of sniggering from the back. Fireman Owen says he's had a measure and it's 8.3 metres long. All his mates were obviously giving him a hard time. Nice that nobody was hurt and we had a giggle but I feel for both the neighbours, not a great start for the newbie and very distressing for the other. Don't know what daylight will show, but thank goodness for the fire brigade. Why she was trying to get rid of a pampas grass at 9pm on Monday night is anyone's guess...now where did I put my keys?