When we first moved into this tiny little heritage listed cottage in 2005 we encountered a very grumpy next door neighbour. She wasn’t happy with the noise that our two teenage boys made. She didn’t like the fence that we installed or the constant tradie parade as we renovated the cottage. But it wasn’t just us that annoyed her. Living close to Suncorp Stadium, she weathered the relentless steady flow of sporting events that sent intoxicated punters will full bladders to urinate on her verandah by turning the hose on the offending pissers regardless of the hour. As we eventually learned, over the years, she was as formidable as she was generous and kind. And her influence over our street was supreme.