The grass still needs at least 2 cuts to get it down and there is a mass of strimming that also needs doing. It’s not raining, I’ve done the housework so I grab the gear and get to work. I’m vaguely aware while mowing that other garden activity is going on in the street but I’m just getting on with the job at hand. I start the strimming and get to the front area – I need to stand on the street here and edge the lawn that way. As I do this I notice a neighbour 2 doors up begin to walk toward me – I know he’s headed to talk to me from how he approaches but I’m bent over whacking weeds. He then gets to about 10 feet away. I stop, stand up and extend my hand to greet him – he does too and we shake hands. He then starts moving backwards. He did not pause from the forward motion. He did not even start speaking before he ceased the forward momentum. He literally went straight into reverse gear. On his way back to his home he mentioned his name – but he didn’t stop to hear mine .. I’m scary !