For better or worse, we’re constantly being monitored or watched by some form of technology. Google Earth, for example, takes pictures of every place in the world, including your home. One woman from Florida, however, wasn’t expecting to see her dead mother when she checked her old UK address.
Denise Underhill, who moved to Florida from Tamworth, Staffordshire, felt her heart skip a beat when she looked at her mother’s old home address on Google Earth. Outside, she saw her mother Beryl Turton watering the garden. She had passed away 18 months prior.
In an interview with the Tamworth Herald, Denise said: ‘As I went about my housework, I somehow instantaneously had the impulse to call my mother but realising that it was completely out of the question, I decided to Google Earth my mother’s home to see how it looked, considering, since she had passed away in 2015 and the property had been sold.’
Once she located the home on Chaytor Road (which she recognized thanks to a tall birch tree that stands outside the property), she zoomed in. By the front entrance of the house, Beryl can be seen leaning down and watering the plants in an image that was taken years earlier.
‘I got the BIGGEST surprise EVER! I just couldn’t believe it,’ Denise told the Tamworth Herald. ‘At the foot of the driveway was my mother. She was watering the garden, just as she always did. I was absolutely astounded – it made my day. You never know what photos are being taken but they really do last a lifetime.’
In spite of the initial eerie surprise, Denise has kept a positive outlook on the situation, telling the Herald: ‘I think someone wanted me to see this.’
According to Google Earth blog, Google tries to update the imagery of all streets every 3 years. Some places are harder to reach, and in some cases the pictures date as far back as 2008. For bigger cities and more popular streets, however, the imagery is updated more often than that (twice a month).
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