I absolutely love Google Street view. Isn't it fun? Thanks to the folks at Google, I am able to visit all of my old haunts without ever leaving home. Yesterday I was curious to have a look at the little house where I grew up on Vancouver Island (it's slightly bigger than it looks in these pictures, and you can click on the pictures for a better view). I was able to get a 360 degree view of the street and my house, and I was able to see all of the neighbours houses. Our house has changed a bit. My mother always had a wonderful garden, and our house had been featured in a couple of magazines. I still have the pictures. We had two lily ponds -- one in the front yard and one in the back. When the water lilies bloomed, they were a mass of pink lotus blossoms. The ponds were stocked with goldfish that grew into carp. My brothers and I used to take live worms from the compost heap and hold them over the ponds and say, "Here fishy, fishy, fishy..." and the goldfish would leap out of the water and take the worms from our hands.
But I digress...
Have you used Google Street View yet? It's amazing. You just type in an address, a map comes up with a marker on it. You click on the marker, and it takes you to the street view. From there you can actually drive along the road and look at the entire view at a 360 degree angle. So I was able to "walk" past the house and have a look at it from the other side. My mother and father built the house themselves from a piece of property in the woods. So they saved some of the large trees in the forest to keep near the house. The large monkey puzzle tree that my mother had planted is gone, but there is a smaller one there now. There was also a lovely, tall poplar tree in the back, which is also gone. I used to love to listen to the wind in those trees. There are several large Douglas fir trees where I live now, and I understand why I am most comfortable living near those big, old growth trees.
If you haven't tried Google Street View, give it a try. It's just way too much fun.