Spying on your neighbours became a new pastime. Evening the score with unpleasant neighbours had never been easier!
The telltale tic-tic-tic of a sprinkler and the occasional sound of water sloshing out of a hosepipe at 4am was enough for us to know that several of our neighbours (we're bordered by 7 houses) were cheating. It annoyed us intensely. The browner our garden got, the more annoying it was. We didn’t do anything about it and, apart from the neighbour in front, we weren’t sure who the cheats were.
Well, now I know that they were ALL cheating!
Google maps has recently added Cape Town to its list of cities for which it has aerial maps. It took a bit of effort finding my house but I eventually did. Had I known better, I should simply have looked for the brown patch surrounded by a sea of green. Yep, I have all the proof needed to show that we didn’t cheat but our neighbours did.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. You can’t hide from Google!
UPDATE: Here is the aerial map of where I live in Cape Town.