A HUSBAND’S madcap romantic gesture has been captured forever from space.
Peter Doherty, 40, mowed his wife Nicky’s name into the grass verge outside his house.
The couple, of Tamar Way, Chichester, had a chuckle and forgot about it – until their neighbour spotted it on Google Maps satellite pictures two years later.
Mr Doherty, a procurement manager, said: ‘I‘d bought a new lawn mower and mowed our tiny back garden – but it’s the size of a postage stamp and only took about 15 seconds.
‘I know this sounds sad but I really wanted to try it out properly and I looked over at the verge and thought, “why not mow that?”.
‘But I got bored pretty quickly so I decided to mow my wife’s name into it.
‘The verge is raised and I thought it would mean I could see her name on my way to and from work every day.
‘But as it turned out it wasn’t raised enough for me to see anything.
‘After that I just forgot about it.’
So Mr Doherty, a dad of one, said he was shocked when a neighbour contacted him to say they had been looking on Google Maps and spotted the token of his love.
‘The only way it could have happened is if Google captured a photo literally just after I mowed it,’ said Mr Doherty.
‘It quickly grew over and you can’t see it anymore so it’s just a real fortuitous coincidence that it happened then.
‘My wife is used to me doing stupid things like that – it’s what makes life interesting and puts a smile on your face.
‘She thought it was quite nice and I’ve tried to explain to her that’s it’s actually really, really romantic but she says she’d prefer a diamond eternity ring.’
Mrs Doherty said: ‘It was quite a surprise.’