Scottish woman is stunned when Americans turn up and start taking pictures in her front garden


Scottish woman is stunned when Americans turn up and start taking pictures in her front garden because a relative used to live there – only for many commenters to tell her the same thing has happened to them

  • Lanna Tolland left stunned when eight Americans turned up outside property 
  • Group began walking up garden path while smiling and waving at homeowner
  • Mr Tolland found that the property once owned by groups great grandparents

A Scottish woman was left stunned when a group of Americans turned up in her front garden unannounced and started taking pictures of each other.

Lanna Tolland was relaxing on her sofa when eight people started smiling and waving from the front gate of her home in Glasgow on Wednesday evening.

The group then began walking up her garden path as homeowner Ms Tolland watched in disbelief.

Ms Tolland said she was ‘so confused’ by the bizarre encounter and later learnt her property had become an unusual monument to the group and used to be owned by their great grandparents.

The eight Americans then posed for pictures in the evening light to record the moment. 

Tweeting about the incident, Ms Tollard said: ‘No way. Lying on the couch with the blind still open and I see eight people I don’t know at the gate waving at me I’m like?? 

‘Open the window and they’re all American giving it ‘Our great grandparents used to own this house, can we have a look around?’ I thought this only happened on telly.’ 

Lanna Tolland (pictured) was relaxing on her sofa when eight people started smiling and waving from the front gate of her home in Glasgow on Wednesday evening

Lanna Tolland (pictured) was relaxing on her sofa when eight people started smiling and waving from the front gate of her home in Glasgow on Wednesday evening

The group then began walking up her garden path as homeowner Ms Tolland watched in disbelief

The group then began walking up her garden path as homeowner Ms Tolland watched in disbelief

Tweeting about the incident, Ms Tollard joked: 'I thought this only happened on telly'

Tweeting about the incident, Ms Tollard joked: ‘I thought this only happened on telly’

Ms Tolland posted about images of the group, who arrived at her home at around 10:30pm, and said her French Bulldog’s were ‘going mental’.

She added: ‘They’re all getting pictures!! Dugs are going mental what is going on.’

One user said: ‘Too much for a Wednesday.’

Another added: ‘This is the best thing I’ve seen all week haha!’ 

Many commenters took to social media to open about about similar incidents that had happened to them.   

One Twitter user, named Jamie, wrote: ‘I’ve had a New Zealand family in work once ask if I knew the Olyphant family because they used to live next door to my work decades ago – but the only person I know with that name is the actor Timothy Olyphant. They were disappointed but bought £30 worth of shortbread.’ 

Sean Hornby added: ‘I was staying overnight in a house in Manchester once and the next day the doorbell rang. Two Canadian ladies said they wanted to come in as it was where the Bee Gees grew up. They asked where the Blue Plaque was. Had to tell them it was now rented out to a load of students.’

Cyril Orme said: ‘Happened us on our cottage. His father was born there. A number of years later we dug up a War of independence/civil war era bomb his father had made. The army had to be called to blow it up.’

Ms Tolland posted about images of the group, who arrived at her home at around 10:30pm, and said her French Bulldog's were 'going mental'

Ms Tolland posted about images of the group, who arrived at her home at around 10:30pm, and said her French Bulldog’s were ‘going mental’

Michelle Dooley Mahon replied: ‘How about hoovering an entire house at 7am on a Sunday because the landlady’s American cousins wanted to drop in and film the gaff at 9am. What? There was loads of them recording in every corner. In fairness my two bed terrace was once home to their Grandparents and 10 kids.’  

US citizen Rob McDougall said: ‘Can confirm this happens even IN America, grew up in a house built circa 1760 something and previous owners (who looked to be in their 70s) stopped by about 15 years ago. Gifted us a ledger from the colonial era when the house was an inn, which is a remarkable piece of history.’

Other users revealed times they too have turned up at a property unannounced to relive their nostalgia. 

Twitter user – known as Hugh – said: ‘For my dads 81st birthday last year I took him a tour of his life visiting all his houses, schools and workplaces. The last house we lived in before leaving Glasgow were great and invited us in for a look round the house, made his day as it was my mum’s favourite house.’

Ian Kendall added: ‘TBF, a bunch of years ago I found myself just down the road from the house I lived in from five to seven, and couldn’t resist knocking on the door and asking for a wee look. More stunningly, they had the same carpets down, thirty years later (good quality 70s carpet, obvs).’ 

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