It’s funny how one things leads to another!

A few days ago my elderly Samsung Galaxy smartphone suddenly started to go flat very quickly. By very quickly, I mean from 60% charge down to 0% in a matter of seconds.

I charged the phone and the same thing happened. I replaced the battery and the same thing happened.

So next I set about cleaning all the trash and unused apps off the phone to see if I there was something running in the background causing the problem.

One thing lead to another and after deleting Facebook, Netflix, Messenger, Stuff, and a handful of other apps, the next thing I knew I was culling photos from my Google Photos account. If you use a smartphone and have a Google Photos account you probably know that every photo you take on your smartphone automatically uploads to Google Photos depending on your account setup.

Thousands of deleted photos later I ended up with a mere 3,043 left in my account. Most of the remaining photos are from our trip to Europe and Rarotonga last year, but many are just random photos taken as I wandered around town.

Here are a few of those that caught my eye in the culling process.

On the outside looking in - the second hand store

On the outside looking in – the second hand store

Take a seat - Queens Park, Invercargill

Take a seat – Queens Park, Invercargill

No money kept on these premises - in a side alley, Invercargill

No money kept on these premises – in a side alley, Invercargill

Looking east towards the water tower - Leet Street, Invercargill

Looking east towards the water tower – Leet Street, Invercargill

Through the garden fence

Through the garden fence

A cool and shady spot in Queens park, Invercargill

A cool and shady spot in Queens Park, Invercargill