Featured Image: View from my front door
The view from my front door

Welcome to ‘Gaelyne’s Sanctuary’. If you’ve visited in the past (welcome back!) you probably noticed I’ve given my site a new name and look. I’ve spent several months working on this revamp – mostly trying to find the time to work on it. I chose the name ‘sanctuary’ because I found working on it has given me a sense of peace while the rest of my world seems to be falling apart. My husband was fighting lung cancer, so life was a little crazy then. It’s a place where I can come and make one small corner of the world a little brighter.

I have a variety of interests but they boil down to cooking, writing, taking photos and playing Bingo on Facebook. I hope you enjoy your visit and feel free to talk to me in comments or on the contact page.

What's in my Sanctuary?

My Blog

I had a few off-site blogs before deciding to have a blog on my own site. I don't blog very often, but when I have something I want to share, I'll write about it. The topics range from general, fitness, cancer, diabetes, vaping and maybe a rant here and there.

Recipes

I love cooking, sharing recipes and enjoying myself in the kitchen. Most are recipes I wanted to share with my kids or have available so I wouldn't lose them. I don't do fancy stuff, but I like challenging myself with learning to cook something I've never made before.

Photos

I enjoy taking photos with my camera and have a few projects I do such as Photo of the Day, and 12 of 12 days and a group on Flickr and Facebook called Challenge Friday. If I happen to cook something I'm pleased with, I'll often take a photo of it for my pic of the day. Mostly the photos I take are snapshots of my life, which is pretty mundane, I think. But my world is different from what my family in the USA experiences so sharing seems a nice thing to do.

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Photo a Day 2019

These photos are my Photo a Day 2019 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Photo a Day 2018

These photos are my Photo a Day 2018 selections.  I don’t take pics everyday, but I try to on most days, even if it’s pretty

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Challenge Friday

I’ve joined another photo group, where a challenge word is given on Fridays and we have a week to take photos that represent our interpretations

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Random Instagram Pics

My Facebook Fitness Page

30Nov20 This photo arrived in a card from my sister.  That’s me with a toy wooden bunny my brother made for me in his woodshop class.  #throwbackpic #circa1964 #muchlatergram #2020pad
30Nov20 I got a card in the mail from my sister for Thanksgiving.  It included this photo of my oldest son, my Mom and I.  My second born was making a bit of a cameo as I was expecting at the time.  #throwbackpic #summer1987 #muchlatergram #2020pad
01Dec20  Trip to the Apple store in the city.  Nearly noon and the city is deserted.  What a weird experience.  #2020pad #muchlatergram #adelaidecbd
08Nov20  This is turning into a regular item here on Sundays .  Macaroni and Cheese with Prawns and Old Bay Seasoning. The combo is just so… excellent.  I had plenty of of the macaroni cheese leftover for the next day’s lunch but those prawns … they were all mine!  #2020pad #sundayprawns  #cookingforone #muchlatergram #cooking
09Dec20  Getting ready to attend the (social distanced) computer club Christmas Dinner I found and wore my name pin.  Being a life member means quite a bit to me.  #muchlatergram  #lifememeber #computerclub
29Nov20  I filled my rings!  This is an Apple watch screen. I managed to exercise (the middle ring), meet my ‘stand’ requirements and burned enough calories to make the ring complete.  It’s not as exciting as the animations  from the Fitbit when I met my step goal, but there are medals and things so that’s nice too.  #muchlatergram #2020pad #applewatchringscomplete
13Nov20  I completed a particularly hard session of rowing, doing the LYR Calories 3 workout.  What kept me going was the little text in the very top corner of my old LG V20 phone … my motto … “Just Keep Moving”. #concept2rower #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #justkeepmoving  #2020pad #lgv20 #ergzone #polaroh1
13Nov20  So, my gym ‘advisor’ decided once I was finished rowing she’d check out what else what happening.  #catsofinstagram #homegymlife #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #keepmoving
16Nov20  I found my favourite background that I used way back when I had an iPhone 4.  It still makes a great background now!  This is my camera and photos page.  #oldbackground #newbackground #lovemyphone ⁣#muchlatergram #2020pad ⁣
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12Dec20 My only 12of12 pic for the month because taking pics wasn’t really very easy to do with one hand and a new phone.  I was told to keep my arm up in a sling for the first few days as well.  #latergram #2020pad #12of12 #carpaltunnelsurgery
03Jan21  Gee this turned out nice. It’s Prawn Scampi with rice and It could have been a disaster, but I bumbled my way through and saved it.  The recipe called for Jasmine rice - I used Basmati. It wanted frozen jumbo prawns with the shell on. I used what I had - frozen medium sized prawns, already peeled.  So after following the recipe, I found the prawns were perfect inside the bowl (I cooked them in my Corning Ware dish), but the rice was still uncooked sitting in a lovely smelling broth of chicken and garlic flavours.  I rescued the prawns into a bowl that I set out of harms way, and reset the Instant Pot to cook the rice for the time I found on a website for the Basmati rice. I let the pressure naturally release for 10 minutes. It was perfect. I fluffed the rice, then took the prawns, after I brushed off the uncooked rice, and put them back in, then put the lid back on the pot and let it sit  with the warm button on for another 10 minutes.  My dinner was warm and tasty.  And I’m really going to enjoy the leftover rice!  #2021pad  #cookingforone #cooking #rice #prawns #shrimp #instantpot #trialanderror #savedthedinner
20Nov20  Row along with John.  My new 3D Printed tablet holder for the rower arrived  earlier in the week so I was keen to give it a try.  It worked great.  My rowing?  Not so great!  Still all good work and worth the time doing it.  #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad
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