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

04Jul20 So nice to see Anne again. It’s been a 04Jul20  So nice to see Anne again.  It’s been ages!  #goodfriends #2020pad
08Jul20 Yay! My @darkhorserowing mug arrived! E 08Jul20  Yay!  My @darkhorserowing mug arrived!  Enjoying a nice Earl Gray tea.  #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad #latergram #homegyminspiration
24Jul20 Knots for Kitties! After removing the sh 24Jul20  Knots for Kitties!  After removing the shoestrings from my shoes to put elastic inserts in, the cats wanted to play with the string and I know that’s dangerous so I made them a couple of safer toys by wrapping the string around a post on their cat gym and making sure the knots were tied tight.  #cf20 #2020pad #catsofinstagram #cattoysofinstagram #knot
27July20 I made myself the cutest little ham. I 27July20  I made myself the cutest little ham.  I took a photo of it to show how small it was (barely 1kg) and used a coffee cup (yes, my extra special Rowing mug) for size comparison.  I still ended up with about 5 meals from this small ham.  One the night I made it, some leftovers with baked beans the next day and a few packets of sliced ham steaks in the freezer for future meals.  #rowing #darkhorserowing #cooking #cookingforone #ham #catch #drive #release #recover
10Jul20 Neurmal absolutely loves company from any 10Jul20  Neurmal absolutely loves company from anyone of the male species.  Shaun and I decided to have a drinking night - he took a taxi over and an Uber home.  This was early in the evening and Noble was giving his drink a sniff to make sure it was OK.  He reported back it was a bit strong. LOL. #goodfriends #catsofinstagram #latergram #drinkingbuddies #2020pad
04Jul20 Erik gets a lift home. We had Lunch Grou 04Jul20  Erik gets a lift home.  We had Lunch Group today and both Erik and Anne came.  It was such a pleasure to see them again.  #goodfriendsgoodtimes
04Jul20 Shaun joined our Lunch Group and fits righ 04Jul20 Shaun joined our Lunch Group and fits right in.  We’re all a bunch of misfit geeks!  #goodfriends
14Jun20 Avocado and Bacon with prawns over high f 14Jun20  Avocado and Bacon with prawns over high fibre @vettapasta spaghetti.  Added some green onions for good measure!  SO very tasty!  #muchlatergram #2020pad  #cookingforone #cooking #prawns #avocado #bacon #vettapasta #whatsnottolove
22Jun20 I wanted a clock or something useful with 22Jun20  I wanted a clock or something useful with a screen and a clock so went looking at various things like the Amazon Echo Show 5 but finally came to the conclusion that I just wanted to see the time.  Anything else I can do on my computer or phone anyway.  So I grabbed my old phone and put it to use.  I also use it for recording rowing sessions because I removed all social apps and notification type things awhile back - no interruptions. It also has a camera that I think is better than my newer phone so it’s good to have so many uses for an older phone.  #latergram #2020pad #newuseforoldphone #lgv20 #perfectdeskclock
21Jun20 Neurmal pretending to be asleep while try 21Jun20  Neurmal pretending to be asleep while trying to get my pizza crust.  No, I didn’t let her abscond with it!  She was just so cute about it though.  #latergram #2020pad #catsofinstagram #catstealingfood #toodarncute
27July20 Last Sunday my Tesla app informed me on 27July20  Last Sunday my Tesla app informed me on my phone that the Powerwall was running my house electricity. I didn’t take that to mean I was off grid, but that’s what it meant. By time I realised, the Powerwall had used up it’s stores so my lights went out.  I went to flip the meter isolator switch and waited for the grid to reconnect. I did NOT expect it to suddenly start making grinding gear and spark-like noises!  I had my phone in my hand so I recorded it.  When a friend stopped by I showed him the video and he called SA Power who came out, watched the video and disconnected my power from the meter so I’d have power overnight until the energy retail company could come replace their damn faulty meter.  This was the 2nd time a power outage had caused the Powerwall to drain completely and then not start back up again.  The engineers at Tesla have thanked me for my patience as this is a genuine bug they weren’t aware of and have been investigating it.  Bugs… they find me. Rod would not be at all surprised.  I used to run into software bugs all the time.  Just my luck.  #2020pad #powerwall #tesla #sapowernetworks #bugfinding #electricity
19Jun20 Today I tackled some LYR (Lift Your Rowin 19Jun20  Today I tackled some LYR (Lift Your Rowing) course modules and then rowed to honour Juneteenth which was 1900 meters.  All up I think I did 30minutes of a very good workout. All under the watchful eye of my trusty Gym Advisor, Neurmal.  #muchlatergram #2020pad #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #catsofinstagram #juneteenth

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