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

06Jun20. New sticker from Dark Horse Rowing. I’ 06Jun20. New sticker from Dark Horse Rowing.  I’m unsure just where to put it, but have lots of things I could write in aside from my 17min 2k rowing time.  Things like “Improving with practice” “Only going to get better” “A deep dark secret”…. LOL!  #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse #imadarkhorse
09Jun20 Why I didn’t buy these I’ve no idea. 09Jun20  Why I didn’t buy these I’ve no idea.  This photo is to amuse my sister and her family.  But I should have bought them!  #2020pad #muchlatergram #cookies #yum #shouldhaveboughtthem
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
13May20 I did something nice for a local person w 13May20  I did something nice for a local person with a really fuzzy camera for Zoom, and gave them a good one I’m not likely to use anymore.  In return he showed up with a gift for me.  SWEET!  #Chocolate #chockybar #chocolatebar #cadburydairymilk #yum
30May20. It’s curtains for those guys! Someone 30May20. It’s curtains for those guys!  Someone out front is stopped by a patrol car.  Either they got a warning or a ticket.  I didn’t pay that much attention.  #2020pad #muchlatergram #lifeoutside #lifeoutsidemywindow
23May20 Neurmal had quite enjoyed a visit from a 23May20  Neurmal had quite enjoyed a visit from a friend, who sat in the chair with her,  that she ‘made do’ with Hammond later in the evening.  #muchlatergram #2020pad #catsofinstagram #piggyfriends
29May20 It’s time to eat. And my glucose meter a 29May20 It’s time to eat. And my glucose meter agrees.  4.4 is definitely a low, and no - I didn’t even feel any effects from it, which is a worry.  ##2020pad #muchlatergram  #t2diabetes #glucoselow #type2diabetes
18May20 Don’t hassle me I’m asleep. This is 18May20  Don’t hassle me I’m asleep.  This is how I know Noble is really sleeping vs ignoring me or just dozing.  #muchlatergram #catsofinstagram #letsleepingcatslie #sleepykitty #2020pad
29Jun20 Beans on Toast for the win. Especially wit 29Jun20 Beans on Toast for the win. Especially with good English Red Leicester cheese and pork sausage.  Very high protein and very yummy.  There was a discussion about beans on toast in The Crew on Dark Horse Rowing as our trainer is from England and we were talking about high protein meals.  It got me in the mood for it as I haven’t had it in ages.  #latergram #2020pad  #beansontoast  #cookingforone #cooking #beans #toast #toastofinstagram #darkhorserowing #darkhorserowingcrew
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
17May20 I woke up this morning with my body doing 17May20  I woke up this morning with my body doing weird things like retaining water - it’s never done that before, so I didn’t even know what I experiencing until I described it to my daughter. So I had a few cups of tea (for it’s diuretic qualities) along with some ginger my neighbour gave me.  It’s helped a bit. We think it’s from the new medication I’m on. I’m not surprised it has some nasty side effects. Otherwise it’d be too good to be true.  But still, I wasn’t expecting my clothes - the same I wore yesterday - to suddenly almost not fit.  Geez.  #2020pad #Lyrica #teawithgingerandhoney

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