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.


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.


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

20Sep20 Ominous rainclouds mixed with sunshine.  #2020pad #cf20 #shadows  #sundayrain #rainclouds #darkclouds
10Oct20  @kirky1991 happily volunteered to give me something to do on Rod’s Birthday. She took me to one of her favourite breakfast places in Glenelg.  Isn’t she just gorgeous!  #2020pad #latergram #friendshelpingfriends #breakfastinglenelg #brekkiewithfriends
09Nov20  Hey Mac!  Meet Mac, Shaun’s kitty.  I visited with Shaun for a few minutes while having a brief respite from caring for Noble.  #2020pad #muchlatergram #catsofinstagram #gingercat
09Nov20  Another munchy lunch with cucumber, cos lettuce and cherry tomatoes.  I had a stack of the lettuce leaves with a thin slice of ham in each as well.  It wasn’t quite a wrap, but it was tasty.  #2020pad #cookingforone #muchlatergram #cooking #lunchmunchies #healthylunch
18Oct20  Birthday dinner with friends at Yum Sing restaurant.  I’m blessed to have a dozen people willing to come have dinner with me! ❤️ #muchlatergram #happybirthday #birthdaydinner #Allthecoolkidsare59
13Oct20  Well the rainbow watch band arrived.  I’m still waiting (as of the 17th) for the watch, though.  I wasn’t about to spend nearly $1k on a watch with a Milanese loop when I can buy the bands elsewhere separately.  I’m frugal.  Mostly. #2020pad #watchband #milaneseloop #frugal
10Oct20  In anticipation of getting an Apple Watch, I bought a used inexpensive iPhone 6S to use while waiting for a larger used phone next month. I found it was too slippery ‘naked’ so bought a glittery cover for it.  So far me and the phone are getting along OK. I hope it stays that way.  At least it’s able to use the latest ios version.  #latergram #iphone #silverglitterphonecase #6s
03Oct20  Well this was quite the twist.  I arrived for our monthly Lunch Group get together and was the first one there. That NEVER happens. Erik & Anne are always there before me no matter how hard I try to be there on time or a little early.  They were very late because the Access Taxi they needed didn’t arrive on time (nearly 2hrs late). I’d also forgot that a few people were on holiday so we could have had a much smaller table anyway.  Oh well, we had a nice lunch and catch up eventually!  #cf20#2020pad #latergram #lunchgroup #twist #feelingalone #waiting #latetaxis
16Oct20  I interrupt my normal stream of photos a week or so late to share this … which was delivered while I was getting my hair cut.  Yes, the wine came WITH the flowers!  Thanks so much to my lovely family in the states. ❤️ #earlybirthdaysuprise #wine #flowers #2020pad

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