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

21Aug20 This was my Mom’s watch. I brought it home when I visited family in 2006.  I’ve taken it with me when I’ve had mammograms, just to feel like I had Mom there with me.  #keepsake #cf20 #2020pad #muchlatergram
14Sep20  Red centipede.  This is the first and only one I’ve ever seen, thank goodness, because it’s dead but if it were alive, it has a very nasty bite. It was dead when I found it and that’s also great because I would have shrieked and screamed and caused my neighbours to have hearing damage. OMG, I would freak out.  But no, once I was sure of its demise, I put it in a container and took it to my organics bin.  Ick.  It was the high/low light of my day.  #2020pad #centipede #redcentipede #poisonous #freakouttime
10Oct20 Amazing breakfast from @theannexcafe in Glenelg.  This was a “Shredded pork stack” that was built on a thick piece of toasted sour dough bread and included bacon, shredded pork, fresh basil, a tomato and two of the most wonderful fluffy poached eggs I’ve ever had.  Delicious!  #latergram #friendshelpingfriends #breakfastinglenelg #brekkiewithfriends
15Oct20  Having lunch with Anne who was helping me on a special day. It was the 20th wedding anniversary for me and Rod.  We made it to 18yrs.  This day was harder for me than Rod’s birthday, but having a good friend to be with helped immensely.  #lunch #lunchwithafriend #harddays #widowslife #20thanniversary #goodfriends
08Sep20 Wait, what?? I’m so glad no vegans were harmed while creating this shampoo.  I giggled when I read this just before my shower. #2020pad #weird #veganfree #savethevegans
11Sept20  I’ve been diagnosed with Raynaud’s Phenomenon and it was suggested that when I get food from the freezer I wear gloves. So. I bought some. They match my jacket at least.  #2020pad #thermalgloves #raynauds #anotherdx #deskpic
10Sep20 I love the looks of this smooth yet gnarled gum tree with the new growth on it it.  It’s Spring!  I was waiting in my car for a prescription to be filled.  #2020pad #cf20 #gnarled #gumtree
04Sep20 I found this whatsit stuck inside the tyre/tire of my old Ford. I pulled it out and I don’t think it penetrated enough to do any damage.  It is beige on the other side, so I’m thinking it’s a cutout for a round thing like maybe a lock. Dunno. Weird thing to find anywhere, let alone in a wheel. #2020pad #weirdwhatsit #whatsit #roundthing #notaroundtoit
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
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
01Sep20 “Catch Drive Release Recover”. My desk and coffee mug from @DarkHorseRowing.  In my In-Tray is my Bydureon injection pen warming up so I can use it. It’s sitting atop my daytime wrist splints for carpal tunnel relief.  In my purple “glitter shoe” is my glucose meter and supplies.  Just a day in my life. #2020pad #rowing #darkhorserowing #type2diabetes #t2diabetes #dayinthelife

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