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

24Jan21  There was a fire a few suburbs away. The wind changed and the smoke started coming in our direction. When the sun went down you could see the glow of the fire in the distance. Fortunately some much welcome rain came through and helped put it out.  #2021pad #fire #wildfiresmoke
06Mar21  And once again, Erik is the only one noticing me.  But hey, I can’t compete with food.  And mine is on the table just the other side of Shaun.  I better sit down and get to it!  March 2022 Lunch Group.  #lunchgroup
04Mar21  This is a grocery bag. As I live in Australia, using a cooler bag for cold items makes a bit of sense. Although some baggers (in other stores - you bag your own stuff at Aldi) need to be told that cold items go into the cooler bag, which always perplexes me. Have they no LIFE experience?? #cf21 #blue #AldiAU #coolerbag #grocerybag
11Feb21 Sesame Beef Stirfry - This was a new recipe I tried and I'll be having this again. it was delicious. This particular recipe came from @cafedelites #2021pad #cooking #cookingforone #sesame #beef #stirfry
29Jan21  Salmon and cream cheese on sour dough rolls in profile.  #2021pad #cf21 #profile #smokedsalmon #sourdough
22Jan21  Stretching when you have 3 legs can be quite a challenge.  It's easy to imaging he has his full complement of legs, but this is his front leg (in the air) and his back leg on the bed.  I like the way this photo turned out.  #2021pad  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram ##catsofinstagram
23Jan21  Neurmal decided to stay in and keep me company overnight.  #2021pad ##catsofinstagram
23Feb21 Beef stir fry with ramen.  I tossed some frozen cut up green and red bell peppers (capsicum) in along with some soy sauce and rice wine vinegar. It came out lovely.  The beef strips were from @gdaymeat and I chopped them into bite size pieces.  These were very tender.  I'm thinking I'll order more next time. #2021pad #gdaymeat #ichoosesa #cooking #foodies #cookingforone
27Jan21  My old Android phone wouldn't turn on and the battery lid had come off on it's own because this battery, which I'd bought in 2019 had swollen.  Yikes!  So I've been searching my house for the other ones I'm pretty sure I still have. Meanwhile though, I put this near the front door so I'd remember to take it to be properly disposed. Scary stuff!  I sure hoped it didn't explode (and it didn't). Not a a good example of American workmanship.  #2021pad #cf21 #hope #battery #swollenbattery
27Jan21 I spent some time back on the rower again, testing out whether my hands would be ok with the handle with the damper set on 0. There's vibration in the chain as you move on the rower and it's that which causes an issue for carpal tunnel. I wore my splints as a precaution. After doing drills and a warm up, I rowed 15 minutes. I didn't have a problem until a day later so had a couple days before getting back on the rower again. #latergram #2021pad #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse #imadarkhorse #keepmoving

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