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
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
10Jan21  When the bough breaks … the pears will fall?  Once again this tree overloaded itself with heavy fruit and one of the branches has landed right over my path to the side of the house where the bins are kept.  You can see a slight curve to the branch where it finally gave way to gravity.  #2021pad #cf21 #peartree #curves #garden
15Dec20 Noble does his best to play dead when he’s sleeping out in the warm sunshine.  Or he’s an overdramatic drama queen.  Possibly a bit of both!! #catsofinstagram #latergram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram  #2020pad
22Dec20 I’ve been doing a lot of napping lately.  The surgery and recovery (plus also having another couple of invasive procedures done) has  taken a lot of my stamina and stomped on it.  Unless the kitties are outside, I usually wake up with them guarding me.  #catsofinstagram #2020pad #catsnappingwithme #nappingcatsofinstagram
20Dec20  Toasting with my kids because they finished up both their and my Christmas shopping.  #2020pad #latergram #christmasshoppingdone
06Jan21  This poor box was only one string from being completely open.  It looks beat to heck.  Luckily the bag inside it - 10kg of cat litter - was fully intact.  I can’t lift 10kg on my good side and can only lift 1kg (doctors orders) on the other side so this box is going to be gently kicked to the laundry room where I can use a scoop to top up the cat’s box.  #catlitterofinstagram #amazonboxslife #amazonboxtrashed
09Jan21  Getting Noble a bed that’s his own was a wise (and kind) decision.  Since his surgery, aside from when he’s outside or hiding under the bed, being near me is his ‘safe’ place, apparently.  It’s adorable and touching and really annoying all at the same time. Bless him. And yes, he has his favourite pink teddy bear with him too.  #2021pad #catsofinstagram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram
No texting while walking down steps Use Handrails". I saw this while out shopping and had to laugh because it was at the bottom of the stairs!  I sure hope there's a sign at the top of the stairs too!  #cf21 #hope #sillysigns #dumbpeople
27Dec20  My Christmas tree.  Considering I’d had hand surgery and other invasive procedures this month I think I did well to be able to have a tree at all.  It looks beautiful at night with all the lights on it.  And I even managed to get the star on.  I went to decorate it and Noble had decided to take a nap underneath it.  I made the wise decision to leave it as is and pack up the decorations and put them away.  #christmas2020 #christmastree #itsokayasitis #2020pad
08Jan21 When I was  taking the pic of Neurmal, Noble came hopping in to see what the excitement was about.  He’s getting around really well these days (about 2 months post surgery), but he does like to keep near the wall for steadying himself. Which is something I totally understand.  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram 
#catsofinstagram #cf21 #animal
14Jan21  Ever feel like you're being watched??? Neurmal is waiting for me to fill the food bowl.  She obviously needs food ... she's nothing but fur!  LOL!  #2021pad #catsofinstagram

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