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

10Dec20  I couldn’t find round pie tins so used mini BBQ tins instead. It still worked fine.  These pumpkin pies were for Erik and Anne and one for myself that’s now in my freezer - I completely forgot to get it out for Christmas!  The one I shared with Erik and Anne turned out great.  Hopefully the other one did too!  #pumpkinpie #earlychristmasnibbles #latergram #2020pad
04Jan21  Well this is a surprise.  I put this bed out for Noble on Christmas for him, along with a couple of his favourite toys and a blanket he likes. He’s sniffed at things, rubbed his head on the sides a few times, but today is the first time he’s actually climbed in and used it.  Yay!  A Christmas win!  And somehow Neurmal is staying out of it. All the other beds around the house are ‘hers’. #2021pad #catsofinstagram  #catsnapping
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
15Jan21  I decided to change Friday night fish and chips to something a bit more fun this week.  Smoked oysters on crackers along with a nice salad.  I kept seeing the package in the pantry and wondering when I'd ever get the time to make myself a snack of these. So I decided it was perfectly fine to have them as dinner as long as it was with a salad. #2021pad #cooking #cookingforone #smokedoysters #crispbread #salad
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
11Dec20 Here I am waiting at the hospital for my carpal tunnel surgery.  #2020pad #latergram #carpaltunnelsurgery
12Dec20 My only 12of12 pic for the month because taking pics wasn’t really very easy to do with one hand and a new phone.  I was told to keep my arm up in a sling for the first few days as well.  #latergram #2020pad #12of12 #carpaltunnelsurgery
08Jan21  If you look closely you can see where Noble’s fur is coming in and where his ‘older’ fur is there’s a bit of a line where the taller black fur stops and then the white fur is lower because it’s all new.  It seems to be coming in much faster finally and I’m so pleased for him. It can’t be comfortable having just skin showing.  It’s fine for us, but not for a cat.  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram #catsofinstagram #cf21 #animal
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
23Jan21  Neurmal decided to stay in and keep me company overnight.  #2021pad ##catsofinstagram
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
My new wrist brace for my TFCC (Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex) injury.  There’s info about it at wristwidget.com.au - so when I thought I broke my wrist, this is what actually happened to it. I saw a great doctor today (all the right questions and pokings and stuff) and have been additionally referred to the physical therapy department. The therapist gave me the strap and showed me how to use it as well as gave me clear instructions on exercises for both the wrist and the scar from the hand surgery.  #carpaltunnelsurgery #wristissues #tfccrepair #ingoodhands

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