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.

Recipes

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.

Photos

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

23Mar20 I took a photo of my home gym to share wi 23Mar20  I took a photo of my home gym to share with my #darkhorserowing crew.  For anyone interested in the Adelaide area, I have a nearly new 1yr old rower for sale (view my older pics to see what it looks like). Feel free to contact me if interested.  It’s great for while everyone’s self-isolating.  #2020pad #iamadarkhorse  #rowing #homegymlife #selfisolation #rowerforsale #rower
14Apr20 This turned out really tasty. Ramen soup 14Apr20  This turned out really tasty.  Ramen soup with mushrooms, prawns and hard boiled egg.  Usually prawns are a Sunday thing, but since I made a Turkey roast on Easter Sunday, the prawns had to wait in the freezer.  #2020pad #sundayprawnsontuesday # #cookingforone #cooking #latergram
09Apr20 Well that’s it then. I was never keen 09Apr20  Well that’s it then.  I was never keen on reading this but it was useful for the classifieds.  I finally bit the bullet and subscribed to a news website. I haven’t been watching TV for over a year and I do need to know what’s happening locally. Especially now.  ##2020pad #localnews #endofanera #latergram
08Apr20 Never in a million years would I have tho 08Apr20  Never in a million years would I have thought I’d find Graham Crackers at an ethnic grocery store!  These are slightly smaller than the ones found in America but lovely none the less.  They brought me a bright spot of hope that I’ll have a good supply of them from now on.  Love these!  #cf20 #2020pad  #hope #grahamcrackers #latergram
07Apr20 Challenge Friday Photo. The moon rise wa 07Apr20  Challenge Friday Photo.  The moon rise was incredible tonight and so bright.  Bringing hope for a good night’s sleep. #cf20 #hope #moonrise #latergram
30Mar20 Someone from the neighbourhood dropped th 30Mar20  Someone from the neighbourhood dropped this off for me.  It was expected on a Wednesday and was found on the weekend two blocks away and down a side street.  One reason why I love this area - lots of honest and really good people live here.  #2020pad #missingparcelfound #faithinhumanityrestored
14May20 2nd batch of Mac & Cheese pies. This tim 14May20  2nd batch of Mac & Cheese pies.  This time I packed the shells a bit tighter and two them were packed higher too.  That made the tops lovely and brown too.  15 minutes, no peeking and and about 5 minutes cool down.  Next time I’ll have more shredded cheese mixed into the ‘batter’. There will definitely be a next time - these are great.  This batch will be tomorrow’s lunch.  #cookingforone #cooking #piemaker #macandcheese
28Mar20 Putting baking paper in the bottom of the 28Mar20 Putting baking paper in the bottom of the airfryer was a brilliant idea.  Clean up is so much easier - No more grease to deal with as it can be removed in one lot and often the pan underneath is still clean.  Why didn’t I think of this a year ago?? #2020pad  #cookingforone #cooking #airfryer #timesaver #easycleanup
08May20 Fish on Friday, but my way. I know a lot 08May20  Fish on Friday, but my way.  I know a lot of people have Fish ’n Chips on Friday but I was in the mood for something different. This is smoked salmon (just a single serving can) mixed with 50g of smoked trout from the freezer, some mayo, onion, capsicum (red bell pepper) and dill mixed up and served on toasted bagel halves.  It was good. It needed a bit of something to pick up all the flavours though. Like maybe lemon.  #2020pad  #cookingforone #cooking #smokedsalmon #smokedsalmonbagel #smokedtrout #bagel
04Apr20 In which case, I’m lucky everyday really 04Apr20 In which case, I’m lucky everyday really.  My order from @urbanbrewpods arrived on Friday.  Unfortunately there’s a couple missing boxes from my order but I have every confidence they’ll make it right once they get my Email tomorrow.  These guys really rock and I love their product and promotions.  #ubmoment #urbanbrewpods #coffeetime
02Apr20 One delivery. Party for one. I was gett 02Apr20  One delivery.  Party for one.  I was getting low on wine and just in case the government decides it’s not essential I thought I’d make sure to have enough to last a few months. I also recently finished my honey bourbon so I thought I’d see what other flavours I could find.  #2020pad #notessentialbutnice #wine #spirits #danmurphys #delivery

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