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

4July Also on my walk around the block, I found a bush with these lovely little flowers. #walkaroundtheblock #flowers #neighbourhoodwalk
19Jul21  Potato soup with a garlic bread crouton.  I had several bread ends stored in the freezer so decided it was time to make some croutons with them. I used the airfryer and after coating the front side with garlic butter, put them in the airfryer on low for 10 minutes at a time until they were done, rearranging them after each 10 min period. They turned out really nice and I've broken them up into pieces and stored them in the freezer for future uses.  #croutonsfrombreadends #garlic croutons #potatosoup #eventualbreadcrumbs #cooking #cookingforone #airfrying #airfryer
21May20 Another evening watching telly in my bedroom.  I made myself some 'chicken vegetable' soup, but it turned out to be more chicken & carrots.  This is a collection of carrots! #2021pad #collection #cf21 #cooking #cookingforone #soup #chickensoup #carrots
20May21  I wasn't up for cooking after having my cortisone injection so I ordered take away and enjoyed it on my bed while watching TV.  I'm really suprised Noble didn't attempt stealing my dinner!  #self #cf21 #takingcareofmyself #catsofinstagram
9Jun21 It was  cold today so I rugged up when taking out the rubbish bins.  In my world, as long as you're warm and comfortable, fashion has no place. Obviously!  #clashingcolours #nofashionhere #comfortbeforefashion #whengeeksgetcold #wintercolours #2021pad
4Jul21 I went for a walk around the block.  I got just around the corner when I stopped to let my legs get back to normal.  I love how these footprints, which are several years old have a glowing look to them. #2021pad  #walkaroundtheblock #footstepsincement #sidewalkart
8Jun21  In our family chat the discussion of the day was on fire extinguishers and did you know they have an expiration date?  This one is way out of date and will be replaced soon.  #2021pad #fireextinguishersexpire #firesafety
18Jun21 This is part of my 'Foodscape' series for the Challenge Friday group.  Battered fish, calamari and breaded prawns. As Friday is normally Fish day, but chips adds way too many carbs when all the food is of the breaded / battered variety, I skip having chips with it. Chips being of course french fries.  I was running low on tartare sauce so extended it with a spoonful of horseradish. Gave it a whole new taste. #cf21 #scape #fridayfishday #fish #calamari #prawns #2021pad
23Jun21 Leftover beef roast, egg noodles, broccoli and mushrooms.  This was a 'strange mix' but it turned out really nice and made for a nice one plate / bowl meal.  #2021pad #cooking #cookingforone
6Jun21 I was asked to get a few things for a project and ended up also creating a creative side project for myself.  Fun stuff!  #paper #notebooks #folders #projectmaterial #creativejuicesflowing

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