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

06Jun20 Self photo taken for sending into a live 06Jun20  Self photo taken for sending into a live quiz show on Facebook.  I was hoping to win a bottle of wine, but alas.  #2020pad #muchlatergram #selfie #quizshowfun
18Jun20 Took my new car to the pub… so I could 18Jun20  Took my new car to the pub… so I could take a walk on the Heysen Trail.  It was a lovely afternoon walk and a nice first time out on my own with my car.  #2020pad #muchlatergram #heysentrail #walk #winterinaustralia
02Jul20 Rainbow! I had to go do some paperwork t 02Jul20  Rainbow!  I had to go do some paperwork things at the DMV (Service SA here) and on the way there was a very short-lived cloud burst of rain that hit just as I was going through a roundabout. It was a scary moment because I couldn’t pull over but also couldn’t see.  Once I was parked and walking to the offices, I noticed this lovely rainbow.  A little beauty on a grey day.  #2020pad #rainbow #afterthecloudburst
10May20 This lock is impossible to get unlocked. 10May20  This lock is impossible to get unlocked. It’s rusted right through.  I did finally get into the shed - I needed to because that’s where some items we have listed in our test store are kept. Someone wanted to buy up the rest of the Gameboy pouches and I was all for that.  So I had to face my fear (of spiders) and then use a whole lotta ingenuity to get into the shed.  The real surprise was once I got inside. The last time I saw it everything was covered in cob webs and things were kind of just wherever they got left.  There were newish strands of cobwebs but not nearly as many as I expected.  But.  It was tidy. It was ORGANISED!! I have no idea when he did it, but WOW!! I no longer fear or dread going down to the shed it’s in great shape.  Not sure about the other shed, but I’ll be brave and have a look sometime soon. #littleadventure #backyardshed #rustedlock #widowslife #belatedsurprises
13May20 Neurmal was only half asleep… how could 13May20  Neurmal was only half asleep… how could I tell.  She was purring.  She’s still the weirdest little sweetheart in this household, even if she does boss me around the kitchen about her food, and tell me my technique is all wrong in the gym.  And she loves attacking Noble. But then she’s all sweet and purring, licking instead of biting.  Sigh.  She’s not so little anymore either.  #2020pad #catsofinstagram #tooadorable
04Jun20 Neurmal and Noble sound asleep. I wonder 04Jun20 Neurmal and Noble sound asleep.  I wonder what they’re dreaming about?  #2020pad #muchlatergram #catsofinstagram #sleepingcats #sleepingcatsofinstagram
29May20 It’s time to eat. And my glucose meter a 29May20 It’s time to eat. And my glucose meter agrees.  4.4 is definitely a low, and no - I didn’t even feel any effects from it, which is a worry.  ##2020pad #muchlatergram  #t2diabetes #glucoselow #type2diabetes
27May20. MediAlert thingy. One of those things wh 27May20. MediAlert thingy.  One of those things where if I press the big button and hold it, it calls a few people who will hopefully come to my aid.  #2020pad #muchlatergram  #medialert #incaseofemergency
18May20 Don’t hassle me I’m asleep. This is 18May20  Don’t hassle me I’m asleep.  This is how I know Noble is really sleeping vs ignoring me or just dozing.  #muchlatergram #catsofinstagram #letsleepingcatslie #sleepykitty #2020pad
06Jun20. New sticker from Dark Horse Rowing. I’ 06Jun20. New sticker from Dark Horse Rowing.  I’m unsure just where to put it, but have lots of things I could write in aside from my 17min 2k rowing time.  Things like “Improving with practice” “Only going to get better” “A deep dark secret”…. LOL!  #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse #imadarkhorse
Was working a bit late so ordered ‘nachos’ onl Was working a bit late so ordered ‘nachos’ online.  Uhhh… these aren’t the nachos I make.  #2020pad  #disappointed #muchlatergram #notmynachos

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