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

21Mar21 Evening sunlight in the backyard. #muchlatergram #sunlight #garden
31May21  I think I heard when this can "Popped" in the very back of one of my cleaning cupboards in the kitchen.  Luckily nothing was damaged!  I really must clear out old stuff that's been here before I moved in. Must avoid future explosions!  Now there's a cleaning excuse!! #cleaning #oldstuff #lime #cf21 #2021pad
5May21 Noble doesn't seem to mind having the weighted blanket on him.  #2021pad #catsofinstagram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram  #muchlatergram
12Apr21 I didn't take 12 photos on 12 of 12 day this month. But I did take this selfie while I was chatting with my sister. #2021pad #latergram #selfie
15Mar21 Showing off my really warm #DarkHorseRowing hoodie. It's the perfect thing for a cold day. It came last summer but was too warm for the weather. I think I'll be using it a lot in the next few months. #2021pad #selfie #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse #imadarkhorse
08Apr21 Portrait of Noble. This is the nicest photo of Noble, and probably the best photo I've ever taken. I was experimenting with the camera on my phone and trying out various settings. This was portrait mode. My poor Noble, he's not quite as spry as he was but open a can and he's there before my next breath. He just picks and chooses what he goes fast for, and what can wait. I could learn a lot from him. #2021pad #latergram #portraitmode #catsofinstagram #lovemykitty
16Mar21 The calendar said 'Date Night', a semi-annual thing in the calendar (I think there's another one in July or August). I think it was set up as a reminder for Rod and I to get out of the house and do something different, that stuck. Well, I didn't have someone to go out to dinner with, but I ordered some favourite Chinese takeaway and got out one of my extra special, rarely ever used plates. I watched Doctor Who with dinner, played my Bingo and then treated myself to a movie in bed. It was a lovely evening. #datenightforone #extraspecialplate #chinesetakeaway #2021pad #muchlatergram
20May21  Lovely flowers for sale in front of the cafe at Calvary Hospital in Adelaide.  #flowers #nicearrangement
25Mar21 I can only order once every couple of months from @GdayMeat since they increased the minimum purchase to $100 for the free shipping.  So I stocked up. From the top left:  Already cooked Chicken Nibbles (with buffalo sauce), porterhouse steak, beef mince, pork mince, 1kg chicken thighs, pork chops (they sent me a free package of these), 2 packs of beef strips, 2 packs of chicken strips and a pack of 3 'maryland chicken' (leg and thigh pieces).    This will hold me for well over a month but when I next order I'll definitely get more of the wings.  I still have half a package of these but have been very tempted to toss them in the air fryer again as ... so tasty.  Plus there's Thai chicken wings to try as well. I spent the next day dividing up the packages so when I get meat out of the freezer it's just enough for one serving. #2021pad #muchlatergram #gdaymeat #imacarnivore #stockingup #cookingforone #airfrying #airfryer
29May21  OMG, Sugar Free Sunkist. In Australia!  Wooot!  There's also now Sugar Free Mountain Dew and SF Sprite.  It seems finally the powers that be (manufacturers) have realised that people do drink no sugar soft drinks.  About time!!! #type2diabetes #t2diabetes #sugarfree #nosugar #sunkist #2021pad
22Mar21  When I opened  this package, it was after I partially thawed it because I fully expected the quesadillas to be stuck together as has been the case so many times in the past.  But!  See that piece of 'baking' paper between them?  I SUGGESTED that to Aldi and they actually listened to me.  Or maybe a few people suggested similar, but it's nice to be 'heard' and even nicer not to have two frozen quesadillas stuck together.  Thanks, @AldiAustralia !  #2021pad #muchlatergram #cooking #aldiaustralia #quesadillas

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