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

19Feb21  I had a 'funny turn' in the afternoon so went to have a lie down.  When I woke up I found this honour guard around  me.  A few days later I figured  out that about the same time I suddenly felt unwell, my blood oxygen had taken a nose dive and dropped all the way to 83%. I looked back over the past few week and showed similar results around the 80% range about the same time of day - which has been when I've typically needed my nana naps.. I'm now using an app to remind me between 4:30 and 5:30 to take a break and be sure to take some slow deep breaths.  It's been better since.  #2021pad #bloodoxygen #nananap #catsofinstagram #honourguard #protectors
24Apr21 A feather stuck to my wall?? No, it's filler that must have dripped when a friend was filling in some gaps in my gym ceiling. It's artistic but should probably be popped off and I dunno, sanded? #2021pad #gymart #stuffhappens #artfromabove
25Feb21  I watched this guy practicing getting into the skip (?) and trying to row.  I’m so glad I row on dry land!  LOL.  #DarkHorseRowing #beach #sunset #christiesbeach
22Feb21  This is Connie the duck.  She was a gift for Rod's Mum from one of his siblings. I like Connie. She's quiet and generally quite neat (it's not her fault there was a dust storm the day before I took the photo). She does a good job of keeping an eye on any packages that get delivered.  And she's never once dropped any of her feathers about the place.  ##2021pad #cf21 #feather #cementduck #loveaduck
03Mar21 5:16am in the morning and these two bright sparks wake me up for food and door service!  Mr 3-legged was right in my face when I woke up. I think I almost prefer his old habit of chomping on my leg! #catsofinstagram #evilcats  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram
26Feb21 I made these!  These are LOW CARB chips (French fries) made with Kestrel potatoes.  This bowl full was just ONE potato.  And they were really good.  Instead of spraying the chips with oil, I used the “shake and bake” method. Except I used the air fryer.  I put the chips into a bag, put a tablespoon of oil in the bag then shook the bag to mix the oil onto the chips. Then tossed in chicken salt and gave it another shake.  THEN into the air fryer on the highest temperature and checked after 10 minutes and I think it took twenty minutes all together.  I’ll be making these again. #cooking #cookingforone #airfrying #airfryer
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
19Feb21  These two sometimes follow me around and just hang out.  I think they were still worried about me from earlier in the day.  It's good to know they're keeping an eye on me, but if I really needed help, I think my phone would be more useful and they don't know how to use it.  YET!  #catsofinstagram #protectors
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
03Apr21 Just after midnight after Good Friday a woman who was either drunk, stoned or both smashed into the Navara, which hit my neighbour's car parked along side of it and then travelled on to topple over my triple-steel enforced cement letterbox that my father-in-law made years ago to withstand damn near anything. My family didn't talk a lot about Fred, but everyone told me how he built the letterbox to withstand teenage boys trying to blow it up. I was really devastated to see it's demise (or so I thought). My neighbour is a brickie and he may be able to save parts of the original. Meanwhile on Easter Monday, good friends of Rod's came and together SOMEHOW managed to get it mostly upright. The posty is still delivering mail to it, so it's OK until it's repaired/replaced. My heart goes out to my neighbour for her car and her boyfriend's ute. He'd only just bought it. #2021pad #latergram #drinkdrugdrivers #stillangry #letterbox
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
21Mar21 A visit from Shaun! #goodfriends #nicecompany

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