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

06June20 I took this car for a test drive and naturally drove it to the beach.  I liked it!  I was considering buying a similar one but needed to find out what it was like to actually drive and park.  Most of all, it was fun!  Thanks @waynephilliskia  #2020pad #muchlatergram #testdrive #carshopping #christiesbeach #waynephilliskia #waynephillisreynella
10Jul20  Neurmal absolutely loves company from anyone of the male species.  Shaun and I decided to have a drinking night - he took a taxi over and an Uber home.  This was early in the evening and Noble was giving his drink a sniff to make sure it was OK.  He reported back it was a bit strong. LOL. #goodfriends #catsofinstagram #latergram #drinkingbuddies #2020pad
10Jun20  Showing off my crazy Covid hair.  That stuff on the side just goes wherever it pleases.  I’ll be so glad to get it cut!  #muchlatergram #2020pad #covid19hair #selfie
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
22Jun20  I wanted a clock or something useful with a screen and a clock so went looking at various things like the Amazon Echo Show 5 but finally came to the conclusion that I just wanted to see the time.  Anything else I can do on my computer or phone anyway.  So I grabbed my old phone and put it to use.  I also use it for recording rowing sessions because I removed all social apps and notification type things awhile back - no interruptions. It also has a camera that I think is better than my newer phone so it’s good to have so many uses for an older phone.  #latergram #2020pad #newuseforoldphone #lgv20 #perfectdeskclock
21Jun20  Neurmal pretending to be asleep while trying to get my pizza crust.  No, I didn’t let her abscond with it!  She was just so cute about it though.  #latergram #2020pad #catsofinstagram #catstealingfood #toodarncute
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
17Jun20 Finally!  My new car.  The colour is called ‘Pop Orange’ but it’s more of a burnt orange to me.  Of course, if purple were available that’s what I would have gone for, but orange is good!  She’s a blast to drive, but oh, I’m still struggling to get used to the brakes.  My old car had mushy breaks. This one really could stop on a 5cent piece (or an American dime)! #muchlatergram #2020pad #newcar #poporange #kia #waynephilliskia #woot
16Jun20  One cherry pie and four chicken pies.  The chicken pies are great, but the cherry one made a real mess of my pie maker.  I guess I’ll have to find an actual recipe.  I used leftover pastry and just put a few Morello cherries in straight from the jar, sprinkled them with Natvia (stevia), put the top on and cooked it.  The sauce (there was only a LITTLE bit, I swear) went everywhere. The pie was wonderful, but not the cleanup!  #muchlatergram #2020pad  #cookingforone  #cooking #piemaker #makingitupasIgo #cherry #chicken
24Jul20  At one point I used to have a lot of these bags that I’d re-use for things like veggie trimmings and the cat litter scoopings.  Well.  My council now has embraced green waste composting and so I’ve found very little use for these bags now and do my best not to acquire them.  These two bags have knots in them just to keep them a bit more tidy. And I found them for Challenge Friday while looking around to find anything in the house relating to knots.  Huzzah!  #cf20 #knots #nomoreplasticbags
14Jun20  Avocado and Bacon with prawns over high fibre @vettapasta spaghetti.  Added some green onions for good measure!  SO very tasty!  #muchlatergram #2020pad  #cookingforone #cooking #prawns #avocado #bacon #vettapasta #whatsnottolove
15Jun20  Awww yuck!  Thanks birds.  Ugh.  #muchlatergram #2020pad #gross #birdshirt #ugh #needanewcarnow

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