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

17Jan22  And here it is all built and ready for a ride - my new, much better fitting recumbent bike.  If you know me and have an interest in my old recumbent bike get a hold of me.  My preference is for a friend to have it to use.  If I don't get any takers then I'll put it up for sale. #2022pad #recumbentbike #bike #homegymlife #keepmoving
18Dec21  My older vapes were starting to show their age with their internal batteries just not being what they used to be. So I retired them and replaced them with these two beauties from @VapeKingau. These are the Innokin Kroma 217 and are really quite nice to use. They use a single battery of 18650, 20700, or 21700.  I'm using a 207 in one, and 217 in the other.  The little vape on the side was a surprise gift from VapeKing!  It's a Voopoo Vinci pod that actually gives an impressive hit.  I've put it in my car 'in case of emergencies or forgetfulness'! #ivape #vape #vapemods #10yrsnotsmoking #innokin #kroma217 #2021pad #latergram
23Feb22  This was a screen capture from my Strava account where I'd listed what I did, and it showed my stats down below the photo.  This was a relentless 10 round bike and squat exercise my coach at Dark Horse rowing had come up with.  This was pure torture!  #2022pad  #rowing #darkhorserowing #homegymlife #keepmoving #iamadarkhorse  #recumbentbike #squats
21Dec21 I came home to find Neurmal sunning herself in the office window.  #catsofinstagram #2021pad #latergram
8Jan22 I set up my oil diffuser for an hour of really nice fragrance and set the colours on the diffuser to random.  It's a nice way to end the evening. #2022pad #diffuser #aromatherapy #relaxing
This is my new computer that I hope will help me upload photos more often - and I'm hoping it will help solve neck issues with straining to see the the larger screen I had before now.  #mbp #newcomputer #2022pad
20Dec21  We had had a thunderstorm a few nights before and when I came home, I noticed one of the trees across the road had suffered a blow and lost a limb.  Sadly as I type this on Feb 1st, it's still there, but considerably dryer and browner now.  I'd of thought the council would have cleared it by now.  #2021pad #treebranch #sunset #latergram
7Jan22  My Christmas card from America came with an official NASA First Moon Landing stamp.  Which I'm keeping.  That was part of my childhood.  #nasa #moonlanding #stamp
3Jan22  Happy New Year!  Please excuse my bad handwriting.  I won't have to guess next Christmas which annoyingly huge Wemo power switch is the one for the Christmas tree, because I've finally marked it!  Yes, I took my tree down today.  I forgot to take a photo of it in process so this will have to do!  #2022pad #christmasdone #happynewyear2022
20Feb22 I was searching for something to make for my Sunday dinner that was a bit different.  This was different!  This was roasted sweet potatoes covered with prawns and then a fancy Piri Piri  topping.  It was stunning.  I found the recipe at New Idea Food (17 April 2019) - "Sweet Jacket Potato with Piri-Piri Prawns" and the recipe was actually for one person. It turned out amazing.  #2022pad #cooking #cookingforone  #sundayprawns
24Dec21  This is baby HH!  I don't know if I'm allowed or should use his actual name so I will just use his initials for His Highness!  What a sweetie and just look at him enjoying the little wrist and foot rattles Santa brought him!  #2021pad #xmaseve #babysfirstxmas @daynax98x @kurtishoey

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