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

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
5May21 Noble doesn't seem to mind having the weighted blanket on him.  #2021pad #catsofinstagram  #tripodkitty #threeleggedcatsofinstagram  #muchlatergram
16May21  While making myself a fancy dinner (Honey Soy Chicken), I decided to try the Rose that came in my Mother's Day gift box from my kids. It was ... not what I was expecting.  #self #cf21 #2021pad
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
10May21 Neurmal is always happy to have a snooze in one of her beds.  She was born with a grumpy face, but she's the sweetest kitty I've ever had, and always happy to have some attention or a belly rub. #catsofinstagram  #happy #cf21
30Apr21 In the end I picked the smaller stuffed crust pizza. The cutter is used to tear the pieces apart (I know that's pushing the theme a bit!! #pizza #frozenpizza #stuffedcrust #torn #cf21
3Jun21  Me, at the beach! Soaking up some much needed sunshine and sea air.  #eco #cf21 #2021pad #beachwalk #beach #christiesbeach #selfie
01May21 Lunch Group Saturday with Shaun and Anne.  Careful observers will note I had two glasses in front of me. One was the wine I'd bought, and the pink was pink gin that Erik insisted on ordering on my behalf. It was delicious!  And I had Shaun drive my car for me because I like having my license and wouldn't want to put it or anyone else in jeopardy.  #lunchgroup #friends #gin #wine #2021pad
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
21May20 Another evening watching telly in my bedroom.  I made myself some 'chicken vegetable' soup, but it turned out to be more chicken & carrots.  This is a collection of carrots! #2021pad #collection #cf21 #cooking #cookingforone #soup #chickensoup #carrots

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