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

22Sep20  New vape.  This is a beautiful Rainbow Eleaf iStick Rim C.  I ordered it in June and finally received it today.  It came via the Netherlands so of course it was opened by Border Force.  It perfectly matches my rainbow Crown 4 tank.  The “C” in the name is because it charges using a USB-C cable and is fast charging. You add your own battery to it so I can have a spare ready to go. It’s small, fits well in my pocket and even though the sides are quite smooth the back has a rubber strip on it so grips well. It’s early days but I think this one is winner.  #2020pad #vaping #vapegear #eleafistickrimc #uwellcrown4tank
05Sep20  I have everything I need for a good rowing session. I have my gym manager, Noble to keep an eye on me, and my laptop set up for my next lesson.  All I need to do is start the video, strap in and get going.  #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad#catsofinstagram #muchlatergram #iamadarkhorse
16Aug20  I think I took a snap (via my phone) to show my kids I’m alive or something and I didn’t like my hair in it. I’m really sensitive there’s not a lot of it and I have some bare spots.  So I decided to take a better one with my PC.  #selfie #randomselfie #2020pad #muchlatergram
01Sep20 “Catch Drive Release Recover”. My desk and coffee mug from @DarkHorseRowing.  In my In-Tray is my Bydureon injection pen warming up so I can use it. It’s sitting atop my daytime wrist splints for carpal tunnel relief.  In my purple “glitter shoe” is my glucose meter and supplies.  Just a day in my life. #2020pad #rowing #darkhorserowing #type2diabetes #t2diabetes #dayinthelife
15Aug20  Dot has a new tail. I love how the photo of my daughter’s cat, Dot appears to extend into reality because of a wayward USB cable.  Sadly Dot went over the rainbow bridge last January.  I loved getting to know her when I visited last year. RIP sweet kitty.  #catsofinstagram #muchlatergram #rainbowbridge #2020pad
17Sep20  I had an appointment at Flinders today for my carpal tunnel issues and a friend took me and brought me home. I’ve had a change in my meds recently so until I’m completely used to them, I get a bit befuddled. I’ve done a lot of dumb things this week but losing my keys at the hospital was right up there.  I had to have neighbours (who have a set of my housekeys) let me in.  And then, a few hours later I double checked my purse and there they were. NOT lost, after all. YUP. It’s been that kind of week.  #2020pad #keys #lostandfound #frustratedbutgrateful #befuddled #medchanges
11Aug20  I had chicken burgers. I did not have burger buns, but I had hot dog buns. So I used one, cut it in half and job done.  These were good. I was hoping that by limiting to one hot dog bun it’d keep my glucose levels down but no, that wasn’t the case. I blame the breading on the burgers. Yeah, that was it.  #cooking  #cookingforone #muchlatergram #rowing #darkhorserowing  #homegymlife #keepmoving #2020pad #chickenburgers #hotdogbuns
10Aug20  This lasagna looked great until I let it cook a bit too long and the edges took on a burnt look. It was fine and even the burnt parts tasted fine. I was really disappointed when I first saw it finished - until I had some and realised it was all ok after all.  #cookingforone #cooking #2020pad #lasagna #lookscanbedeceiving
15Sep20 Not only is this tree / bush gnarled but it also has wisteria vines hopelessly twisted all through it.  However. It and the wisteria vines are probably what’s helping to hold up the fence so, blessing in a weird disguise.  #cf20 #gnarled
07Aug20 Horses in the paddock across the road with blankets to keep them warm.  #2020pad #horses #adelaidewinter #muchlatergram
05Aug20 Neurmal having fun with a paper bag.  Some bags last for ages. Others get ripped apart in a matter of days.  #2020pad #muchlatergram #catsofinstagram

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