About HelenpDoyle
Joined November 2014
I was born in Redruth, Cornwall quite a number of years ago! I didn't stay there long as mum and I quickly joined my father in Ghana where he was an mining engineer at the gold mines. At the age of 3 we moved to Kimberley, BC, Canada.

From that age until I left high school we moved around British Columbia chasing my father at his job. Initially the family stayed in Kimberley then when I was 4 we moved to Tulsequah, nestled into the north west corner of BC inland from Juneau Alaska and south of the Yukon border. After a couple of years we moved to the HB Mine near Salmo. a village close to Trail BC. The mining camp was about half way up a mountain and we kids spent much time outside, competing with the local bears for huckleberries.

And then, to close the circle, we moved back to Kimberley where I finished high school. I spent the next 3 years in Vancouver, first at UBC and then working. During this time I also travelled across North America, partly on the Canadian side and partly on the American side.

With my sense of adventure tickled I decided, along with a good friend, to board a P&O ship and sail to Australia. Due to constant partying on the ship I ran out of money. So, hiho hiho it was off to work I go to afford to live and except for several years sojourn I have lived here since. I did spend a year in New Zealand and a year and a half back in Canada.

I decided I might as well get some more education so I completed a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and ended up working in the Water Supply and Sewerage industry for the New South Wales Public Works Department.

Eventually, fleeing the above 40 degree C temperatures on mainland Australia, my partner and I moved to Tasmania where we are now trying to beat the weather and complete our strawbale house.

While building I have been thinking about some means to make some extra cash so I can continue my retirement after completing the house. Exploring the web I found this site and thought why not give it a try.

I love science fiction and fantasy and often find, when searching it out on the web, that the number of sites are numerous and confusing. So I decided to create a website that, hopefully is well presented and helps readers and film watchers to find what they want as easily as possible. Now all I have to do is succeed in this!
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kmakunga Premium
Hi Helen, I love sci-fi and fantasy. I don't read as much as I'd like, time always being in short supply. So I tend to watch more of movies, but I do enjoy a good read now and again. I visited your site, http://fantasy-sci-fi-vision.com/, great site. I'll be visiting often, it's great to have suggestions and reviews of good reads, saves time wading through all that's out there.
I'm definitely following you.
Cheers and thanks
Ken.
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rhodesnet Premium
Hello, Helen. We have some things in common. I also traveled and lived as an expat due to my father's work. Sound like you've had some cool experiences.

I'm also interested in sci-fi, so I'll be checking out your site.

I'd like to see pictures of your strawbale house. Do you post them anywhere? What's the weather like in Tasmania?

Anyway, nice to meet you.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
There is some here under my current profile image. I will try and get some up on FB too. (I do have some early ones there.)

Do you have a FB account. If so let me know your name there so I can friend you.
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rhodesnet Premium
Here's my facebook name:

michael.rhodes.10297
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I just sent a friend request to you.
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laparra1 Premium
Good morning Helen,

Reading your profile I smiled because one could say I did it the other way round. I was born in Australia to Dutch parents who took me back to Europe at the age of 3 years old.
I stayed in Holland until the age of 15 and then went to visit different European countries to learn languages. I then work as a tourist guide in Italy, Spain and on cruise ships and finally landed in my 180-year-old farmhouse in the south of Spain. I have lived here since 1981. My better half moved from the US last year August and arrived here with motorbike, car, 156 boxes and his cat.
I would have liked to look at your website but do not see it below your training?
In case you need a good source for writing do check my WA post on the Spanish priest and the world library, you might find it helpful.
Thank you for the follow and good luck.

Regards, Taetske
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Taetske, there is a section on this page where you can add your links.

When you get this, just go down from where 'My Posts' is until you reach 'Follow me on'. My site is there. Just in case my address is

fantasy-sci-fi-vision.com
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Mo1786 Premium
Hi Helen , thanks for the follow. Very inspiring bio in your profile. Further success in your online venture and future endeavors within WA. With the same spirit of sacrifice, patience and fortitude that you endured in building your life , most definitely you will achieve your set goals within WA and that is certainly a 'Fact' and not 'Fiction'. All the best.
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ambweblounge Premium
Hello,

Thank you for the follow. It's always great meeting new and exciting people like yourself. I look forward to your posts and can't wait to see how we can collaborate in the future.

My motto is "Be~Do~Have" and the universe will give. Always be kind to others and they will be kind back. The secrets of life is gratitude!

Have a blessed day!

Namaste'
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Anna, I don't appear to have followed you but have rectified that. Maybe you meant to respond to someone else! Well now I am off to your profile to read all about you.
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spurway Premium
Hello Helen
thanks for the following. It is a great pleasure to connect with you and all the great and open minded people here at Wealthy Affiliate. Happy to hear that you are also an animal lover. We look after all animal that crosses our way and need help.
Cheers Sylvia
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SamVanroelen Premium
wow you've done some great things already.
I'm only a little bit jealous ;)

Thanks for your comment on my website, I'll try to reply on it pretty soon.

I'm also looking forward to check out your website, quite exciting to read your posts.

How's the online thing going for you? I started pretty good but then I met a very nice lady... so pretty busy doing other things. I hope to continue building out my website soon.

thanks again for your advice. I have to read it all a second time but I'm sure there are some good tips there for me.


warm greetings,


Sam
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Like you I have other things happening, like finishing my house! I am just dabbling here for a bit. Will plunge back in soon.
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SamVanroelen Premium
good luck with the house!!
I hope I'll find the time to start working again as well.

thanks for visiting my website ;)
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jinkens27 Premium
Hello, I noticed you were affiliated with Rakuten is that correct? If so I was wondering if you need to have a Company name or tax EIN number on sign up? And I also was wondering what your experience has been like with them. Unless I am missing something, I haven't seen a comp plan yet. Or how exactly does that work?
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Jenkins (Tracy?), have you actually gone into the Rakuten site yet and looked at how to join as an affiliate. Most of the information is in there.

How you fill out your account information depends on what country you are in. I am in Australia so some things are different than if you are in the US. The attached shows what I did re accounts.

If you are from the States or paying taxes there, follow the question marks. I went as an individual after querying the Legal Entity bit.

I am not sure what you mean by comp plan?

I have had no trouble with them. I have made many queries to them and between us we have sorted them out.

Hope this helps.

Ciao
Helen
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DaveJ01 Premium
Hello Helen. I ran across you on the Basics of HTML lessons from Stephhill and went to your profile. You moved around a bit! I can relate to that. Anyway, I can't find your website title. I am a sci-fi buff and would like to see what it's about. Much success to you.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
You know Dave, I have that problem with some sites too. I asked Kyle why and he didn't seem to understand my question! Before you go directly to my site try going into my profile a couple of times and let me know if my 'Follow Me On' comes up following my posts and training (to the right). As I type this I can see it.

So if that doesn't work he is my site link. http://fantasy-sci-fi-vision.com

I love sci fi too but seem to drift towards fantasy these days. Sometimes the line between them is blurred so I get my double fix that way.

All my life I have read sci fi, from the 1800s onwards. One of the first 'modern' ones I read and liked was a book by Piers Anthony called Macroscope (it's a bit dated but still really enjoyable). If you haven't read it why don't you access Amazon through one of my pages and take a look at the synopsis of it.
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Marketboom Premium
Wow Helen! You are living a busy life of traveling and seeing the world. I have always wanted to visit Australia and New Zealand. I will one day!

I see you are also a science fiction fan. In the seventies my dad and I used to make time to watch Star Trek together when he wasn't at sea with the navy.

I am looking forward to visiting your science fiction and fantasy site after I leave here. Take care!
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Abs225 Premium
Hi Helen, Thanks so much for adding me to your network. Very pleased to meet you. I left you a message on my profile to answer the questions you raised. The pleasure is mine.

Guess what Helen! I was also born in Ghana!! hahaha How interesting. You sound like my kind of girl!!

Have a nice day and I promise to keep in touch :-)

Abs
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Gabriella888 Premium
Hi Helen - I stumbled across you when responding to another member's follow. You've lead a most interesting life; and, have a fascinating profile. Thank you so much for your wealth of knowledge, and the goodness in your heart to share. I have learnt so much from you just from reading your blogs on 'Emails' and 'Linking.' I realize you're no longer here, but, I'm a fellow Canuck from Ontario, and, loved B.C. when I visited.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Well, after this nice comment I raced on over to your profile to have a read. Don't worry about being slow. I am too. I am trying to finish my house with a totally useless partner and I am getting nowhere. This has not helped the atmosphere and I find I often can't concentrate here.

But I keep going as I have learned along the way, doing even a little is way better than doing nothing. So let's keep in touch and help each other along the way!
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DennisD1 Premium
Wow Helen you have had quite a life !! I got a headache reminiscing about "too much partying". Glad that phase of my life is over !!
You spent your early years chasing gold, I spent mine chasing oil. Wouldn't change a bit of it, just glad some of it is behind me.
Best to you here.
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MAHlR Premium
Hi Helen,

It's very nice of you to add me to your network :)

How wonderful is this community, it's a great place to meet and interact with like-minded people like yourself.

If you ever feel stuck or need help with anything eg feedback on your website, and any sort of assistance, don't hesitate to contact me.

I wish you much success on your journey forward, and may all of your hard work pay off!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Mahir, I was having computer hiccups when I followed you and as a result your website wasn't showing here. The hiccups have apparently stopped and I will head on over to you site very soon.

You are welcome to hop over to my site and give me feedback here anytime. I am working on fixing things all the time and often from the feedback others give me.

If you also want to leave a comment that would be great too!

I have done a bit of training too that you might find helpful. I did it as basically as I could - that's me a basic person. If you haven't figured out emails yet there is a good one on that if the comments people based on the comments people have made..

Cheers
Helen
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RoriO Premium
Best of luck to you, Helen. I never used to like sci-fi because I didn't understand the point of it. In recent years I've been following some pretty interesting stuff about the Secret Space Program and all the hints in media about it. Apparently, the powers that be are afraid the masses will freak out to learn that a lot of the sci-fi is true. That's because it will go against people's beliefs in what we have been taught about our origins and what we are doing here.

I will be following your site, Helen. Tell all through your site!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Thanks Rori. I suppose I always liked Sci Fi and saw the point as when I was a child there was lots of films based on really early Sci Fi . And in reality some of it was becoming 'REAL LIFE' even back then. For any new thing someone has to imagine it first whether it be related to science or for shoes/clothes/recipes; in fact for any new thing we gain.

One of my favourite books is Macroscope by Piers Anthony. It's a bit dated now but it combines a projection of future science and brain power. And that reminds me I must pull it out again and re-read it!
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RoriO Premium
Wow, yes, sci-fi does have to do with understanding the powers we have within ourselves and the universe, and using the mind to manifest! I hadn't quite made the connection yet.

Thanks for the recommendation. I found Macroscope by Piers Anthony but I live in a country where mail is impossible and excessively expensive, and the Kindle version isn't working because of poor formatting. It's on my wishlist so I can order when they have sorted out the formatting issue.

Your comments have me seeing the potential to start tying together my two interests. Or starting another site with another niche and writing some cross-over blogs! Thanks, Helen.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
You are welcome Rori.
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Scarlet8 Premium
Hello Helen,

Just found your profile. It looks really good. You've lived quite an adventurous life, great! Guess what.....I live in amazing Tasmania too. I'm in the Huon Valley. Where are you? How is the building of your strawbale house going? I'm really interested in strawbale houses as well as earthships (another way of self sustainable housing). One day I hope to be able to build one of these two options for myself. Would be really awesome.

How is your journey going within WA?
Hopefully we will stay in touch.

Take care,

Scarlet
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Now if you are in the Huon Valley I really hope to see you as that is where I am. Drop in and see our house that is completely stalled in the building!
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kenway Premium
Hey Helen, just happened to see your blog and going to follow you along the way.
Looks like you have a real nice home in the making, my wife and I have land in NC and looking at building a small log cabin on the hill looking over the creek.
Good luck with WA
GOD Bless
Wayne
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Thanks Wayne. Following you back.
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Ali-M Premium
Dear Helen, how are you?) Hope you are fine and everything is great with your business progress ). I've recently followed you in WA.

My site is about technology and since I've started to build my network, I would like to have you in my network too.
Here is my links and I would be happy to have you in my social networks too (If you like of course : ) ). Also if you leave me your social network links; I'll be able to following you back.

Here is mine:
Google: https://plus.google.com/+AliMonajemi
Facebook: http://goo.gl/Plbnhj
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Ali_monajemi

Wish you great success in your online business,

Best,
Ali
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janbey Premium
Hi Helen,
Thanks for the comment on the Gene Wilder thread and thanks for the follow, am now following you back.
Great profile with some great info on your young and adventurous life.
I have read 3 of your blogs and will read the rest soon. I love wildlife and have seen Elephants in the wild in Kenya so loved the youtube clip, 'Elephants that came to dinner' that your friend sent you.
I have had a good look around your fantasy-sci-fi-vision website, you have some really interesting info pages and some really great comments. Are you happy with your progress, is it going in the right direction? I hope so because anyone can see the effort you have put in and it certainly comes across that you love the subject. Good for you 'me ansom'.

Have you finished building your straw house? I do worry about you and your partner (remember the 'The three little Pigs')

I wish you well on your continued journey with WA

All the Best
...Age...
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I lived in Ghana when I was very young so probably saw a lot of African wildlife. The only things I know about that time are what the parents told me. Ie monkeys living in the ceiling, riding a large tortoise etc.

Re my progress, I am not really happy but not too sad. As my house is on a go slow due to lack of enthusiasm from my partner, I am struggling away by myself at my site. So tend to not have a lot of time and also tend to be tired. Oh well onward and upward.

Actually if the 1 little pig built his house the way we are I wouldn't bet on the wolf!

Thanks for your comments. Nicely positive and has given me a nice lift.
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AndiTointon Premium
Hello, I just had a look at your website and then I looked at some of your photo's of your straw bale house and thought it was amazing, well done. I shared on Google+,Twitter,Facebook and pinned your superKat on my Pinterest. Thanks for producing a great site and telling me about cats and your cattle dog, Helen,
Much Love,
Andi.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I haven't told you about my cattle pig yet!
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AndiTointon Premium
heehee, go on then.....can't wait. xx
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I wrote this and then thought others might find it amusing so I am going to also do a post on it.

Well, when I was on the station somehow I got looking after all the 'orphan' piglets. Either mum rejected them or there was just to many of them. Feeding time at the old pig corral was sow down piglet pile on. Don't worry if it's is your mum or not!

Our pigs were only shut in the sty at night. So none of these little orphans were segregated I just made sure they got something to eat. One little fellow decided I was a good bet to be around. It didn't matter what we did to contain him at night. In the morning he was asleep under my bed.

I don't know if you have heard of a 'Queenslander'. It is a house on piles with a open veranda all around, generally with blinds that can be shut against rain and open in dry to let what ever breeze there was through the house. So no obstacle to a determined little piglet.

It didn't matter where I went he followed. Our amenities were in an outdoor concrete block building (and that was the only coolish spot in the very hot weather). The picture is he took a shower with me (he must have been the cleanest pig in the bush - and town for that matter). When I used the toilet I had to put my feet up the wall as he sucked on my toes. This isn't nice as piglets are born with very sharp little teeth. Poor mums!

When he got bigger he had to struggle to get under the small gap below the door. Therefore as he grew everyone knew when I was in the loo (WC) as he let out enormously loud squeals until he got in.

So as you can see he really did follow me everywhere.

One day we were sorting out the cattle herd to separate the ones going to market. All of a sudden there was a great roar of laughter behind me. My lovely horse and I were cutting out a cow and calf to send to the 'safe' corral at that time.

I looked to see what they were on about and there was little piggy following me. The cow took one look, turned back from her head-long dash in the wrong direction and went exactly where I wanted her to go. Babe eat your heart out.

What most people don't know is that pigs are really smart animals. And if housed right they don't smell bad. This is why no-one ever knew when he was in the house! Theynormally just have a reasonable odour as do most animals. They would rather roll in muddy water not their own filth like they are often forced to do.

So you see the movie Babe wasn't so far out anyway.
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AndiTointon Premium
Oh I just love your story about your piggy, made me laugh to think of your piggy squeezing under the toilet door and sucking on your toes - ow, ow sharp teeth. Hilarious.
I follow an also true life piggy story on facebook, called Esther The Wonder Pig.
She is great big Piggy and she was bought as a piglet that was sold as a micro pig, which of course when she grew and grew and then some more, it was realised that she was not a micro pig at all. I am not sure if she was rescued by this couple, but they do give her the best life ever, and she was in their house with all of her home comforts to trotter.
They have recently moved to a larger place, more of a farm now and they have fields and stables where her man piggy resides, but I think she still goes in the house. She is pampered.
They have a lot of rescue animals and they always post about her. It's great - she has a huge following too.
Thanks for telling me your story, Helen.
Love Andi.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I love rescue people. All our cats are rescues. All but one wandered in. Our current one we got from the Cat Home.

All but one of our deceased ones (three) have lived to 19 or older. One got FIV, and our ignorant vet kept telling us he was showing symptoms of old cat syndrome. We insisted she was wrong, using our 19 years examples, but she still only treated him for this. We soon went to another vet who managed to diagnose it but it was too late by then to treat the symptoms so he only lived until 9 1/2. We passed on our disgust to anyone who would listen and she lost lots of patients.

Funnily enough I believe she is now the state government vet. Hope she never has to treat small animals again!
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AndiTointon Premium
I have peachy ginger boy outside in the shelter I made for him after his cardboard box he took a liking to a few years ago, collapsed after a few days of rain, but he still kept going in it because the young woman who felt sorry for him when she rescued him from her friend who didn't want him, doesn't seem to let him in at all any more. So anyway, after his box was broken , I had a look in my shed and found the grass collecting bucket off my push mower and a large cat litter tray and sealed them both together that makes a small but cosy cat igloo for my Charlie. Hubby kept telling me not to feed him so that he went home and because our budget is tiny, but I think she didn't feed him for days on end because he looked thin and a bit scraggy looking. I would have him in here but my two young boys have not had any vaccinations yet and I am bothered about the cat flu and other diseases so I need to keep them separated until we can afford to do them both. I would love to let them out now that they are bigger. They purr at Charlie through the window. If Charlie see's the door open he is in as fast as he can but sadly I have to make him go out again. I always make sure he has his rainwater drink, he doesn't like tap water and he doesn't like his food in a bowl or on a plate of any kind, He just prefers it served straight onto the slabs. he has some nice warm bedding in his igloo and some days he spends hours on end in there. I brush him and give him some love and so do the kids. He loves us and he also knows we love him. If we go down to the park or for a walk he always follows us. I consider him to be mine.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I must admit I prefer rainwater too. We have lived from rain water tanks for the last 30 years. And hey, guess what, I don't get sick much at all. In fact our filter sieve was broken when we lived on the mainland. So we got a new one and got the tank cleaner to come out and vacuum out the tank. I used to arrange this for the city reservoirs and they good get all the silts and vegetative matter out in a minimum amount of water wastage.

So out he came and it turned out to be the septic tank cleaner outer! I had a joke with him and asked if he used the same equipment! Everything was ok.

When he finished he told us he had cleaned out 7 frog skeletons, quite a few partially decomposed frogs and rescued a number of live frogs who couldn't find the opening.

So there we were with a new sieve and a clean tank. And do you know what. The water never tasted as good again!

Do your animal rescue people have subsidised vets. We have an organisation where the vets either volunteer or work at quite reduced rates. All you pay is the cost of the drugs. It is for people on low incomes and it is a wonderful service. If so you might be able to sort the boys out and let them free. And let Charlie in.
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AndiTointon Premium
Phaaa, Helen, you are a card.... I really like frogs (really, honestly, properly want to save frogs that fall down our gridded drains, I just can't reach them though) Have to say, I don't think I have ever tried "Consomme of frog" before....or maybe I have, who knows, lol. I am a bit witchy.

I went to New Zealand a long time ago and liked the idea that they used rainwater tanks. It's a great idea, just not used here, maybe we are too polluted? Not sure.?

I have seen what the French do to them and then eat them, uggh, disgusting.

We do have the PDSA here, which we do use, but have no car and no money at the moment so even at their reduced prices it is still expensive. Soon though, we will be back on track to get them sorted..They are excellent vets.

Love to you.
Andi.
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DPolny Premium
Hi Helen :) Wow, I thought our family moved around a lot but compared to you we seem almost stationary lol. I lived in BC for over 24 years and loved it. It is my favorite province so far and would move back there in a heartbeat if the opportunity ever presented itself. I always wanted to travel but ended up starting a family first so the travelling is still on my list...and Australia/New Zealand is at the top of my destinations list.
What is a strawbale house?
I have bookmarked your site as I want to take my time reading through all of it. I love fantasy, as well as many other genres. In grade nine I read The Hobbit which lead me to The Lord of the Rings and to this day they are still my favorite! I have read them many times. J.R. Tolkien was, in my opinion, an incredibly gifted writer.
I'm sure we will be crossing paths here at WA. I look forward to reading your blogs and trainings. All the best to you!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
You know I haven't even see the Lord of the Ring movies yet. Movies from books often disappoint me so I avoid them. I did see the first of the Hobbit movies and was frankly bored. It was far too long. The whole book could have been in one long movie. I guess it wouldn't have made so much money. Where in BC were you?

I just added a few photos of the house with straw bales only and then with one coat of lime render.
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DPolny Premium
I was not at all impressed with the movie version of The Hobbit. In their quest for money they deviated from the book by adding new characters and scenes which greatly compromised the piece...not at all happy with it. However, Peter Jackson and his partner did an absolutely beautiful job with the Lord of the Rings. They were spot on...brilliantly done! I wouldn't recommend watching the movies before reading the trilogy. Most people who aren't already familiar with Tolkeins literary works wouldn't be able to truly appreciate the movies.
I lived in Vancouver for about 12 years and then moved to Richmond for another 12.
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DPolny Premium
So the walls are actually made of straw bales?? Very interesting. I'm assuming the lime render preserves the straw?
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Well I believe Tom Bombadil wasn't in the movie! I have read the series countless time. I know it so well that I can pick out the appropriate sect to read for any mood I am in.

I lived in Kitsilano and Fort Langley.
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DPolny Premium
Yes, his character was omitted from the movie, I believe to keep it from being too long. It is unfortunate but it didn't compromise the piece the way making up new characters did in The Hobbit.
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egrant Premium
Hi Helen
I have a question for you. I noticed you are using very informative content. Are all your ideas or they are from other persons' concepts? If so, do you have to give your sources? This is the reason why I am afraid to write too much. I'm awaiting your reply urgently! Thanks!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Because my content is from my reading they are all my ideas. I do sometimes skim other's sites as my words can get muddled in my head. I do this to settle my thoughts. However I often don't agree with what they say or how they say it so that can give me something else to think about and write on.

Remember I have lived a lot of years, done much educational study and read a great deal so I have a good all around knowledge of what I want to do and background for my content.

If you do quote you must give sources. I do this with images and if I am quoting I put quotation marks (" ") around the quote. This 'hides' it from the search engine (at the moment) and lets people know you got it from elsewhere. Using sources isn't an issue but I suggest you minimise this. If you are having trouble writing find something you want to use and rewrite it in your own words. This can be hard to do as often it looks unnatural.

If you want to try doing this give me a copy of what you are going to use and how you have reworded it. I can give you an idea if it appears you are fully involved in what you say. Do it by PM.
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egrant Premium
Thanks Helen
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jimcarlsen65 Premium
Hello Helen. Boy, you sure have been around. I'm always amazed at how many places so many people have been. I've lived two places, Illinois and Wyoming.
The reason I went to your profile is that I've been trying to leave website comments this morning, but Wa is having some sort of Glitch. I'll keep trying.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Jim thanks for letting me know this. Now I can keep an eye on the issue just in case I need to fix something.

I just visited your site and left a message in return. Hope you like it. I am a horse nut too.

And I am following you so I can watch out for some lovely horse images and information.
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jimcarlsen65 Premium
Thanks Helen. I'll see if I can leave you a comment tonight.
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Lbath5 Premium
Helen thank you for adding me to your network and taking the time to visit my site. Your comments were very kind and fun!
I stopped by your site and got lost in the information for awhile. Will have to visit again as I too love science fiction and fantasy.
Hope to talk again.
Linda
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Thanks Linda, I just responded to your comment. Good websites are fun to comment on. And I left a couple for you so it must be good. I just posted a new blurb on steampunk gear. It should be indexed soon.
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SteveCrozza Premium
Hi Helen, thanx for the follow.

I didn't realise that you were from Tassie, I was born there. At a little place called Bream Creek (half way from Hobart town to Port Arthur)!

Like the fact you are building a straw bale house, very interesting.

Must keep in touch.

Steve
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HelenpDoyle Premium
We have just been up to Bream Creek to visit friends who are unfortunately wanting to move back to Victoria. Well she does!

At the moment we are trying to finish a strawbale house but prospects aren't good.
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Tezsie Premium
Hi, Helen, so nice to meet you here. You are well traveled indeed! And how cool that you´re an engineer. Your house is starting to look great. Awesome project.
Ahh, those hills, they´re not alive, but are really for real lol Glad you enjoyed your virtual tour of the town.
All the best to you in life and business.
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vanbot Premium
Hey Helen, I have grabbed your training as it is just what I need at the moment so thanks for that, and you're building a straw bale house in Tasmania with your partner, I want piccies, I am too old now to do it but I love the idea of building a cob house, same kind of thing but with mud.:-))Steph
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HelenpDoyle Premium
Steph, I am glad this helped you. I find it very frustrating trying to decipher instructions that aren't clear. Such as affiliate links and FaceBook instructions. So I write myself manuals. Don't get too many done due to time constrictions either.
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johnmcge972 Premium
Thank you for the follow back and best of luck to you! You sure got around and seen different parts of Canada and then Australia. I have heard of building houses out of bales of straw. Aren't they coated on the outside with something like stucco? I don't remember just how they were built, but I guess they are very energy efficient. Good luck in your new endeavor!
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HelenpDoyle Premium
John, the bales we build with are thoroughly dried and specially baled to be 'industrial' strength (you can build with normal bales but I believe to always build on the safe side).

Inside the walls are three coated with a clay render. This is made from clay from our site, sand and water. For the first coat this is mixed with some cut straw to fill in the gaps and dents.

The outside coat is hydrated lime, sand and water. Three coats here also with a render mesh placed in the second coat. This mesh covers the whole house and helps with movement control and makes the building really solid.

I do have some photos but I am having trouble attaching them (I have a javascript void(0) error).

Yes they are extremely energy efficient and also very fire proof.

So the little pig wasn't so stupid after all (at least if he built with the full bales)!
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johnmcge972 Premium
Sounds exciting! I always wanted a house built into the side of a hill, facing south, with a greenhouse on top, maybe sod and goats, to keep the grass trimmed. Want something to save on heating, since it has always been difficult for me to pay the heat bill, here in Northeastern Wisconsin, in the winter. Also wanted something, to protect against tornadoes, since our farm was destroyed, by one, in September 1971. Wanted to recycle or re-use as much as possible, to keep things out of the landfill.
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HelenpDoyle Premium
I worked in the building industry as a project manager and engineer. So I had recourse to other recycled goods when we demolished some buildings. Now we are built into a hill and our back (retaining) wall is made of cinder blocks, four of our big windows are recyled triple glazed ones and all our timber was milled from the large trees we had to remove to both site our house and meet bush fire requirements. And as I said the render was made from clay dug out from the hill. And boy do we have lots of it. We also have lots of boulders. This in spite of three geotechnical reports that found no rock at all! I am having trouble with attaching photos at the moment but if you want to see our rock check out a previous blog of mine. That man-fern on the right immediately behind the boulder is taller than me and I am 5 foot 7 inches tall.
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