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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1. A comfortable income at least equivalent to my final salary, $67,000, as a civil engineer/construction project manager without having to answer to people with too much ego and not enough team playing.
2. Above $67,000 per year.
3. As much time as it takes (allowing for building my house!).
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1. A comfortable income at least equivalent to my final salary, $67,000, as a civil engineer/construction project manager without having to answer to people with too much ego and not enough team playing.
2. Above $67,000 per year.
3. As much time as it takes (allowing for building my house!).
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Kyle Premium
So awesome Helen, I know from experience that goals are what lead us to success. Work relentlessly in pursuit of these goals and they CAN and WILL happen.

In fact, wipe failure out of your mind right now. It simply won't happen. You have too much help, support and an entire community of help behind you to ever let that happen :)

If you need anything going forward, just let me known and I will be happy to give you a hand.
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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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