I'm a handiman - I've built many houses, although my specialty is strawbale houses. I do plumbing, electrical, structural, concrete, wood framing, mowing, yard care, garden care, etc. But my education and jobs have been in EDUCATION (teaching for 36 years) and in PHOTOGRAPHY (I'm a photographer, whose been in business for 35 years). I lead photography tours, organize travel groups and love to photograph and travel. I've owned many homes, both to live in and to rent. I've lived in Canada (BC, MB), Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Paraguay and Ecuador. I have travelled extensively in Europe and eastern Europe and Philippines. Having worked as a teacher for 36 years, I'm well aquainted with hard work, but I'm now more interested in having a place to hang my hat, look after the place, and experience another culture, other than my own. I've owned pets my entire life - dogs, cats, and fish (and a few birds). I do not smoke and never have, as I'm alergic to smoke. An old back injury now means I can't do the heavy work I used to love doing, but everything else is great.