Swap-bot Time: November 27, 2022 9:50 pm


Date Joined: May 20, 2013
Last Online: November 27, 2022
Birthday: April 13
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

Fully vaccinated which makes me happy!

I just noticed that loads of my profile disappeared randomly - no idea why - but one of the bits which went was my list of German Krimis... I've read all of Nele Neuhaus, quite a few of Petra Hammesfahr and not a fan of Rainer Wuerth... I've also read a lot of Sebastian Fitzek. Any questions as to whether or not I've read something please just ask! :)

About Me

I live in the UK near London....Im happy to do private swaps, just let me know.

**I'm very reliable and really want my swap partners to be happy :) please always contact me if there's a problem before giving me a bad rating! **

ALLERGIES! : My allergies got really bad 3 years ago though I've been having treatment and they've got a lot better. I'm still extremely allergic to animals though, so if you could be careful about what gets into the package, I'd be really grateful. Smoky stuff isn't good either so if it's possible to avoid anything which has been sitting in a "smoking home" that would be brilliant, thank you :) I'm allergic to facial products and all metals except for pure silver as well :( I also have a sensitivity to strong cheap scents which give me a headache (I know, weird, right?!) Allergies suck!

Swapping is my way of travelling without the travelling! I LOVE swapbot and enjoy finding and sending things to fit my partners profiles to try and make them smile as much as I love getting packages in the mail myself! Originally I studied languages alors je parle francais und ich spreche Deutsch. In fact I'm a big fan of Germany and most things German....

I love different languages and cultures, please do tell me something about you and where you live if you have the time. I also love trying foods from different countries. Wenn Du Deutsch bist, dann schreib mir bitte auf Deutsch :) Also I've learnt a bit of Danish so if you happen to be Danish (or Swedish or Norwegian!) I'd be happy to have something written in your language :)

I'd rather get something unique to you or your country than something I can easily buy here (unless of course you are in the UK too LOL!)

I have 3 amazing sons and am loving watching them make their way in the world now they are grown. I'm so proud of them! I don't feel much older than them most of the time until I need to keep up with them! I'm a grandma now too, which is the best thing!

I love nice mail, sunny days, my lovely garden, the sea, my amazing children and grandchildren, honeysuckle, champagne, guinea pigs, rabbits, time with friends, meeting interesting people, finding new places, adventure, travel, laughing, good wine, orange blossom, sunflowers, my garden, growing things, the sound of rain on the roof... and open water swimming!

I work in the mental health field, love my job, but it's exhausting at times. Nature and my garden are my sanctuary! I also grown my own veg and fruit and will very happily receive seeds and other garden items! I love four o'clocks, sunflowers, squash, beans... so many things :)

I enjoy cooking and baking so if you would like to send me a recipe typical of your country or which you love, please do - I cook from scratch though, so no recipes using cake mixes etc or canned fillings etc thanks, and I prefer not to have standard recipes out of magazines or recipe cards - I want a recipe that means something to you please and which you've used, preferably often!

I love old (pre 1965) magazines, I also love very old greetings cards (before 1950) The older the better and I love reading very old letters and postcards (pre 1950) and imagining the lives of the people who wrote them! My current favourite is a postcard I found in a charity shop to a girl at boarding school from her rather posh mum who had just visited an exhibition of "modern art" in London and is rather shocked! I'm happy to get interesting finds of yours as well.

During lockdown I dug up "treasure" in my garden which made me take up mudlarking! Any really old discovered pottery pieces from old dump sites, rivers or the sea would be lovely - I'm a big fan, especially of the old blue patterned sherds, and those with writing on. At some point I'm planning crafts with them! I've also just started metal detecting! If by any chance you are a metal detectorist too, feel free to share any little finds you may not want with me! i love wondering abuit who last touched or used something i find!

Although I've dabbled with crafts, I'm definitely not a crafter, and I'm absolutely no good at papercrafts so prefer not to get items aimed at these, but am very happy to get things you have made!

I crochet so nice yarn is definitely on my wishlist these days :) and anything you have crocheted or knitted. I'm planning on relearning knitting, not having done it for 30 years :)

Some things I like.... (Not in any order!)

  • candle holders that look like a typical house or building of your country

    • i love all things icebat/ugly dolls.
  • ** I love very very soft things**

  • vintage magazines from 1950 and earlier, really old photo's of people (1920's and earlier) especially women or old people or people working.

  • old pottery sherds from river or sea etc, sea glass

  • beautiful or wide washi tape

  • beautiful washi tape and wide packaging tape
  • German Krimis - my latest favourite author is Andreas Foehr :) please see below for what I already have before sending! :)
  • cute rabbit items (not cartoon thanks)
  • traditional crafts
  • wool/yarn for crocheting, stitch markers etc And maybe even needles to knit socks My favourite hooks at the moment are the Clover Amour ones. Colours I love are below and I love colour change yarns though don't like garish or neon colours.
  • moose, beavers, rabbits, racoons, foxes (I had baby foxes in my garden this year!) seals, otters
  • craft pens
  • I like most colours (except burgundy which i hate and neon which I'm not a fan of!) but don't wear yellow, peach, cream, red, orange,green, purple or brown, i prefer cool tones - blues, black, light grey or charcoal, magenta pink, very pale pink, white etc...I also like rainbow colours and stripes. the colours I'm not keen on are OK in mixed patterns or stripes on socks etc!
  • Socks! I broke my ankle last year so there are shoes I can no longer wear - so i also no longer wear thin cotton socks. I LOVE socks but can only use fluffy or thick ones now (to wear with my Timberlands) :(
  • my absolute favourites are handknitted wool socks, Size 38.5. I don't wear short trainer socks or those slipper socks with plastic on the bottom to stop slipping thanks. I also love Cutie Mania fluffy socks! :)
  • Soursop flavour green tea
  • White teas, especially Tazo Berryblossom white and Cornish tea strawberry and chilli
  • Lipton Detox or Summer FRuits tea
  • Teeccino chicory herbal tea - hazelnut
  • Messmer Aprokose Pfirsich
  • handmade things - if you have put love into what you do, I will never think store bought is better!
  • Very strange flavour Japanese kitkats. The stranger the better! Or the black for grown ups ones or the rum and raisin ones (not a flavour I much like usually but love the Japanese kitkat version of it!) normal flavours I can buy here :)
  • Polish Knorr cheese cup a soup (or Polish Knorr soups in general)
  • Bumble bees (not cartoon bees)
  • cool and useful items, repurposed, recycled, organic
  • Alba coconut cream lipbalm
  • Humani-T lipbalm
  • cherry blossom flavour green tea I really am not keen on green tea with fruit flavours thanks!
  • chilli tea! ( love!) i adore Nordqvist Hola Chilli tea
  • love Davids Tea - buddha's blend and chai aye-aye especially, but there are loads i haven't yet tried!
  • cardamom flavours in tea
  • Stash vanilla nut creme decaf tea :)
  • Stash Vanilla Nut Creme loose tea
  • Bigelow's salted caramel tea
  • Bigelow's decaffeinated spiced chai
  • chilli or salt chocolate (Prefer not Lindt or Thorntons chilli but love Fazer chilli chocolate)
  • Orion Apricot Chilli chocolate (Merunka se spetkou Chilli) -Gartmann Schoko Cranberry-Chili Crunchies
  • Tony's Chocolonely - Best one so far I think was the lemon meringue one - truly awesome! ;-)
  • mini Timtams!!!!
  • Sarotti chocolate
  • Hachez Mango-Chilli chocolate
  • Alnatura Winter Schokolade
  • Alnatura Chili Kirsche!
  • Lauenstein Ingwer Limette
  • Suchti Ingwer in Maracuja
  • Marabou chocolate
  • Côte D'Or chocolate
  • Heilemann Chili Edelbitter-Chocolade
  • ghirardellis tree bark chocolate love - especially the bags of minis. I don't like ghiradelli's hot cocoa though (too sweet for me!)
  • Russell stovers handmade chocolates
  • sees Candy (chocolates)
  • Nestle Turtles (my new love!!!)
  • OMG s
  • Reeses mix (LOVE!) the other Reeses stuff I can now buy here
  • damak pistachio chocolate
  • webury sticks, Alfort Black bourbon, Morinaga Bake
  • Maple syrup and salt milk chocolate
  • equal exchange organic chocolate ( love the caramel crunch with seasalt)
  • Seattle Chocolates
  • Morrisons Sea salted Almond and Hazelnut milk chocolate
  • chocolate with interesting filings
  • ginger flavour
  • Annie's bunny Graham's ( or any bunny biscuits really!) -Verpoorten Eierlikoer feinste Baumkuchenspitzen are AMAZING!!!

About Me

Some dislikes...

Allergies mean - no facial products please - I can only wear pure sterling silver jewellery (second hand is fine) - no meat products please (though I'm OK with meat flavours - I prefer veggie though) - no coffee please (though I'm fine with coffee flavouring in other things) - no sweets/candy except chocolate please though I'm fine with flavours, nuts, fillings etc inside the chocolate.

I REALLY dislike the following...

  • candy - either the actual item or pictures of it on things LOL
  • cats, gothy and horror type items, clowns, skulls, Halloween etc (big triggers there so please don't send anything like that)
  • Christian items

Not so keen on...

  • pencils (no use for them thanks)
  • pieces of paper
  • anything for papercrafts
  • anything overly sweet like sugary hot choc mixes

Thank you :)



Comment: Just got this. Mail tickles me at times. Nice flavors. Thank you. Have a great day.
Mlhadder rated for Anticipation #11 on Jan 1, 2022
Comment: I loved the card thank you! Hopefully, you've settled into your new office nicely! It sounds lovely.
Colinde rated for Stocking Filler Party on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: thank you so much for your nice package! I couldn't resist and opened already one package which were the socks and I totally love them! Merry Christmas to you!
Meisje rated for Private swap Gill and Chantal on Dec 20, 2021
Comment: Yes it arrived and in time for Christmas I will open the presents on Christmas morning, love the card. it is already a special package, wen opened the gifts I will send you a message.
nadithings rated for Chocolate (November) on Dec 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you! Hehe I'm too scared to try them.. lol!! I really appreciate the stamps !! Have a great holiday!!xo nadi
fourgnomesinatrenchcoat rated for Let's sock up! on Dec 8, 2021
Comment: Thanks so much! I love the socks!
Nika rated for ESO Secret Santa 2021 on Dec 1, 2021
Comment: Thank you!
Colinde rated for JATWCT: Stuff The Stocking on Nov 25, 2021
Comment: Thanks a lot! Can't wait till Christmas :-)
KIllerMal rated for SIE: ADVENT CALENDAR #4 on Nov 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely little packages, I can't wait to open them. I feel like a little girl hahaha
Sola79 rated for JATWCT: Stuff The Stocking on Nov 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the gift and card that arrived today :) Look forward to open it.
Foxy rated for X-Mas Swap Ikran3 and Foxy on Nov 17, 2021
Comment: What an awesome swap! Thank you so so much! I can't wait to try the popcorn, it sounds amazing! I never tried mince pie, so i'm really excited, of course also the toffee apple and cinnamon one sounds amazing. The wrapped gifts i will save for christmas eve, as well as your delicious christmas pudding but it's already an amazing package! But excuse me for now as i need to put some water on the stove and there is a magazine waiting to be read. :-D P.S. Don't worry about the hard candy, i appreciate that you overcome your dislike for me. ;-)
Pupullona rated for SIE: ADVENT CALENDAR #6 on Nov 15, 2021
Comment: Thank you! :)
MahoganyMoon rated for Advent Calendar Card on Nov 14, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the sweet Moomin Calendar! I cant wait to open the first window :)
NRGordon rated for Looking Forward #10 on Nov 10, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful PC. We visited Cambridge a few years ago but I don’t remember this but it would look different from the ground.
oldsoul rated for ESO November Care Package on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: What an unexpected treat you sent me! Thank you, Gill — I was very happy with your selected November care items. I shall find much joy out of them all. I wish you well, and hope to swap with you another time.
Pikkis rated for SIE: ADVENT CALENDAR #5 on Nov 9, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for the gifts and the pretty card :)! Can’t wait to open them! Edit: Thank you so much for the lovely gifts, loved them all, but especially the stickers and the ephemera. Merry Christmas!
mary17 rated for Chocolate (October) on Nov 6, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much for tasty chocolate, I opened the bar of chocolate as soon as I received 😄, it was yummy ❤️
saturnsrings rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #21 on Nov 2, 2021
Comment: Thanks for the happy mail!
Catt007 rated for SIE: ADVENT CALENDAR #3 on Oct 8, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the pressies, I'm saving them all up to open on the right days. 😺

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Meisje on Dec 23, 2021:

Merry Christmas


lasciviouskisses on Dec 7, 2020:

Hello Gill, I have left you a PM :).

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥




Rainydancer on Oct 21, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

CurlyTea on Apr 15, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


romyisa78 on Nov 27, 2018:

Hey Gill, your Scavenger Hunt swap just arrived. thank you so much. I just informed the Admin, hope that he will rate you a 5 with Heart as I m only able to rate the non-europe partner who was wrong at that swap. So thanks again, i love it and have a wonderful Christmas time Isa

Drachenfrau on Oct 5, 2018:


danke, das du an meinem Faultier-swap mitmachen willst! :-) Ich finde dein Profil sehr sympathisch und wenn du Lust hast, bin ich jederzeit bereit für einen profile-swap (koennte dir zum Beispiel eine Koeln-Tasse von Starbucks besorgen)

Liebe Gruesse!


CurlyTea on Apr 13, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

phillaine on Feb 26, 2018:

Hi lovely! :) I'm not sure my private message got sent to you re: the PBS color swaps, and the site is glitching and not letting me rate. I just want to find a way to let you know I appreciate the sweet treats you sent me and I'll be sure to keep trying the rating. Feel free to delete this comment off of your wall once you read it. Thanks for participating in these swaps, I'm having a lot of fun with them and I hope you are, too! ♥

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