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Date Joined: August 20, 2011
Last Online: December 30, 2023
Birthday: July 23
Country: Australia
My Postcards Received (Flickr account)
My Pressed Penny Collection

About Me

I have lived in the north eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Victoria all of my life and I have been married for 35+ years. We have two adult sons.

Medical Scientist I work part-time as a medical scientist at a pathology laboratory. I also have a casual job as a Patient Model for an Ultrasound Training company.

My family has a holiday house near the beach and we spend many weekends there during summer.

Sandcastle Xmas Tree

In my spare time I like to do craft, research my family history (genealogy) or travel with my family.

In Feb. 2015 I started geocaching. I am still learning, at present, but I hope to take my family to some interesting places.

15 Years of Geocaching

2013 was a big year for me, but it turned out completely different to what was planned. I celebrated my 50th Birthday in late July. It was a small celebration but in April 2014 my family took me on a three week overseas holiday to London, Paris and Singapore.

BC 1 in 8

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on 31 May 2013. After conservative surgery, I had 20 weeks of chemotherapy and then 7 weeks of radiotherapy.

On 14 Jul 2017 I had a clear scan (4 year post).

Any advice on living post breast cancer is welcomed. It's still a new experience to me.

While I have been undergoing treatment I have received some lovely gifts and cards from many people. I appreciate all of the comments on cards and in swaps. Each one lifts me up.

Glitter Angel

Thank you to everyone but especially to my following Swap-bot friends.

Susan (Ohio, USA)

Karyn (Florida, USA)

Dagmar (Germany)

Moni (Germany)

Patricia (Colorado, USA)

Carol (Colorado, USA)

Kirsty (the Netherlands)

A Cure Makes Cents

Postcard Themes

My favourite postcard themes are:

  • Animals (wild or in zoos): Wolverines, Hedgehogs, Badgers, Meerkats, Sloth, Squirrels, Chipmunks, Prairie dogs, Lemurs, Bush Babies, Lorises, Marmosets, Tamarins, and any other animals
  • Birds: Puffins, Owls, Hawks, Eagles, Penguins and any other birds
  • Australian animals (koala, kangaroo, wombat and others) on postcards from countries other than Australia.

Kangaroo Joey

  • UNESCO World Heritage Sites
  • Map Cards
  • Churches, cathedrals and other places of worship
  • Castles and ruins

Trzesacz Poland

  • Lighthouses
  • Statues and Outdoor Art Make Way for Ducklings
  • Famous places
  • Not-so-famous places where you live, work or visit.
  • Maxicards
  • Flowers
  • Illustrations of cats (drawings, paintings, comical, real life)

    A library cat

  • Moomin (please check my Flickr page for my collection so far)

  • Children's Book Illustrations The Child-eater

  • French Impressionist Painters: Monet, Renior, Degas, Pissarro, Manet, Sisley, Cezanne, Morisot and post-Impressionalists

I like the following ad-card themes:

Hope Jingle Bell

  • Health and social issues such as: Cancer, AIDS, Homelessness

  • Animals and Birds

  • Anything listed in my favourite postcard themes above


  • Any themes listed above
  • Pressed Pennies (I am open to private swaps) Harrods
  • Playing Cards (any spares would be appreciated).
  • Journaling Cards (Project Life etc) I would like to write a journal of my Breast Cancer journey and would welcome suitable journaling cards that I could use.
  • Any Zoo related items: postcards, maps, key rings, magnets, pressed pennies, other souvenirs Brookfield Zoo
  • Coins
  • Hand made postcards and ATCs (to give me inspiration to try it myself)
  • Christmas cards that are representative of your country (Christmas in Australia is in summer and does not include snow)
  • Store bought Christmas postcards (I have never seen any in shops in Australia) or for any other celebration (New Year, Halloween, Hannukah) Christmas Postcard

  • Stickers that I can use in card making

  • Anything else I can use in card making (no feathers, SEE BELOW)
  • Souvenirs from where you live, or have visited
  • US National Park Quarters. So far I have: Hot Springs, Yosemite, Mt Hood, Olympic, Chickasaw, El Yunque, Hawaii Volcanoes, Denali, White Mountain, Perry's Victory, Great Basin, Fort McHenry, Mount Rushmore, Shenandoah, Arches, Homestead, Glacier.

Special Requests

This is my list of special requests, mainly they are postcards. Some of the suggestions come from my teenage boys, who love to set me challenges. I will add to it as I discover particular things that I would like. I would be very happy if I receive any of these items.

  • Postcards of the following animals: Groundhog or Woodchuck, Walrus

  • A postcard with a view from any of the following US states: Alabama, Delaware, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Rhode Island, Vermont and Wisconsin. At present I do not have many postcards from these states.

  • These are the US state map cards that I still need to complete my collection: CT, MA. I am in no hurry to complete the collection as I enjoy all postcards.

  • Postcards featuring the following music instruments: trumpet, trombone or tuba. (These are the instruments that my sons play)

Coldstream Guards

Favorite Crafts

I love making cards with stamped images, punched shapes, stickers, buttons, ribbon, sequins and other embellishments. I am trying new techniques.

In 2015 I have started to make some envelopes. Perhaps you will receive one in a swap.

I also like to make beaded jewellery (mainly bracelets and necklaces)

I have tried crocheting, knitting, felting, scrapbooking, beading.

My Dotee Doll from Dagmar I would love to try making a Dotee Doll. This one was sent to me by Dagmar.

Favorite Television

I live in a house of sport-loving males so much of my television viewing involves watching sport.

Due to my work hours (evenings) I do not get to watch much television. My favourite shows are usually police or medical based such as: Bones, N.C.I.S., C.S.I., Law and Order, Dexter.

As I enjoy researching my family's history both here in Australia and in Britain some of my other favourite series are: "Who Do You Think You Are?" (UK, USA and Australia), Heirhunters (UK), Coast (UK), "Who's Been Sleeping In My House?" (Australia), Time Team (UK) and Restoration Home (UK).

I also like documentaries about animals, travel and world history.

My Children

I have two sons aged 20 years and 18 years. They are normal, active, adventure seeking youths. They play Field Hockey in winter and go sailing in summer. My older son is studying trombone at university. My younger son is studying Public Relations and Advertising and plays the trumpet in his university's band.

They are interested in American Football, Baseball and Ice Hockey. My younger son would love to receive postcards of sports venues or players. He watches sport live on the TV when he can (mornings here in Australia) or delayed telecast in the evenings.

Flakers & Angels


"World Heritage PC #4" - @kasia8502 (account deleted)

"all about snail mail exchange - two from a country" - @LovelyLici (partially suspended)

Flakers and Angels

"Christmas Cards with Postcards Inside-Now INT'L!" - @Treksek (account deleted) - Angeled by @Alias who sent me 5 beautiful cards from Estonia

"Merry Christmas: 1 card to 5 partners" - @LambInBlack (not active) - Angeled by @LINBUR0100 (swap host), who sent me a lovely handmade Christmas card.

"Penny, Postcard & Brochure" - @Duffity (fully suspended) - Angeled by @tiggerski who hosted the swap.

"not-so-QUICK cute animal postcard x4 #3" - @Nibbler2011 (fully suspended) - Angeled by @tiggerski who sent me a skunk (I love it)

"Bird Postcard Swap" - @IndyUpcycle (account deleted) - Angeled by @tiggerski who sent me some Puffins (a favourite bird)

"Seen Better Days Postcard Swap #7" - @sebastian (not active) - Angeled by @tiggerski

"Through My Kitchen Window Postcard Swap" - @SassyinSpringfield (fully suspended) - Angeled by @lorettadog (swap host), who sent me some Prarie Dogs.

"Where You Live (PC) - Intl (September 2/2)" - @Caitlin (not active) - Angeled by @LucyToons (swap host).

Difficult Swappers

Elongated Penny Patrol, WTA#3 - @jannieb - would not send to me as I am not in the USA - Angeled by @tiggerski

Please Read

I live in Australia and we have strict quarantine laws. Please do not send any plant material (such as dried flowers, seeds or leaves) or animal products (such as feathers) to me. Recently I had an envelope opened (and destroyed) that contained lavender.

If you have any queries please check http://www.daff.gov.au/aqis/mail/cant-mail


Comment: Holy cow! I discovered this postcard under my desk today, I'm terribly sorry I didn't find it sooner. Thanks for the Stockholm postcard.
Comment: thank you for the lovely wildlife postcard :), we are just in Autumn in the UK and it is very cold already!
Comment: Thanks for the great card. There are many animals in the US that I haven't seen being a city girl. I am surprised at the ones I do see because they came so far into the city to visit me!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful re-send. Have a wonderful spring and summer.
Comment: Adorable, thank you
Comment: Thanks for the great card..
Comment: Thank you for this wonderful postcard. I have a weakness for these little creatures. Although I would not welcome them in my bathroom. Yuk. lol
dreamlady66 rated for NOT my Country PC swap #13 on Jul 27, 2015
Comment: Hi & thanks for your card from Lake Lure -
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard map of Australia. It must be nice to see all. Love the stamps. Love lighthouses. Happy swapping,Linda
Karen07 rated for Anything Goes Postcard Swap # 7 on Jul 21, 2015
Comment: Thanks! Great card!
Comment: Thank you for the cute Peter Rabbit PC (with the pigs - my favorite!).
Comment: Thank you
taeniura rated for Anything Goes Postcard Swap # 7 on Jul 15, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the beautiful leopard! I like the stamps a lot too :-)
hfr2006 rated for Where You Live (PC) - June on Jul 8, 2015
Comment: Thanks for the great Melbourne PC!
CWarner rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #80 on Jul 6, 2015
Comment: Hi Catherine and thanks for the wonderful postcards! Love the Great Ocean Road one and wish I could see it before they all fall into the sea. That view of Melbourne w/the stadium is a good one too--when my cousin from Hampton East was here we watched Aussie football on tv together and she tried to explain rules to me and all - that was fun! The 3rd one, the Koala, is darling--I may have to gift that one to my niece who lists them as her all-time favorite animal (mine is the platypus if you can believe that-ever seen a postcard of them?). thanks again, Carol in Denver
Response: Postcards of a Platypus are very difficult to find. I will look for one for you. Koalas on postcards are very easy to find. Understanding our football is also hard.
susieq11 rated for 5 Postcards to 2 Partners #80 on Jul 2, 2015
Comment: THANK YOU for all the gorgeous postcards! I had a good laugh at the Sydney/Melbourne one! Love the animals, so nice. I have a few things to gather for you as well. Good luck with all of the upcoming school events! Just think if you lived here it's summer break, lol!! xoxo Hope you're doing well!!! : )
Response: My boys were in New Zealand last week with the school band. I had a quiet week without them.
Comment: I love this swap. I loved your vintage PC

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widelo123 on Sep 22, 2015:

Postcards each week in Aug., Sept., and Oct. Week 36

Catherine, what a wonderful postcard of the Great Coastal Road. The lighthouse, which I love, but also all the beautiful rock formations especially the natural bridge, would I love to be driving on it right now. Shirley

theirmimi on Sep 14, 2015:

Thanks for the great postcard and note. PC's Each Week - WK 34

Abrow1 on Jul 17, 2015:

Thank you so much for the pic. I loved the cat stickers!! Pic each week a.m.j.j

owlsinathens on Jun 30, 2015:

please read this :)


widelo123 on Jun 16, 2015:

Postcards each week April-July

Catherine, thank you for the postcard of Melbourne, Australia. Shirley

denimblu14 on Mar 2, 2015:

Thankyou very much Catherine for the super postcards that you sent to me for the IFM WTA, ta for the extra one as well. The enclosure of the pressed pennies was a nice surprise thankyou I will look through my collection and hopefully I will find some pennies you do not have in order to join you in a pvt swap :)

susieq11 on Nov 26, 2014:

Have fun at the beach!! No snow here right now thankfully!!

CindyST on Nov 13, 2014:

Thank you so much for all the awesome animal postcards you sent for the PTG Oct WTA.

rexypants on Oct 13, 2014:

You're very welcome, I'm glad the envie made its way to you, and that younger son enjoyed the card!

widelo123 on Oct 11, 2014:

August IFM WTA Thank you for the very pretty notecards. Shirley

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