Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2017 11:45 am


Date Joined: February 28, 2010
Last Online: November 17, 2017
Birthday: March 14
Country: United Kingdom

About Me


Hello, my name is Carol and I am married and have two grown up sons and three grandchildren.

I live in a seaside town and I enjoy strolling on the beach and in the sea, collecting shells, bits of interesting glass and pottery or just relaxing with a book near the harbour whenever I find the time to do so :)

Reading is my all time favourite pastime. Once I pick up a book, that's it, nothing else usually stands a chance!

I also enjoy all types of art/craft projects, gardening and visiting art galleries and museums.I enjoy live theatre shows, I have just recently seen 'West Side Story'. I saw Agatha Christies 'The Mouse Trap' on it's 60th year anniversary! Other stage performances I have seen include 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert', Mama Mia, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers. I would thoroughly recommend them all :)

I like to collect used and unused stamps from any where in the world and I share this hobby with my Dad who also likes to collect UK First Day Covers. My liking of stamps combines the pleasure I get from sending and receiving postcards and letters.

I also participate on the Postcrossing site, sending and receiving postcards from all over the World. Snail mail rules ok!

Postboxes delight me. My Husband and my Dad also share my enthusiasm for them. We are interested in the history and location of them. Between us we have photo albums full of lovely red (UK) postboxes and we have a few photos of postboxes from further afield. And now since the 2012 Olympics, here in the UK, we have Gold postboxes in honour of each athlete that won a Gold medal.

So if you have a postage stamp/postcard showing a postbox (or any other mail related item) I would be very delighted to receive it and the same applies for any postcards or postage stamps that feature trains or railway stations, thankyou.

I also like postcards featuring a map of any type. I would welcome additions to my USA State map/flag/flower bird postcard collection.

Postcards showing lighthouses, interesting landmarks,Royalty,Presidents and other famous people are also of interest to me. In fact all postcards are welcome, if you like it, then please send it :)

Unless a swap asks for postcards in an envelope, I prefer my postcards to be written on and stamped. Ta.

Please, when ever possible, when you send mail to me I would appreciate it very much if you stick on postage stamps to cover the cost of postage, instead of those postage labels. It just doubles the pleasure I get whenever I receive my mail. Stamps always make me smile!! Thankyou.

About Me

On a Tuesday afternoon after I finish work, I join my Mum at a card crafting class which is held in a church hall. All participants either work on their own projects or make a card or two from the craft items provided, paying a small fee for the materials used. It is good to meet other like minded people and 'bounce ideas' off each other.

I am a hoarder I can never throw any thing away that I think may come in useful sometime or other. My family laugh at me for this but they always come to me before heading to the shops if they want something.

I prefer to make and mend an item rather than buy a new one. I like to recycle everything I possibly can.

In my garden I have a worm bin. The worms 'eat' veggie peelings and turn this into usable compost. Marvellous!

Just being in my garden relaxes me, I love to just potter about and can loose a good few hours without realising it.Sunflowers, poppies and daffodils are my favourite flowers. I like all fragrant herbs especially Thyme.I grow Lavender and I have a Chamomile lawn.

Favorite Books

Enid Blyton was my favourite author as a child, I devoured every book. Then when my children were small I enjoyed re-reading them all again!

I have a few Ladybird books and do like to come across other titles to pick up while I am out and about.

I have enjoyed reading 'A Town Like Alice', Anne of Green Gables and 'The Little House on the Prairie' books. I have seen adaptations of these on tv and they have me blubbering every time. I was the same when I watched 'The Waltons' on tv.

My first Catherine Cookson novel had me hooked and I have long since read everyone of them.

Gervaise Phinn makes me laugh.

Linwood Barclay is my current favourite author. I also like to read books by Harlen Coben,James Patterson, John Grisham,Lee Child and Stephen King.

I belong to a book group and there I have read many a book I wouldn't necessarily have picked for myself. When you have read and really enjoyed a book its good to share that experience with others in the group.

My library ticket is used on a regular basis and is a wonderful access to free reading material.


I was born in March, so I am a Pisces. The symbol for this zodiac sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions. I find this quite apt as I am very undecisive and can never make up my mind straight away.

Likes: 'Free' pens. I like to collect pens that are 'given' away in banks, hotels etc. Especially the ones with the company name/brand on them.

Pencils; these I like to collect from my travels, from towns/cities/countries I've visited, usually bought from the gift shop in museums/art galleries/churches. They are usually inexpensive and of course like the pens are very useful, although I am somewhat reluctant to use any of them.

Other than letter writing or form filling, I always use a pencil.

I like keeping a diary and have done so for many years. I also like to keep a seperate journel in which to record my travels/days out, places of interest visited. I prefer journals that have pockets in which to keep all the trivia I collect along the way like admission tickets, bus/train tickets etc, etc, etc. I never knew that collecting used items such as these had a name - ephemera!

I would love to see some Post Office stationery from other countries, especially Air Mail labels.

I like making lists for shopping, things to do, books to read or look out for. Love to tick items off as I complete the list. So nice note books/pads would be put to good use.

I absolutely love Scooby-Doo!

I like scarecrows :)

I will never have enough bookmarks.

My favourite colour is Blue. Think jeans! But I also like the combination of red,white and blue.

My favourite fragrances are Sandal Wood and Patchouli. Also Lavendar which I have growing in my garden. I prefer the smell of aftershaves to perfume.

My favourite animals are the hippopotamus, orangutans,donkeys,sloths,aardvarks, armadillos and pangolins.

I have a few pressed/elongated pennies, mostly Uk, would love more for my collection, from anywhere in the world.

I also collect coins/bank notes. Remember holiday money before the Euro was introduced, what fun!

I can't resist re-usable shopping bags, any type, size or colour, shop bought or hand-made. Some I do use for shopping but others, if sturdy, make good storage containers for magazines etc. I'm even using a couple from the supermarket, the plastic coated ones, to grow vegetables in. These are very sturdy and I got the idea because they have pictures of vegetables on them and they are practically the same as the ones available from the garden centre but they are much cheaper to buy.

I would be very happy to receive anything that is hand-made.

Absolutely any type of crafting items would be most welcome.

Discovering swap bot has opened my eyes to other types of crafts/swaps I would like to join, so I am open to new ideas.

Since joining swap-bot I have discovered ATC's and Dotee Dolls and I have enjoyed the ones I have made and received.

My sons interests include football, music and computer technology. Between them they like Sponge bob, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, lego and anything pirate related.


Dislikes: Not that many really.

I don't like wastefulness, so am happy for you to re-cycle 'stuff' when making or packaging a swap to me.

I do not like the smell of vanilla or coconut.

Not keen on fruit flavoured tea's.

Please do not send me any sweeties, the last toffee I ate cost me a trip to the dentist!

My wish list. Peace On Earth And Good Will To All Mankind!


Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard. They look like they are quite sweet little birds.
Response: It is great to be able to see them return each year. Thank you very much for the rating ☺
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard, I love robins! They are such confident little birds and come quite close sometimes :D Love the Star Wars stamp too!
Response: Such a quick delivery Kate with us being practically neighbours! I do see Robins in my garden and I love it when they appear. Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: This is the perfect PC for this swap! Thank you.
Response: I am happy that you thought so Diane, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Hi Carol, thank you for the awesome PC. The B&W with the bold blue. Really pretty. And now I am over the moon looking at the wonderful Ladybird book covers postage stamps. I think it's my most favorite stamps this year. I collect these vintage books. Pure nostalgia for when I was a child.Have a lovely day. Take good care.
Response: Thank you very much Geraldine for the nice comments and rating. I also love those Lady Bird stamps I too have a few LB books that I have collected over the years, pure nostalgia for me too :)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful mail, love the Bronte postcards :)
Response: I am happy to hear that you liked the items that I sent to you Sofie, thank you very much for the rating :)
MamaMangrove rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #18 on Nov 1, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the your thoughtful choices of cards for this swap, Carol. I'm especially fond of those delectable strawberries & the Victorian postbox, but each one is special. I appreciate the nice selection of stamps on your envie too. Your town and region look like a lovely place to live & I'm glad to be able to pinpoint your location on the map card.
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Linda so glad that you liked the swap cards also the map card and the postage stamps that I used :)
EmilyT rated for PTG: Halloween Postcard Swap on Oct 31, 2017
Comment: I absolutely love the bar and Whitby castle! I'm displaying it on my living room table next to some animal and angel trinkets I spray painted black for Halloween! I'll have to look up where Whitby is to see if we can visit one day. So far we have only ventured through the Kent region! Happy Halloween! 🦇🦇🏰🌚🎃
Response: Thank you Emily for the nice comments and rating Emily. Whitby is in North Yorkshire not far from my home town and I would thoroughly recommend that you visit there if you ever get the chance :)
Onyx rated for PTG: I spy something that begins with N on Oct 28, 2017
Comment: Cute card thank you!
Response: Glad you liked the card Magaret and thank you for the rating :)
Maggiesmother rated for PTG: Halloween Postcard Swap on Oct 26, 2017
Comment: Thanks for the great Halloween card. Love the bat. Happy Halloween, Linda
Response: Happy to hear that you like the postcard Linda. Thank you very much for the nice comments and rating :)
Comment: What great postcards - thank you! Love the zebra and the bat :)
Response: I'm glad to hear that you liked all of the cards Sandra, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: What a lovely mosaic PC - I've always found mosaics interesting and often thought of trying one. I, too, enjoy these types of swaps and like you sometimes it's easy and sometimes not so much. Thanks again for the lovely mosaic and we'll see you again at the mailbox ~~
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and rating Gloria. I have made small mosaics but only coaster sized I'm not sure I could tackle anything bigger!
Comment: Thank you for the Alice in Brid postcard! : ) What a great stamp! I guess Alice thought the Yorkshire Coast was great for a getaway!! Love it!
Response: So glad that you liked the postcard and matching stamp Susan. Alice sure has good taste!
Avi rated for Flat Envie of Fun Part 15 on Oct 9, 2017
Comment: Thank you so much! Love everything, right from the beautiful castle stamps on the envie! ❤️
Response: Thank you very much Avi for the nice comments and rating I am happy to hear that you liked all that I sent to you :)
Comment: Than you for the unique Roald Dahl dad&boy with KITE illustration! It is really nice as I haven't seen much Dahl illustrations. I do remember reading g several of his books when I was younger. Nice memories 🌝
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Emily. Roald Dahl is the story teller but it is Quentin Blake that illustrates his books so wonderfully! :)
Comment: Love stuff -- the PCs are GREAT and the NC is adorable. Thank you!
Response: Thank you very much Sheri for the nice rating I'm so that glad you liked the items that I sent to you :)
Comment: Great lion card -- thank you!
Response: So glad to hear that you have rec and liked the postcard I sent, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the denimblu colored JEANS 😉 fun PC!
Response: I also like this postcard Emily happy you do too, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the "island" PC Carol! I haven't been to the British Isles for years, looking forward to returning some day soon :D
Response: Glad you liked the postcard Karen and it may give you some ideas of where to visit over here, thank you very much for the rating :)
goinjenny rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #15 on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Thank you, esp for the extra!
Response: Happy to hear that you have rec and liked all of the postcards for this swap. Thank you very much for the rating |:)
Comment: All great choices, thank you!
Response: I'm glad that you liked them, thank you very much for the rating :)

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Toby2017 on Sep 14, 2017:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous postcards for my August PTG WTA!!! Actually I heard the Disturbed version of the song way before I knew it was a Simon & Garfunkel song. Love both versions!!!

eel on Sep 2, 2017:

Hej Blu,

Thank you for the comment. Glad you are happy with how I addressed you.

My family is from Sweden, though I was born in Canada. "Hej" is Hi or Hello. I oft times hesitate to use real-life names on sites and, frankly, your full user name is just too long for me.😎 So, you are Blu!

Gutår! (Cheers!)


eel on Aug 31, 2017:

Hej blu,

Thank you for the cards and stickers you sent me for the IFM july WTA. They are cool.

Gutår! (cheers)


widelo123 on Aug 23, 2017:


Carol, thank you so much for your selection of postcards. Can you rent the donkeys to ride along the shore? Our summer weather has been extremely hot with lots of rain showers and very high humidity. Loved your homemade envelope. Again, thank you, Shirley

Drachenfrau on Jul 12, 2017:

Thank you so much for the gorgeous envelope for the International Fun Mail June WTA,Carol! I adore the bird-pc!!! Sent you an envelope as well, today. :-*

mrsD on Jun 21, 2017:

received your lovely envie for IFM WTA May - thank you so for sending so many thoughtful items! loved the notecard :) xo

phillaine on Jun 7, 2017:

Hello Carol. :) Thank you for the IFM April WTA packet with the fun notecards and stickers. I'm looking forward to using them to send little notes to family and friends. Beautiful stamps on the envelope, too! Have a nice day. ♥

Drachenfrau on May 22, 2017:

Thank you for the adorable postcards, Carol!!! (Postcard trading group WTA April 2017)

I just love them!!! And thanks bunches for the kiwi-postcard from New Zealand! :-*

mrsD on Apr 22, 2017:

thank you for the terrific postcards of your hometown! LOVED the Bowie stamps on the envelope! <3

Tinker60 on Apr 16, 2017:

Thank you so much for the wonderful PCs you sent me for my win of the PTG WTA for March 2017. I love them all but the puffins are my favorite -- I've never actually seen one but they fascinate me. The PC of Aysgarth Falls is just gorgeous - I do so love waterfalls! The squirrel PC is just plain fun - I love to watch squirrels play in the wooded area behind my house :-) And the gals at the beach is just priceless - how much fun they must have had and they certainly look like they're having a great time. Again thank you so much for the wonderful PCs you chose for me and hope to see you in future WTAs ~~

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