Swap-bot Time: January 22, 2019 10:40 am


Date Joined: February 28, 2010
Last Online: January 20, 2019
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 pennies, mostly from the UK I would love some more for my collection, from anywhere in the world. I have a few USA State quarters and National Park quarters, I would like to add more of them to my collection. I would also like to start a collection of the Canadian equivalant to these. Here in the UK the coins in circulation are designed to represent something of interest so they are well sought after by everyone, including me!

I also collect foreign 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!


Villagegreen rated for PTG: I spy something with K R3 on Jan 17, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the kite card. I love the Rails Dahl illustrations. Weather here is very cold but wall to wall sunshine. We wouldn't​ be British if we didn't complain... So it was a nightmare driving in the low winter sun!!!
Comment: Once again thanks for the lovely selection of post cards. I love Alnwick Castle, particularly the Poison Garden. When I was a kid our primary school garden had loads of laburnum trees and daffodils. I'm surprised we made it to adolescence!
Response: Ha lots of things we did back then as kids would be frowned on today! Thank you very much for the nice rating :)
LadyJo rated for New Year’s Card on Jan 9, 2019
Comment: Wow! Thank you for the lovely card! Wow and for the awesome extras! I love the postcards you sent to me! I put the one of the whole family up with my Christmas Photos from families we know. I want to see if anyone in my family sees it. My one son thinks George is so cute and well naughty in the eyes look! I feel really spoiled! Many hearts to you!
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments and the rating I'm glad that you liked the Royal family postcard enough to display it with your own photos :)
Villagegreen rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #50 on Jan 3, 2019
Comment: Thanks for all the post cards. Loved the one about the wind farm. Also the penguins. I love the little fellas. Every day at 2pm any penguin that wants to gather at the gate of their enclosure, the keeper opens the gate and they follow him on a walk round part of the zoo. How they know the time is anybody's guess. They start gathering about 5 minutes before the keeper gets there. Best wishes
Response: Penguins have a special place in my heart as my mum loved them so. We have a little zoo here at at Stately Home and the penguins are popular for much the same thing as you mentioned. Thank you very much for the rating :)
CindyST rated for Christmas is coming! on Jan 2, 2019
Comment: It finally made it. NZ post always struggles at Christmas time. This year I might have to set the swaps up in November for them to get here on time LOL.
Response: Ha, Yes please do that Cindy. Glad you received the card in the end though, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you so much for the Royal Wedding PC of Harry & Meghan! Special PC I can't get here!
Response: I hoped that that card would make you smile Emily! Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Hi Carol! Thank you for the map of Ireland! I’d love to visit one day! Beautiful Christmas stamp too! Hope you have a lovely holiday! xoxo
Response: Yes Susan Ireland is a wonderful place to visit so much to see and do, thank you very much for the rating :)
MamaMangrove rated for PTG: Scavenger Hunt #49 on Dec 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful selection of postcards, Carol. I'm delighted with them all, but especially the red London buses against the B&W skyline & the lenticular Endeavor card. Love your handmade envie & all the great stamps too. Happy Holidays!
Response: Thank you very much for the nice comments and the rating, I'm so pleased that you liked the cards I chose for you :)
simcoe54 rated for CH: Coin Trade on Dec 24, 2018
Comment: Yay! I absolutely love the coins that you sent for this swap! Thank you, thank you!!!!! You have made my day!
Response: I knew you would like those particular coins Maxine, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the post card.it took it's time coming. It looks as if they delivered it to the wrong address .
Response: Oh dear! I'm glad it finally found its way to you in the end. Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the train post card. Like you I love steam railways. We have the Bo'ness steam railway about 20 miles away. I was until a few years ago a member of the Strathspey Railway. It's the other e d of Scotland. Over the years I have travelled on all the steam trains in Wales. Last year I traveled from Scotland to Menorca to Sintra,( Lisbon)and back using trains and the ferry from Barcelona to Menorca. A great adventure!
Response: My husband is a member of the North Yorkshire Moors Railway they have lots of fun days out to attend. Your train adventure sounds fantastic! Our best journey by train was a trip to Venice, we set off from our home town to London to board the Euro Star to Paris, from there we caught the overnight sleeper train and woke up 24 hours from setting off to the view of the Grand Canal it was a wonderful experience :)
Comment: So cute!
Response: Glad to hear that you have received and liked this card too. Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: I love dragons & I love flags! Thanks fir the cool pc!
Response: I knew that you would like this dragon postcard! Thank you very much for the rating Emily :)
Comment: Thanks for the great package. Love the lighthouse postcards and notcard. Also, loved the stickers/ Your frend, Linda
Response: You're very welcome Linda, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Oh Carol, these are so great!!! Thank you for sending me all of them, what a special treat!!!! The sheep, teddy bear, baby Elvis (!), cod... I love each one so much! Thank you soooo much!!!!! Have a great rest of the weekend! xxx
Response: I was happy to have all of the categories to be able to send to you and I am glad that you liked them all. Thank you very much for the rating Susan :)
Zander rated for CH: One Pressed Penny + a Coin on Nov 23, 2018
Comment: Thank You so much for a great swap , I so love the Tom Kitten coin. The aquarium The Deep sounds amazing!!
Response: Hello Margaret. I am happy to hear that you liked what I sent to you, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the PC & the facts that you wrote on the back. :-)
Response: I am happy to hear that you have received and liked the postcard that I chose for you, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Oooooo thank you so so much for the lovely postcard!!!!
Response: I knew that you would like this Royal postcard! Thank you very much for the rating :)
susieq11 rated for Cat & Dog Postcards Plus One on Nov 6, 2018
Comment: These are so cute!! I love the cat post! Thank you so much!! Threat envelope and stamps as always - you’re the best!!!!! xoxo
Response: Those Santoro postcards are such fun! Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Such a beautiful photo of the zebra! Love the close in shot. Very cool postage, too!
Response: I also received a zebra postcard it was totally different to the one I sent to you, thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Emily :)

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thelocalman on Oct 28, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards from PTG September WTA!


Drachenfrau on Oct 19, 2018:

Just wishing you a wonderful weekend! :-*

anicka22 on Oct 11, 2018:

Thank you very , very much for the IFM-WTA prize. Especially love the Quentin Blake postcard!

susieq11 on Sep 19, 2018:

Hi Carol! I just adore what you sent me for the IFM August WTA!! What neat postcards! Beautiful stickers and a “tropical” Hello Kitty decorated envelope! Yay!!!! It has been around 29-31C since the weekend. Summer getting it’s last hurrah and I’m savoring it!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!

xninolax on Aug 11, 2018:

Thank you ever so much for your amazing July PTG WTA mail! I loved all you've enclosed and such pretty Gorjuss wrapping!! I am in love with your mail <3 The maps are amazing and new ones to my collection and the postboxes are just rad. Thank you so much!

Ciska76 on Aug 10, 2018:

Thank you for the cute envelope and the lovely cards you’ve sent me for the IFM: July WTA. Have a lovely August 💕🌞.

Drachenfrau on May 27, 2018:

fluffyjunk on Apr 23, 2018:

Many, many thanks for your lovely IFM-WTA-winnner-mail! The entire envie was full of spring! :D And I absolutely LOVE German Scraps!!!!

anicka22 on Mar 16, 2018:

Thank you very much for the cute decotapes for Make a wish!

mgallardo68 on Mar 14, 2018:

Thank you so much @denimblu14 for my lovely golden accent stickers (Make a wish! > February Wish List!!!) I love them and yes, I'll use them ALL!!

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