Swap-bot Time: October 16, 2018 12:39 am


Date Joined: February 28, 2010
Last Online: October 15, 2018
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!


Comment: Thanks for the Yellow Submarine postcard! Nice stamps too.
CindyST rated for PTG: Halloween - Scare Me PC on Sep 30, 2018
Comment: Thank you for the postcard. Anything Dracula is sooo cool. I dont think I have this one, but its ok if I do, more scare LOL
Response: Hello Cindy, I am happy to hear that you have received and liked the Dracula postcard, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcards Carol! I was actually in Bran Castle, Romania where Bram Stoker also got a lot of inspiration for his book, funny coincidence haha. Also, I looved the train card from the National Railway Museum, thank you so much ^^
Response: Ha ha Nikola, I am glad now that I sent you that Dracula postcard! Thank you for the nice comments and rating :)
mgallardo68 rated for This Is Where I Live on Sep 10, 2018
Comment: Dear Carol, I am terribly sorry for the delay to rate you, many things going on but finally I was able to open your FANTASTIC envelope and I have loved each one of the pictures you sent! Your garden is beautiful and I adore, ADORE the red box photo and the coffee by the beach... It filled my heart with sweet memories from my times in UK and Scotland! The way you set up the swap was amazing too, thank you for a dedicated envelope full of love! Hugs!
Response: Thank you very much Maria for the lovely comments and rating. I really enjoyed putting this swap together the way I did for you so you could see exactly where I live, I am happy to hear that you have lovely memories of your time here in Great Britain. I do hope that all is well with you and your family, hugs to you too!
Comment: Another lovely post by you in my letterbox. You really made my day! Carol, thank you so much for your stunning postcard collection - I simply love all of them. And even more I really appreciate that you resend this swap! Life is full of suprises: If the original swap finds its way to me - I will let you know.
Response: Hello Joana, I am glad that you have now received this swap, maybe one day the original one will turn up!! Thank you very much for your nice comments and rating :)
Comment: Oh Carol, what a wonderful postcard. Thank you so much for the "Alice in Holidayland" postcard and perfect matching stamp.
Response: Thank you very much Joana for the nice comments and rating. I really like that postcard and stamp too! :)
Comment: I love the Winston Churchill PC and that quote is great :). Thank you Carol!
Response: I am glad to hear that you liked the WC postcard and the quote too! Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Dear Carol, thank you so much for the skeleton and perfect matching stamp. I also like the tunneling below London stamp. And now have a lovely evening. :)
Response: Hello Joana, I am happy to hear that you liked the postcard and the stamps that I chose to send to you for this swap, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Great card, thank you!
Response: Glad to hear that you liked my choice for the letter V, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Hi Carol thank you for the umbrella PC Happy summer swapping peace love light
Response: The sun is still shining here! Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Awesome card and stamp combo...thx!
Response: I am happy to hear that you liked the card and stamp that I chose for you, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Carol, I absolutely love the owl stamp and Leeds postcard with the owl. Super cute!!! Have you done the owl trail? (Yes I’m guessing?!) Thank you so much! xxx
Response: I have to say that that card is a fave of mine and I grab them from the tourist shop whenever I visit Leeds. Of course I have done the owl trail, lol, you know me too well! Thank you very much for the rating Susan :)
Comment: OMG - I love the PC of the new Royal couple. Sounds like so much fun to be there and feel the excitement. Thank you for the B-day wishes. It was a fun day. Take care, Annette
Response: Thank you for the nice comments and rating Annette, I'm glad to hear that you liked the Royal Wedding card and that your birthday was a fun day :)
Comment: Thank you for the postcard :)
Response: Happy to hear that you have received and liked the postcard Cindy, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the great postcard. Love the giraffe. It is realy cute. Happy swapping,Linda
Response: Glad you liked the postcard Linda, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the great swap. I love the map, especially since it is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site. It is a great addition to my collection. Love the Eeyore card and stickers and the purple notepaper, Love it all. Happy swapping, Linda
Response: Thank you very much Linda for the nice comments and rating, I am happy to hear that you liked this swap from me :)
Comment: Thanks for one of my favorite quadruped animals!!
Response: I did well there didn't I? Glad you liked the card I picked to represent the letter Q. Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the art pc with an Owl and great Owl postage! As well for the Owl facts!
Response: Happy to hear that you have received and liked the Owl postcard and stamps Emily, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Hi Carol, thank you so much for the Puffin PC, I really love it! Also, thank you for the great postage stamps. I've never seen a real puffin but I love them :) Happy Spring swapping peace love light
Response: I am lucky that the Puffins visit nearby. I'm glad to hear that you liked the postcard and postage stamps I used, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you
Response: Glad to hear that you have received and liked the postcard Jenny, thank you very much for the rating :)

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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!!

Drachenfrau on Mar 11, 2018:

Will pop something in the mail for you this week. :-*

shirleyinCA on Mar 9, 2018:

Meant to say special thanks for making the envelope special for me, too! Love the Big Hello Kitty sticker and the pretty Ladybird children's books postage!

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