Swap-bot Time: October 17, 2018 11:59 pm


Date Joined: August 25, 2013
Last Online: October 17, 2018
Birthday: March 31, 1952
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

I am a 65yr old mother of 6 aged 38-45,granny to 11aged 1-16 , am thankful everyday for my family, quiet it isn't I am a retired social worker who worked with deaf people . I keep busy how did i find time to work ! I live in a rural area in what was a mining village many years ago . I love to travel and have been lucky enough to travel many times to usa,lived in Cyprus for 3 years and travelled to Israel and Egypt ,Turkey , Tunisia, Malta. I have visited most of Europe , lived in Germany for 8 years and have visited Poland and Czech Republic several times . We have recently bought a holiday home on the coast and we love spending time there enjoying the coast and countryside and peace and quiet. I enjoy cooking [good job as my kids can empty a fridge in record time when they come to visit ! ] I make jam, pickles and chutney's and bread. My real love though is baking I love trying out new recipes especially from USA and treat myself to a baking book every time I visit its part of my holiday ritual I love vintage cookery books although these are getting harder to find,I trawl through carboot sales and charity shops and sometimes i find a little gem and gleefully take it home .

Favorite Music

I liked listening to music however Iam deafened due to an accident 30years ago so i can struggle to hear music clearly however have now got some new digital hearing aids which are the business, so am now able to enjoy music once more and the theatre no more undertitles for this gal. .

Favorite Books

Iam an avid reader anything and everything from chick lit to Dickens,love Jane Austen ,anything to do with social history love to read about how people lived and different cultures. Empty Cradles - true story about british orphans sent to Australia 1940s- 1950s to work on farms and a social worker who became involved in the 1990's when she received a letter from a man trying to trace his family in england and what she discovered.I recommended this book to all of my social work colleagues and anybody else I could persuade , it touched me deeply and reinforced why I chose my profession. I like Lee Childs Jack Reacher series . Alexander Mcall s No1 Ladies Detective agency The Fishing Fleet its the true story of upper - middle class women who travelled to India from 1880's to 1930's looking for a husband !! it's a really good read, the anecdotes and photographs are brilliant. I will try anything friends recommend

Favorite Movies

I love watching films mostly at home as lot of cinemas dont have good hearing systems . Where to start! Musicals from 1940's onward eg West Side story, Wizard of Oz,Caberet,Dirty Dancing, Grease, Strictly Ballroom,Chicago, Les Miserables . Four weddings and a funeral Love Actually Some Like it Hot[anything Marilyn Monroe she's the biz] My big fat greek wedding, Last of the Mohicans Dances with wolves All of the Indiana Jones series - great fun . James Bond films . Sleepless in Seattle You got mail The Green mile The Help The best exotic marigold hotel Avatar Sgt York[ stars Gary Cooper my dad took me to see it ] Gone with the wind, Lawrence of Arabia [my dad again] Love me or leave me [Doris Day] Pride and Prejudice

Favorite Television

LOVE NCIS [got a bit of a crush on Mark Harmon aka "Gibbs" ,but who hasnt !] Leverage, Justified, Bones, ,Grimm, yes i like american detective series ! History documentaries Who do you think you are ? both brit and us versions Masterchef the Professionals Great British Bakeoff Strictly Dancing The Sewing Bee Hairy Bikers cooking show Call The Midwives Downton Abbey Wanted Down Under Murdochs Mysteries Antiques roadshow Larkrise to Candleford Cranford Sleepy Hollow The Bletchley Circle Homes under the hammer Diners drive ins and dives, want Guy to come up north. Longmire Wanted down under Heir hunters Jamestown My guilty pleasure is Game of thrones

Favorite Crafts

I have always loved to sew but haven't felt I had the time while I was working and since I retired have been reacquainting myself with my trusty sewing machine . I have enrolled in a local college craft class that teaches bagmaking and I love it ! I have a great teacher and the gals in the class are lively or perhaps feisty would be a better word to describe them , there is a very mixed bag of expertise and everyone has an opinion and is not afraid to voice it on anything and everything . They have been very supportive since my husbands cancer was diagnosed and I love them for that .



Fountain Pens and stationery cannot walk by a stationery shop without being compelled to go in and see what they got!

Collect baking recipes from other countries, usa is favourite

Kitchen gadgets - yeah I'm a gadget girl love the USA for that, hurrah for outlet shopping I say.

Collect cookie cutters got about 40 so far ,I add to them when I see ones that take my fancy,usa is best place for them so cheap

Collect postcards connected to baking and cooking

Love washi tape .

I want to live in Cath Kidstons world love her stuff especially the retro prints .

I have an untreated fabric addiction am filling my second trunk with stuff

I love flamingos and my spare bedroom is known as the flamingo room by my grand kid's


Gel pens- prefer a fountain pen think my handwriting needs all the help it can get !

Glitter , gets everywnere

Happy Kitty ,Disney - cutesy stuff just not me.

Tea - not a fan at all, never drunk it which is unusual in my country and in the area I live in .


Comment: Loved the chatty note and great photo of you. I appreciate the brochure and PC, too. Envie was slit, hope that was the sum total, Kate!
Response: Hi hun I put a leaflet in about barter books and a magnet from there, oh well cant be helped .
sandrita2018 rated for You've Got Mail! on May 25, 2018
tees rated for It'll Be Okay #4 on May 22, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing your positivity despite the fact that you have gone trough a lot of negativity. I hope that you and Paul can enjoy your children and family in health and I wish you all the best together <3
Response: You're welcome,happy swapping
Comment: Dear Kate, thanks for your nice and kind letter. Thaks :)
Response: Your welcome happy swapping
Comment: Thank you so very much for your fabulous package and letter! I t really made my day ! You are my Geordie twin!I love Beamish and I've probably seen you there ......the dentist house gives me nightmares! I'd love to keep in touch and will write soon!
Response: So pleased ypu liked the stuff really looking firward to hearing from you bonny ĺass!!
Funkyrunt rated for Serious Penpals #2 on May 13, 2018
Response: Thank you
CindyST rated for Serious Penpals #2 on May 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter :)
Babytreese rated for Why do you leave hearts? on May 7, 2018
Comment: Wow! I would love to meet a few of my swap partners!! Just a few 😌 I've had some bad experiences here but the good outweigh the bad. Happy swapping!
Response: Thank you, I have been lucky ,one of my friends came and spent a few days with us in Florida ,there was a lot of laughter involved!
nataliec07 rated for You've Got Mail! on Apr 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you!
Response: Thanks
waldfee rated for You've Got Mail! on Apr 18, 2018
Comment: I love the stationary! So cute. All the best to you, your husband and family <3
Response: Thank you
bearnbabs rated for Easter Card to Your Pal on Apr 9, 2018
Comment: Loved your Easter Bunny card. And would love to be your Pen Pal. Will be writing soon. Have a great day. bearnbabs
Response: Great stuff really look forward to hearing from you.
Norajane rated for I can remember...10 and under on Mar 21, 2018
Comment: I loved reading your memories! Very interesting read. And thank you for all the little extras you added! :)
Response: glad you enjoyed it.
Comment: So sorry. I thought I had rated this. Thank you so much!
Response: Your welcome
Comment: Hi Kate! Loved hearing from you (hopefully you received my letter by now and it just crossed in the mail with your envie of goodies!) and love everything you sent to me! You are so sweet and the button had me giggling because that is true at times! LOL! Hugs and I will write soon! Wish I could give more than one heart! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
Response: Hi bonny lass Glad you got the post, must admit I had a giggle in the shop when I bought the badges I bought 4! The shop assistant said I can see what kind of friends you have (1was for my youngest sister ) Will look forward to hearing from you when you get time
Funkyrunt rated for Happy Birthday March swap on Mar 14, 2018
Response: post enroute to you
Comment: What a wonderful fact filled fun to read letter!!! And thank you for all the extras!! Your letter came before I left on vacation. Sorry for the delay in rating. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Response: Glad you enjoyed it look forward to hearing from you when you have time
Comment: Hi Kate! Thank you so much for putting in the effort on sending me a second letter. I'm so sorry that the first one got lost. Looking forward to more mail with you! Lots of love
Response: Look forward to it
jj9jj rated for Christmas Gifts on Dec 12, 2017
Comment: Gonna wait until Christmas to open it but I’m sure it is great!!
Response: Glad it arrived ok , let me know what you think of the bit and bob's I sent . Merry Christmas.
Comment: Kate, thanks so much for the pamphlets and the great letter. I loved hearing reading about where you are from, sounds idyllic. I'll write back :)
lynndespin rated for Stationery addicted penpals on Sep 19, 2017
Comment: Thanks a lot for your great letter. I will try to write back as soon as I can. Lynn
Response: Ok look forward to hearing from you

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MNJoviGirl on Sep 23, 2018:

It's been ages hope to her from you soon!


cindygroet on Mar 31, 2018:

Hello Kate,

I am wishing you a happy, HAPPY birthday !!! Have a wonderful day and a lovely Easter weekend. Have fun.

Much love from Holland,


Happy Birthday March swap

pansdaughter13 on Jun 27, 2017:

Just thought I'd stop by and say HI!!!

pansdaughter13 on Mar 30, 2017:

It's your birthday, it's your birthday!!!

miablancs on Mar 28, 2017:

Happy Birthday in Advance from The Joy Of Penpalling Worldwide Group

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