Swap-bot Time: December 17, 2018 8:39 am


Date Joined: February 5, 2013
Last Online: November 9, 2016
Birthday: November 3, 1984
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

Hi! I'm Laura, a 31 year old introvert, feminist, vegetarian & bookworm from the UK. I live with my husband and our beautiful cat Emily in a little suburban house with lots of books, yarn and a very overgrown garden.

I love snail mail and swaps - there is something really special and magical about getting "real post", not just boring old bills and junk mail. I especially love swaps related to teas, books and animals.

My likes & interests

  • Books Books and reading are my biggest love. I'm at my happiest curled up with a good book and a cup of tea! I'd love to receive bookmarks and other book related things, learn about your favourite books and what you're currently reading. My favourite genres are fantasy, historical fiction, magical realism, speculative fiction and contemporary fiction.

  • Libraries I use the library a lot and am passionate about defending public libraries from cuts and closures, which is big concern in the UK in recent years.

  • Tea My favourites are English Breakfast, Chai and anything spicy, orange, berry, rooibos, honeybush, and chamomile, but I love trying new flavours.

  • Cats I love cats and anything cat related. I always say hello to cats I see in the street and would love to hear about your pets. My own cat, Emily, is an adorable 7 year old rescue cat. "Forever homes" are another one of my passions.

  • Animal rights & vegetarianism I have been vegetarian for 2 years and love trying new veggie food / recipes. I am currently also exploring vegan food and trying to cut down on dairy. I'd love to receive veggie / vegan recipes and ideas, also postcards, articles or anything relating to animal rights and welfare.

  • Birds I'm an aspiring bird watcher and love feeding the birds in my garden. I am also currently trying to learn more about identifying birds from the song. I would love to receive postcards or pictures of birds native to your county.

  • Trees, woodland/forests & woodland creatures I'm a big fan of woodland and anything relating to woodland animals - especially foxes, badgers, bats and owls.

  • The night sky & the northern lights Postcards and images of the night sky and especially the northern lights are always very welcome.

  • Buddhism, meditation & yoga I'm not a Buddhist, but I am interested in Buddhist wisdom and Buddha-inspired quotes and images. I also try to meditate from time-to-time (need to more often!) and enjoy yoga.

  • Harry Potter I love Harry Potter, it's my happy place :) I'd be delighted to received anything HP related or simply write to / obsess with other fans.

  • Doctor Who I'm also a fan of Doctor Who and love anything with the TARDIS, Daleks, etc. on it.

  • Buses/public transport & bicycles I don't drive and choose to live "carfree". Because of this, I'm really interested in public transport and cycling cultures around the world, postcards of buses, trains etc in other countries.

  • Running I took up running last year and completely surprised myself by really enjoying it! I run using the "Zombies, Run!" app, which amazing and great fun. I have completed their 5K trainer and am currently half way through Series 1 of the main story.

  • Growing vegetables This is a big interest of mine, though I am a bit of a haphazard gardener. This year I am just growing potatoes and strawberries... the rest of the garden is pretty wild and "nature friendly".

  • Hot chocolate I love a nice instant hot chocolate, especially on cold winter nights. Orange is my favourite.

  • Nail polish I'm not much of a "girly" girl, but I do enjoy wearing nail polish, especially darker and subdued shades.

  • Candles, melts & oil I like warm, winter scents, sandalwood & lavender.

  • Sealing wax, ink and dip pens, & typewriters I love old-fashion letter-writing!


I am mostly happy receive whatever you wish to send, but do have a few things I'm not so keen on...

  • As I am vegetarian, please don't send anything containing gelatine (yuck!).
  • I'd prefer not to receive any Nestle-owned products as I boycott this company - for more info please visit Baby Milk Action
  • Cosmetics, make-up etc. that has been tested on animals.
  • I'm not a big fan of instant coffee.
  • Nothing overly cute, pink, Kawaii, or Disney please.


emmahammarsten rated for ESG: Reading challenge #3 on Oct 22, 2016
Comment: So sorry for the late rate! I've been planning to read this book, I might just have to move it up my reading list
HelenG6 rated for Birds from your country PC #1 on Oct 5, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the nice birds card received and the info provided.
Response: I am so sorry. I'll be totally honest with you, I completely forgot about this re-sent. I put a new card in the post to you this morning. I hope it reaches you soon.
aligurl75 rated for Harry Potter letter #7 on Sep 19, 2016
Comment: Your letter and envie was so wonderful. It really made me day. I was so thankful to get it today.
chaari rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #14 on Sep 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you!
Sessalouise rated for ESG: Let me recommend a book #14 on Sep 19, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for the recommendation. The book sounds so good, and I know my book club will love reading this! I'm definitely going to add this to my list!
kimt1989 rated for ESG: Reading challenge #3 on Sep 18, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for your book recommendation. It sounds very interesting and something i would definitely like to read too.
Comment: your books sounds very interesting thanks so much for sharing
pobuffy rated for Summer Reading Program on Sep 12, 2016
Comment: Thank you, Laura, for the great reviews of the books you read. You actually got me to thinking about reading something other than romance! Thank you also for the bookmarks, they are very cute. pobuffy
tarinaaa rated for ESG: Me from A-Z #2 on Aug 25, 2016
Comment: Sorry I'm only just rating despite recieving your email last week. I skim-read it but hadn't actually had the time to sit and read it properly until now so thanks for that and giving me a break from work haha.
reader44ever rated for ESG: My reading spot on Aug 24, 2016
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing! What a lovely spot for reading! I hope you have a comfortable chair, too! :-)
fiorellaione rated for ESG: My reading spot on Aug 24, 2016
Comment: I'm also a big fan of reading while commuting! :) Your garden looks lovely, a great spot! Thank yyou for sharing ^_^
kimt1989 rated for ESG: Me from A-Z #2 on Aug 19, 2016
Comment: Thanks very much for your answers.
petaluda rated for ESG: Me from A-Z #2 on Aug 19, 2016
Comment: I loved reading your list :)
susieq11 rated for Notecards & Tea July on Aug 17, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the lovely note!!! Pretty note card, Squirrel Nutkin stamp and the teas look delicious! I'm reading Lily & the Octopus right now. It's good but I've been in a reading rut for longer than I want to admit, so it's taking me forever. Thank you library for all the renewals!!! : ) Enjoy the Harry Potter play!!!!!!!
roosje rated for Notecards & Tea July on Aug 16, 2016
Comment: Hi Laura, thanks for great notecard! I loved to hear about your wool adventures. The teas are delicious too.
owlsinathens rated for Harry Potter letter #6 on Aug 8, 2016
Comment: thank you, cool letter :)
Comment: Thank you for the letter and the tea. I'll answer asap. Looking forward to get to know you.
Comment: Thank you for sharing, glad you liked the book. Happy reading and swapping.
kim91262 rated for Backyard Birds on Jul 20, 2016
Comment: Thank you! I think it is especially cool that you live overseas from me and so ALL your birds are different. I would love to see blue colored birds in my backyard (it's my favorite color). Our red cardinals stand out, so i can only imagine how fun they would be to see in the yard, feeder and bird bath. Thanks for the great descriptions, it was a fun read!!

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Drachenfrau on Jul 18, 2016:

I haven't forgotten you, Laura. Will write the reply letter next weekend! :-)

swap4fun on Jul 15, 2016:

Quick friendly Profile comment

Greeting from Scottsdale, AZ!

My family loves Harry Potter! We will be going to Universal Studios In California next month to go see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. I can't wait I love Harry Potter. I cried when I seen the last movie cause it was over. My kids just laughed at me. Happy Swapping!

Sophie Swap4fun

chaari on Jul 6, 2016:

Welcome to the electronic swaps group! I hope you'l enjoy the swaps and visiting the forum ^^

petaluda on Jul 6, 2016:

Hi Laura I am one of your partners for " Quick friendly profile comment " You are a very interesting person I am from Greece but live in the US with my American husband and our cat Fionna We have 3 grown children and 3 grandchildren . We share our love for cats . Fiona is 9 years old She is long haired with white tummy and legs The rest of the colors are grey, caramel and cocoa Her eyes change between yellow and green She must be Somali, according to a book about cats They are more like dogs in the sense that love to interact with people . Her mom found shelter on our porch when she had her kittens. It is great that you have adopted a healthy lifestyle :) Happy swapping Have a great summer Kalliopi

Frawggy on Jul 6, 2016:

Hi Laura! I'm definitely with you on the receiving junk mail thing - we need more thoughtful mail! While there is a small age gap between us, I can tell you that we have a few things in common. I ride my bike and the bus wherever I need to go, but I wish it was for the same reason you do it! Here in America, people aren't as willing to give up their life styles - this includes their cars. I wish I could see more bike friendly areas here to make my commute easier. I have a friend that went strictly all natural and when I stayed over her house, she made chick pea pizza. I bet you have to get really creative to go vegetarian let alone all natural - good for you! I have all the Harry Potter books, but because I watched all the movies before reading them, it makes it harder to get through the first one (I know... the shame). It's been forever since I've seen the movies, so maybe I'll start trying to read them again. Perhaps you'd be interested in swapping garden seeds, teas, cat and fox-y stuff, recipes, and candles sometime. Enjoy the rest of your week!

Kate (frawggy)

Drachenfrau on Jun 3, 2016:

I just ordered some pcs and signed up! :D

Drachenfrau on Jun 3, 2016:

Sorry about the misspelled words!!! I hate autocorrect!!! Lol

Drachenfrau on Jun 3, 2016:

I just discovered it, before I read your comment. I click on every swap which has the word 'bird' in it. Lol

I'm very tempted, although I only collect unwritten postcards, buzt I don't have matching bird postcards right now. :-(

But I'll set it on my watchlist anb will makes an post about your swap in my postcard-group. :-)

Thank you for telling me hun!!! :-*

Drachenfrau on Jun 1, 2016:

That's what I thought too!!! :-)

Drachenfrau on Jun 1, 2016:

Awesome! :-) HP is my happy place too! :-) If we're not partnered in any way, after I assigned partners, we could do a private one if you like.

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