Swap-bot Time: March 29, 2017 12:18 am


Date Joined: April 22, 2010
Last Online: March 28, 2017
Birthday: February 18, 1969
Country: New Zealand
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About Me

I am a 40+yr old mum of 3 teenagers. They keep me busy with their after-school activities! My husband and I own a sports shop and I also work part-time at an artisan cheese making factory. I love to be outdoors. I enjoy sports and keeping fit! I have completed an Ironman event - a fact I am very proud of!

I LOVE food and love to cook. I love to try new recipes and have recipe books galore and folders filled with recipes ripped from magazines and photocopies. I have a small flower garden and like to spend time in it but mostly it is the vegetable garden that gets the attention! I also like to go hiking and love tramp new tracks. I also love to run, bike, swim (hence the Ironman!) and then for relaxation I love to craft.

I LOVE anything Italian and one day will visit that beautiful country! I keep promising myself I will learn the language one day.

I love animals and would love to have some land where we could have a horse (as would my girls!!) We have 2 cats, a miniature schnauzer and a Maltese X West Highland Terrier and are currently trying to convince 'Dad' to let us have guinea pigs but I don't think we will win that one!! EDIT Turns out Dad is just a big softie and we now have 2 guinea pigs-yay! I also love roosters!

I love to take photos and will do a photography course one day to learn how to use my camera properly. I would love to take 'arty' black and white photos.

My friends and family are very important to me-I love nothing better than catching up with people over a coffee or a wine :) I also drink tea (and hot chocolate!) and have been reading about the tea swaps on here-I can't wait to do one and hopefully receive some 'different' things than what I usually have! I think that will be the best part abot swapbot-experiencing new things from places and people I would otherwise never have known about.

Favourite colours are blues and greens, especially turquoise and aqua.

Favorite Books

I love to read-mostly thrillers and the odd chick-lit to lighten the mood! Authors I enjoy include James Patterson; Karin Slaughter; JD Robb (Nora Roberts) Jodi Picoult; Danielle Steel; Wilbur Smith and others I can't think of just off the top of my head!

Favorite Crafts

I love to knit (mostly in winter!) and am able to do basic crocheting but keep meaning to learn more, just need to find more time! I have just discovered ATC's and have fallen in love with the concept! In fact that is how I found this site! My two older girls are very keen to get involved too! So much so that they now have their own 'stash' as they kept using all my stuff up!!! Beads are another item I enjoy crafting with but again haven't explored this as fully as I would like. PLEASE can someone invent a longer day??!! :) Journalling is something I have discovered since being on SwapBot and I LOVE it!! Actually I found it really difficult to give away the journals I completed in the swaps, lol, (but I did-I'm no flaker!!)


I belong to PostCrossing and love the variety of cards I receive. Prefer them naked and written on but hey, any mail brightens my day! I have just discovered the map postcards of the US and would be rapt to receive any - my aim is to collect every state! If you would like to do a private exchange of postcards please get in touch-I'd love to hear from you! I now have the following states:
New Hampshire
New Jersey
North Carolina
South Dakota

Postage stamps

I have recently rediscovered my childhood hobby of stamp collecting! I am keen to swap any type of used postage stamp that is in good condition. I love to swap postage stamp bags as well so message me if you are interested in swapping these at any time. Also check out www.25stamps.club website (there are 50 and 100stamps options too) for more stamp swapping options.


Comment: What a great batch of NZ cards -- thank you so much!
Comment: Thank you, I will get them passed on. Loved your envelope.
Response: Thank you! I love making them :)
julianapena rated for AFBSI: 3 n/n FBs February on Mar 20, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the n/n Fbs.
Comment: Thank you for all the stamps! I only had one :)
fairypretty7 rated for Postage Stamp Bags WK8 on Mar 4, 2017
Comment: Great assotment of stamps. Loved the card they were inside of. Dad you make it?
Response: Glad you liked it but I send a lot of mail in different groups. You would have to remind me what card it was-I do make some of them :)
CHOWEFACE rated for Send a Naked Map Postcard #1 on Feb 7, 2017
Comment: thank you for the NZ map! I got it today- on my birthday so your birthday greeting was extra special. <3
Judy84 rated for AFBSI: 3 n/n FBs January #2 on Jan 24, 2017
nibiru rated for 5 FBs WK 38 on Jan 3, 2017
Comment: Thank you for the nice FBs :-)
popcore rated for 5 FBs To Each Partner November on Dec 21, 2016
Comment: Thanks!
Smiley69 rated for Send an aerogramme! on Dec 18, 2016
Comment: I was so excited to receive a "real" aerogramme!! I enjoyed your letter very much! Thank you so much for the great mail ☺
nicolehrb rated for 5 FBs WK 36 on Dec 15, 2016
Comment: Thanks so much for the postcard and I absolutely LOVE the postcard! Thanks so much
shinyserra rated for Postage Stamp Bags WK 35 on Nov 27, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the great stamp bags!!!
Comment: Thanks for the great note, ribbon, PC and stickers. I suppose it is very weird to write about autumn, when you are going into spring. Autumn is my very favorite season, too! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
smartin85 rated for 5 FBs To Each Partner November on Nov 22, 2016
SunTradeToo rated for ¡Hola amigo! (PC in Spanish) on Nov 16, 2016
Comment: Que bella la PC y las estampillas! My abuelo era de Espana! Hay un pueblo al norte que lleva mui apellido de soltera!
Nassenheider rated for Culture Postcard Swap on Nov 15, 2016
Comment: Hi Jeanette, Thanks for your great postcard that I received today. It made me very happy. Maybe the first one will find its way some day. Greetings from Germany!
Hinni rated for My September 2016. EDITED on Nov 15, 2016
Comment: Loved your diary. All the extra things included were interesting to see. We have family that live in North Island around the Matata area. We visited a few years ago - love NZ!
jamon rated for ISS: Pinking of You Happy Mail #2 on Nov 9, 2016
Comment: Thank you very much for my awesome pink envelope of goodies! I appreciate your thoughtfulness and time you put into this swap. Welcome to the group!
HelenG6 rated for 5 FBs WK 32 on Nov 9, 2016
Comment: Thank you for the great FBs and note card. I'm not sure on looking forward to Winter approaching. You are lucky on welcoming Summer soon!
RockyBeach rated for ISS: Note Card to Flipbook #2 on Nov 7, 2016
Comment: Thank you for sharing a bit of your country with me through your flip book! Your're on a good way. :) And I had too look up the interesting looking Moeraki Boulders.

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user2637 on Jan 22, 2016:

Just FYI - @guppies is back swapping and owes you a swap from 2010.

dachenhausa on Nov 9, 2015:

Thank you for returning my postage stamp bag! Envelope going out in tomorrow's mail for you. :-)

dachenhausa on Nov 9, 2015:

Thank you for returning my postage stamp bag! Envelope going out in tomorrow's mail for you. :-)

bcdebinbc on Jan 27, 2015:

Thank you for the fbs and postcard, luv it and needed, the fb's are already signed and later today will be off to their next destinations, thanks!!!

maybeblue on Jul 16, 2014:

Thank you for the cool New Zealand postcards and the notes. I love them :)

pennypuppy on Jun 17, 2014:

Thank very much for the awesome oversized PC you sent me in our private swap of the Maori native man in costume. OMG that tattoed face must have been painful!! I love the Hobbit postage stamp also. I hope you get the pc I sent to you soon! Laura

RyeRye on Feb 14, 2014:

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TereDiane1954 on Dec 12, 2013:

Welcome to Color and Light! Come on over and check out the swaps and get to know us. I'm glad you've joined =)

ItschyKitschy on May 27, 2012:

Thank you for your letter. Im in the process of writing now and memorizing nz facts!

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