Swap-bot Time: February 18, 2020 2:00 am


Date Joined: April 18, 2019
Last Online: February 17, 2020
Birthday: April 16
Country: United Kingdom
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Please note – I always send my swaps on time (unless I have contacted both the host and my partner(s)) and only mark as sent after they are in the postbox. However, I can’t control when the post-person picks the mail up and what happens to it from there. Please contact me, politely, if you’re concerned about the length of time a swap takes to get to you or haven’t received a swap from me.

About Me

Ok, so I suppose it's only fair to warn you that I'm a technological idiot and apologise in advance for a mediocre profile. I penpal and am a lot chattier on the page. I tried to imagine I was writing a letter, but it doesn't work for me. So, apologies.

I currently live in Nottingham. I'm very much of the opinion that people should work to live and one of my hobbies is learning about other people from all across the world and hearing others' stories and experiences in life. I'm naturally introverted, so this allows me all the social interaction without actually being sociable - win win!

My hobbies include: reading, writing, blogging, learning languages (currently German, and Spanish) so feel free to jabber away to me in German or Spanish, or, if writing me a postcard, writing a few phrases in your own language for me to enjoy.

I also enjoy going on day trips, photography, and travelling. As I mentioned, I'm an introvert and my outdoor activities reflect that - I like walking and being in peaceful areas. My favourite local site is Belton House, where there is a wonderful lake walk and I find such inner peace and quiet.

Favorite Books

Reading is probably my number one hobby. There’s even a photo of me ‘reading’ a ‘book’ before I could even sit up on my own. I try to read a bit every day, especially in winter time, with the dark evenings making having candles and low lighting making it a wonderfully relaxing activity.

As I read a lot, I don’t actually have favourites as I get something out of most of the books I read. But a few that have stayed with me are: “The End of Mr Y” by Scarlett Thomas; Charles Dickens; Sebastian Faulks; Edgar Allan Poe; I also make an effort to reread Enid Blyton’s Famous Five regularly to remind myself that anyone can do anything they set their minds to.

2020 – I realised that last year I hadn’t read any classics. I love classic literature so this year have decided to set myself the challenge of reading one classic and two non-classic fiction books each month. Add me on GoodReads (Mickie Morley) to check out my progress.

Favorite Movies

I love going to the cinema and watching films, but I don't actually have a favourite film. I enjoy most genres and will watch most things, but have never been so pulled in that I'll watch a film more than a couple of times. A few that I have watched more than once though, are:

Miss Sloane Christopher Robin The Little Mermaid Adult Life Skills The X-Men films Le Brio The Intouchables [the 2011 French film]

Favorite Television

As a general rule I don't watch TV. There are two series that I watch each year:

Silent Witness Death in Paradise.

On Netflix I'm watching:

Stranger Things You Suits

Favorite Crafts

This is my section! I love crafting. I have been penpalling since I was 13 and often get the urge to make an extra special effort with a couple of my longer-term penpals. Most of my penpals I've been writing to for many years and have a fantastic friendship with so love making that bit of an extra effort to make them smile when they open my mail.

At the minute I'm working on a few letters that are being written in notebooks with a few pages with designs or other crafty things on. One of the pages of the books I'm doing today has a little pop up pouch on it. However, this isn't regular as origami isn't my forte. I also love doing themed designs for my letters - e.g. in spring I often do a bee theme; or travel theme for holidays, etc.

I've recently added sewing to my repertoire and am now enjoying thinking up new projects and learning how to make them. If any sewers out there want to share anything - feel free to drop me a line, I'd love to see your creations/hear your stories.


Generally I only collect postcards. But I also enjoy reading a little message on the back. I appreciate any postcard you want to send me. Apart from ones with abattoirs or animals in pain on them - seriously, on Postcrossing once someone sent me one with a slaughtered pig on it - please don't. I don't like saying I wouldn't like certain cards, but who wants to see that?!

I appreciate pretty stamps but am not a philatelist. Instead I love seeing a beautiful stamp on a letter.

My other weakness is stationery. I can't pass a stationery shop without going in. Unfortunately there are hardly any here now :-( so I have to resort to buying my letter sets online. I love the pretty writing paper that my penpals use and send.


I've been penpalling since I was 13 and consider most of my penpals to be dear friends. I don't 'collect' penpals just to say I've got XX amount. Instead I prefer writing to people who take time and effort in writing and really enjoy doing it. I'd rather wait for a while for a letter and know they have been enjoying life, than expect a quick turnaround. I talk about everything and anything with my penpals from the indepth conversations to everyday comings and goings. Sitting down with a cup of tea and a great letter is the best feeling.

If anyone thinks, from my profile, that we would get along and wants to start writing, feel free to drop me a message.

Travelling and Languages

International travel is something that has been sorely lacking in my life until this point. But I’ve unlocked my potential (i.e. got a new job that pays a decent amount and not all my money goes onto bills) and there’s no stopping me now.

I basically want to visit everywhere. But as long as there’s something to see. I like walking and hiking, but as part of a holiday, not the sole activity. My main passion is history and I love looking around historical buildings and sites and learning about the lives of the people who live(d) there and their country men and women.

June 2019 - I went to Amsterdam for the first time and loved it. I packed a lot into my two full days there and still feel like there’s a lot more to discover. But my next trip to the Netherlands will include further afield I think.

February 2020 – Kraków, Poland. My first time in Poland and loved it. It's a beautiful city and the food and drink are amazing.

Since September I’ve been learning Spanish. I’ve always been interested in different languages but tend to start learning one and then get distracted with another. I learnt German at school and kept it up sporadically during my adult years so can hold a conversation in the language. But I’ve decided that, especially now my job is much more global focussed, language skills can only be an advantage. So, Spanish. If you want to write to me in Spanish or German, please feel free. My Spanish is still very basic (A1 level in the European language criteria) so bear with me.


Comment: Thank you for telling me about Krakow! I really wanted to take a trip there. Everyone tells me I need to go get some authentic Polish pottery. I will make sure to try the food and drink and visit the museums. I love museums. :)
Response: I'm glad you liked. Yes, go! :-). If/when you go, I hope you enjoy.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely letter you sent! I'm so glad you're finding swaps to join in the group that you like! I'm actually your partner for two swaps and so you have some mail from me on it's way haha!
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart. Looking forward to receiving your mail :-)
Comment: Hello Mickie, It has been my pleasure to read your book review for January. Your book review was very well written and did a GREAT JOB of introducing me to your book for January. I want to find this book and read it. I like how you laid out your book review. I hope you will be alright with me using your outline to do my book report. I haven't completed the book I've been reading but I will do so. I will be starting a new book tomorrow for the February Challenge 2020. I hope we will get to swap with one another again. Happy Reading in February!!!! Barb B. sleepingrover2010
Response: Hey. Thank you so much for the lovely rating. Yes, of course, use the structure. I think I originally found it recommended on a website. I hope the book you’re reading is good and you have plenty of books to look forward to this year.
vlhafer54 rated for First and last lines No.17 on Feb 12, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the PC and the book suggestion - I'll have to check it out.
Response: Glad you like. If you read the book, I hope you enjoy.
tizzicat rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 10, 2020
Comment: Thank you
KSENiA rated for ESG: Random Facts About Me on Feb 9, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing, It was fun :)
Response: Thank you for the rating and the heart :-). I'm glad you enjoyed.
kasa rated for (Email Swap) Currently I'm ... #3 on Feb 8, 2020
Comment: Thank you for your answers Mikaela. Like you I enjoy watching Midsomer Murders. I just got back from a weekend away and am planning another trip away. would love to visit your country again but costs so much just to get there. Jigsaws sounds good and putting them on the wall, good idea. Thanks for your swap. Happy swapping.
Response: Thank you for the rating. Weekends away are great, I hope you enjoyed. Good luck with your travel planning and enjoy! Happy Swapping.
MarieS rated for Tea & Cookie Recipes #5 on Feb 7, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot for the teas! And of course I'll try to bake the creams;)
Response: I'm glad you like. Enjoy!
Comment: thank you for your questionnaire. I sent you a letter recently replying to your letter.
Response: I'm glad you liked and I look forward to receiving your letter.
gerberdaisy rated for Winnie-the-Pooh Day! 2020 on Feb 3, 2020
Comment: OMG. I loved this. The postcards, the quote book. You made my Pooh Heart mushy! I love it. Thank you so much!!
Response: I'm glad you like and thank you for the heart.
suepier rated for Mental Health Month on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great postcard and how you self care.
Response: Thank you
dmwcheng rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #178 on Feb 2, 2020
Comment: Thank you, Mikaela, for your gorgeous notecard. I love the design - wildlife and forest at night. Your weekend sounds lovely and peaceful. Ain't it great when you have a hairdresser you can put your faith and trust in? Go be the best you! Cheers.
Response: I'm glad you like. Yes, I love these notecards and found them by chance, but I now know where they are, lol Happy Swapping.
ayahsantos rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #177 on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much Mikaela! I really like your handwriting :)
Response: I'm glad you like and thank you :-)
Taedybear rated for Questions - Questions Email on Jan 30, 2020
Comment: I hope you find a camera soon that suits you best and Bangor sounds like a lovely place!
Response: Thank you :-).
Ilovemybabies7 rated for Questions - Questions Email on Jan 29, 2020
MsBellaDonna rated for Simply Send a Postcard INT #1 on Jan 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the great Amsterdam postcard! So great that you were able to visit there last year! :)
Response: Thank you :-).
cbr rated for TV Show Reccomendations on Jan 24, 2020
Comment: Thanks
Colinde rated for 15 good things that happened in 2019 on Jan 23, 2020
Comment: Thanks a lot; I LOVED the pug card you chose for me <3 best wishes!
Response: Thank you :-). I'm glad you like. You have very good taste in dogs :-).
LivingInSong rated for TGIF Weekend Notecard #176 on Jan 21, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful card, Mikaela! Wow, it's so pretty I might frame it!! Your trip to Poland sounds like so much fun, I hope you have a great time!
Response: Thank you :-). I'm glad you liked the card :-).

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amyscraftandmail on Jul 14, 2019:

Hi Mickie,

Just stopping by to say thank you for the beautiful letter and Hello hello from John, Norty, Mr Blue and I.I can see why your best friend sees worth in you. You wrote so beautifully about your guy's friendship. Such a treasure. Thanks for sharing with me.

Have a wonderful day.

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