Swap-bot Time: November 18, 2018 7:28 pm


Date Joined: December 9, 2008
Last Online: November 17, 2018
Birthday: February 25
Country: United Kingdom
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About Me


Hello. I am a librarian in the UK.

In my spare time I enjoy mooching around museums and art galleries. I also love the cinema and the theatre. I love folk music (mainly British trad stuff) and try to get to gigs when I can. I love learning new things and get frustrated that there are so many things in the world which I don't know about!

Favorite Crafts

I love trying out new crafts and my favourite is sewing, although I am very much a beginner. At the moment I am more interested in learning how to alter thrifted clothes than making stuff from scratch. I will give most crafts a try, but hate knitting and crochet because I find them too difficult and stressful. I am also not too enamoured with scrapbooking and papercrafts. I enjoy photography and have recently bought my first D-SLR. I have recently been cutting down on the amount of crafts I do as I found I was becoming a 'jack of all trades, master of none'!

Favorite Books

I am a huge book lover (no surprise given my profession). I will give most things a try, but I am not keen on chick lit/romance and science-fiction. I especially like crime novels, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. I love Scandinavian crime and am keen to discover crime novels from other countries. As far as non-fiction is concerned I mainly read history, travel and sociology/psychology/current affairs. I love to take part in reading challenges as it encourages me to try out different books.

Favorite Movies

I love Bollywood films as they are such great escapism. I am also a big horror fan and I especially like the horror films coming out of Japan and Korea. I love discovering new films and am currently challenging myself to watch 101 films from different countries. I have a massive wish list on my DVD rental site because I will give almost any film a go, although I am not really into a lot of typically girly films (I do have a weakness for French rom coms though).

Favorite Television

I don't watch a huge amount of television and I am always a few years behind when it comes to popular TV series! I love European crime drama and my favourites are Spiral, The Killing, The Bridge and Unit One. I like Doctor Who, although I am not a fanatic. I enjoy crime series, both old-fashioned ones like Poirot and Miss Marple as well as more gritty ones.



Orangutans (I adopt a grumpy orangutan called Amy who lives in an ape conservation park not far from where I live).

Writing paper & notecards. I have a bit of a fetish for beautiful and quirky stationery. I also love gorgeous notebooks/journals.

Anything Paris themed.

Cinnamon-flavoured candy/gum (we cannot get this in the UK)

I like anything to do with India. I love Bollywood movies, Indian fashion, art and design.

I am fascinated by Japan and hope to visit one day. I love pictures of Japanese gardens and images of Buddhas.

I also have a bit of a thing for Scandinavia, especially Sweden and Denmark and hope to travel there in the next few years. There are MANY places in the world that I would love to visit.

I like planners and so like accessories for that (especially planner stickers which are difficult to find in the UK).

Other Random Things I Like:

Medieval/Neo-Gothic design

Cherry blossom

Alice in Wonderland

The Victorian era

Reusable shopping bags

Quirky contemporary fabrics. Well, any fabrics really as I don't have a big stash yet.

Gil Elvgren and other retro pin-up art of this kind.

Cemetery art. I also love Simon Marsden's spooky photography.

Jelly Belly jelly beans (especially coconut and sizzling cinnamon)


I am allergic to champagne. I know no one is likely to send me a bottle of champagne, but sometimes friends mistakenly give me champagne truffles! I also have trouble with ear-rings in that I can only wear ones with gold posts or I get a rash. My skin is okay with other types of jewellery not being made of precious metal though.

I am not religious, so would not want anything that is overly religious. I don't mind things such as Christmas cards with reproductions of religious paintings on though.


HappyMom rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Oct 23, 2018
Comment: Thanks for visiting my IG :) Hope you enjoyed the photos!
MrsKytes rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Oct 11, 2018
Comment: Thank you so much for the likes and nice comments <3
Gatzcat rated for ESG: Visit me on instagram on Oct 10, 2018
Comment: Thanks for stopping by and all the likes and comments.
MrsKytes rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 2, 2018
Comment: Gorgeous pictures! Thank you so much for sharing. I'm not sure if this is done all over Europe, or just in France, but there was a weekend in September called European Heritage Days, where places that are not usually accessible to the public are opened up for viewing. Your Open Doors event reminds me a lot of that.
Emro rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - September on Oct 1, 2018
Comment: Thank you! It was interesting reading about and seeing some of the history of your city. Yes, I can imagine your feet were hurting!
Comment: What delightful and intriguing photos! I especially liked the one of the tunnel and learning about the history behind it.
KSENiA rated for CL: August Reading Log - electronic on Sep 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing. Loved your reviews. Funny fact: I too read only 5 books in August :)
Comment: i am definitely curious about Yesterday by Felicia Yap :) will be searching that book at my local bookstore. thanks for the review :)
Comment: Thanks for sharing!
paraxparaxnoia rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - July on Aug 26, 2018
Comment: Wallace and Gromit was my favorite when I was a kid, the art trail looks amazing! I could probably also spend a whole day at the cemetery, it looks absolutely gorgeous! I love old cemeteries, especially if they've grown over like in your photos. It's weird to think what sort of lives the people reimbursed there have led! Thank you for sharing, sorry for my late rate :,)
Leanne85 rated for ESG: My Favorite Photo - July on Aug 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks for pictures, love the Gromit pictures :)
JossieAyame rated for ESG: Favourite cover songs on Aug 12, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing! I must admit, I'm a huge Joy Division song, so I found the first cover very odd because it sounds like an entirely different song! I love David Bowie's cover of Waterloo Sunset too!
Response: I know what you mean! I think I had to listen to it a few times at first before my brain could comprehend what it was hearing. I do like covers where the artist tries to make the song their own and not just make a replica of the original.
Comment: Thanks for resending ! Ten days in Madhouse sounds really interesting as well as sad. Wow! You read a nonfiction from 1887! Great! Definitely on my TBR! BTW did you like Ruskin Bond?
Response: Thanks for the heart. I did enjoy the Ruskin Bond book, but my favourite books by him are the ones about life in Mussoorie.
mb58ca rated for ESG: Spend the Day With Me! on Jun 5, 2018
Comment: Wow! Wish I could walk through that library. And I'm out of breath just reading about the hill. Beautiful street art. Thanks for sharing your day ;)
turtlelove84 rated for ESG: Spend the Day With Me! on May 27, 2018
Comment: Thanks for sharing your photos, I absolutely adore the architecture.
tweetyiscool29 rated for ESG: Spend the Day With Me! on May 13, 2018
Comment: Thanks so much for sharing! Those are some gorgeous images, and I loved the insight into your life :) I hope to travel to your neck of the woods someday and see some of those in person! I also giggled at the hill because there's a lot of those around here too, so I know what you mean!
KSENiA rated for CL: Reading challenge #6 on Apr 24, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing. The book sounds fun.
KSENiA rated for CL: January Reading log - Electronic on Feb 26, 2018
Comment: Thank you for sharing.

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Lady on Dec 13, 2015:

I saw this and thought of you >http://www.tastefullyoffensive.com/2015/12/orangutan-reacts-pricelessly-to-magic.html?m=1

stlouisphile on Sep 18, 2014:

Greetings! you have a message from me/DWF in your mailbox.

hazelwitch3 on Dec 14, 2013:

Thank you so much for the book! I've heard lots of good things about it but haven't read it yet -- it will be a real treat on Christmas Eve. And the postcards are great -- thank you so much for everything.

pne on Dec 5, 2013:

I'm planning on travelling to Cornwall next April and will likely go there by train - so I'll be coming through Taunton! Perhaps I can wave at you as I pass :)

sibila on Nov 13, 2013:

Thank you for the things you sent for the Wishes for Europe group :D I loved everything, the postcards are sooo beautiful!!

WystericalViolets on Jan 8, 2013:

Just a hello to a fellow South Wester.

RyeRye on Apr 4, 2012:

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