Swap-bot Time: February 25, 2021 4:39 pm


Date Joined: May 20, 2013
Last Online: February 25, 2021
Birthday: April 13
Country: United Kingdom

About Me

We are currently in lockdown again but I'm back to swapping and hopefully will get the vaccine soon!

I just noticed that loads of my profile disappeared randomly - no idea why - but one of the bits which went was my list of German Krimis... I've read all of Nele Neuhaus, quite a few of Petra Hammesfahr and not a fan of Rainer Wuerth... I've also read a lot of Sebastian Fitzek. Any questions as to whether or not I've read something just ask! :)

About Me

/20 Note: as with many other countries around the world, the UK went into lockdown last night. I've got just one swap I didn't manage to mail before this happened (who knew this last week was going to look like this?! I feel I'm in a scifi/horror movie!) and will get to it once we are out and about again. Take care all of you, see you the other side!


I live in the UK near London....Im happy to do private swaps, just let me know.

**I'm very reliable and really want my swap partners to be happy :) please always contact me if there's a problem before giving me a bad rating! **

ALLERGIES! : My allergies got really bad 3 years ago though I've been having treatment and they've got a lot better. I'm still extremely allergic to dust, pollen and animals though, so if you could be careful about what gets into the package, I'd be really grateful. Smoky stuff isn't good either so if it's possible to avoid anything which has been sitting in a "smoking home" that would be brilliant, thank you :) I'm also allergic to facial products and all metals except for pure silver.:( Allergies suck!

Swapping is my way of travelling without the travelling! I LOVE swapbot and enjoy finding and sending things to fit my partners profiles to try and make them smile as much as I love getting packages in the mail myself! Originally I studied languages alors je parle francais und ich spreche Deutsch. In fact I'm a big fan of Germany and most things German....

I love different languages and cultures, please do tell me something about you and where you live if you have the time. I also love trying foods from different countries. Wenn Du Deutsch bist, dann schreib mir bitte auf Deutsch :) Also I'm learning Danish so if you happen to be Danish (or Swedish or Norwegian!) I'd be happy to have something written in your language :)

I've just really got into outdoor and wild/open water swimming so anything to do with that will be received very happily thank you!

In 2018 I visited Denmark, Sweden and Iceland - I'd love anything written in those languages, A book or magazine in Danish would be amazing though I'm still very slow. I really want to go back to all of those countries, but fell in love a bit with Iceland!

I have 3 amazing sons and am loving watching them make their way in the world now they are grown. I'm so proud of them! I don't feel much older than them most of the time until I need to keep up with them!

I love nice mail, sunny days, my lovely garden, the sea, my amazing children, honeysuckle, champagne, guinea pigs, rabbits, time with friends, meeting interesting people, finding new places, adventure, travel, laughing, good wine, orange blossom, sunflowers, my garden, growing things, the sound of rain on the roof...

I work in the mental health field, love my job, but it's exhausting at times.I mostly work in a boarding school now which means more hours but longer holidays!

I enjoy cooking and baking so if you would like to send me a recipe typical of your country or which you love, please do - I cook from scratch though, so no recipes using cake mixes etc or canned fillings etc thanks, and I prefer not to have standard recipes out of magazines or recipe cards - I want a recipe that means something to you please and which you've used, preferably often!

I love old (pre 1965) magazines, I also love very old greetings cards (before 1950) The older the better and I love reading very old letters and postcards (pre 1950) and imagining the lives of the people who wrote them! My current favourite is a postcard I found in a charity shop to a girl at boarding school from her rather posh mum who had just visited an exhibition of "modern art" in London and is rather shocked! I'm happy to get interesting finds of yours as well.

During lockdown I dug up "treasure" in my garden which made me take up mudlarking! Any really old discovered pottery pieces from old dump sites, rivers or the sea would be lovely - I'm a big fan, especially of the old blue patterned sherds, and those with writing on. At some point I'm planning crafts with them!

Although I've dabbled with crafts, I'm definitely not a crafter, and I'm absolutely no good at papercrafts so prefer not to get items aimed at these, but am very happy to get things you have made!

I crochet so nice yarn is definitely on my wishlist these days :) oh and your granny squares! How cool it would be to make a blanket out of granny squares from around the world! Also very happy to get your amigurumi - I've made one and found it a challenge!! I'm planning on relearning knitting, not having done it for 30 years :)

I paint and have got a couple of canvases on my walls which I painted myself and a few more on the go - like my crochet, there are plenty of WIPs!

Some things I like.... (Not in any order!) - Emma Bridgewater pottery!!! (Actually this does come near the top!) I just had a factory tour and have gone from being a sceptic about something so expensive to a complete convert! I was so impressed that everything at every stage is done by hand! No wonder it's expensive!!

  • I ADORE candle holders that look like a typical house or building of your country
    • i love all things icebat/ugly dolls.
  • ** I love very very soft things**
  • vintage magazines from 1950 and earlier, really old photo's of people (1920's and earlier) especially women or old people or people working.
  • old pottery sherds from river or sea etc, sea glass
  • beautiful or wide washi tape
  • beautiful washi tape and wide packaging tape
  • German Krimis - my latest favourite author is Andreas Foehr :) please see below for what I already have before sending! :)
  • cute rabbit items
  • traditional crafts though I don't really like batik items
  • wool/yarn for crocheting, stitch markers etc And maybe even needles to knit socks (ssshhh knitting is going to the dark side!!) My favourite hooks at the moment are the Clover Amour ones. Colours I love are below and I love colour change yarns though don't like garish or neon colours.
  • moose, beavers, rabbits, racoons, foxes (I had baby foxes in my garden this year!) seals, otters
  • craft pens
  • I like most colours (except burgundy which i hate and neon which I'm not a fan of!) but don't wear yellow, peach, cream, red, orange,green or brown, i prefer cool tones - blues, black, light grey or charcoal, magenta pink, very pale pink, white etc...I also like rainbow colours and stripes. the colours I'm not keen on are OK in mixed patterns or stripes on socks etc!
  • cotton or wool or bamboo or fluffy socks - my absolute favourites are handknitted wool or bamboo and bright unusual cool patterns same as above for colours! Size 38.5. I don't wear short trainer socks or those slipper socks with plastic on the bottom to stop slipping thanks. I also love Cutie Mania fluffy socks! :)
  • Soursop flavour green tea
  • White teas, especially Tazo Berryblossom white and Cornish tea strawberry and chilli
  • Lipton Detox or Summer FRuits tea
  • Teeccino chicory herbal tea - hazelnut
  • Messmer Aprokose Pfirsich
  • handmade things - if you have put love into what you do, I will never think store bought is better!
  • Very strange flavour Japanese kitkats. The stranger the better! Or the black for grown ups ones or the rum and raisin ones (not a flavour I much like usually but love the Japanese kitkat version of it!) normal flavours I can buy here :)
  • Polish Knorr cheese cup a soup (or Polish Knorr soups in general)
  • Bumble bees (not cartoon bees)
  • cool and useful items
  • Alba coconut cream lipbalm
  • Humani-T lipbalm
  • cherry blossom flavour green tea
  • really nice loose green tea (especially gyokuro) - please not flavoured unless with jasmine or something similar. I really am not keen on green tea with fruit flavours thanks!
  • chilli tea! ( love!) i adore Nordqvist Hola Chilli tea
  • love Davids Tea - buddha's blend and chai aye-aye especially, but there are loads i haven't yet tried!
  • cardamom flavours in tea
  • Stash vanilla nut creme decaf tea :)
  • Stash Vanilla Nut Creme loose tea
  • Bigelow's salted caramel tea
  • Bigelow's decaffeinated spiced chai
  • chilli or salt chocolate (Prefer not Lindt or Thorntons chilli but love Fazer chilli chocolate)
  • Orion Apricot Chilli chocolate (Merunka se spetkou Chilli)
  • Tony's Chocolonely - Best one so far I think was the lemon meringue one - truly awesome! ;-)
  • mini Timtams!!!!
  • Sarotti chocolate
  • Hachez Mango-Chilli chocolate
  • Alnatura Winter Schokolade
  • Alnatura Chili Kirsche!
  • Lauenstein Ingwer Limette
  • Suchti Ingwer in Maracuja
  • Marabou chocolate
  • Côte D'Or chocolate especially Citron Gingembre ( lemon/ginger)
  • Heilemann Chili Edelbitter-Chocolade
  • ghirardellis tree bark chocolate love - especially the bags of minis. I don't like ghiradelli's hot cocoa though (too sweet for me!)
  • Russell stovers handmade chocolates
  • sees Candy (chocolates)
  • Nestle Turtles (my new love!!!)
  • OMG s
  • Reeses mix (LOVE!) the other Reeses stuff I can now buy here
  • damak pistachio chocolate
  • webury sticks, Alfort Black bourbon, Morinaga Bake
  • Maple syrup and salt milk chocolate
  • equal exchange organic chocolate ( love the caramel crunch with seasalt)
  • Seattle Chocolates
  • Morrisons Sea salted Almond and Hazelnut milk chocolate
  • Plopp salted licorice filled chocolate
  • chocolate with interesting filings
  • ginger flavour
  • Annie's bunny Graham's ( or any bunny biscuits really!) -Verpoorten Eierlikoer feinste Baumkuchenspitzen are AMAZING!!!


Tuutis rated for ESO: Send a Heart on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much, and thank you also for the lovely card and message. We don't have lockdown, but snow we do have :) and cold, cold wind today, I just had a walk near the sea, which was not very wise, but now I feel good. And I was so happy about your swap! The envelope is also so pretty with the many stamps and all.
Response: I’m so happy you liked it! :) I so miss the sea! We aren’t allowed to travel anywhere but I can’t wait to swim in it (or even a lake!) again!
VerreShana rated for Postcard Trifecta #1 on Feb 22, 2021
Comment: 💕💕💕💕 Thank you for not following the "rules" and put christmasstamps on the postcard in stead of a long tekst. I love LOVE love the stamps. Thanks you. (We are sinds oktober in lockdown 2...)
Response: Lol! I knew you’d love them, I’m so happy! :)
Comment: Thank you for a wonderful swap and fantastic ocean themed goodies. This was really fun to open. You made the envelope so pretty! I love all of the stamps you used! It's such a cold and snowy day today, so it was nice to open something so sunny! Thank you!
Response: I'm so happy you liked it! It looks as if you had a long wait for it!
AislingKanoni rated for Share your Country #6 on Jan 25, 2021
Comment: Thank you so much. Love it all. Hope you're doing well.
Response: Really happy you liked it all :)
Pikkis rated for EU Christmas gift :) on Jan 12, 2021
Comment: Thank you for the lovely Christmas-gift and what could be better than to be able to open it immediately :)! Really liked the story of Percy the Pink and the stamps are cool! Have a great year 2021 ahead and stay well! Things seem to be pretty crazy out there...
Response: So happy you liked it! :)
Comment: It arrived! Thank you and Happy Merry Christmas to you and your family. Take care and stay safe (:
Response: Wow - it had a long journey ! Hope you like them - it arrived just in time!
Comment: Thank you for your lovely Christmas card. Good to hear you will be able to celebrate Christmas with some family. How nice to hear you have become a granny of a little girl, congratulations 🥳
PrincessP rated for SSM: Sunshine Happy Mail #10 on Dec 7, 2020
Comment: Thank you SO much for your thoughtful swap :) It brought a big smile to my face this afternoon. I really love the floral postcards and the seed packages. Stay well x
Response: So happy you liked it :)
Inesrv rated for Thinking of you (europe) on Dec 3, 2020
Comment: Hi Gill, thank you for all the goodies! And the postcard is gorgeous! And your words made me smile indeed :) let's party! ahahah
Response: Party?! ;-) So happy you liked what I sent!
heidiling rated for A shoebox of christmas joy on Dec 1, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the shoebox. I was a bit dissapointed, that the box was wrapped and not decorated, as was part of the swap description. You chose some nice items to send us (the glasses my son had also bought for his school-secret santa, so he was happy to receive a pair himself:))
Response: Quite disappointed with this rating tbh and I thought the shoebox looked fab and contained all kinds of goodies, way above the stated value of the swap and as profile based as I could. We obviously had a difference in interpretation of decorated as it was both Christmas wrapped and with cool stickers. Each to their own, I would have loved to receive this in the mail.
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautifully wrapped stocking stuffers, I look forward to opening them! And I absolutely loved all the stamps you used, thank you! Merry Christmas!
Response: Thank you! Enjoy :)
Trinket rated for UK Christmas Presents! on Nov 29, 2020
Comment: Arrived today, thank you so much for the lovely wrapped gifts. Cannot wait to open them up.
Response: I’m hoping you love them! :) x
MGiulia rated for Tasty Europe #3 on Nov 28, 2020
Comment: Thank Gill for the sure cute chocolate❤️ I have to admit that I have never tried dark chocolate maple toasted rice and pink salt before even here in Switzerland the chocolate paradise 😊 Therefore your swap turn out to be a nice and really appreciated surprise! 🌈🙏❤️STAY SAFE ❤️🙏🌈
Response: Enjoy! :)
Foxy rated for Private Big Tasty Swap Ikran3 and Foxy on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Hey Gill, thank you so much for the great package! I love everything you sent. It is such a nice variety. I love the little teddy bear and the tin box, i collect those boxes. :-) Can't wait especially for the christmas pudding, that is the most exciting one for me, even tho everything is great! I also appreciate the card you chose, so nice to have a story with it, and it's very thoughtful of you to describe everything. :-) I guess my boyfriend and i will try some of the awesome sweets this weekend (and i will definately try the tea!). Thank you so much for swapping with me, it was a lot of fun. Take care and stay safe!
Response: I loved this swap thank you - hope you enjoy the pudding!!
Muppet450 rated for Advent calendar Day 20, 21 and 22 on Nov 27, 2020
Comment: Thank you for the presents, I can't wait to open them.
Response: Hope you will love them :)
Stachel rated for Private Swap: Big Tasty Europe on Nov 26, 2020
Comment: Thank you very much for your package 🤗 I have already tasted Percy Pig and it reminded me of a sweet I ate as a child sometimes. And I'm very much looking forward to trying the other items soon 🤗👍🏻
Response: Enjoy!
mariewilliams810 rated for Give Thanks on Nov 24, 2020
Comment: Thank you for sharing!
reauk rated for SH: Small Stocking Stuffer #7 INT'L on Nov 21, 2020
Comment: I will come back and rerate after Christmas thanks
misscorina rated for Local custom on Nov 20, 2020
Comment: Thank you so much for sharing your local custom with me. I've heard of Guy Fawkes but didn't know you celebrated it with fireworks. It's indeed a bit ironic lol, I love the Queen mom postcard, it's new to my collection *yay*
Response: So glad you liked it :)
blaacraft rated for 🔮 Send me something... #5 🔮 on Nov 19, 2020

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lasciviouskisses on Dec 7, 2020:

Hello Gill, I have left you a PM :).

Meisje on Dec 4, 2020:

Just because ♥




Rainydancer on Oct 21, 2020:

Welcome to sunshine swaps!

CurlyTea on Apr 15, 2019:

Happy Birthday!

smadronia on Jan 1, 2019:

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May your 2019 be better than 2018, and your best year yet!


romyisa78 on Nov 27, 2018:

Hey Gill, your Scavenger Hunt swap just arrived. thank you so much. I just informed the Admin, hope that he will rate you a 5 with Heart as I m only able to rate the non-europe partner who was wrong at that swap. So thanks again, i love it and have a wonderful Christmas time Isa

Drachenfrau on Oct 5, 2018:


danke, das du an meinem Faultier-swap mitmachen willst! :-) Ich finde dein Profil sehr sympathisch und wenn du Lust hast, bin ich jederzeit bereit für einen profile-swap (koennte dir zum Beispiel eine Koeln-Tasse von Starbucks besorgen)

Liebe Gruesse!


CurlyTea on Apr 13, 2018:

Happy Birthday!

phillaine on Feb 26, 2018:

Hi lovely! :) I'm not sure my private message got sent to you re: the PBS color swaps, and the site is glitching and not letting me rate. I just want to find a way to let you know I appreciate the sweet treats you sent me and I'll be sure to keep trying the rating. Feel free to delete this comment off of your wall once you read it. Thanks for participating in these swaps, I'm having a lot of fun with them and I hope you are, too! ♥

polvodestrella on Feb 25, 2018:

Welcome to EU Happy Swaps, thanks for joining!

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