Swap-bot Time: March 31, 2023 1:47 am


Date Joined: September 12, 2020
Last Online: March 29, 2023

Country: United Kingdom

About Me

8th January 2023 There are no postal strikes at the moment but that does not rule them out completely. Hopefully, the backlog will start to clear. I am disappointed though because from 31st January, we can no longer use old stamps for postage. I prefer the old picture stamps and used these whenever I could get hold of them. Now, we can only use the rather large ones with the funny code bit attached. As I have built up quite a few from places like the Isle of Man and other islands around our mainland, I am going to use them on the left side, where the message goes, for added interest. I will also use my pre-decimal mint stamps too. So this means that you will get a little bit of British postal history with your message.

December 2022 Just to let everyone know, we are having postal strikes for a day or two each week at the moment. So, please be patient with us. The post date that gets stamped could be different from the date marked as sent.There is nothing we can do except hope that the dispute is sorted out soon.

I mark swaps as sent after I have either put them in the postbox or taken them to the post office if they need to be weighed. Sometimes if I put items in the postbox on my way home from work, it means I have missed that day's collection and it may not be collected till the next day. Be assured though, if I mark as sent then the swap has begun it's journey. Occasionally we have what we call in England, bank holidays, which means items could be sat for 2 or 3 days in the post box. Unfortunately, there is nothing I can do about this and it may mean, the postmark is different to the send date. I have no control over when post is picked up from the postbox.

If you feel you have not received my swap in a reasonable length of time, please message me. I am sure we can sort it out. Also, I always rate. If you have not received a rating, then it has not arrived.

Just to give you an idea, international swaps can take up to two months to reach me but that does not matter because I am very good at being patient. I will usually wait at least that long before messaging to say a swap has not arrived.

I love to be outdoors. It doesn't matter whether it is sitting in the garden, going for walks in the woods or camping. Sometimes we put the tent up in the garden just for fun. I spent a night out in a thunder storm. It was amazing seeing the tent light up with the lightning.

I like to spend my spare time creating things for the grandchildren. I like to knit, sew and attempt to crochet.

I live on a dairy farm with my husband and some of the children, the rest have their own families and homes. We have several pets 4 dogs, 3 geese, 7 chickens, 5 cows - they are not part of the farm, a pond with fish and tropical tank in the house.

Just to let you know, I do not drink any hot drinks. If the swap suggests sending these as part of the swap, save them for another person who will enjoy them.

Favorite Books

I would like to read much more than I have time to. I read a lot of children's books as I work in a primary school. At the moment my favourite authors are Julia Donaldson and Karen Kingsbury.

Update 14/3/2021 When I go anywhere I like to get children's books in the language of that country.

Favorite Crafts

I will try nearly anything, although I am no good at art. I cannot draw or paint. I prefer to mess with fabric or paper/card. I produce better results. Knitting is what I do most, followed by sewing.

Following advice from another swapper, I am not going to say that I am no good at art. I am now still practising and as I have not yet found my niche.

I am beginning to dabble with junk journaling, journal cards, making envelopes and pockets. I have been watching You Tube videos to learn more and bought my first ink for going round the edges of cards etc. Still so much more to learn.

Jan 2021, I have discovered paper napkins and love them. I am going to have a lot of fun seeing what I can do with them.

March 2021 I have found the theme that I like when I make junk journals. I love vintage. So now I collect old tickets, photos, receipts and anything really. My favourite recent buy was a collection of greetings cards from the 1920s. I have quite a stash of old postcards and love to read them and discover about people. Also, now having a go at Zentangle inspired art and ATC's and having loads of fun.

Favorite Television

We do not watch television but we do watch DVDs. We watch boxed sets of TV series inbetween repeatedly watching Star Wars, although I have not got all the films yet. The rest of the family prefer action films.

A B C of likes

This may take some time to do. A little will be added at a time.

A- animals of the large kind, Aboriginal art,

B- books, buttons, birds,

C- cows, celebrations from other countries, candles, castles, cross stitch,

D- dragons,


F- flora and fauna, fresh cut grass,

G- grandchildren visiting, Gruffalo,

H- Harry Potter, hand-made envelopes,


J- jigsaws, jumping in puddles, junk journals, journal cards,

K- knitting, keychains,

L- learning something new, languages ( I would love to be able to understand much more than I do), Lego,

M- mushrooms,

N- New Zealand (my favourite country), needle-felting,

O- owls,

P- postcards, patchwork,

Q- quotes that make you reflect or uplift,

R- reading, ribbons,

S- sewing, stationary of all kinds, social history, storms, Star Wars, space, stamps,

T- trees,

U- upcycling,

V- visiting National Trust places - or anywhere old, vintage ephemera,

W- watching the birds on the feeders, wool - I have lots of it, woodlands, walking,





Impatient people especially drivers, earwigs, feeling like I have wasted time, anything rude or crude, tea, coffee, make-up, roses, potatoes, cooking,

Thank you

I just wanted to say what an amazing site swap-bot is. I have had some really amazing post. I love the decorated envelopes I receive - something I need to get better at. I use a lot of the decorations in my journal, to make it look more interesting than it is.

Thank you everyone.


aprilivy rated for Ugly PC Swap #67 on Mar 30, 2023
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely postcard :)
GreetingsEarthling rated for Vintage tourist card #34 on Mar 29, 2023
Comment: Hello Kirsty, Thank you for sharing this very special vintage card with me. Best wishes, Bonnie
Comment: Thank you so much for the B&W postcard! I love the quote you included. Happy Swapping!
fighterangel rated for would you rather 5 intern on Mar 28, 2023
Comment: Hi Kirsty! I said the exact same thing- I hope that we see a world rid of cancer some day. (P.S. Thank you for the awesome PC.)
KellyR rated for Cat Postcard Swap INTL #4 on Mar 28, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the cat postcard! Spring is coming here too, my plum tree is in full bloom.
cassie3001 rated for Easy Random PC Swap #1 on Mar 27, 2023
Comment: Thank you! I love this postcard! Sorry this reply is late, the snow has started to melt a bit and I found it in the melt. I'm not sure when it arrived, portly quite some time go! Surprisingly, it's not too damaged!
young46356 rated for Sender's Choice - Naked Map PC #6 on Mar 27, 2023
Comment: Thanks for the interesting card, Rich
Comment: Hi Kirsty! I love the lion pc! The joke from your granddaughter is too cute - thank you for the awesome share! All the best! Hugs and Happy Swapping! ;)
snailmailrocks rated for Quick Tourist Postcard #1 on Mar 24, 2023
Comment: Hi Kirsty 👋 thank you so much for the lovely postcard - it looks beautiful at The Peak District, wow 🤩 Also, thank you for the nice note and sharing what you did on your visit :-)
mejulia rated for would your rather pc 6 intern on Mar 23, 2023
Comment: Such a cute dog postcard though I personally would rather be a cat.
Comment: Thankyou Kirsty, I was so happy to see your postcard in the mail. Fancy living in a town with my surname, I know of the river Severn but hadn't seen it so now I can imagine it from the photos in the postcard. Thanks again Teena
Comment: Thank you so much for the lovely PC and list! Have a wonderful day! Hugs, Diane
SunflowerRose rated for short pc bible trivia 2 usa on Mar 12, 2023
Comment: thanks for playing
Lolle rated for FAST WW Swap of 5 #1 on Mar 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the pc 💚
slbellan rated for FAST WW Swap of 5 #1 on Mar 10, 2023
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard, Kirsty. I really loved what you wrote. It sounded like a perfect moment in time.
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful peacock postcard! I think it's so cool that you can hear the owls at night - I wish that there were owls closer to my house, I just love the sound of them.
Comment: Thank you for the lovely postcard. Your list of dreaded places were interesting. I too don't like to shop in large cities. Take care of yourself and keep on swapping...
SunflowerRose rated for would your rather pc 2 intern on Mar 6, 2023
Comment: Id rather have a maid. I do housekeeping/ dish for living. My husband cooks for us.
KatKit rated for Easy Random PC Swap #4 on Mar 4, 2023
Comment: I took a University of Strathclyde on line course so it was fun to recognize this postcard. Your signs of spring are awesome. We are still many weeks from bulbs starting to grow so I love to hear about flowers showing their face in other places. Our yard is still snow covered.

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