Swap-bot Time: June 25, 2019 3:23 am


Date Joined: February 28, 2010
Last Online: June 25, 2019
Birthday: March 14
Country: United Kingdom

About Me


Hello, my name is Carol and I am married and have two grown up sons and three grandchildren.

I live in a seaside town and I enjoy strolling on the beach and in the sea, collecting shells, bits of interesting glass and pottery or just relaxing with a book near the harbour whenever I find the time to do so :)

Reading is my all time favourite pastime. Once I pick up a book, that's it, nothing else usually stands a chance!

I also enjoy all types of art/craft projects, gardening and visiting art galleries and museums.I enjoy live theatre shows, I have just recently seen 'West Side Story'. I saw Agatha Christies 'The Mouse Trap' on it's 60th year anniversary! Other stage performances I have seen include 'Priscilla Queen Of The Desert', Mama Mia, Les Miserables and Blood Brothers. I would thoroughly recommend them all :)

I like to collect used and unused stamps from any where in the world and I share this hobby with my Dad who also likes to collect UK First Day Covers. My liking of stamps combines the pleasure I get from sending and receiving postcards and letters.

I also participate on the Postcrossing site, sending and receiving postcards from all over the World. Snail mail rules ok!

Postboxes delight me. My Husband and my Dad also share my enthusiasm for them. We are interested in the history and location of them. Between us we have photo albums full of lovely red (UK) postboxes and we have a few photos of postboxes from further afield. And now since the 2012 Olympics, here in the UK, we have Gold postboxes in honour of each athlete that won a Gold medal.

So if you have a postage stamp/postcard showing a postbox (or any other mail related item) I would be very delighted to receive it and the same applies for any postcards or postage stamps that feature trains or railway stations, thankyou.

I also like postcards featuring a map of any type. I would welcome additions to my USA State map/flag/flower bird postcard collection.

Postcards showing lighthouses, interesting landmarks,Royalty,Presidents and other famous people are also of interest to me. In fact all postcards are welcome, if you like it, then please send it :)

Unless a swap asks for postcards in an envelope, I prefer my postcards to be written on and stamped. Ta.

Please, when ever possible, when you send mail to me I would appreciate it very much if you stick on postage stamps to cover the cost of postage, instead of those postage labels. It just doubles the pleasure I get whenever I receive my mail. Stamps always make me smile!! Thankyou.

About Me

On a Tuesday afternoon after I finish work, I join my Mum at a card crafting class which is held in a church hall. All participants either work on their own projects or make a card or two from the craft items provided, paying a small fee for the materials used. It is good to meet other like minded people and 'bounce ideas' off each other.

I am a hoarder I can never throw any thing away that I think may come in useful sometime or other. My family laugh at me for this but they always come to me before heading to the shops if they want something.

I prefer to make and mend an item rather than buy a new one. I like to recycle everything I possibly can.

In my garden I have a worm bin. The worms 'eat' veggie peelings and turn this into usable compost. Marvellous!

Just being in my garden relaxes me, I love to just potter about and can loose a good few hours without realising it.Sunflowers, poppies and daffodils are my favourite flowers. I like all fragrant herbs especially Thyme.I grow Lavender and I have a Chamomile lawn.

Favorite Books

Enid Blyton was my favourite author as a child, I devoured every book. Then when my children were small I enjoyed re-reading them all again!

I have a few Ladybird books and do like to come across other titles to pick up while I am out and about.

I have enjoyed reading 'A Town Like Alice', Anne of Green Gables and 'The Little House on the Prairie' books. I have seen adaptations of these on tv and they have me blubbering every time. I was the same when I watched 'The Waltons' on tv.

My first Catherine Cookson novel had me hooked and I have long since read everyone of them.

Gervaise Phinn makes me laugh.

Linwood Barclay is my current favourite author. I also like to read books by Harlen Coben,James Patterson, John Grisham,Lee Child and Stephen King.

I belong to a book group and there I have read many a book I wouldn't necessarily have picked for myself. When you have read and really enjoyed a book its good to share that experience with others in the group.

My library ticket is used on a regular basis and is a wonderful access to free reading material.


I was born in March, so I am a Pisces. The symbol for this zodiac sign is two fish swimming in opposite directions. I find this quite apt as I am very undecisive and can never make up my mind straight away.

Likes: 'Free' pens. I like to collect pens that are 'given' away in banks, hotels etc. Especially the ones with the company name/brand on them.

Pencils; these I like to collect from my travels, from towns/cities/countries I've visited, usually bought from the gift shop in museums/art galleries/churches. They are usually inexpensive and of course like the pens are very useful, although I am somewhat reluctant to use any of them.

Other than letter writing or form filling, I always use a pencil.

I like keeping a diary and have done so for many years. I also like to keep a seperate journel in which to record my travels/days out, places of interest visited. I prefer journals that have pockets in which to keep all the trivia I collect along the way like admission tickets, bus/train tickets etc, etc, etc. I never knew that collecting used items such as these had a name - ephemera!

I would love to see some Post Office stationery from other countries, especially Air Mail labels.

I like making lists for shopping, things to do, books to read or look out for. Love to tick items off as I complete the list. So nice note books/pads would be put to good use.

I absolutely love Scooby-Doo!

I like scarecrows :)

I will never have enough bookmarks.

My favourite colour is Blue. Think jeans! But I also like the combination of red,white and blue.

My favourite fragrances are Sandal Wood and Patchouli. Also Lavendar which I have growing in my garden. I prefer the smell of aftershaves to perfume.

My favourite animals are the hippopotamus, orangutans,donkeys,sloths,aardvarks, armadillos and pangolins.

I have a few pressed pennies, mostly from the UK I would love some more for my collection, from anywhere in the world. I have a few USA State quarters and National Park quarters, I would like to add more of them to my collection. I would also like to start a collection of the Canadian equivalant to these. Here in the UK the coins in circulation are designed to represent something of interest so they are well sought after by everyone, including me!

I also collect foreign coins/bank notes. Remember holiday money before the Euro was introduced, what fun!

I can't resist re-usable shopping bags, any type, size or colour, shop bought or hand-made. Some I do use for shopping but others, if sturdy, make good storage containers for magazines etc. I'm even using a couple from the supermarket, the plastic coated ones, to grow vegetables in. These are very sturdy and I got the idea because they have pictures of vegetables on them and they are practically the same as the ones available from the garden centre but they are much cheaper to buy.

I would be very happy to receive anything that is hand-made.

Absolutely any type of crafting items would be most welcome.

Discovering swap bot has opened my eyes to other types of crafts/swaps I would like to join, so I am open to new ideas.

Since joining swap-bot I have discovered ATC's and Dotee Dolls and I have enjoyed the ones I have made and received.

My sons interests include football, music and computer technology. Between them they like Sponge bob, The Simpsons, Scooby-Doo, lego and anything pirate related.


Dislikes: Not that many really.

I don't like wastefulness, so am happy for you to re-cycle 'stuff' when making or packaging a swap to me.

I do not like the smell of vanilla or coconut.

Not keen on fruit flavoured tea's.

Please do not send me any sweeties, the last toffee I ate cost me a trip to the dentist!

My wish list. Peace On Earth And Good Will To All Mankind!


Comment: Hi Carol! Thank you for all the fabulous goodies you sent! That postcard of the dogs is so funny! Adorable stickers and note cards! Thanks too for using the Queen Victoria stamps!!!! XOXO
Comment: Thanks for this great PC! It will be great to take a closer look see! Hugs from Alaska, Sherry
Comment: I so love the Alice in Wonderland card and stamps! How neat! Thank You!
Response: Thank you very much for the rating Anne. I am happy to hear that you liked the Alice postcard and postage to match :)
Comment: Hi Carol! It did arrive! (today's mail) Sometimes it just takes a while. I loved everything you sent - the cards and postcard are so bright and pretty, I will certainly be using them! I also loved that the stickers you sent coordinated with the notecards - very nice! I am very spoiled. It's a great swap, thankyou! Tracy
Response: Thank you very much for your patience Tracy, ta also for the nice comments and rating, I am happy to hear that you liked the items that I chose for you:)
simcoe54 rated for CH: A Coin & A Squished Penny on Jun 1, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the wonderful coins and squished penny. I adore the coins!!!!!
Response: You're very welcome Maxine I'm glad that you like all of the coins :)
simcoe54 rated for Map & Flag PC Sent Naked #3 on May 29, 2019
Comment: Thanks for the new map pc for my collection.
Response: This was a great swap idea, I am glad that you liked the map card that I sent, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thank you for this great PC!!
Response: I too love this Royal postcard and I am happy that you thought it matched the swap requirement. Thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks for the great wildlife card and the cool eagle stamp on there!
Response: Thank you very much for the rating, I am glad that you liked the postcard and the postage stamp. That stamp is one of a set I will use another from it in my next swap to you :)
Tricia22 rated for Send a Naked Map Postcard #11 on May 17, 2019
Comment: Thank you, Happy Swapping!!!
Response: I am happy to hear that you have received and liked the map card, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks, great cards.
Response: You're welcome, I'm glad you liked the cards that I sent to you, thank you very much for the rating :)
susieq11 rated for I Spy Something with V R3 on May 10, 2019
Comment: Perfect as always - lovely Queen Victoria postcard!! Thank you too for the awesome stamps you used! Enjoy your beach walks - wish I could do the same! : ) Thank you for joining the swap! xxx
Response: I am happy that you liked my choice of postcard Susan. Thank you very much for the rating. Since I sent the card we have had lots of rain so no beach days of late but plenty of puddles to wade through instead!
user6937 rated for Not Your Country Map PC #2 on May 3, 2019
Comment: Your kind resend has arrived. Thank you so much, Carol. I love the super hero stamps you've used, too!
Response: Ooops, sorry Sandra to have sent you the same card twice, and then I have also sent you an envelope as an extra and it contains another of the same postcard! At least now you have a used card and a couple of blank ones that you can use as you so wish! Thank you very much for the rating.
IsadoraWing rated for I Spy Something with S R3 on May 1, 2019
Comment: Thank you so much for the cute seagull and anchor pc! Great stamps too!!
Response: We have a lot of seagulls here it being a seaside town, I can tell you they are not so cute when they are bothering the tourists for food! I'm glad that you liked that particular view of the seagull though, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Wow! Did I ever get spoiled! I loved the cat and dog 'theme' as I live in a dog and cat themed house, with one of each. My friend that I share with has the dog, Meg, hence my user name! I am not sure that I am going to be able to part with any of the cards you sent! Thankyou for a great swap, much appreciated.
Response: Thank you very much Tracy for the nice comments and rating, I am very happy to hear that you liked everything that I sent to you :)
mamajoy rated for Map PC Scavenger Hunt #9 on Apr 23, 2019
Comment: Carol: Sorry again for not rating you yesterday. I love the cards. Yes, my week is CRAZY...out of town company a day early on top of my scheduling too much in a short amount of time. I am trying to shovel out my condo from the mess I left it in when I went camping last week. Someone said, if you are coming to look at my house, make an appointment (they did), If you want to see me, welcome! Good thing they are family..... Joy
Response: I am happy to hear that you liked the cards that I sent to you Joy. Thank you very much for the rating. I do hope that you are back on schedule now with everything :)
Comment: I love unicorns, Thank you!
Response: I had saved that card for such a swap as this, I am so glad that you liked it, thank you very much for the rating :)
Comment: Thanks, interesting card. Rich
Response: I had hoped that you would find that map card of interest to you, thank you very much for the rating :)
IsadoraWing rated for I Spy Something with T R3 on Apr 13, 2019
Comment: The lovely train came in last night! Hoping that S will show up soon. :)
Response: I was happy to share with you my favourite steam train, thank you very much for the rating and yes I do hope that the S postcard will turn up soon :)
KarenFife rated for Naked Map PC #13 on Apr 12, 2019
Comment: I love reading all the town names and castles on the map you sent. You live in such an awesome place, on the North Sea! I am a bit of an Anglophile, so your postcard (plus cool postal stamps) found a loving home. I love it. Thank you.
Response: I'm happy that you liked the map postcard, thank you very much for the nice comments and rating Karen :)
Comment: Thank you
Response: Hello Jenny I am glad to hear that you have received and liked the postcards that I chose for you, thank you very much for the rating :)

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simcoe54 on Jun 12, 2019:

Thanks for thinking of me while you were at the flower show. My husband would have been thrilled to be at the show and to be able to check out the lawn mowers. He enjoyed looking at the photos and the John Deere shopping bag made his day. Here in Ontario you would pay a nice bit for a bag like that and to think that you got it free!!! Thanks again! it was a lovely surprise in my mailbox.

Drachenfrau on Apr 16, 2019:


mgallardo68 on Apr 15, 2019:

Thank you so much for your lovely RAK dear Carol! I loved all but my big favorite was the notecards cuts! β™₯β™₯ Hugs!

susieq11 on Mar 14, 2019:

Happy Birthday!! : )

thelocalman on Oct 28, 2018:

Thank you for the postcards from PTG September WTA!


Drachenfrau on Oct 19, 2018:


Just wishing you a wonderful weekend! :-*

anicka22 on Oct 11, 2018:

Thank you very , very much for the IFM-WTA prize. Especially love the Quentin Blake postcard!

susieq11 on Sep 19, 2018:

Hi Carol! I just adore what you sent me for the IFM August WTA!! What neat postcards! Beautiful stickers and a β€œtropical” Hello Kitty decorated envelope! Yay!!!! It has been around 29-31C since the weekend. Summer getting it’s last hurrah and I’m savoring it!! Thank you sooooo much!!!!

xninolax on Aug 11, 2018:

Thank you ever so much for your amazing July PTG WTA mail! I loved all you've enclosed and such pretty Gorjuss wrapping!! I am in love with your mail <3 The maps are amazing and new ones to my collection and the postboxes are just rad. Thank you so much!

Ciska76 on Aug 10, 2018:

Thank you for the cute envelope and the lovely cards you’ve sent me for the IFM: July WTA. Have a lovely August πŸ’•πŸŒž.

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