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Date Joined: March 11, 2011
Last Online: February 23, 2014
Birthday: April 27
Country: Canada
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My second Postcrossing account

About Me

I'm originally from England, but moved to Canada with my family in 1975. I love going back there and try to go back as often as possible. My favourite place to travel would be Europe. I love the history there, that we are lacking in North America.

In my spare time I like to go hiking, biking, camping and geocaching.

I've always collected postcards - places I've been and other family members have been, but I would love to receive postcards from anywhere in the world. Some of my favourites are:

  • CMB's Flower Fairies
  • Ladybird, Puffin & Penguin book covers
  • Beatrix Potter characters
  • Rupert Bear, Paddington, The Wombles, Noddy, Wallace & Gromit
  • birds (esp. owls, puffins & British/European robins)
  • sheep
  • highland cattle
  • flowers
  • paintings (esp. Renoir, van Gogh)

Oh, and if the swap is for just one PC, please don't bother putting the postcard in an envelope - I like the stamps almost as much as the postcards!

Favorite Crafts

I don't seem to spend much time crafting in the summer, but during the winter I seem to spend a lot of time creating. I enjoy knitting, crocheting, cross stitch and sewing. I haven't done any embroidery for years, but after seeing some amazing hoop art on Pinterest I'm trying my hand at it again.

I'm not a painter, but I love art (that's probably obvious from the amount of Art PC swaps I've joined). Lately though, I'm getting really inspired by mail art, so I've been playing around, painting some envelopes. My work isn't good enough to send out or swap yet, but I'll get there!


When I first signed up for swap-bot it was primarily to trade PCs, but I'm starting to get into other swaps as well. Here are some of the things I would be happy to see in my mailbox:

  • Postcards
  • Postage stamps (used or unused)
  • Washi tape
  • Ribbon
  • Embroidery threads
  • Ephemera
  • Tea (earl grey or black)
  • Candy or chocolate from another country
  • Lego people
  • Playmobil figures

British partners/swappers - I love Maltesers and Mars bars! Yes, we have them in Canada, but they are no where near as good as the British versions. Same with Cadbury's Easter eggs. I also love Refreshers, which we can't get over here. Actually, I could probably make a long list of British candies that I miss!

Of course, I'd be happy with anything I received!

Favorite Books

My favourite authors are Douglas Adams, Jasper Fforde, Douglas Coupland and Sue Townsend. I think I've read all the books they've written!

I'm starting to read Neil Gaiman and Terry Prachett, and I'm really enjoying their books too!

Favorite Television

I don't own a television - I gave it away about 3 years ago, after I realized I had turned it on less than 5 times in 2 1/2 years. I thought I would miss it, but I don't at all.

Once in awhile I will watch Dr Who, Peep Show, The IT Crowd, Green Wing and Blackadder.

Favorite Movies

I can't remember the last film I saw (it's been that long!), but I prefer Canadian, foreign and independent films compared to Hollywood blockbusters (I find them too formulaic).

My favourites are Amelie and The Edukators. And I simply love Woody Allen's work!

Random Acts of Kindness

In an effort to get my postcard collection under control and organized in 2014, I am going to be offering some postcard RAKs throughout the year (when I seem to have extra stamps around). Please check the forums :)

January 25th, 2014 - I have six stained glass postcards, from French churches, that I'm offering to send naked to anyone who is interested. Just follow this link to the forums.


January 11th, 2014 - I'm offering to send ten sets of three Alan Fletcher Maverick postcards to anyone who is interested. Just follow this link to the forums.


January 4th, 2014 - I have ten gargoyle, grotesque and stone carving postcards that I'm offering to send to anyone who is interested. Just follow this link to the forums.



Comment: Thank you SO much for the absolutely awesome cards and the extras!!! LOVE it all :)
Comment: Thank you so much for this swap.
prettyheart rated for WIYM: Tea, Note & Surprise #1 on Mar 7, 2014
Comment: So sorry for the late rate! Thank you so much for the beautiful envelope, note, tea and postcards! I love them!
Comment: Thank you for the cute postcard and the horse stamp! i really like them :) well, same with you, didn't have special date with anyone! hahaha.. best wishes Elizabeth :)
kankalin rated for Art-phabet postcards -C- on Feb 28, 2014
Comment: thank you for this great Cartoon PC from Klimt
EricB rated for children's book illustration swap #29 on Feb 25, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the great Beatrix Potter Samuel Whiskers card. I have that set too, and receiving them in the mail helps me feel reconciled to sending out/letting go the ones I have! I never read the books when I was little, but maybe it isn't too late...
crafts4me rated for 20 questions~swap # 3 **January** on Feb 24, 2014
prettyheart rated for Postcards with a painting -14- on Feb 23, 2014
Comment: Thanks!
violetkim rated for Happy ♡ Valentine on Feb 22, 2014
Comment: thank you for the valentine card!
Tinaphage rated for Art-phabet postcards -C- on Feb 18, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the lovely Klimt card :)
audball55 rated for Happy ♡ Valentine on Feb 15, 2014
Comment: Thank you!
SanVHM rated for children's book illustration swap #28 on Feb 15, 2014
Comment: Hello Nicola, thank you so much for the great Peter Rabbit card and beautiful horse stamp! Have a great weekend =)
Comment: What a beautiful card thank you so much i love it! :) lots of love xx
MeganSR rated for Book Lovers Postcard Swap #6 on Feb 12, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the postcard! We have a deck chair featuring the Penguin edition of the Garden Party, so the card was perfect. :)
jdawn1105 rated for Valentine's PC Swap on Feb 11, 2014
Comment: Thanks for the great PC. Happy Valentine's Day,
Melyssa rated for Happy Valentine's Day - Friends Day on Feb 11, 2014
Comment: Thank you for the vintage card, they are my fave. And LOVE all the stamps you put on back, oh my goodness! We usually celebrate Valentine's as a family...hubby and I take our daughter out (she's 14 now) and sometimes my MIL as well. This year we are having fondue at Melting Pot.
Comment: Cool cards! Thank you so much! Cool envelope too! They didn't post mark the stamps! Thank you again.
Comment: Thanks for the cards and vellum pieces! They will come in handy this week. :)
Whippet rated for Valentine's PC Swap on Feb 10, 2014
Comment: Thank you Nicola for the large Valentine's Day postcard & lots of postage stamps of Canada! Your idea for how you will celebrate Valentine's Day sounds fun! Perhaps I will do the same though without the wine & I'll select one of my favorite old b/w romance movie on DVD.

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Mugsie on Apr 28, 2015:


From all of us at the "WIYM" group!

bbsporty on Apr 27, 2014:

Happy Birthday!

abbyaguas on Feb 16, 2014:

Last February 14, I really received a bunch of postcards (which I missed having).. and one of those postcards was the stained glass pc that you sent :3

Thank you so much! I now finally have something to show to my future students about them :)

Teacher on Feb 10, 2014:

Hi, Nicola. Just to let you know your PHQ cards arrived safely. I'll start sending them back soon.

Cauti92 on Feb 4, 2014:

Sorry I tried to send a thank you pic 😔 thank you for the stained glass PC it was beautiful and I really appreciate all the nice stamps on it, too!!!

Cauti92 on Feb 4, 2014:

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Sulieen on Feb 3, 2014:

Thank you for the pc. All the stamps are great! ;)

principeta on Feb 2, 2014:

Thank you for the lovely Maverick postcards,lovely RAK of you.

abbyaguas on Feb 1, 2014:

I love MAVERICK Cards :D They're so cool! Oh thank you for them :> I received your envelope last Tuesday or Wednesday :)

susieq11 on Jan 28, 2014:

Thank you for sending back my postcard!!! I love the porcupine stamp! Weimeraners are fun dogs, if not quite energetic!! : )

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