Swap-bot Time: September 29, 2023 7:01 pm


Date Joined: September 30, 2007
Last Online: November 2, 2014
Birthday: May 11, 1967
Country: Australia

About Me

I AM BACK..... and my, things have changed since 4 years ago.

I am now single and happy and living in Bridgetown Western Australia.

After moving 1400kms and renting 5 different houses my sons and I now own and live on my dream 5 acre place in a 100yo farm house. Yay! One bucket list item ticked off.

I was able to drag my paint mare, my 2 girl labradors and a rapidly growing chook population with me.

It is so nice to know that we will not have to move again.

I now work 5 days a week manning a general store and bookings for a lovely old mill town called Donnelly River Village. The calming effect of being in the middle of a forest is wonderful. Meeting new people is the best part of my job.

I spend a lot of my free time working with sheep...farming is a passion of mine.

Now the dust has settled I found that I was missing the creativity and friendship I had with swapbot.

Due to a terrific swap....4 years ago, I have completed a bucket list and I think it says alot about me so I thought I would paste here:

Hope you like my bucket list, it was terrific to do, it really gave me an insight into what I really want in life and will definitely do my utmost to get most of these in the bag!

  1. 5 day horseride over the Bogong Ranges, the high country in Victoria, Australia. Ultimately I would love to ride my own horse, but it would be very expensive to cart her across the Nullabor. Hey, maybe I could ride her there (what's another couple of months riding!!)

  2. Get back to size 12, so that would be 15 kgs to lose, this I will do for sure, cause it's getting me down.

  3. Saving and spending $2000 on a new size 12 wardrobe, yay!!

  4. Hand rear an eclectus. I have hand reared weeros and was so fulfilling, an eclectus would be thrilling.

  5. Breed pure bred, registerable labradors. I have two beautiful lab girls whom I have bred a few litters from and they have provided a lot people with lovely family pets, but I would like to take it one step further and get them to show quality but not forgetting good temperament.

  6. Buy and live on a small acreage with my kids and animals, happily and peacefully. The acreage will be in a green, rolling hill area with plenty of water, trees and sunny days. 10-15 acres would be enough!....TICKED OFF

  7. Cooking tour of France or Italy. Nothing too fancy , just good honest meals with lovely fresh local produce, with a great bunch of ladies who like to imbibe in the grape.

  8. Sort out my marriage. It's not great, we live fairly separate lives in the same house, either sort the marriage out or find us the people who make us happy.....YES, THIS ONE TICKED OFF TO.

  9. Write and publish a successful non fiction book, maybe about someone sorting out their marriage and living happily ever after!!

  10. Vist a Paint Horse Stud in America. My mare is a paint mare and I would love to see the home of the mighty Paint. Plus I would be mixing with likeminded people.

  11. See a killer whale in it's natural habitat.

  12. Take the boys to all of the Gold Coast theme parks, before they get too old.

  13. Travel around Australia for a year.

  14. See Pink Floyd "The Wall" concert, if only they would do it all again.

  15. Do a castle tour of the UK, visit all of the places in the Enid Blyton books.

  16. Go to Cornwall, inspired by reading "The Shell Seekers" by Rosamunde Pilcher

  17. Travel with my Aunty Hil. My Aunty Hil and I are soul mates, truly likeminded and this would be the lovliest experience to have.

  18. Go to a meditation retreat (hey, maybe with my Aunty Hil).

  19. Stop gossiping and dissing people, if I try really hard I can do it for long periods of time and it really pays off, but then I slip, so I want this to be in the forefront of my mind whenever I am having a conversation from now on.

  20. Whale watching at Hervey Bay. Now, there are places in Western Australia that would be closer, but Hervey Bay is the premium place to watch.

21.Win a spelling competition on television. I tell you, I'm pretty good!!

  1. Go visit Dundee, Scotland the hometown of my mother's father (dec).

  2. Go visit the hometown in Germany of my father's father (dec), not sure where that is just yet.

  3. See my children grow into courteous, caring, happy young men.....THEY ARE GETTING THERE

  4. Learn to be totally happy with myself....I AM GETTING THERE

Favorite Music

My music tastes are very broad. My sons have introduced me to dub step, Frank Ocean, Flume, Angus & Julia Stone. I have in turn introduced them to Pink Floyd The Wall...which is great music to do the house cleaning to!

Favorite Books

Major bookaholic, in two book clubs!! Current likes are "The Book Thief", "5 People You Meet in Heaven", "Gang of Four", "Lord of the Rings", "Harry Potter". "The Help", "Belly dancing for Beginners" .... I am too impatient for "Who Dunnits" Typical Taurean!!

I also re read Ajahn Brahm's - Open the Door of Your Heart - insightful little stories of Buddhist philosophy that really help when the chips are down.

Favorite Movies

"Crouching Tiger,Hidden Dragon", "House of the Flying Daggers", "Pirates of the Caribbean"(I like Johnny Depp),"Steel Magnolias", "The Whale Rider"

Favorite Television

"House", "Enough Rope", any kind of cooking show - "Food Lovers Guide to Australia", "The Cook & The Chef", "Farmer wants a Wife

Favorite Crafts

Beading with natural beads - seeds, wood, bone, turquoise, coral. journals including favourite recipes ,zentangles, stamping and am very keen to learn anything new.

About Me

My favourite colour is purple or jewel tones.


Zentangles are great fun!! There is no rules or guidelines, you can go for broke and let it flow!!" Artwise: I love art by Dante Rosetti, Gustav Klimt. I love fantasy eg fairies, dragons, gothic, not keen on cheesy, cutesy stuff.

Wish list

I would love to receive anything I can use on an ATC - papers, embellishments old tickets (bus,concert,etc)ephemera, pages out of a foreign(not english)book,pages out of a road map of a foreign country (not Oz), scraps of unusual material/fibre, rubber stamps, embossing powder,dotee doll embellishments,Stamping magazines/cooking magazines (secondhand is fine)THANKS

favourite flavours

I love peanut butter, fruity, melon flavours and pretty much anything apart from spearmint and licorice.


cancerianmoon626 rated for F&G: Pen Pals on Aug 2, 2014
Comment: Thank you SO much for your lovely letter and the pictures that you sent along with it! I was so happy to receive it. I will respond right away!
Response: Yay you got it...and you actually liked it!! Thank you
ColorMeHappy rated for Zentangle My Name on Aug 13, 2010
Comment: Thank you for my tangled name. I hope you are doing well.
Comment: Sorry I took so long to rate, I thought I had rated until I was going through some of my stuff. I love my zentangled window!!! Thanks for the extras!! : )
Response: Thanks mate
penandink rated for The Bucket List on Jul 24, 2010
Comment: So sorry to keep you waiting! I kept watching my PO Box at the post office, wondering when I would receive anything from my Bucket List partners. I finally went back to the original sign up description to check the date and read FOR THE FIRST TIME that this was an online swap!!! I sent mine on paper through the mail! So thanks for your list and your patience! I see that we have several items in common like writing a book and raising happy caring young men. My boys are 23 and 25 now and it's fun to interact with them as adults! We lived in England for a year so we got to see some of those castles! And we traveled through Australia in November, not on horseback, though! You will get there, too! Let's keep working on crossing those things off of our lists! Karen
Response: Thanks Karen, no worries and all the best with your list to.
chrissygee rated for The Bucket List on Jun 5, 2010
Comment: I hope everything works out for you!
Response: Thankyou
Whiskey rated for The Bucket List on Jun 4, 2010
alybr rated for The Bucket List on Jun 4, 2010
Comment: Best wishes to you as you work on making your bucket list come true.
Response: Thanks mate
Ayda rated for The Bucket List on Jun 4, 2010
Comment: If you go on the meditation retreat before I get the chance, I'd love to know how the experience was. Very nice list.
Response: Certainly will and thankyou
bookwormAL rated for Music Shuffle Questionnaire on May 31, 2010
Response: thanks
Twink rated for Music Shuffle Questionnaire on May 31, 2010
Comment: Funny...thanks!
Response: thanks
Neen rated for Music Shuffle Questionnaire on May 31, 2010
Comment: Great answers, thanks very much :o)
Response: thanks
crazymieze rated for Music Shuffle Questionnaire on May 24, 2010
Response: thanks
ShannonM95 rated for Music Shuffle Questionnaire on May 23, 2010
Response: thanks
ManitoulinGirl rated for Cupcake Bookmark Swap on May 19, 2010
Comment: Thanks for the pretty bookmark & the cute little magnet. Happy swapping.
jensquil rated for Zen TREE's on May 11, 2010
Comment: Great tree!!! Love it!! Thanks for the stamp, I like it!! can't wait to use it! : )
Response: beauty, so glad, thankyou very much
cocojing rated for Lady Rose's 15 Questions Swap #2 on May 2, 2010
Melogee rated for Lady Rose's 15 Questions Swap #2 on Apr 30, 2010
MagicNorth rated for Lady Rose's 15 Questions Swap #2 on Apr 29, 2010
Neen rated for Lady Rose's 15 Questions Swap #2 on Apr 29, 2010
Comment: Thanks for your answers. I lol when I read what your uncle called you! :o)
Response: thanks for your comment

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smokeandmirrors on Jun 24, 2010:

Hi there, i would love to invite you to take a look at a fun Christmas swap i have posted for this Christmas (2010). Australian 25 Days of Christmas Swap. Myself and many fellow swappers have had great fun participating in the past and i thought you may be interested! Would love to have you participating this year! :-D Thanks for your time, Laura.

magicjessnrach on Apr 20, 2010:

Thanks so much for the gorgeous pages you created for my journal. I love that you shared your favourite books with me. My reading journey started with 'The Magic Faraway Tree' too!

magicjessnrach on Feb 11, 2010:

I love the pages you made for the recipe book, thank-you. The book is intended for my vegetarian daughter and she loves it too. Where did you get the wonderful retro papers you used? They are fantsatic!

sojourner on Feb 10, 2010:

Thank you for all the effort and work that you contributed to my recipe journal. Lift out recipe cards are a wonderful idea.I love it! 12 months in the making, travelling around Australia just has to make it special...Anne

Nicc79 on Dec 21, 2009:

Snason on Nov 29, 2009:

Thank-you for your nice comment on my profile. It is always nice to get them when you have a creative block.

sojourner on Oct 23, 2009:

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SimpleJess2 on Sep 13, 2009:

hello , please jion my swap its called

Italian food Recipes<3

thank you very much!!

alifromourpatch on Dec 24, 2008:

xmas Merry Christmas

I hope you and your family stay safe from the cyclone

dephal on Apr 16, 2008:

Thank you so much for being my angel for the Butterfly ATC swap! Your ATCs are beautiful. And I love the postcard, too. :-) I hope to visit Australia some time soon.

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