Swap-bot Time: July 17, 2024 3:45 pm


Date Joined: September 12, 2020
Last Online: July 17, 2024

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.


sherylk3 rated for BIG CAT POSTCARD SWAP on Jul 16, 2024
Comment: Love it, thank you. I believe you are right, it's a cheetah.
knittymarie rated for Totally Touristy PC Swap on Jul 16, 2024
Comment: Thank you for the lovely card. I rarely get to the tourist town about 45 minutes away either!
marinda rated for P.A.T. Postcard INTL #3 on Jul 15, 2024
Comment: Thank you so much for the super cute dog postcard! I love it. Happy summer!
nylelyn23 rated for Quick Swaps: River on Jul 15, 2024
Comment: HI Kirsty Thank you for the lovely river card. I've seen videos on the plague before - didn't expect the place to actually look quite serene
indigo68 rated for Bird Watching via PCs - July 2024 on Jul 14, 2024
Comment: Thanks for the colourful bird PC!
Comment: Postcards received and I'll get them sent off in upcoming rounds. Happy swapping!šŸ™‚
SkaGirl rated for Quick Swaps: Car on Jul 13, 2024
Comment: Thank you! :)
marclively rated for Ugly PC Swap #82 on Jul 12, 2024
Comment: Many thanks!! Marc
marinda rated for INSECT POSTCARD SWAP on Jul 12, 2024
Comment: Thank you so m7ch for the very pretty butterfly card. I love it!
soyprincesa2 rated for Literary PC #3 on Jul 11, 2024
Comment: I love the art of this book that so many of us have read. Thank you! It seems that it only took 7 days for this postcard to get here from the U.K. Do you live in England? I saw the King Charles postage stamps, but I know that other countries also have him on their stamps now. If you ever would like a penpal I would love a penpal in your area of the world. I still don't know where you live, but the places in the UK that I want to visit most are..... the English areas of Cotswold, Cornwall, Gloustershire, Lancashire (my ancestors are from there) and Glasgow. Of course, all the places in between too.... but that would take many months to see it all. My husband knows that we need to go there, so I will see how soon we can make it happen. Thank you very much for sending the postcard.
HelenG6 rated for The Letter G - postcard swap on Jul 9, 2024
Comment: Thank you for your card for giraffe. I love the animals. The height is amazing!
Comment: Thank you for sharing with me! I was interested to hear about your geocaching. What a great hobby!
UKrebel85 rated for Write A Rainbow #3 Yellow on Jul 8, 2024
Comment: Thank you for your card it arrived today in a big pile of swapbot mail! I love the list of your favourite yellow things and the beautiful daffodil postcard.
Comment: Thank you for the maxicard, it's very beautiful :)
Comment: Thankyou:)))
samsstuff rated for Ugly PC Swap #83 on Jul 6, 2024
Comment: I have to agree, I'm not a fan of this painting. Definitely looks nothing like her book illustrations!
bf0932 rated for Ugly PC Swap #81 on Jul 3, 2024
Comment: Thank you for your swap.
Comment: Thank you for the nice postcard.
Catt007 rated for Quiz on a card #1 on Jul 1, 2024
Comment: Hi Kirsty, thank you for the PC, I think I found them all. Bop, picnic, sea, surf and beach, sorry I cheated on mine and made it with a generator :) Catch you soon.
Comment: Iā€™m doing great! Just got back from a trip. It was lovely to the pacific coast!!

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hazelwitch3 on Jan 12, 2024:

Hi Kirsty, A belated thank you for the wonderful advent stuffed envelope/box you put together for me! Everything was so carefully and wonderfully chosen and I'm absolutely delighted with all of it. The nativity scene was the stand-out gift and it stood proudly on our hall table throughout the Christmas season. We played the Christmas trivia game on Boxing Day, had the candles on the mantlepiece on Christmas Eve, and I've just finished showering with the "edible" (lol) shower gel! So you were very much part of our Christmas festivities. As someone who enthusiastically supports my local charity shops, I'm also glad that your giftgiving supported Age UK, a good organisation. P.S. Although there was no way you could have known, my partner loves rabbits and was delighted with the wee rabbit in the box!

Meisje on Dec 22, 2023:

Have a great Christmas ā™„


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