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From Almelo, Overijssel Netherlands
Age 121
Joined Sunday, May 13, 2007
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Reading now, August/September 2021: The Babes in the Wood (a Wexford case) by Ruth Rendell

BCUK Uncon, Colchester 2012, I came, I saw, I conquered!

IMPORTANT: PLEASE TAKE NOTE: Please DO NOT send me any packets or parcels from any country which is not in the EU. The Dutch government will now charge me both a fixed customs tax and a handling tax, even if the value of the package is just one or two euros they will charge me around 13 euros to receive it. So I cannot receive anything here except letters. If you wish to send me something that I cannot resist, then please send me a private message as I may be able to arrange for it to be sent to another address in the UK. I will not know if this is possible until I ask, and I cannot get to the UK all that often, and not at all right now due to the pandemic.
I love miniature things. Really mini teddybears, hand made or teeny ornaments & mini animals. I adore really mini crochet animals or knitted ones. I also love hose reusable fabric bags. I love cats!! I am a mad collector of pretty stones, semi-precious and precious! I also collect all things seaside: driftwood, bits of fishermen's nets, seashells, beach pebbles and wonderful intriguing seaglass. One of my hobbies is painting stones and leaving them somewhere for others to find. I am in love with "Posca" paint pens, and am always happy to receive one Posca fine tipped pen, or any size tip. I started my own stone painting group here in The Netherlands and the group now has 12,500 members. You could call it a sort of "Rock crossing". If you want to look at it, then it is called "NL Rocks" (on facebook) copy and paste this link into facebook: I love tiny paintings of seaside scenes and I like beach huts, sandcastles, or anything reminding me of a day at the seaside! I do so miss the sea as I don't live anywhere near to a sea now that I live in the Netherlands. I love Essex and Devon and I adore Cornwall. Anything from Cornwall is usually lovely! I believe in fairies and Cornish pixies!


My birthday is on 14th September.

I am first and foremost, a fridge dweller! :))
I really love miniature things, especially really mini hand made teddy bears and teeny weeny teddy ornaments. I like teeny weeny crochet bears or animals, or knitted bears and animals. I like miniature Christmas tree ornaments and I love seaside things. I love jointed mohair teddy bears, rats and mice in any sizes! My favourite animals are cats!
I have a small glass display case with many teeny weeny teddy bear ornaments inside.

I have always loved reading books. I am happy to be a member of bookcrossing because it's nice to know that my books are being passed on to others after I have read them.I love reading because stories take me into another world! I love books with happy endings, and I also love thrillers.
A favourite author at this time is Alexander McCall Smith, and I would really love to read all of his books. I am now also looking for his children's books.

I like murder mystery, humour, poetry, and ghost stories.
I like books written by M.C.Beaton.
I love those little thin books that just have one story. They are perfect to fit inside my handbag.
I do so miss the seaside, because where I live now is nowhere near the sea! :( Ooooh nearly forgot my lifelong love of Rupert Bear annuals. Whenever I visit England the annuals are not on sale. So I can never get more of them!) :((

More about me: Well I am English, born and bred, and I come from good old Essex, (forget all the jokes about "Essex Girls"), but I do come complete with Essex sayings like "It's good here innit", and of course I have an Essex accent, although I can speak "The Queen's English" if I put my mind to it.

I moved to The Netherlands in 2002. Books are just too expensive here and English books are so hard to find.I am unemployed, and it is so difficult to get a job here in The Netherlands. I do not receive unemployment benefit, nor any benefit at all. My husband supports me fully! So it is always hard to get any money together to buy books! I really love people, (ok, not everyone), and I never forget kindness from others.I'm just a friendly person! I hate being lonely, and as an expat in another country you can get very lonely sometimes. That's where books can help, by taking you into a different environment for a short while.

I love cats! I go to a gym twice a week. After my first year here in the Netherlands I got very ill, and unfit. Now I am trying to reverse all that. I also love food!
I hope that I am a nice person. I try to be. Please do try to get to know me if you wish to. PMs are always welcome. I collect friends! . :)

Oh I forgot to mention that digital photography is another hobby of mine. I take photos almost every single day!

** I read books in the English language only.
*** I have been receiving requests for books lately, even for some that I have written in the journal entry "too heavy to post". Please note that I really cannot afford to post out books these days. I would love to, but I just can't!

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