Nest, Flowers and Butterflies, 2018-10-10

Completed on October 10th, 2018.

I don’t have many old puzzles, but I think this is from the 70s. I bought it at a flea market last summer, completed it on October 10th. The brand is Ricordi Arte, 500 (large) pieces, it’s almost as big as a 1000 piece puzzle. Because the box is square I expected the puzzle to be as well. Caused me a bit of confusion ๐Ÿ™‚


Actually, I just noticed it says “more than 500 pieces” on the box. I didn’t count them.


The back of the box:


Set-up in Dortmund

One of the first things I bought for my flat in Dortmund was a large table to assemble puzzles on, 180 x 100 cm.ย  You’ll be seeing a lot of this table on the blog ๐Ÿ™‚ Any pieces that won’t fit on the table I spread out on sheets of cardboard, and while puzzling I keep them on a drying rack, seen here to the right. I have since acquired a second drying rack so that I don’t have to use it for laundry and puzzle pieces at the same time (the laundry was almost dry and the cardboard is very thick).


Here’s a better picture ofย  the drying rack:


So, what if you want to actually use the table for, say, dining? Originally I thought about having glass panels cut, but a friend suggested an alternative, acrylic glass, which is cheaper, lighter, doesn’t break as easily, and you can get these straight off the shelves in a hardware store – no need to have anything cut. Glass would, of course, look better, but you can’t have everything.

You just put as many panels as you need to cover the puzzle on the table, and after you’re done, you just lift them off again, and every piece is exactly where you left it.


Looks a bit hair-raising, but perfectly safe. Only the pancakes didn’t survive, the puzzle was fine.