Oranges, 2009-11-14

Lupu is a small brand, I think it’s Danish. About ten years ago they had a series of fragrant puzzles, where some of the pieces felt a bit rough when you touched them (exactly like with glow-in-the-dark puzzles), and if you rubbed those pieces, they would emit a fragrance, in this case smelling of oranges. There was also one with chocolate, but this is the only Lupu puzzle I’ve ever done.


The quality was good, but if you happen to come across one of these fragrant puzzles, I’m pretty sure the fragrance has dissipated in 10 years 🙂

Echo and Narcissus, 2009-03-30

Ten years ago today!


So, this one was a bit of a revelation for me. It was the first time I had extra pieces, you can see them on top of the puzzle. Until I did this, I had always assumed that if I had pieces missing from a new puzzle, I must have lost them myself, but this sort of proved to me that mistakes happen in production. According to my records, there was also one piece missing from this puzzle, but I can’t see it in the photo. Probably I found it and didn’t update the record.

Even though I now know that it’s actually possible that pieces are missing from a new puzzle, I’m pretty certain I’m still to blame in most cases. I’ve never asked for a replacement, but I would if I were reasonably certain that I didn’t lose the piece myself, and if it were a puzzle that I would like to keep and do again. Otherwise, I just let it go. Because those free replacements aren’t really free, we are all paying for them, and I wouldn’t want others paying for me being careless.

One Dot at a Time, In Progress

I’m back in Dortmund until Tuesday, and I’m continuing on a puzzle that I started before I left last time, One Dot at a Time by Ravensburger, 1500 pieces. This is again one of those puzzles that I wouldn’t have considered too difficult, but I was warned. Someone in the FB puzzle group said it was really hard, and I saw that before I bought the puzzle, but went ahead anyway. I’m not sorry, it’s gorgeous, but man is it difficult! I will definitely not be able to finish this before I leave on Tuesday 🙂


Rallye Italia, 2009-11-23

Another puzzle missing from my records, but I found the details on the Jigsaw Wiki. The completion date is the date of the photo, but it’s probably right.

Rallye Italia by Jabo, Heye, 1500 pieces. Completed on November 23rd, 2009.

I honestly have no memory of this puzzle, but it looks like fun 🙂

Bavaria, In Progress


So, the castle is mostly done, and best of all, the top is connected to the bottom. There’s a tradition in many countries, including Finland, to have a celebration when you build a house and have finished the basic structure of the building and gotten the roof in place. I always do a little “roofing celebration” in my head when I connect the top to the bottom in a puzzle 🙂


There’s actually not just one, but two versions of Neuschwanstein in the image. The smaller one is under the portrait of Ludwig II.

The Attic, 2019-03-25

This is one of the Ravensburger 500-piece puzzles with XL pieces. The puzzle is as big as a 1000 piece puzzle, even though it’s only 500 pieces. I only have two of these, and I’m definitely keeping them – they will probably be the last puzzles I’ll be able to work on when I’m really old 🙂

The Attic, Ravensburger, 500 pieces. Completed on March 25th, 2019.

Soft Cans, 2007-10-13

This was so much fun! I’d had a period of maybe six months in 2007 when I didn’t do any puzzles (I was sure it was a couple of years, but I can see from the pictures I’ve taken that it was only months). Then I bought one as a gift for a friend and decided to buy myself one as well. This is the puzzle I bought. I still have it, and I’m definitely doing it again 🙂


Soft Cans, Educa, 2000 pieces. Completed on October 13th, 2007.


The Surrender of Granada, 2009-02-07

I got this 8000-piece Educa puzzle on a flea market. The pieces were in 4 bags, and only one of the bags had been opened. It was, at the time, the biggest puzzle I had ever completed. I started in August 2008 and finished in February 2009. Of course I did many smaller puzzles in between.

The Surrender of Granada by Francisco Pradilla Ortiz, Educa, 8000 pieces. Completed on February 7th, 2009.

While doing the sky I used a completed section underneath so that I could see exactly what shape of piece I was looking for. It was the first (and so far the only) time I used this technique. Unfortunately, I have no photo of that.