My first and so far only Great American Puzzle Factory puzzle. They’re not available in Europe, as far as I know, and I got this one as a swap. About 10 years ago, I was posting puzzle photos on Flickr and started talking to a Californian puzzler. We decided to do a swap, I sent her two puzzles, and she sent me two in return. This was one of the puzzles I got, the other had an Ancient Egypt type image. I sent her this, and another puzzle, can’t remember which.
My first puzzle in Dortmund for the summer is the Polar Habitat from the Funky Zoo series by my favourite artist, Marino Degano. I chose this because it’s so hot that I quite like to look at some ice 🙂
There are tons of interesting details as usual, including an ice bear with a Lisa Simpson doll…
… and some promotion for another puzzle in the series.
So, I did this last week, but I immediately realized I would have to publish it today, since this is the day when me and my car will board a ferry to Stockholm, and tomorrow I’ll be driving through Sweden and Denmark toward Germany. I hope to be in Dortmund on Saturday, but it’s fine if it takes an extra day. And of course, I hope there will be no car trouble!
I got the puzzle in a batch with lots of other 500 piece puzzles, and it’s not an image I would have chosen, but it turned out to be really entertaining. It was nowhere near as hard as I thought it would be, with the black and white background. Clementoni is an excellent brand, and the great quality helped a lot.
There will be no puzzling for some days now, obviously, but I’ve set it up so that there should be a post with an old photo every day. Wish me luck!
I found another Stenvall, only one missing until I have all 30 now! This one is called Secret Garden.
This was a bit sad, actually. The seller was a passionate puzzler, who can’t puzzle much anymore due to health issues, and she is slowly letting go of her collection. She wasn’t old either, younger than me, I think. I got two other puzzles from her, a 2000 piece Clementoni (Chuck Pinson), and another Tactic with a painting called Luxembourg Gardens, Paris from 1887, by Finnish artist Albert Edelfelt. I’ll be thinking of her when I work on these.
Funky Zoo is a great series by my favourite artist, Marino Degano. There are currently 8 instalments with various areas of a zoo, and you can put together the images to make an entire zoo. I think that means that the path and the river are always in the same place so that you will get one very long puzzle 🙂 As far as I know, the series is still ongoing, there was one release this year (Australian Habitat). I have all eight, but I’ve only completed two so far.