[Princess Diana], 2017-11-28

It’s 22 years today since Princess Diana died.

This puzzle was brought in to work by a colleague, and a lot of people worked on it. It’s a Schmidt, and I didn’t make a note of the title. It was actually quite difficult, and not something I would have chosen myself.


The Cascade, 2019-08-29

I bought this because I’ve found I like images with water. And I did enjoy the water, but then, unfortunately, I also had to do the forest 🙂 OK, it wasn’t too bad, but definitely took a lot longer than the average 1000 piece puzzle that I do.

The Cascade, Castorland,  1000 pieces. Completed on August 29th, 2019.


So, I wasn’t supposed to order any puzzles this summer, but then I saw that “And the Winner Is …” by Susan Brabeau is available again (first in the second row).  I’ve wanted this for a long time, but it’s been out of stock for a while now. There was also Gibsons version of this, but that was out of stock as well. There was a sale on Sunsout puzzles, so I grabbed a few more Brabeaus, and some other stuff as well …


Idyllic South of France, 2019-08-25

Thoroughly enjoyable puzzle. It was one of those where there are no difficult areas, the level of difficulty is the same from start to finish. It was one of the easiest 1500-piece puzzles I’ve done.

Idyllic South of France by Dominic Davison, Ravensburger, 1500 pieces. Completed on August 25th, 2019.

Unfortunately, I’ve noticed that new Ravensburger puzzles (this is from 2017) have more and more pieces where the layers have separated on one tab. These are just two examples, there were many more.


Dumbo, 2018-01-29

This is silly, but I just had to get this puzzle because I love the way the water is drawn here 🙂 I’m not up for the enormous Disney moments-puzzle, but I have some of the small, individual ones. I liked this as a 1000 piece puzzle, but it would be really difficult as 4000 pieces.

Dumbo, Ravensuburger, 1000 pieces. Completed January 29th, 2018.

Bavarian Farmhouse, 2019-08-23

An old Schmidt puzzle, probably from the ’80s (the box says West Germany,  so should be from before German reunification, October 3rd, 1990). Even though the image is conventional, it was still a very enjoyable puzzle, and the quality was fantastic. Unfortunately, old puzzles are usually better quality than contemporary ones of the same brand, and that’s definitely the case here.  The images tend to be a bit boring, but the superior quality more than makes up for that.

Judging from the musty smell, this had spent quite some time sitting in a basement, but all the pieces are still there, after all this time.

Bavarian Farmhouse, Schmidt, 1000 pieces. Completed on August 23rd, 2019.

I did the path and the sky first.


Safe Travels, 2019-08-22

Vintage travel collage with one piece missing (bottom edge). I don’t have many MasterPieces puzzles, this is the second with the wrong number of pieces – one puzzle had an extra piece. In this case, I’m fairly confident that the piece wasn’t there to begin with because I noticed it was missing early on. It’s an edge piece, and especially the blue is pretty distinctive. Otherwise, it’s a great puzzle!

Safe Travels, MasterPieces, 1000 pieces. Completed on August 22nd, 2019.


I usually puzzle alone, but I had some help from friends with this one.


The box was shaped like a suitcase.