Paradise Sunset, In Progress (13)

Here’s the first week of progress on section 2. The bits with sea andΒ  beach are pretty much done, as are the two butterflies and the large green lizard. I’ve started on the vegetation as well.


Green lizard.


The smaller butterfly.


A few days ago I saw some art on a utility box that made we want to take the puzzle apart. Not the kind of mashup I enjoy πŸ™‚


Hien, Unfinished

I got this puzzle for free, and I wouldn’t have paid for it. The image is, of course, beautiful, but I usually avoid Educa, and especially Educas with large monochrome areas. With Educa, I always find that it’s difficult to know whether a piece belongs or not, and they also have very little variety in piece shape. Well, this turned out to be even worse than usual, ALL the pieces were of the basic shape with two tabs opposite, and, as usual, pieces would fit where they don’t belong. I enjoyed doing everything except the red bits, and then I decided I wasn’t going to ruin Easter by working on a puzzle I no longer enjoyed. (2)
Hien by Haruyo Morita, Educa, 1000 pieces. Gave up on April 9, 2020.


An extra post about some new arrivals! My local puzzle shop is still operating, although they don’t let people into the shop. They’ve moved the counter to the door, and you can pick up your order, or, of course, you can have your puzzles delivered, and that is what I did. They’re probably doing quite well, I expect πŸ™‚

I was very happy to see that they’ve started offering D-Toys puzzles, it’s a good brand and very reasonably priced. They also have some nice images, don’t they? (9)IMG_20200421_190304

Paradise Sunset, Starting Section 2 (12)

Remember Paradise Sunset, the 18 000-piece Ravensburger I started a year ago? Well, it’s back, and I started on section 2! I’ve been mulling it over for about a month now, and I actually decided I wouldn’t start on section 2 before this Corona business is over, because I need my table for work as well as for puzzling now. It’s inconvenient, but apparently, the heart wants what the heart wants, and on Sunday, I started on section 2. I only just realized, it was exactly one year since I started on section 1. Maybe this will be a four-year project, who knows πŸ™‚

The pieces all spread out:


I’m doing the section on the left below the first completed section. Looking good so far, but that dark statue is going to be difficult.


The number twelve in the title is a running number for posts about this puzzle, in case anyone’s wondering.


Wiltyn Badleigh Garden Center 1 & 2, 2020-03-02 & 2020-03-03

This was a double pack in the Best of British series, with two 500-piece puzzles with images of the Wiltyn Badleigh Garden Center. The last puzzles I completed in Dotmund before leaving on March 3. Who knows when I’ll be back.

Wiltyn Badleigh Garden Center 1, Ravensburger, 500 pieces. Completed on March 2nd, 2020.
Wiltyn Badleigh Garden Center 2, Ravensburger, 500 pieces. Completed on March 3rd, 2020.

Both of these were great fun to assemble with lots of funny details.

Cactus Cartoonus πŸ™‚
And look, they sell puzzles as well! There’s also a bush called Delirium Tremens πŸ˜€


Titanic, 2020-03-20

Tonight it will be 108 years since the Titanic hit an iceberg and went down in the early hours of April 15, 1912. I’ve always had a thing for shipwrecks (also air disasters), and I read quite a few books about the Titanic back in the ’90s. I’m not a fan of the 1997 film, though. The only thing I really enjoyed about that were the scenes where you could see how the ship worked, that was amazing, but I had no interest in the story. For the final hour, I thought it would never end, and I was sitting there thinking “Just die already”. There was a British mini-series in 2012 to mark the centenary, I enjoyed that a lot more. There’s also a film from 1958 called A Night to Remember, but it’s so long since I’ve seen it that I don’t remember much about it (heh). I have the DVD, perhaps I’ll pull it out tonight to refresh my memory.
Titanic, Clementoni, 1500 pieces. Completed on March 20th, 2020.

Anyway, the puzzle πŸ™‚ It wasn’t the easiest Titanic puzzle that I’ve ever done, there’s a lot of blue, but there’s still enough variation in shades to help quite a lot. It was very enjoyable despite being challenging at times, and Clementoni puzzles have great quality.

I did the text above the ship and the White Star flags first, then on to the ship itself.

Paris, 2020-03-15

I have to say I love 500-piece Clementonis, pretty much regardless of image. The quality is great, and even though this isn’t my favourite image of all time, I still enjoyed it a lot! (18)
Paris, Clementoni, 500 pieces. Completed on March 15, 2020.

Evolution of Life, 2020-03-15

A great educational puzzle presenting the geological eras and when different forms of life evolved.
Evolution of Life, 2020-03-15, Eurographics, 1000 pieces. Completed on March 15, 2020.

While there was lots of text, much of it is so small that you need a magnifying glass to read it. The maps on the left and the coloured squares on the right were rather easy, but the tableaus in the middle took a bit longer.


The Cake Shed, 2020-03-31

Great and very detailed image by Steve Read. It was great fun, I always enjoy painted cakes. This is puzzle number 5 in the Ravensburger My Haven series. The series is produced for the UK market, which means it’s more expensive for me, normally I would expect to pay about 15 EUR for a 1000-piece Ravensburger, but the UK ones cost about 20-25 EUR.

The Cake Shed by Steve Read, 1000 pieces, Ravensburger. Completed on March 31, 2020.

Stacey of My Jigsaw Journal just posted about a 2000-piece Buffalo puzzle with the same image. Well, almost the same image. I can’t see any other differences, but outside the door of the Buffalo puzzle there’s a van and a dog, but here you can see two women. I think one of them has ordered a cake and is picking it up.