Art Nouveau Tiles, 2021-11-28

When I bought this, my thought process was something on the lines of “Ooh, pretty!”, but when I pulled it out to do it, I actually did think that this could be quite difficult, so for once, I wasn’t entirely unprepared. I did the edges early, because I wasn’t sure how to proceed, and after that I spent some time just staring at the pieces. Eventually, it started to make sense, and it was a very enjoyable puzzle, although it took a bit longer than I expected.

Art Nouveau Tiles, Cobble Hill, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 28, 2021

The date on the bag was in April 2021, and the pieces were definitely thinner than any Cobble Hill puzzles that I’ve done so far. The cut itself was crisp, and much better than the rather mushy cut in the puzzle of Mars that I did recently.

I couldn’t really pick out any favourites of the tiles, they were all beautiful, but here are some close-ups:

Space Odyssey, 2021-11-23

I finished it! It took about a month, and I think most of that time was spent on the last 1500 pieces 🙂 Even so, it never got boring, and there was enough variation even in the dark parts. I loved every minute of this! When I finished, I had two missing pieces, but I managed to find both of them after crawling around the floor for a bit.

Space Odyssey, Ravensburger, 5000 pieces. Completed on November 23, 2021.

When looking up information about the Eye of God, I found out that it’s just a name that’s sometimes used for the Helix Nebula – meaning that the Helix Nebula actually appears twice in the puzzle. It does look quite a lot like an eye.

The Planet Mars, 2021-11-21

I’m back in Helsinki, but I actually managed to finish another puzzle in Dortmund. Surprise, surprise, it has a space theme 🙂

The Planet Mars, Cobble Hill, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 21, 2021.

There were quite a few pieces that weren’t properly separated, and more puzzle dust than I prefer, but otherwise, this was great fun. I did the text first, and that was easy, as was the small maps showing landing sites to the right of the text.

With the map itself, I went entirely by colour – unlike with maps of Earth, the place names were no help at all 🙂 Since there was so much text, it was still pretty easy, but in a larger piece count this could become very difficult.

Mars is the planet that most resembles Earth, and it used to resemble Earth a whole lot more. The atmosphere was thicker, and there were seas on the surface. This, of course, raises the question, if Earth is heading in the same direction…

Yesterday, I completed my other space themed puzzle, so that will be my next post!

Phoenix See & Hörder Burg, Dortmund, 2021-11-19

Yesterday, I managed to finish the puzzle I started in Dortmund before I left in October.

Phoenix See & Hörder Burg, Dortmund, Calvendo, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 19, 2021.

The original castle Hörde was built in the 12th Century, but I’m sure most (or all) of the current structure is from a much later date. Phoenix lake in the foreground is an artificial lake that was built on the site of the Phoenix East steelworks that ceased operations in 2001. The lake was flooded in 2010, and it’s now a popular recreational area.

The puzzle was of good quality, but the image quality wasn’t quite good enough for a puzzle of this size when seen up close:

That spire is not supposed to be green and purple!

Still an enjoyable puzzle, and thanks to the clouds, the sky wasn’t too difficult.

New Arrivals

I still haven’t finished Space Odyssey, although there are only 400-500 pieces to go. It will be some time yet, because I’m leaving for Dortmund tomorrow. Just a quick visit this time, I’ll be back in Helsinki late on Monday. Anyway, I thought I might present some new arrivals:

I wanted some more space themed puzzles 🙂 I think the Ravensburger uses some of the same artwork as Space Odyssey.

A couple of collages and cake!

The bottom one will be my first Otter House puzzle. I love the image, hope the quality will also be good!

Space Odyssey, In Progress (6)

All of the planets are now more or less complete, only some darker bits of Saturn and Venus are still missing. Even better, the planets are all connected to each other! Only some nebulae and spacecraft are still floating around on their own. There are no more celestial bodies or man-made contraptions left to do, now it’s all just filling in the areas in between. When I look at the puzzle, I think I’m almost done, but then I look at all the pieces I still have left, and there’s at least 1500 pieces there. This happens to me with every large puzzle, at some point I think that the pieces I have left can’t possibly all fit in to the puzzle 🙂

Space Odyssey, In Progress (5)

I’m still loving this puzzle. The sun is finished, and Saturn is well on its way. I think I’ll do Jupiter next. Although the three biggest celestial bodies are all yellow, the sun pieces were easy to pick out, and mostly, I can also tell the difference between pieces of Saturn and pieces of Jupiter. Jupiter is next, I think.

In Roman mythology, Saturnus is the father of Jupiter. The Greek equivalent is Kronos, father of Zeus, and the planet was already known as Saturnus in ancient Rome. Somehow I never realized before that the habit of naming planets by Graeco-Roman deities actually goes back to ancient Greece. In China, the planets were named by elements, for example Mercury is the star of water, Mars the star of fire and Jupiter the star of wood. More about Chinese planet names.

Space Odyssey, In Progress (4)

Quite a lot of progress on many fronts. Of the planets, I’ve worked on Neptune, Venus, Mercury, and Earth. Many of the nebulae and the man-made stuff have also grown a bit.

Earth, Moon and Mercury.

Mercury is named after the Roman god Mercurius (Greek Hermes, god of commerce and messenger of the gods), and it is of course the smallest planet in our solar system. It was actually called Hermes by ancient Greek scientists, and later Mercurius by the Romans, because they noticed how fast the planet moves. Because the orbit of Mercury is more elliptical than that of any other planet, it is at some points very close to the sun, and at others very far from the sun, causing the temperature to vary wildly from -173C / -280F to 427C / 800F. It takes Mercury 88 days to orbit the sun.

There is currently a mission to gather more information about Mercury underway. The spacecraft was launched in 2018, and it did its first flyby of Mercury on October 1, 2021.

Still some work left on Venus:

The Dumbell Nebula and the Cassini spacecraft:

The Dumbell nebula represents the last stage of evolution of a star and is a glowing shell of ionized gas. In time, it’s expected that the sun will also become such a nebula.

The Cassini spacecraft was used in a mission to gather information about Saturn. It was launched in 1997, and after being active for almost 20 years, it was intentionally destroyed in 2017. The mission was a huge success and provided material for years of research.

The International Space Station was launched in 1998. It is in orbit around earth, and there are 7 crew members on board. Each crew member usually stays for about 6 months.