Amsterdam, 2022-11-20

Very busy image of Amsterdam, with lots of funny details, but pretty difficult. This one was on the table for a full week (it was also a week where I spent most of Wednesday to Sunday at a film festival).

Amsterdam by Frans Le Roux, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 20, 2022.

Some of the children were wearing crowns, so there’s probably some local holiday going on. Google brought up the opening of parliament in September, Prinsjedag (prince day?), as a possible candidate.

This was my favourite detail in the puzzle! Frans Le Roux gives a nod to fellow Dutch artist Jan van Haasteren, who is known to always include a shark fin in his images. Van Haasteren is, of course, a prolific artist for Jumbo puzzles.

Le Nid Porte-bonheure, 2022-11-13

The title is in French, and as far as I can make out, it means “The Nest Lucky Charme”. I love the image, but it was much more difficult than I expected. Not as bad as my previous puzzle by the same artists 🙂 It took a while to get into, but I did enjoy it on the end.

Le Nid Porte-bonheure by Anne Poiré & Patrick Guallino, Grafika, 1500 pieces. Completed on November 13, 2022.

Sweet Dream, 2022-11-06

My last puzzle in Dortmund for a long while, I’m now in Helsinki, and will stay here for a few months. The puzzle is part of the Trefl Crazy Shapes series, and it was a lot of fun, probably the best of the images I’ve done. Loved it!

Sweet Dream, Trefl, 600 pieces. Completed on November 6, 2022.

In a Roman Osteria, 2022-11-02

This painting by Danish artist Carl Bloch from 1866 was rather entertaining as a puzzle. The characters are looking at someone, and the man looks suspicious. The women look interested, but like they’re trying not to let it show. My first thought was that this is the kind of looks you would get if you start taking photos of strangers 🙂 The artist has also painted himself into the picture, he is sitting with his back turned at the smaller table in the background, and one of the other men is his friend who commissioned this painting.

In a Roman Osteria by Carl Bloch, D-Toys, 1000 pieces. Completed on November 2, 2022.

Around the World in 80 Days, 2022-10-28

Collage of famous buildings from around the world. Preposterous in its way, but great fun. This was also the tightest Ravensburger fit that I’ve ever had. It was fine while doing the puzzle, but tedious to take apart.

Around the World in 80 Days, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 28, 2022.

One of the first things I noticed about the image was that there is no Neuschwanstein – but I was wrong:

There it is again, the building that has been called the most popular puzzle subject in the world – it certainly is in Europe.

Halloween Magic, 2022-10-17

I was happy to find this Ravensburger Halloween puzzle since most Halloween puzzles I’ve seen lately have been from SunsOut, and I’m not buying any more of those, the fit is just too bad. I recently saw a SunsOut puzzle called A Tight Fit (Father Christmas stuffing a stocking) which I thought was funny, considering how many times I’ve considered using a hammer to get SunsOut pieces into place.

Anyway, this puzzles was, of course, a joy to do. Loved the image with lots of details, and it wasn’t too dark. Happy Halloween!

Halloween Magic, Ravensburger, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 17, 2022.

Olde Buck’s County, 2022-10-26

I think this is my first Charles Wysocki image. I borrowed the puzzle from a friend, who bought it in the US. This image worked really well as a puzzle, there were enough details to keep it interesting to the end, but I didn’t have to refer to the box all the time. Loved it!

Olde Buck’s County by Charles Wysocki, Buffalo, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 26, 2022

Today is my four year blog anniversary, according to WordPress 🙂

Colourful Balloons, 2022-10-19

I haven’t been puzzling much lately, but I’ve managed to finish a few puzzles. I’ve been back in Dortmund for a week, but I did this puzzle before I left Helsinki.

Colourful Balloons, Trefl, 600 pieces. Completed on October 19, 2022.

It’s part of the Trefl Crazy Shapes series, and I really enjoy these puzzles. The wild cut makes them a bit more difficult than a grid cut would be, but now that I’ve done a few, I find that I can even identify some of the edge pieces.

The Garden of Death, 2022-10-13

This painting by Finnish artist Hugo Simberg from 1896 is one of my favourites! He actually did several versions of it, but the first was a small water colour, and I’m fairly sure this is from that painting, which is actually quite a bit smaller than the puzzle. I remember I had a post card of the painting as a teenager.

Simberg explained that the place pictured here is where souls go after death before they ascend to heaven. That probably means that the plants that the grim reapers are tenderly nursing are souls of the dead.

The Garden of Death by Hugo Simberg, Tactic, 1000 pieces. Completed on October 13, 2022.

This was one of the best Tactic puzzles I’ve ever done, it reminded me of Ricordi Arte, actually. And a good thing too, because otherwise, it could have been quite difficult. Now, it was just pleasantly challenging from start to finish. Loved it!