Tuesday, 12 January 2010

First Finish of the year

We've finally cleared up the dining hall enough to create a really nice space for doing puzzles. It is comfortable, the lighting is good and a puzzle can be left set-up for as long as it takes

(which often is not very long at all - like the tail-end of last week when it was bitterly cold and I didn't want to go outside, so I sat and completed this one in record time!)

Kitchen Garden from House of Puzzles:

Without the cutmarks it looks like this.

The next one might not go together quite so fast, until I started to sort the pieces it did not register that it has a black edge, yuk! Recent present from Himself does make life much easier and came from Barney's in Grasmere, best jigsaw puzzle shop in the world

9 comments:

  1. Puzzles. Now there's a thought. Haven't done one in a very LONG time but used to enjoy lots. What do you do with the puzzle when you've finished? It seems such a shame to disassemble. Hope you're having a good day. :)

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  2. Les, next time you are up here go to Barney's in Grasmere. I have never seen so many puzzles in one place in my life!

    When I've done a puzzle I break it up {sorry!}. Most get kept and a couple of years later I might do it again, there is the odd one that I know I will never go back to and I give them away.

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  3. Memories of excellent jigsaw shops - there was a super one in Worcester (name on the tip of my tongue, by the Oxfam book shop...damn that'll bug me now... wonder if SewAli knows it...?), sadly closed down now - which mum loved for the jigsaws, dad for the computer accessories. One of the few times that their respective hobbies co-incided!

    Current favourite jigsaws are the dreamy landscapes with gingerbread cottages by Thomas Kinkade.

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  4. Have you found the shop in Keswick that has hundreds of jigsaws? I think it's near the library, fromn the outside it looks like it sells fishing stuff and guns etc, which it does, but it also has a lot of jigsaws.JOhn and I discovered it when we needed a new airbed last September, its a real gem of a shop that from the outside looks very touristy.

    Like your new jigsaw area. I was expecting a quilt when I read the title.

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  5. I know the shop you mean Angela. You are right, it looks very trashy from outside.

    However, the stock is probably 1/50th or less of that found in Grasmere. You could not live long enough to do all the puzzles they have, the upstairs is like a puzzle warehouse, there must be 10 or 20,000 boxes!

    Sadly, the website is very sparse, you need to visit!

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  6. I'd love to visit .......... when most of the snow has gone.

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  7. Come visit NOW. All our main roads are clear.

    BTW, just found something on the Barney's website which confirms my guess - over 20,000 puzzles in stock

    http://www.barneys-newsbox.co.uk/jigsaw_puzzles.html

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  8. The main roads might be clear but I don't do snow. One broken leg per lifetime is enough.

    Apart from a trip to Sainsburys last Friday, when John drove, I have not been out of the house and it will stay like that until the pavements are clear. Our road is still too much like an ice-ring for me to drive on it.

    Thankfully the walk to work only involves crossing the landing.

    Pathetic it may be, but I can live with it. ;-)

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  9. That's a lovely picture Bilbo, you can dream about your kitchen garden while you do it! I enjoy puzzles too, but find it very hard to break them up. The last one I did I had to frame and hang on the wall LOL!

    Sorry Hazel, I don't know the shop in Worcester, I don't go down there very often, I tend to go over to Solihull if I want nice shops.

    Another 2" of snow here today ...

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