The Cotswolds – a jigsaw puzzle

The Cotswolds jigsaw puzzle

I think I can safely say that I won’t be doing any more jigsaw puzzles this winter, this one of a British Railway Cotswolds poster has cured me of my passion for them – for now anyway.

I truly almost gave up as it was fiendishly difficult, I know it doesn’t look like it would be from the photo of it, but it was so hard that it took most of the enjoyment out of it for me.

Even when we did get to the stage of only having about 30 or so pieces left to fit in, we realised that some of it must be wrong. I must admit that it was Jack who had the patience to go over it with a magnifier and find the wrongly placed pieces. A nightmare!

16 thoughts on “The Cotswolds – a jigsaw puzzle

  1. Congratulations on finishing such a challenging puzzle….it’s a beautiful scene. I really miss having a puzzle around. My kids were good at keeping a puzzle going in my home for many of the years they were growing up. It seems so appropriate for winter, too, even though we have mild ones! I hope you keep yours out to enjoy for a long time.

    • Paula,
      Winter is always jigsaw season for us – and the time when I take up my knitting needles again. It looks like after a mild weather week we’re in for snow again tomorrow!

  2. It is a beautiful scene! I know the frustration of difficult jigsaws – well done Jack for such patience and perseverance in sorting it out. I’ve give up before now on one or two and I have one on the go that is almost defeating me. It’s been on my puzzle board for a year now and I manage to find only a few pieces each time I have a go. It’s a puzzle made from a photo my nephew took of us and his children, so I’m determined to finish it.

    • Margaret,
      If you lived a wee bit closer I’d come and give you a hand with it! If I were you I would frame it when it is completed. A puzzle board would be handy I think.

  3. Oh, I think this definitely does look like “an impossible,” as we have dubbed them in the past. But what a beautiful, complex landscape! I would want to hang this one. (No, not by a noose, silly!)

    It’s so funny–My brother David and his wife adore the Cotswolds, so much so that they keep returning there, visit after visit. Over the past couple of years, I’ve been just reacquainting myself with this brother, and I find myself exclaiming, “But what about Cornwall? What about Devon? Kent? Oh, gosh, and what about the Yorkshire Dales?? He just shakes his head and says it’s only the Cotswolds for them. (Granted, he has next to no time to travel.) And because they do have a farm with lots of sheep in New Hampshire, maybe it feels like home to them. Go figure…
    I hope you and Jack are well, aside from the crazies of jigsaw puzzles!

    • Judith,
      LOL (as THEY say). I don’t understand people who don’t branch out and explore. If he wants sheep – point him in the direction of Scotland! I like the Cotswolds, very pretty golden stoned villages but what about Derbyshire, Dorset, Sussex, Northumberland, even Essex is worth visiting although lacks sheep! Derbyshire is my favourite English county I think but it doesn’t seem to get much publicity. None of them are as good as Scotland though!

      • I’m so interested to find out that you love Derbyshire. I would like to visit there and Dorset and Northumberland again (previous time was age 19). And of course Scotland–

        • Judith,
          I have to say I’ve never been to Dorset, well might have driven through some of it, but I don’t think so. It looks lovely though whenever I see it on TV. Derbyshire has lovely hills and trees, rivers and bridges. Northumberland is I suppose similar to Scotland in parts, but I plan to walk at least some of Hadrian’s Wall, I visited it as a schoolgirl. Scotland has a bit of everything though and then some, so – it’s obviously best! I hope you manage another trip sometime.

  4. A beautiful picture, well-done for persevering.
    A thousand pieces I suppose? – I’ve decided 500 pieces are sufficient for me, at least for now, until I can “get my eye in” and develop more of an attention-span.
    I expect doing jigsaws is awfully good for the brain or something!

    • Valerie,
      Yes it was a thousand pieces. I certainly hope they’re good for the brain, if frustration and grinding your teeth help the brain then this did it!

  5. Wow, that’s some determination! and resourcefulness!
    My son was really into puzzles when he was 6 and once did a 500 piece one. He refuses to disassemble it. Suffice to say there’s a part of my house which hasn’t seen a vacuum in a while…

    • Niranjana,
      Well – you could frame it! It does seem a shame to pull them apart after all that hard work. Your son must be a whizz kid to be able to do a puzzle of 500 pieces at such a young age. We could have used his skill at times!

  6. It looks more than 1000 pieces. I have happily gone to nearly the end and realised that the edges were not right – it nearly went out the window.

    I must get on and do another of the new ones I got for christmas. I might blog about the others I have done last year too.

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