I do enjoy jigsaw puzzles, but when this big colourful box arrived and I opened the bag inside, I was asking myself what have I gotten myself into. Will I ever be able to complete it?
Thankfully, I have an enthusiastic friend Jen who loves puzzles and she promised to help me.
Ravensburger says: "We all know that Santa works hard on Christmas Eve, but what does he do for the rest of the year? This colourful jigsaw puzzle imagines that he lives a low-key life, running a small farm, tending to his animals, growing Christmas trees and offering the occasional sleigh ride across the rolling hills when the weather allows".
Jen and I started sorting the pieces by finding those which have a straight side so that we could build an overall picture frame for our jigsaw. Then, bit by bit, I have been adding to the picture. Some pieces were very tricky, some are easier to spot, and I kept checking the box image for reference, trying to figure out which bit goes where. An absolutely addictive hobby.
The wonderfully colourful and cheerful scene has been illustrated by Devon-based artist Roy Trower.
It is pretty amazing, how much detail you discover when piecing it together.
This superb jigsaw will make a great Christmas gift for any puzzle lover. And what a fab way to get into the Christmas spirit!
It was a slow progress, as it took me over 5 days (and that is with Jen's help) to complete the jigsaw. But I enjoyed it tremendously. I actually was surprised at how much I loved it.
Once the puzzle was finished, I couldn't wait to show it to Jen, and asked her if she wanted to take it home and do it herself. She replied that she was still working on the Monet's jigsaw, but she knew an elderly lady who lives alone and who would very much enjoy the puzzle. Hope the old lady will enjoy it as much as I did.
I wonder now whether I should treat myself to another 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle.
Do you love jigsaws?
Disclosure: I received this jigsaw for the purposes of reviewing. All opinions are mine.