I have gone back to an old hobby…. solving jigsaws. I needed something to keep my brain occupied and was getting a mite fed-up doing the same old things all the time. What same old thing was that, I hear you ask. Solving puzzles on the iPad, that’s what. I needed a challenge as well as a change of surroundings so I ordered a complicated 1000 piece jigsaw from Amazon. It took me about three weeks to complete it and I loved the challenge. I ordered some more but reduced the size to 500 pieces which I can do in two or three days.
As if they could read my mind, neighbour gave me three jigsaws that she had just finished. Now, when I buy a jigsaw I go for well-known makes – quality of a product is important so they probably cost a bit more. The three I was given were of a make unknown to me and I couldn’t wait to get started. How I wish I hadn’t bothered. The quality was appalling and so were the shapes, and the card the puzzle was printed on was soft and rubbishy. I tried one, sorted through for edge pieces (that’s how I do mine) and commenced action.
The cardboard the picture was printed on was soft and easily bent, and the shapes of each piece most peculiar. My first task was to find all the edge pieces and soon learned that some pieces were missing! I sorted through 500 pieces to find them but no joy. It must be me, I thought, so I searched through the box again. No joy! Either the neighbour had lost them or I had miscounted. I tried again. Still no luck. By this time, I had gone off the whole idea and since I didn’t like the picture very much, I gave up.
I looked at the other two boxes and noticed that they had not been opened. No wonder! All three puzzles were sent to a local charity shop in the hope that they can raise a bit of cash by selling them.