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In the UK we do not seem to get a summertime, so it is always nice to be reminded what summer actually looks like! Those of us who have the patience might want to take a peek at this wonderful jigsaw set, which compromises four puzzles in one set. The set is basically four seasons, meaning there is a puzzle for spring, summer, autumn and winter.
It is my mum who is the puzzle expert in the family, I do not always have the patience to see them through, even though the concept of doing them is initially quite exciting! Gibsons make a vast range of puzzles, which are suitable for children and adults alike. Due to the sheer scale of these puzzles, these seem firmly targeted at the adult market. The garden scenery would not strike much of a chord with a child either, unless Miley Cyrus was hiding in the garden shed.
Each puzzle has 500 pieces, making each one a mammoth task! Each scene has been delicately painted with gorgeous colours and shading throughout. The artist Trevor Mitchell is particularly interested in mise en scene (meaning everything in the frame.) It is lovely to see a comparison of how different objects differ in the different seasons. The old trees in the background, losing their leaves and then flourishing again come the summer.
The best puzzle has to be the summer one, with the little paddling pool on the lawn and the beautiful cottage capturing the summer sun in the distance. The illustrations evoke memories of childhood for me and simpler times. There is a subtle air of William Blake about them Even the raking in autumn or helping dad in the garden brought back fond memories. This has to be one the quaintest puzzle sets I have come across and I think I mighht just help my mum when she tackles the next one! The price for the set is about fifteen pounds, a good price for four large puzzles.
Whatever the time of year, there's always something going on in the country garden. Four seasons in one garden by the artist Trevor Mitchell. 4x500 pieces.