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Ever since I can remember mom and dad have loved doing jigsaws and as soon as I was able I joined in and I still love jigsaws all these years later.
In 2002 Dave (hubby) and I moved to Llandudno and mom and dad came to live with us as dad had Alzheimer's disease and I needed to be his full time carer, as mom could no longer cope with him on her own. Unbeknown to us at the time mom was developing Vascular Dementia so I ended up being her carer once dad had passed away.
We had a three storey house and mom and dad had the ground floor as a sort of flat within that house and this way they could keep some independence. Now you may be wondering what this has got to do with a jigsaw but bear with me all will be revealed!
The dining room downstairs on the ground floor contained mom and dad's round wooden dining table and we started doing jigsaws in there - so much so that the room became known as the jigsaw room!
Doing a jigsaw was one of the few things that would get dad to sit still for a while and if I sat with him mom could have a bit of freedom to do things she needed to do. Towards the end of his illness dad did tend to put the pieces in the wrong place but all we had to do was distract him by getting him to look at something in the garden and whip the wrong pieces back out!
Anyway I began to look for some new jigsaws, either ones that would be easy for dad to do, or ones that had pictures that would mean something to him. I also tended to look for ones that only had 500 or 750 pieces so that they would get done relatively quickly and not become boring for him.
One of the ones that I bought for him was one called Garden Shed by Gibson's and I paid a couple of pounds for it on EBay. I have just looked at Google and found that the jigsaw to be purchased new is currently about £8.
The jigsaw has 500 pieces, measures 490mm by 340mm and is a picture of the inside of a garden shed (bet you didn't guess that did you?). The shed has a bench with all sorts of things on it from plant pots to bits of wood and there are tools such as a garden fork and riddle ready to be used. It reminded me of my dad's garden shed as he always had just the right thing for the job be it a piece of wood or a screwdriver, a plant pot or a mallet, dad had got just what was needed and looking at this jigsaw I could just see him in his shed. Mind you dad's shed was always tidy unlike the one in the jigsaw and he never had chickens wandering in either! LOL!
The jigsaw itself is well made and the pieces fit together easily and stay together. I get very irritated with jigsaws that come apart as soon as you touch them - in fact I like the ones that you can pick up all in one piece to dust under them and then put them down again still all in one piece!
The jigsaw is a medium one in terms of difficulty. There is a lot of detail in it and a lot of different shades but not actually a lot of bright colours, so if you are the sort of person who likes to sort out various bright colours to do the relevant bits of a jigsaw this isn't the one for you. It is not so easy that it is boring but it is not so difficult that it takes too long to complete. So the jigsaw is a challenge without feeling as though it is impossible and yes, dad really enjoyed helping me to do it. Whenever I fetch it out to redo it in the future it will always remind me of him.
In conclusion I would recommend this jigsaw as a good one for older children and adults who enjoy a reasonable challenge.