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I love doing jigsaw puzzles and have done since I was a little girl and I like to do them now with my two children as I think it is a much nicer way to while away a few hours than us always just sitting on the couch watching television.
I love the Gibsons I love…… series of puzzles and actually collect them as they are lovely and I want to keep them for when my children have children some day so I can do them again with the grandchildren.
The whole I love… range of puzzles have been designed by the cartoonist Mike Jupp and I think he is such a talented man and I love the whimsical nature of the pictures. There is something that is just so quintessentially British about them no matter what the subject matter might be.
This one is the I love boats puzzle and even though boats don’t appeal to me that much Mike Jupp has managed to create a picture which is gorgeous and has such a huge amount of detail in it that I love looking at it. There is so much going on in the picture and in the hands of someone less talented at illustrations then it could look cluttered but I think that it works perfectly and if I saw this as a framed picture in a shop I would be tempted to buy it as I think it looks fantastic.
As I said there is so much going on in the picture and so much to see that it really helps to keep your attention when doing the puzzle. The puzzle itself is challenging but not so fiendishly difficult that the children get frustrated whilst doing it with me. It is certainly challenging and time consuming but in a good way and is exactly what I look for in a puzzle that I am planning on doing with the kids.
There are 1000 pieces in the box so it is a fairly big puzzle but it is really enjoyable to do. I love the fact that the puzzle is so well made. It is made of thick cardboard and none of the pieces are flimsy and they don’t crease which is the main reason along with the illustration that I decided to collect this particular series because I knew that I could put it away and it would last for years because it is such a good quality puzzle.
The puzzle isn’t the cheapest puzzle ever in the world but at £11.99 I think it is good value as it will give you hours of entertainment.
A host of creatures and birds live around our shores, often enduring harsh conditions in our changing seasons. In FishermenÃs Friends, Richard Partis has included and captioned, some of our favourite coastal friends. Gibsons jigsaw puzzles are made from 100% recycled, high quality puzzle board. Puzzle size 685x490mm when complete. Suitable Age 10 Years +.