Results tagged “Jigsaws” from Kazza the Blank One

Friday David and Kat came to stay which was nice.  We couldn't decide what to have for dinner, so went to the shop for inspiration.  While staring at the fridge some random came in so David asked "what's for dinner?", to which she said, pasta with chicken, cream, sundried tomatoes, and D&K were like "can we come to your place?" haha.  Did pick up some stuff and made creamy bacony porky pasta.  After dinner we finished the jigsaw I'd been working on for the week (all that was left was sky that took a third of the jigsaw).  And we put on Flying High because Kat needed to see it.  Except she wouldn't watch it.  Oh well.

Saturday morning we started a new jigsaw before they wandered off.  Didn't have a particularly efficient day.  Did some food shopping but that was about all.  Thought we'd have a nice quiet evening.  Watched Wall-E (because we don't have Ratatouille).  After the movie I tried to use David's G7X in stars mode, but I couldn't get it to focus.  I completely lost it.  My brother can get the most amazing photos out of that camera, but I can't even operate it in point and shoot mode.  Such a failure at life.  Which was sad because the sweetie had come out to sit with my while I was doing stuff, which was really nice, but I couldn't deal and went to bed.  And then woke up at about 1:45am and stayed awake for the next three or four hours.  Hurrah.

Sunday I was pretty much a zombie, so again, nothing got done.  Such a waste of a weekend.  I shoulda gone petanquing.  

David and Kat came back in the afternoon, complete with broken ankle.  Kat had rolled it on uneven ground on Saturday night.  They got it treated at Goulburn Base Hospital on Sunday on the way back here.  We finished the jigsaw we started on Saturday and watched some Good Place and had roast pork for dinner, and I slept a whole lot better.

Monday evening I think I managed to achieve more in an hour than I did all weekend.  Silly really.

Tuesday evening was hurty, which was remedied with wine and pizza, and a drink with Kit and Pete, one of our last ever at their place.  Sad times.

Turned on the cooler tonight for the first time this season.  I think it's going to be a hot one....

This is a Wasgij jigsaw David brought over at one point.  As always these are a lot of fun.

Wasgij jigsaw

Jim bought me this as a parting gift when he left the team.  The birds were a lot of fun and I did those quite quickly.  The blue on the other hand was HARD.  Completely flat colour.  Fortunately there was a good variety in piece shapes so took ages but was at least doable.  The other thing I liked about this jigsaw was the packaging.  The jigsaw came in a sealed snap-lock bag, so once opened, the jigsaw could be placed back in a snap-lock bag - no losing pieces!  So good.

Birds jigsaw

I finished the fourth installment of the Disney 40320 piece behemoth jigsaw at the beginning of September.  I knew as soon as picked out the bag (at random) that it would be this because it was so green.  As always, the picture is not *quite* reality from the movie.  

Jungle Book jigsaw

Jungle Book jigsaw and movie

Jungle book movie still

David and I spent an entire day just doing this 1500 piece jigsaw a couple of weeks ago.  This was a club jigsaw I brought home because they were clearing out the office.  I got two boxes of jigsaws - win!

Cockpit simulator jigsaw

Another from the club office cleanout.  Only three hundred pieces, so just a bit of fun.  Sadly a few pieces missing because the box was not sealed and bits had gone everywhere.  Found some but not all.

Creatures of the Deep jigsaw

This was a fun 1000 piece jigsaw, also from the club cleanout.  The art is by Royce, who did the art for the 24000 piece Life jigsaw.  So I've done some of those planets before!  David and Kat and I did it again together the other day.

Royce Dolphin World jigsaw

This 500 piece one of St Lucia I started last Monday night with the intent I'd get a couple of nights on it.  Except I finished it in an hour.  Whoops.  Also from the club cleanout.

St Lucia jigsaw

Not as Good as the Last

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Went over to Chrissie's for dinner on Friday.  It's been too long since I've seen them.  Didn't help that they were sick for like a month.  Aunty Di is coming down in the school holidays - mum you should get a slideshow together and come down.

Nathan seven months

Saturday was pretty much just house stuff all day.  I did make a lemon cheesecake that generally turned out well but needs a tweak or two on the recipe.  Just need to practise til I get it right ;)

Saturday evening we went over to Scott's so he could get a bit of practise with the pizza oven.  It turned out to be a slow process and by the time we got through three pizzas (two of them gluten free) we were quite full.  And there wasn't even enough cheese ;)

Pizza at Scott's (gluten free base)

Smoked duck pizza

Sunday just more house type stuff.  Did some food shopping and cooked pork belly for dinner.  Still not convinced by the recipe I've used twice now.  Tastes good but the crackling goes bubbly (and takes effort not to burn) and just isn't as good (and doesn't keep as well) as my normal method.  Watched Snatch because the guys at work said it was good, but I wasn't convinced.  I even struggled to stay awake through some of it..

Tonight I finished labelling day 16 of our East Asia trip, only three days to go.  And then I did a 500 piece jigsaw.  In an hour.  Whoops.

Monday to Sunday

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Crap.  I've done it again.  Sorry.

Mostly same ole same ole.

Did lunch with DC at the Labor Club on Wednesday to use up my birthday vouchers.

Thursday we watched Star Trek IV which made me all kinds of happy.

Friday we went to the Tipsy Bull for dinner, which was actually pretty cool, some very nice gins and very nice tapas style food.  Then we came home and watched Star Trek V.  It has some great moments, and the chemistry between Kirk/Spock/McCoy is at its peak, but the whole rest of the movie is .. well.. silly..

Saturday I completed the fourth part of the Disney behemoth (Saturday afternoon I put on The Jungle Book while I was finishing off the jigsaw - it was .. well.. silly..  I think I liked the "real-life" version better (ok so it's mostly cgi not real life)).  Then went to EffanC's for dinner, and Scott came too which was nice, but it was a very late night, and of course I woke up at 7am anyway, didn't I.  So was pretty much a zombie today.  Had brunch, then linner, and "dinner" was chips and ice cream while watching the first episode of Secret City, which was distracting on account of been-theres. heh

This is one of Kit's jigsaws.  I was down there one Thursday night and Pete and I started it, although Pete lost interest pretty quickly and Kit helped me finish it.  Fun little jigsaw.

Optical Illusion Jigsaw

David did pretty much all of this on one of his visits in April.  In fact he stayed up til 3am!  So an entire 1000 piece jigsaw in one night.  I will do this one again myself one day :)

Amalfi jigsaw

We did this at David's place when I went to visit in May.  It glows in the dark!

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Glow in the dark tiger jigsaw

Stu let me work on the next section of the Disney 40320 piece Memorable Moments behemoth upstairs.  I started it in late May and finished by 22 June (I came home early one Friday afternoon to watch the movie while finishing the jigsaw).  The only problem with doing it upstairs is it's harder to photograph the jigsaw "in front" of the movie.

Lion King Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

Lion King Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

I got this with a Games Capital voucher I'd been given.  I couldn't decide what to get for ages, so in the end got this Krypt spiral jigsaw.  More interesting that the plain coloured version of the same thing.  I quite enjoyed this, and reckon the plain coloured one would be easy enough because they print the pattern on the box so you'd know what shaped piece you were looking for.

Spiral Krypt jigsaw

So Saturday for lunch I had some leftover honey mustard chicken that I'd cooked during the week.  And forgotten to put in the fridge that night.  The kitchen stays pretty cold in this house, but I still tempted fate and had it for lunch on Saturday.  Sunday morning about 1am my bowels weren't too happy with me, and it was *probably* that.  And other than not being about to get back to sleep for HOURS, I was fine.

Stu went to work (again!) and I grouted the other half of the shower.

Then some photo stuff and started a new Wasgij jigsaw.  

Late in the afternoon Kit and Pete invited me down for a drink and to soak in the last of the afternoon sun.  Then played a few games, then came home for an early night.

Tonight I continued labelling the first day in Shanghai from our trip last year.  Made super difficult because China offsets its street maps from its satellite maps for "security" reasons by several hundred metres or so.  Silly really.

Thursday night Hao was in town so we caught up for dinner.  Went to Alice's for dinner, and Koko Black for dessert.  Good to see him again, this time only six years since I saw him last.

Alice's crying duck salad

Alice's black pepper beef

Alice's pad thai

Hao

Friday night was Enterprise (we're into season three now) followed by Flying High.  Love that movie hehe.  Then a bit of Cards Against Humanity with Kit and Pete.  Because there was only three of us, after a few rounds we introduced a "dummy hand" - putting cards at random into the mix to give more options to choose from.  For a while the dummy hand was doing better than me!  Silly really!

Saturday Stu had an appointment in town in the morning so I went in with him.  Dropped off a huge bag of used coffee pods, and got a bit annoyed because they'd moved and I had to carry the heavy bag further.  Then did a few Ingress missions.  Then bought a new jigsaw with the gift voucher Ben S had given me a while back.  Came home and organised some stuff then started the next section of the Disney Behemoth jigsaw.  The bag I pulled out at random was The Lion King.  Dinner was a complete mashup of pretty much all the leftovers left in the house.  A very random meal but it least it got rid of most stuff in the fridge.  In the evening watched Enterprise, Homeland and Trumbo, a movie about a Hollywood screenwriter who was a member of the Communist Party and had to work under false names due to being blacklisted.  We quite enjoyed it.

Today I woke up with a bit of a sore throat.  Hope I'm not getting sick.  Have been alternating between computer stuff, house stuff and jigsaw.

Yeah I know it's nearly half way through the year and I could probably do a six month update heh.

David and I did this MC Escher jigsaw in early January when he came to visit.  It used to belong to Marylon back in the day.

MC Escher jigsaw

I picked up this 3D Eiffel Tower jigsaw at Vinnies for $5.  It is pretty cool, but not really a challenge of a jigsaw.  All the pieces are numbered and you're meant to build it in numerical order, which is kinda boring.  I did sort the pieces into their groups of four and did the four identical sections at the same time.  Gave it to Noah cause he like Paris.

Eiffel Tower jigsaw

Another "World's Most Difficult" jigsaw that David found in an op-shop and he and I did together in January.

Skiing jigsaw

Another op-shop find of David's.  He did most of this when he came to visit in early February

Rustic Kitchen jigsaw

And one more op-shop find from David.  He did a bit more of this than me.  It's a picture of Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, but took a while in Google image search to find it, because the box labelled it something like "Paradise" which is hardly helpful.  I think I found it looking for pink mansion, or something like that.

Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild jigsaw

This one I think I brought home from Mum and Dad's when we were clearing the place out.  Fairly large at 1500 pieces, I did it to have a break from the Disney behemoth.  It's of a castle and lake in Switzerland.

Switzerland jigsaw

This I did out at the club, so took quite a long time to finish because opportunities to do it are fairly limited.  It's a painting "The Captain and the Mate" by James Jacques Joseph Tissot.

The Captain and the Mate jigsaw

And another op-shop one from David.  This was a lot of fun, I might even keep it.  I finished this the same day Vic delivered a boot-load of Lego, so the table downstairs has been covered in Lego ever since.

Cupcakes jigsaw

Whoops

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The little brother came over tonight (he came up for a meeting at the railway museum where they discussed if would be viable to resurrect the place) and I've stayed up wayyyy past my bed time doing a jigsaw with him.  Whoops.

Giving Up

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So I had a few things I really wanted to get done this break.  I partly did one of them, but most of the rest never happened.  Today I gave up and started a new jigsaw (just a little 2000 piece one). 

Then headed out with Chrissie to do some baby stuff shopping.  Only came home with three jigsaws.  Did one of them - a 3D model of the Eiffel Tower which is pretty cool and only cost $5. 

Tonight we got pizza (it's Thursday) and watched Star Trek.  Stu's turn to choose a movie tonight so we watched Slapstick.  Ok that's not the name of it, but that's mostly all it was.  Jackie Chan movie with a few cool been-there's but utterly ridiculous movie.  Just had to lookup the name - Skiptrace.  I like Slapstick better.

Didn't do too many jigsaws this quarter because the behemoth arrived in October.

This was the one that I had going before it arrived, a birthday present from David.

Liffey Falls jigsaw

And this was a Christmas present from him.  This is another in the series "World's Most Difficult Jigsaws" - Fishing Edition.  Soooo NOT the world's most difficult jigsaw :)  With this one you couldn't tell from the printing which was one side and which was the other.  But I paired up all the pieces while watching tv, then put it together very quickly yesterday morning by picking up a pair of pieces and putting them into the right spot.  Then they all started joining up and then I could flip the pair over into the corresponding position on the other side.

World's Most Difficult Jigsaw - Fishing Edition

From mid October to mid November I worked on the first section of the Disney Memorable Moments jigsaw.  I just picked out a bag at random and it happened to be Beauty and the Beast.

Beauty and the Beast Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

Beauty and the Beast Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

From mid November to today I worked on Cinderella, also picked at random.  This was somewhat more difficult as there wasn't as much differentiation in piece colours and a lot of dark green.

Cinderella Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

Cinderella Disney Memorable Moments Jigsaw

This Disney puzzle has certainly been challenging.  Each section of 4032 pieces is quite large, and that's a *lot* of pieces to sort out, and lots of big areas of mostly the same colour.  The only saving grace is that each section is split into two identical sections, meaning each piece has a twin and this makes it a lot easier to work on a hard section if an easy section on the other side has already been done - you know exactly what shaped piece you're looking for.  Interestingly, while the sections are split into two sections that are identical, the sections aren't quite the same as each other.  So the piece shape for Beauty and the Beast and for Cinderella was generally mostly the same, but just not quite.  The little tail pieces sometimes went a different direction.  And sometimes the piece wasn't actually the same shape at all!  This is a section of Cinderella on top of the same section of Beauty and the Beast showing the difference in the cut of the pieces.

Piece comparison

Two down, eight to go!  I'm going to have a little break now though, because it's very distracting and I have a lot of things I want to get done in the next two weeks :)

In May 2011 I saw a 24000 piece jigsaw in Games Capital called "Life" and knew I had to get it.  It was once the World's Largest Jigsaw, although by the time I saw it it was relegated to second place behind Ravensburger's Double Retrospect 32000 piece jigsaw.

I purchased the jigsaw shortly afterwards for $385 from the Games Capital.

I started it immediately on the dining room table.  The jigsaw was split into four 6000-piece sections.  One section covered most of the dining room table - in fact it hung off the edges just a little bit!

I finished part one at the end of June 2011.

Life jigsaw 

I had a break from it then, before working on the second section through February 2012.

Life jigsaw progress 

I had another break then, before starting the fourth section in February 2013, finishing up in March 2013.  I did it this way because I didn't want to finish up on the blue corner which other people had said was quite tricky.  I moved downstairs for this section which gave me a bit more room to work with, but even then it just went off the edges of the table.

Life jigsaw

I finally started the third (and final) section in February 2014 and finished it in March 2014.

Life section 3 complete

The puzzle is actually twenty-four identical 999 piece squares.  I laid each one of those squares on butchers paper I had leftover from my move to Canberra in 2007.  Then I stacked them - 24 high!

Life thickness

And there they sat for three and a half years.

Whoops.

Anyways with my next purchase I needed to finally assemble the jigsaw and dismantle it.  So on the weekend, I finally did it!!  I took it into work to photograph it from the floor above.

Life 24000 piece jigsaw completed

How fricken cool is that!  The middle bit is reflecting the light a bit but other than that it turned out really well.  It took probably twenty minutes to half an hour to assemble the twenty four sections.  And then another thirty to forty minutes to disassemble back into the 999 piece sections and put them into individual baggies.  If (when) I do this again, it'll be a lot easier, with twenty four small jigsaws to do instead of four (or one!) large one.

Thanks to Daniel for helping with it!  And I was glad that a few people got to see it - Connor, Ward and Chuck all saw it assembled and thought it was suitably cool :)

Why are we here?

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I've been watching the BBC series The Human Body hosted by Robert Winston for the past little while while doing jigsaws.  Tonight (while sorting the Beauty and the Beast section of my new jigsaw) was the death episode.  Which had me thinking about death.  And why are we here?  And what is the point of my life?  And I don't have time to do all the things I want to do.  

Sigh.

Friday morning got to go with Chrissie to her diagnostic ultrasound.  Quite long - about forty minutes.  Very very cool :)  

In the evening we were both just getting ourselves organised for the weekend.

Saturday I did a day trip to Sydney to see the flat which is nearly finished being renovated.  

Flat renovation

Flat renovation

Flat renovation

Flat renovation

Flat renovation

On the way up to Sydney I passed this accident, which apparently had happened some six hours earlier.  Sadly someone in a car in the oncoming traffic died.  I'd like to know what happened - did the truck driver have a heart attack or just fall asleep?  Got some lunch and had it at Luc and Lizzi's, then came home, diverting via Mittagong and Berrima, although I probably could have followed the diversion that had going off at Medway Road and probably wouldn't have been too held up.

Well actually I went via the club in both directions to drop off and pick up Stu.  Listened to six hours of "Criminal" podcast.  We watched Monsters University in the evening.

Club bouncy bouncies

Sunday was just housework in the morning, then back out to the club again as we needed to show some newcomers around.  Had a swim before coming home.  Chicken dinner and Moulin Rouge! in the evening.

Shingleback lizard at the club

Today I found out before I left for work that I had a small package coming, so I worked from home so I could take delivery.  Just a small package - only contains 40320 pieces..

40320 piece Disney Moments jigsaw box

40320 piece Disney Moments jigsaw box

These were two from the same series Kit lent me a while back.  Even though they were all grey and the pieces were the same shape, you could tell which way up they went from the shape so they weren't too hard.

Stumped jigsaw

Venice jigsaw

This was another one of Kit's - a pretty photomosaic of a butterfly.  Was somewhat challenging, but not as hard as the dolphin one I have.

Photomosaic butterfly jigsaw

And another one of Kit's - scenes from around Africa.  I've been to a couple of them.  Not too difficult due to having a number of smaller pictures.

Africa jigsaw

This is the other "World's Most Difficult" jigsaw that I have (the other one was pigs).  I actually did these puzzles completely differently.  The pigs one I picked up a piece, found where it went and put it in.  Then had to flip whole sections of the puzzle over and ninety degrees.  With this one I found all the pairs of pieces and lined them up with their correct orientation (you could even tell from from back by the clarity of the printing).  This was a lot more work to sort the pieces, but a lot quicker to do the puzzle.

Cats jigsaw

Cats jigsaw

Cats jigsaw

Cats jigsaw

This is the Opera House jigsaw that Mum gave me for my birthday.  These are the sails, ready to be assembled.

Opera House jigsaw

And this is it completed.  It's pretty cool.

Opera House jigsaw

On the Sunday morning that David was up before my birthday, we did these two small jigsaws.

Sugar cane train jigsaw

Robots jigsaw

This was a second hand jigsaw I got for my birthday.  Can you see anything wrong with this picture?

Alesund Norway jigsaw

ok so it's hard to tell, but there's three baggies (one split).  Labelled top left, bottom left, top right.  So I knew going in that the jigsaw wouldn't be complete.  But I did it anyway, because with the sections being split up, it was like doing three 250 piece jigsaws.

Norway jigsaw

Because with all the grey, doing the whole thing would have taken a lot longer..

Norway jigsaw

And finally, a magnetic jigsaw of New Zealand that F got me from New Zealand.  Only 100 pieces so quite easy, but sadly the front of our fridge is not magnetic, so couldn't do it there!

New Zealand jigsaw

Friday night we watched The Last Samurai, which we'd last seen in 2012.  

Saturday morning was just houseworkey stuff.

In the afternoon we headed out to the club.  G&A did a great pork roast for dinner.  Later there was epic Jenga which I didn't lose at :)

Jenga fall

Going back a step.  The other week I saw this in the window of Games Capital:

Ravensburger 40320 Disney jigsaw

OMFG!!!

I totally want one!  The price was obscured, but it looked like $500.  Given that I paid $385 for the Life jigsaw (24000 pieces), this didn't seem unreasonable.

So anyway.  Stu said I could get it if i could clear enough space in the dungeon to do it down there.  So guess what I spent a couple of hours Sunday afternoon doing?  I should have taken some before and after photos, it made a huge difference.

In the evening we got pizza and watched Short Circuit (getting through movies I've bought on DVD but haven't watched - this one I'd bought in 2004).  

!!

Whoops.

So Monday morning I called the Games Capital to check if they still had the jigsaw in stock, and if so how much it was.  Yes they said.  $1500 they said.

Fricken. OUCH.

That's like $150 for each of the 4000 piece sections.  Which, considering we paid $150 for the piece of crap 5000 colours jigsaw (which was appalling in quality and was even missing a piece!  I've yet to rant about that here), is not *completely* ridiculous, but still...

Anyway, so I had a sad on Monday morning.  We finished stacking Stu's books (badly) into shelves, clearing the floor and a table.  I set up the tv (which we hadn't even plugged in since we replaced the upstairs one like a year and a half ago) and set myself up with a jigsaw and did that for a while in the afternoon.  

I could get used to three day weekends.

Twenty Two Again

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Saturday morning was just cleaning the house.

The mother type person arrived around lunch time, and the brother type person arrived a little later.  We spent much of the afternoon doing a 3D jigsaw of the Sydney Opera House which was super cool.

Also it was decided that we all needed a cake.

4 cake

In the evening we went to the Labor Club for dinner.

Labor Club birthday

Came home and David dug out the dungeon roof to see what was up with our leaking shower.  We found a mixing bowl full of water with a copper pipe drilled into it draining to who knows where on the other side of the dungeon wall under the house.  

!!!

No idea what that was about.  We poked around and did some testing and we're pretty sure the leaking is actually in the corner where the grout has been breaking away.

Finished off the Opera House jigsaw, and did a 500 piece jigsaw.

Sunday morning we did another 500 piece jigsaw then David went home.  Mum and I went to Bunnings and got some silicone sealant, and then went to the markets to do some food shopping.

In the evening I did epic roast pork and had Chrissie et al over for dinner which was all very nice.

August roast pork

Monday morning mum went home, and at work I tried getting setup in my new desk, but it was all super stressful because stuff wasn't working and I don't have cubicle walls which I find pretty distressing.  I might have had a slight meltdown.

Had lunch with Chrissie - KFC - which is semi-traditional.

In the evening the sweetie took me out to Bella Vista for dinner which was excellent as always.

Birthday selfie

Arrancini con pancetta affumicata
Classic smoked bacon & onion risotto balls with cheese encased in golden panko breadcrumbs served with a creamy tomato sauce and miniature leaf salad.
Bella Vista risotto balls

Capesante e calamari
Pancetta wrapped Canadian scallops with butter poached calamari pieces on seasoned avocado puree, asparagus tips and roasted capsicum puree & pesto sauce.
Bella Vista calamari

Pappardelle alla Bistecca
Thin slices of Angus sirloin steak pan-fried with bacon and mushrooms finished in a caramelised butter, Pecorino Reggiano cheese and wilted baby spinach sauce tossed through Pappardelle pasta.
(note: I wouldn't say "when" to the parmesan cheese, so he gave me the whole lot ;) )
Bella Vista papardelle

Maiale Arrosto
Twice cooked pork belly with a roasted mushroom, red onion, cherry tomato and scallop salsa served with prosciutto crisp and a garlic and thyme jus.
Bella Vista pork

Orange cake (didn't get a photo of the description).
Bella Vista dessert

Tonight I had a go at trying to get the old silicone out of the corner of the shower.  I didn't have much luck, only managing to get silicone out of two tiles before my fingers hurt too much from using the only tool I had which seemed to do any good - an old file.  Sigh.

First quarter 2017 jigsaws..

This Simpsons jigsaw was done by some of the guys at work, and late last year I found it in a bin.  !!  So I retrieved it and did it at work.  It's one of those jigsaws where every piece is an "edge" so you can't start at the edges.  I mostly did it by picking up a piece and putting it where it was meant to go.  So it took quite a while.  Tried to finish it by Christmas but ended up finishing it the first week of January.

Simpsons jigsaw

This one David mostly did when he was up in January.

Dolphin jigsaw

The next one I did at home was a jigsaw James and George gave me for Christmas or birthday in about 2004 or 2005.  I remember starting it, ie doing the edges, when I was visiting Stu when he was living in Queensland.  But I never finished it.  This is why:

Horrible jigsaw

It took forever to do because I simply lacked motivation.  Here it is finished:

Panda jigsaw

After that I was super busy with trivia night and holiday planning.

On the Queen Mary 2 they have two big tables setup on either side of the ship in the games corridors where there's always jigsaws going.  

I did quite a bit of this 1500 piece one:

Comic jigsaw

And this 1500 piece one in the same series:

Comic jigsaw

Someone else started this one of York Minster, but I spent a good chunk of an afternoon on it and finished it:

York Minster jigsaw

This 1500 piece one had been going by some others since Sydney.  When I arrived in Hong Kong, there was just a little bit left and I helped finish it.  They put it away, but later on it came out again.  I started it one evening, spent most of the next day on it, getting it to about the point it was when I first came to it in Hong Kong.  I was going to go back to finish it the next morning but was busy reading info boards, and when I did get back to it, a lady from Wales had finished it.  But I feel like I did pretty much the whole thing :)

British Isles jigsaw

I helped with another couple of jigsaws on the ship but either didn't see them finished or hadn't helped enough to warrant a photo.

Social Saturdays

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Last Saturday morning hung out alternately between Dave and Kat and also Kit/Serena/Ben.  In the afternoon Dave and Kat went out for a bit and Kit/Serena/Ben came over for a swim.  Even though I stuck to the shady part of the pool I somehow managed to get quite sunburnt :(:(  I cooked up some sausages for dinner and David and I did a jigsaw in the evening.

Also, David pruned the pistachio tree, isn't he awesome? :)

David up a ladder

Yesterday day was a nice quiet day getting things done around the house.  In the evening we met up with Luc and Cynthia and the boys for dinner at the Courtyard Restaurant at Mercure.  The scallops I had were lovely, but the pork was a little tough.  Was great to catch up with those guys again, last time was September 2013 (which for some reason I never blogged!)

Courtyard Scallops

Courtyard Pork Belly

Courtyard Dessert

2016 jigsaws

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These are my jigsaw efforts for all of 2016.  Not as many this year - too busy!  (and the big one took ages, then I was away for a while).

After having so much fun with the 1000 different coloured piece jigsaw, Stu got me its big brother - a 5000 piece version - for Christmas last year (although it didn't arrive til January).  It was certainly a lot more challenging, and would have been quite awesome, except for the fact that the quality was shocking and there was a piece missing.  I really want a refund it was that bad.  I'm going to do a full post and send it to the manufacturers to complain.

5000 piece jigsaw

5000 piece jigsaw

5000 piece jigsaw

5000 piece jigsaw

This was a jigsaw I did out at the club - of the entrance to Dreamworld.

Dreamworld jigsaw

These were the three jigsaws I did at the coast in July.

Coast jigsaws

Wells Fargo jigsaw

Chicken protest jigsaw

Farm jigsaw

This is a 1500 piece jigsaw brought home from mum's at some point.  Did most of it myself then David helped finish it when he came up in August.

Portugal jigsaw

This 1000 piece jigsaw of balloons we all smashed out in an evening.

Balloons jigsaw

So the next day we very quickly did this one of buttons.

Buttons jigsaw

This is supposed to be "the world's most difficult jigsaw" as it's got the same picture on the back, but rotated ninety degrees.  So each piece (except a diagonal line through the middle) exists twice.  So yes it was a bit difficult, but certainly not the most difficult jigsaw ever.  I started it at work the day I was watching graphs and finished it over lunch breaks in the next few weeks.

Pig jigsaw

A jigsaw of New York that I bought shortly after the World Trade Centre attacks of 2001.  I'd done it once back then, and we did it when David came to visit in November.

New York jigsaw

This was setup at work in a different team's area.  I discovered it just after they'd separated the pieces and done some of the edge.  We finished it in forty minutes flat.

World jigsaw

And this is my own jigsaw of the world that David mostly did when he came up for Christmas.  He also did another jigsaw on Christmas morning but I didn't document it because I barely helped at all - was too busy cooking lunch!

Another world jigsaw

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