The Diary Spring puzzle (short title) is one of four images in this series. I love puzzles in a series and when you see all four assembled together as you scroll down the page you'll see the beauty of them side by side. Amazon Link
Overall Experience: Great
Cut Quality: Great
Board Quality: Good
Shape Cut: Random
Image Quality: Good
Hardest Area: Leaves
Puzzle Dust? minimal
Finish Quality: Smooth/matte finish
Box Quality: Excellent
Sealed Pieces Inside Box: Yes
Was this purchased new? NO
Price: Picked for Review
Recommend Level: Highly
Time: 13 hours
I did my usual sorting routine.
Each puzzle comes with a mini poster for use with more than one Puzzler or when assembling the area where the Cobble Hill Puzzle Company logo is situated on the bottom right side of the box.
It also shares a blurb on the Edwardian Lady and the three other puzzles available in this series.
I chose to start with the Diary Spring Puzzle first.
I sorted out all the pieces that appeared to have an edge and then 'weeded' out the pieces that did not fit the border colors and put them back into the non-edge pile.
The border required looking at the edges on the box image. The random shaped pieces were also helpful.
The image to the right gives a great visual for starting the puzzle.
I started with the largest text pile, in this case the word Spring so then the second text size was "The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady".
From there I would source out the largest details in the image like the rabbit, butterflies, birds and outstanding colored flowers/leaves.
The rest of the assembly would be putting together many small sections then placing them into the area of the puzzle where they are situated on the image. Eventually areas began to connect. The smallest text was placed into position second last to assist with the connections leaving basically the leaves. So the brown/green/gold/red leaves would prove to be the trickiest to the end.
The following images shares the close up text for "The Diary of an Edwardian Lady" which is not so visible on the other images. Also the random cut and quality is clearly visible.
I picked this series to review as I really do enjoy doing series for Groups of puzzles that are produced as a group and I also enjoy doing the four seasons, especially the Diary Spring Puzzle being my favourite season and all. I certainly can appreciate the artwork involved with these puzzle images which are clear and crisp, especially the fine text. That said, the tan backgrounds and subtle colours require good lighting and some of the text requires a magnify glass. The poster will need to be on hand when assembling the portion behind the Cobble Hill logo unless you are the Puzzler who never uses the image to assemble puzzles.
None of the remarks above diminished the enjoyment of the assembly process or experience as sometimes we Puzzlers need to adjust to the image. So should you choose to do this series you will know in advance what to expect and the outcome of these beautiful puzzles certainly gives you a real sense of accomplishment to share.
From Wikipedia: "Edith Blackwell Holden (26 September 1871 – 15 March 1920) was a British artist and art teacher. She was born in Kings Norton, Birmingham. She became famous following the posthumous publication of her Nature Notes for 1906, in facsimile form, as the book The Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady in 1977, which was an enormous publishing success. These, and her life story, were later the subject of a television dramatisation."
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