Right now, I am mostly…

Reading : Amongst other things, I am reading The Merry Wives of Windsor, because I have started an online Shakespeare course, and this is the first play we are looking at.

Listening : Since she died last week, I’ve been listening to a fair amount of Victoria Wood’s songs. She really was hilariously funny, and entirely unique – there’s nobody like her at all. The Ballad of Barry and Freda is obviously a famous one, but there’s loads to be enjoyed.

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Obsessing : My current obsession is Snapchat. I just love it – both watching other people’s stories, and creating my own. Don’t get me wrong; I don’t think that I have the most entertaining life to share, but I love sharing it anyway! If you’d like to follow me, you can do so by my username – bluebee12 – or you can snap my code above.

Celebrating : At the weekend I got the fantastic news that my great-niece had arrived! My niece Abbie gave birth on Saturday morning, so I work up to a photo of the little mite, and I’m in love already. I can’t wait to meet her now!

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Puzzling : I love a jigsaw puzzle, and I’m always scouring charity shops to find new ones. I recently got sent this Ravensburger puzzle called The Secretary*, part of the Happy Days at Work series. It’s not the type of puzzle that I would usually pick, and it didn’t take me very long, but I enjoyed it!


Walking : Now that daylight sticks around for longer, and the weather is fairly decent, I’ve started walking in the evenings again. There’s nothing I like more than loading my phone up with a podcast, and just heading out for an hour, it’s such a nice way to end the day!

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Review ~ Ravensburger 3D Puzzle

I’ve written fairly recently about my love for a jigsaw puzzle. There was a time when I would have worried that admitting to a love for sitting down with a jigsaw would have outed me as a bit sad, but these days I don’t care about things like that!

So when Hobbycraft got in touch and offered me the chance to try a 3D jigsaw, I didn’t need asking twice. I plumped for a lighthouse design, because I find them very aesthetically pleasing, but I also really like the Eiffel Tower and the Leaning Tower of Pisa too!

As with my last puzzle adventure, I didn’t get to finish it before I had to take some photos, so consider this a work in progress!

The funny thing about a 3D puzzle is that the pieces are numbered, so it takes away the guesswork that you often have with a normal puzzle. It also means that it takes much less time to do, but I did encounter the age-old problem of sorting out the pieces; in this case I had tried to separate the pieces numbered 1-50, and it turned out that I’d left at least three out, and had to go searching for them!

I loved doing this puzzle; it’s a lot different to a standard puzzle, and I am not sure that it is really conducive to a group of people having fun together, and I’ve certainly enjoyed putting it together. Keep an eye on my Instagram for the finished product!


Ravensburger Puzzle ~ The Red Box

I consider myself a very lucky blogger when opportunities like this come along. I might not be asked to review high end fashion items, but when someone asks me if I want to review a jigsaw puzzle, there’s a certain amount of hand biting-off that will occur.

I love jigsaw puzzles. Like, really, really love them. I don’t do them often enough, but having sat down and spent some time on this one, I am definitely going to get back into the habit! Ravensburger sent me The Red Box for review, and although I haven’t managed to finish it yet, I’m having a lot of fun with it.

As you can see, the image is made up of several different compartments, which makes it a lot easier to do than some puzzles. It means I can pick a small box, and just work on part of the puzzle. That’s the way I prefer to work on jigsaws, going through the pieces methodically and finding the specific pieces I need. I once tried to do a jigsaw with my friend Jen, and our methods differed so spectacularly that I had to give up and just let her do it, because I couldn’t cope with the amount of pieces she had on the board that she had identified from the front of the box. They were just laying around haphazardly, and didn’t bear any relation to anything else that was already in place. I like things to connect from the get-go, and if they don’t, they don’t come out of the box!

The Chinese theme is very relevant right now, with the advent of the new Lunar Year! The thing I like best is that there are several little pandas hidden throughout the puzzle!

Ravensburger puzzles are amongst my favourite, because the designs are great, and the pieces are well made. It’s very annoying when you are doing a puzzle and the paper starts to come away from the cardboard, but there’s no fear of that here. It’s a sturdy puzzle, and one that I know I’ll enjoy doing more than once.