Balloons have a special connection with our family. My ancestor was James Tytler, the first British person to fly a hot air balloon so I have a bit of a soft spot for them. When Wentworth Wooden Puzzles got in touch about us reviewing a puzzle, I picked out this one called Sky Roads as I was drawn to it thanks to all the colourful hot air balloons. Their puzzles come in a range of numbers of pieces and I opted for the 250 piece version to give us a bit of a challenge.
Jigsaws have always been a popular thing to do in my family with my grandmother and mother often attempting big puzzles. I enjoyed them as a child and like to turn my hand to one now and again. H has picked this up too. He got into jigsaws from an early age and I remember been amazed at his abilities as a baby really to do the wooden peg puzzles and small jigsaws. In fact, there was a stage when I was buying jigsaws every week from charity shops because he was obsessed about doing and was progressing to bigger puzzles so rapidly. Other enthusiasms have taken over, but H still enjoys a puzzle now and again.
My grandmother was a jigsaw fiend for many years and I think she found it kept her mind active. She would always have an enormous jigsaw on the go at her house up until only a few years ago. While we were there we would all have a go at putting in some pieces and it’s not been unheard of for 4 generations of the family to be gathered round a table slotting pieces into place. Even now we often take along a jigsaw to do at her home. She isn’t able to complete them any more (she’s 97 next month), but she still enjoys turning the pieces the right way up and she’ll often provide some tips or criticism about our strategies e.g. do the edge pieces first, don’t keep picking up and down pieces, etc. It gives her something to focus on and an activity we can still sort of do together.