1/11/2010

Can you spot the scarecrow?



Last week was so very cold; anyone living here in Britain will not need reminding of how exceptionally cold it has been. We have been staying warm by the fireside, reading our Christmas present books and attempting to finish my jigsaw puzzle.

How very clever of my husband to know how much I wanted a book about Edward Bawden, maybe he overheard the conversation I had whilst in this bookshop? The fact that I spoke through a megaphone is neither here nor there.

How very clever of me to buy him these two books by Susan Hill, an author we both admire. As my Irish mother-in-law would have said, a clear case of “What’s yours is mine and what’s mine is my own”.



This is the first wooden jigsaw puzzle of its kind that I have ever attempted. You would think that I would have an advantage having actually painted the picture myself, wouldn’t you? Who better than I to know where the veining on the leaves go? Not a bit of it, I was hopeless, so much for my tried and trusted methods of finding the corner pieces first, this puzzle does not have conventional corner pieces, or straight edges come to that and as for those whimsy shapes, well… it was all too much for my humble brain. I am assured however that for most serious doers of jigsaw puzzles this one is easy peasy.

Can you spot the scarecrow?

28 comments:

  1. Gorgeous post as ever - and a gorgeous jigsaw to boot. And A Happy New Year to you and yours.

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  2. Oooo yes I can! and a pumpkin too - how neat!

    Lucky lucky you getting the Edward Barden book for Christmas - I have book envy now and will have to make another cup of tea to sooth myself!

    What wimps we are - snow jsut about all gone around here - grey, slushy drippiness is not nearly so inspiring.

    Celia

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  3. What a lovely jigsaw - I think I can see a scarecrow amongst the pieces:) I love Susan Hill's writing but have yet to read her latest book 'Howards End is on the Landing' I'm also looking forward to the next Simon Serrailer novel - I can't put those down:)

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  4. I was given the Edward Bawden book for Christmas too! But it was on my Amazon wishlist - isn't it a brilliant book?

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  5. Valerie, Love the scarecrow and the whole idea that you painted the image to start with... how wonderful this must feel... full circle.. You are a true talent!!!

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  6. hello valerie, those are new authors to me so i'll be googling them right after this!! the jigsaw puzzle looks like a good one!! have a peaceful wintry day! steven

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  7. Stay warm there by the fireside!

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  8. How fun to have a jigsaw of your very own?

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  9. My Hubby and I love jigsaw puzzles. I have never see a wood one though. Yours looks very pretty. We took two that we did a few years ago and put them on the wall with frames around them.

    Willow

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  10. The farmer is a dab hand at doing these whimsies Valerie - in fact they are his favourites. I am a do all the outside first kind of person, so like you I find them very hard - but your hedgehog is glorious and a dream to do.

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  11. I hate to admit it, but no, I can't find him. Will you post a hint?
    Kat

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  12. Yeah! I think i found him... he is a little fellow almost center to the right?
    We are also having very chilly weather in the States. burr...
    Stay warm and cozy blog friend. :^)

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  13. January seems like the month to enjoy the warmth of the fireplace with a blanket and a good book. Your puzzle looks quite beautiful.

    Gillian

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  14. Wowww! I think it's very hard when all this pieces is differentle, but how big it is???? How many pazzle is??? I wish you - Good Luck! On the Christmas and New Year I like to make puzzle too!!! ;)

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  15. Hi Jenea, the puzzle has 250 pieces, I have put it away in its box now so i don't have the measurement but I guess about 14 inches by ten inches.

    Kat, the scarecrow is near the middle.

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  16. This photo with puzzle, will remain like history!!! ;)
    aCONMOON!!! In my country, we don't use inches, we use meters!!!

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  17. So sorry Jenea, it is about 35cm by25cm. We use both here although I find it hard to think in anything but imperial. (That is because I am an old lady).

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  18. What a cute jigsaw! ... :0)

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  19. cute puzzle..i don't think i can see the scarecrow..but i think i see an owl.....

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  20. That jigsaw looks fascinating. I love to get to grips with a good, big jigsaw at Christmas. The nearest I get to doing my own puzzles is to upload one of my photos to Jigzone and do that.

    I had to laugh at the bookshop episode. Edward Bawden is wonderful. I have printed out the address of that link and I shall be making my own visit soon or as soon as this never ending snow will allow.

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  21. Thanks for stopping by Farmhouse...

    my cutting board i have had forever...as you could probably tell....it is actually a turkey cutting board...it was so cute..with roasting times and turkey recipes on it..all since worn off..and the pinecone pottery is called "Tepco". The pattern is needles and pinecone and it used to be very collectable in the states after Martha Stewart set a Christmas table with it....but that was many years ago. I keep our sugar in it...

    I have a HUGE pine tree right out my door here at Farmhouse..so it fits in nicely.....

    I'll be back to visit soon...

    Love,
    kary
    xxx

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  22. I have not done a jigsaw for ages.
    Today has been the perfect weather to stay indoors and do puzzels!

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  23. Your posts make me smile!
    Our cold snap has passed and we're enjoying a bit of January thaw... longing for spring but we well know there is more winter to come~
    Jigsaw fun! Congratulations... it looks dear!
    Michelle

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  24. Yes, indeed to Edward Bawden.
    There were so many wonderful early and mid-century
    illustrators --and wonderful end papers in books.
    How I miss picking up kindling in the woods mentioned in your post below.

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  25. Hi Valerie,
    I've so much enjoyed catching up with your blog! Thanksgiving and Christmas were oh-so-busy and I really got very off track! I remember when I used to get books for Christmas....they were always my favorite gift! Have enjoyed looking at your beautiful photos and artwork.

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