|Yep! An embarassment of puzzles!|
The State of the
Last New Years Day I posted a quick review to show how much my collection had improved and said that it had gone from a bit of a hobby to a rather bad habit! Well, I'm afraid that according to the first wife it has gone from a bad habit to an all encompassing obsession! Unfortunately, I have to agree with her - I decided to create a proper database to keep track of it and stupidly included prices (complete with currency conversions) and got a bit of a shock. Actually it was a LOT of a shock!! This is now a definite obsession! Not to be left out, the present Mrs S decided that if I can have a collection, then so should she and she was delighted to tell me that Santa lived in a Mulberry store as yet another handbag entered the house for Christmas - apparently that was my Christmas present to her! I justify my puzzling as a way to keep the mind busy - Alzheimer's dementia does run in my family and so I always claim to her that I am just fending it off - that way, the date at which she will be having to feed me and wipe my bum will be delayed (hopefully forever); I knew there was a reason I married a professional nurse!!
|And there's more!|
My family are barely tolerant of my "habit" - my own mother hates it! She thinks that I should have grown out of toys by now. Although my mother-in-law seems to be fascinated. At a recent visit, she spent several hours playing with everything from packing puzzles, to wire jingly things, to wooden interlocking cubes! Mrs S does agree that my habit is marginally more acceptable than me buying a menoPorsche and getting a 20 year old girlfriend and to be honest, I don't have the energy for either of those - or the cash!!
|Do you think I have a problem?|
|My problem - lack of space!|
|There's still some space - I think I need more twisties!|
|Hanayama's, Microcubology and Dick Hess puzzles|
|Loads and loads and loads of wire puzzles|
What has been the puzzling highlights of 2012? Well that is really difficult to say. Primarily it has been the community of people I have come to know and consider friends (even though I have never met them!) but if I limit it to a few puzzles I have acquired then firstly I was really proud to get one of the very last of Brian Young's Opening Bats. It took me a couple of months to complete it and at a recent mini puzzle party I held at home, one of the guys had a fantastic time working through it (with a little encouragement). The tremendous craftsmanship was hugely admired, especially Brian's ability to work in metal as well as wood. I am really looking forward to receiving the 2012 limited edition set in 2013.
|I'm drooling just thinking about it!|
|You can't even see the joins!|
|I can't help but buy a large batch each time!|
|I do try to spread the solving out!|
|Bank balance empty again|
|OMG - How many bloody cubes are there?|
|Bank account now empty - again!!!|
|Fermium - a board burr (102 moves for 1st piece!)|
|Nickel Box - made from Ebony|
|A trio of beauties|
|A couple of Coffins!|
|Quadlock 4 - I'm no burglar hence it took a while|
|Burrblock - 2 sets of lock picking required|