The puzzling is on again
It was a tradition in my childhood: I was puzzling in the Christmas vacation each year. I had a big wooden board that I put in front of the fire place and I spent hours of my christmas vacation on my belly on the floor, puzzling away.
It seems a new tradition now: I am puzzling during pandemic lockdowns. At the start of the first lockdown I quickly ordered a puzzle and Kabouter and I quickly got the hang of it. Since a lot of these puzzles were all sold-out or with long delivery times, I was very relieved to be able to buy a couple of more. Up to early June we continued to puzzle with a lot of focus, but then the summer arrived, schools reopened and I was drowned into work so the puzzling stopped. In my perception it is more a winter activity anyhow.
But winter is approaching, we are condemned to staying at home a lot again. And I had been forward-looking and I had picked up one of my own childhood puzzles at my mom's home this summer and I had exchanged some of our lockdown puzzles with a friend. After all, everybody had apparently picked up puzzling during this pandemic.
And now in the new lockdown and the autumn vacation, it seemed like a good moment to restart puzzling again after a break of 5 months. I ordered some new ones and moved one to the Ardennes. This German winter/Christmas image seems very appropriate to the wintertime in the east of Belgium.