Gill very kindly made dinner for us and we took a short break to eat. When I first went into the puzzle room, I was in awe! I like wooden puzzles. I really do. I just don't collect them because of the humidity in HK. I've always said it is a waste of a good puzzle and I don't want to be a murderer.
Allard showed me a few, but let me have free reign of his cabinets. I was in puzzle heaven yet again. But then those who know me know it doesn't take much. In the beginning, I went straight for the Stickman Puzzles! They are beauties! Very attractive to say the least. Allard let me move a few bits around on the Borg box but warned me not to take it apart. No worries there mate, I couldn't even work out the first move! On to doing what I do best. Photographing toys. I took loads and have many more I still want to snap when I go back for a BBQ on Sunday. I can't wait to taste this burnt meat of his.
After a while I got up the nerve to really play and was quickly able to disassemble a puzzle from Stewart Coffin, made by Eric: Decoy (I've been corrected. Thanks Allard). But I know that's not really the puzzle solved. I started to reassemble it, but got quickly bogged down. It really was a beast! Thankfully Allard said I could leave it. What a gent! I went on to play with others that caught my fancy.
The Karakuri group cabinet jumped open on its own and I played around there a bit as well. I'm glad I did because there were a few I've been thinking of purchasing and it gave me a chance to test drive them.
Allard showed me his
rubik's cube solving machine and let me play with the circle. He did give me a tiny hint, and I was able to solve it. Bastard! I forgot to put the pins back in and he watched me lock it up before he told me! I'm also happy to say I solved the Ferris Box as well. Surprising little twist on that one.
The next morning I woke and began puzzling again. I kept texting Saul when I could solve a puzzle. Silly girl. In the end, I just took more photos. Gill and I went for breakfast and to buy me a pair of shoes. I forgot to pack those. I was too busy bringing puzzles over for friends.
And guess what all? She 'broke' me. She got me sewing! And I got her puzzling! Wins all the way around.
Next up...stay tuned....
Photos available here.