A great day was had by all at the Autumn meeting hosted by Tom and Tricia Tyler.  A good member turnout enjoyed the “Countryside and Country Crafts” theme which yielded an interesting and challenging variety of puzzles. It was particularly rewarding to see several BCD members who don’t get to so many meetings, as well as some local visitors who joined us to enjoy the day’s puzzling  Two added bonuses were the ploughman’s lunch (with a plethora of delicious puddings) that Tricia and colleagues laid on and the offer to stay on after the meeting for lively conversation and a fish and chip supper at Tom and Tricia’s home. Our thanks go out to Tom and Tricia for entertaining us so well throughout the day!

A round dozen members took the floor for the Show and Tell session. Sally kicked off with a selection of Archers puzzles and artefacts and David wrapped up with a selection of puzzles including his oldest, “The Manor”, by John Wallace, dated 1809. Puzzles shown in between included four others from the 19th century: two from Gillian – “Farm Scene”(1804) and a F.K.Henke puzzle dated 1884 – and two from the secretive Barfoot’s – Tom’s “The Farm” (1840) and Pete’s “Farmyard Scene (Harvest Evening)” (1850). Other puzzles shown included Lynne’s “A Blacksmith”, interestingly cut by W.G.Evans, a Wentworth “Playing Cricket in Marylebone Fields” from Katy, an interesting “A Busy Centre in War-Time” showing WI members making jam and weaving baskets, several postcard sized puzzles of hunting scenes from Barrie, a lovely Salmon “Haven of Happiness” from Brian and a miniature “At The Inn of The Fox” made of faux-ivory by Vera in the 1920s.

Postscript. Jackie has posted her own photos of the day , along with pictures of some of the her other jigsaws that fitted the day’s theme but she was unable to bring along, as well as collages of similarly themed puzzles that John Hyde has sold over the years. All these can be enjoyed at the link below:


Ipswich Meeting – September 2017
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