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‘Country Life Series No1’
The 1900’s
by Ravensburger Puzzles

Image of completed jigsaw vase of purple flowers featured image


As happens from time to time, I am making a short diversion away from the ‘bookish’ posts you will usually find here, to share one of my other pastimes with you.

Yes! I am a not so secret dissectologist – or someone who enjoys jigsaw puzzle assembly.



Clicking on this Amazon link will allow you to magnify individual montages, for a closer look at the lovely images.

As with almost all of my jigsaws, this was a purchase from my local charity shop, so I am always at the mercy of the donor as to whether the item is complete with all the pieces. I do try to make a considered assessment based on the condition and presentation of the box etc. and I have to say that so far over the years, I have been extremely lucky, with just one puzzle having a missing piece! Not the end of the world I know, but a little frustrating when I had invested all that time and effort in making it up!


Image of the Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle 'Country Life No.1 - The 1900'sThis is the first in a series of puzzles depicting rural life through the different decades.

This richly illustrated jigsaw captures a taste of country life in the 1900’s.

Across the country the style of the cottages differed because of local building needs, styles and materials. Most country people lives a simple life, with work coming from the big estates, which also provided much of the housing.

The early 1900’s was the last gasp of a seemingly idyllic rural life, which was to change forever over the next forty years.

But those turbulent days are far from view in this colourful, detailed and thoroughly delightful jigsaw, which portrays the very best of what country life had to offer.


Image of the Ravensburger Jigsaw Puzzle 'Country Life No.1 - The 1900'sRichard Partis was born in Somerset, but grew up deep in the Wiltshire countryside, where he developed his great love of the natural world, along with his desire to be able to capture it in all its glory.

After gaining an Honours Degree in Graphic Design at Bath Academy of Art, Richard started a long and successful career as a freelance artist and illustrator.

Richard specialises in creating highly detailed watercolour paintings of birds, animals, landscapes and flowers, and his work can often be found on products developed for The National Trust and Dunoon Ceramics.

Richard’s watercolours are meticulously created by hand (and Brush) – not a computer in sight!

Check out Richards lovely website


Ravensburger AG is an international group with a long tradition and solid values. Its mission is “Playful Development”. The company’s most important brand mark is the blue triangle, which stands for fun, education, and togetherness.

Ravensburger is one of the leading brands for puzzles, games, and activity products in Europe as well as for children’s and youth books in the German-speaking region. Toys with the blue triangle are sold worldwide, and the international brands BRIO and ThinkFun supplement the Group’s portfolio.

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Like so many of my jigsaws, this was a purchased in support of my local hospice charity shop, Dorothy House

Any thoughts or comments are my own personal opinion and I am in no way being monetarily compensated for this, or any other article promoting Ravensburger Puzzles

I personally do not agree with ‘rating’ a purchase, as the overall experience is all a matter of personal taste, which varies from person to person. However some review sites do demand a rating value, so when this review is posted to such a site, it will attract 5 out of 5 stars.

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I can’t remember a time, even as a child, when I haven’t been passionate about books and reading.
I began blogging, when I realised just how many other people out there shared my passion for the written word and I have been continually amazed at the wealth of books that are available and the amount of great new friends I have made, from literally 'The Four Corners Of The World'.

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  • Mine came a couple of days ago. I have a few days work left on my current 3,000 piece one and then I will probably do several 1,000s including this. It’s so pretty.

    • Hi Cath,

      I was hoping you would stop by and let me know how the bidding went, I am so pleased you managed to get hold of a copy of the jigsaw, as it really is pretty, although a little tricky in one or two places!

      Not that that will phase a seasoned puzzler like yourself. I really don’t know how you cope with those 3,000 piece beasts – I look forward to seeing it when you are finished!

      I also saw your comment about the lovely Esben Hanefelt Kristensen painting that Helen featured on Twitter. That would definitely have made wonderful jigsaw artwork, so colourful and vibrant.

      I hope that you enjoy making this one as much as I did 🙂

  • This is a lovely puzzle, Yvonne, and one I feel sure I would have enjoyed putting together. In fact, I’ve already examined it with a critical eye, imagining which portions I would tackle first.

    I’m always pleased when you share the puzzles you’ve completed.

    • Hi Kelly,

      I think that the thatched cottage roofs were the worst part of this one, although many of the female figures were dressed in shades of white/light, which got a little troublesome from time to time!

      This one was completed by my MIL first and when she passed it back to me, I was half tempted to return it straight to the charity shop, as I don’t tend to make up pictures such as this one, too much these days.

      However, as with all the books I keep adding to my TBR pile because I like the sound of them, I just couldn’t part with the puzzle without having a go at making it first and I am so pleased that I did, as I really enjoyed the relaxing images and quiet pace of these country life scenes!

      Thank you so much for your continued support, I always appreciate your visits 🙂

Written by Yvonne