This is one of two super National Trust puzzles I received from G for Christmas. The assembly was a bit tricky. With Springbok puzzles, the pieces will only join in the correct way. With this puzzle, the pieces would happily join in all sorts of incorrect ways--aaargh! But the fabulous images more than compensated for the piece mix-ups.
I thought it would be fun to visit all the properties depicted, until I realized how far from Teddington some of them are. The pig, for example, is on Ballyquintin Farm, a 64-acre farm in one of the most secluded parts of Northern Ireland.
But I think visits to Sissinghurst Castle Garden in Kent (bottom center) and Barrington Court in Somerset (top center) are definite possibilities for 2009. The Barrington Court property includes not only a Tudor house but a working kitchen garden, and you know there's nothing I love more than a kitchen garden!