Love this 49: Solitaire

Sometimes the traditional games are the best and this lovely wooden solitaire set available on Red Lilly looks to be a good buy.  There's four colour options and at 14cm square it'd make a great little gift. And at just £5.50 I don't think you can go far wrong. 

Photo credit: Red Lilly

Photo credit: Red Lilly

I remember receiving a red and blue plastic solitaire set one Christmas in the stocking at the end of my bed. Plastic - well, it was the seventies, and what other colour combination would be suitable for a Crystal Palace supporter? I'm not sure what happened to it, but I do remember being mesmerised by it and determined to end up with a single peg in the central hole. Or at times not ending up with an isolated peg in one of the corners would have done...

I didn't realise there are two layouts of the solitaire board, although I'm pretty sure I've seen both types. There's a cross shape, like the Red Lilly one above which is the English version and a more rounded shape which is the European version.  Plus the first evidence of the game can be traced back to the court of Louis XIV and specifically 1697 where a description of the board, rules and sample problems appeared in the French literary magazine Mercure galant.