Friday, 8 October 2010

Conkers



I'm just a kid when it comes to conkers! I don't want to fight with them - heaven forbid!! I just love the smoothness, the shiny brownness, the way they peep from their cases - everything about them!

So I tried to look as though I wasn't actually collecting conkers in the park this afternoon, (it didn't seem the sort of thing very elderly dog-walkers should be doing!)and picked a few up as I came home. There were loads scattered all over the ground. When I was a child they would have disappeared as fast as small boys could stuff them in their pockets!

And then I enjoyed myself taking photographs of their gorgeous brown shininess.

And now I'm sharing them with you, in case there are other conker-lovers around!

12 comments:

KathyA said...

Chesnuts!! So now will you roast them over an open fire?

Aunt Snow said...

Wow! I haven't seen those in years!

Gilly said...

They are not edible - they are Horse Chestnuts - conkers!

VioletSky said...

I've always wondered about conkers - how did that ever get started? I've been known to pick up a few chestnuts and acorns and pinecones and use them for decoration. (I love that they last forever!)

Jenny said...

Gorgeous, they are like jewels inside a velvet case. I pick them up too and never know what to do with them though as children we devised all sorts of ways to pickle them to make them stronger for conker fights.

Diane said...

I'm a conker lover too - such a beautiful colour. I used to wear Boots No7 "Shiny Conker" nail polish in the 80's - I was gutted when they discontinued it! I collect tons of them - just like I did when I was a child. xxx

TheMuddledMarketPlace said...

i have a bowl of them behind my desk....reach round and touch them as I work :)

Sweet Virginia Breeze said...

We don't have any conkers around here. They are rather pretty.

Hollace said...

I have never heard them called 'conkers', just chestnuts. I didn't know there was a difference between horse chestnuts and ones you can eat. I have gathered them and love the shiny brown shells, but as we have moved over the years I have lost track of where the trees are that drop them. Must be time for a fall walk.

Marja said...

Ah do you call them conkers I love them too My mum had a chestnut tree in her garden and we used to make puppetswith it with matches for arms and legs

awareness said...

I love the richess of this photo.... Conkers! You British have new words for everything! hahaha! :)

Greener Pastures--A City Girl Goes Country said...

Conkers?! Ha ha, that sounds very English! What did the boys collect them to conk each other on the heads with them?!