Conkers, it appears, are an-anti-arachnid device. Put one in each corner of the room – no spiders. It does seem to work. We’ve had no spiders in doors. Unless you don’t replace them each year. They dry out and you lose the effectiveness, over the last month or so we have had a couple of incursions. We now have a new batch of Conkers.
I think the last time I played Conkers was 50+ years ago. Gosh that’s a. Long time! But even now there’s a childish thrill when, as you are walking along you see an intact Conkers case. I’d guess the urge to gently ease the case apart to reveal the seed; the conker. What’s it going to be like? Big or small? Either way, the beautiful lustrous brown shell is a joy to behold. Of course if you could use it in a game that’s even better, but there is something about the smoothness of the case that is just so appealing.
Now, if you can identify a source of Conkers, you are well in. Finding a horse chestnut tree, or even better a bunch of them you are then, around September time assured of your supply of Conkers.
As far as the game is concerned, I can remember all sorts of antics to get a winner, baking and soaking in vinegar (I think) were amongst the favourites, and then would you have a fiver or a tenner? Until someone smashed your champion of course; the risks of the playground!
I was thinking about this post last night as I settled down to sleep. That was very pleasant.