The trouble is, after a few conker hunting expeditions your house can get pretty full of the pesky things, and they soon lose their lustre.
My husband heard a radio program which claimed that if you put a conker in a corner of every room in your house you'll never have cobwebs again. Apparently they exude something spiders can't stand and the arachnids all move out. NOT TRUE. Our house is conclusive proof that no matter how many conkers you conceal about the place the spiders will still festoon the ceiling with cobwebs.
As we discovered, small children can't play conkers. They swing them around their heads like some kind of medieval mace, clobbering themselves and anyone who comes within string's length, which makes it quite difficult to disarm a sibling hell-bent on causing serious injury. So we came up with a more creative and less violent use for them:
|Conker snail with the cases for his body.
And progressed to bigger projects...
This year Zac's pictures have got a bit more advanced, due to his absolute obsession with combines!
It's all good fun and gets the conkers and the kids out of the house.