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Friday photo – A conker hit my car today!

A conker hit my car today (OK, it was yesterday). I guess it must be autumn in Bristol. We have an open green space near the area I live in Bristol called the Downs – it’s the green lung of North Bristol. People play football there, run round it, have picnics in summer and there are also many Horse Chestnut trees there.

Conkers on the Downs in Bristol

Conkers on the Downs in Bristol

Come the autumn, all the conkers (I don’t know if that’s the word you use in the US?) drop onto the ground and where they overhang the road they drop onto the passing cars too, like the one that went Bonk! on my windscreen. I knew it must be autumn!

Autumn Berries on The Downs in Bristol

Autumn Berries on The Downs in Bristol

My children used to love to go out and collect them and we’d make a big bowl of them on the table, shining like jewels. Then they’d go a bit shrivelled and I’d throw them out, but lovely while it lasted. Although I wouldn’t mind a bit of all-year-round-sun-shine, there is something nice about marking the seasons with the things that nature brings us. The conkers on the Downs mark the autumn for me.

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31 Comments

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    Keith
    October 2, 2009 at 9:15 am

    Got to say … I prefer the kind of chestnut you can eat!

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    maria
    October 2, 2009 at 9:26 am

    I agree with you, conkers make some really pretty autumn decorations. I love the photos, you really captured the beautiful autumn colours.

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    Lost Wanderer
    October 2, 2009 at 12:54 pm

    I love these photos. They are beautifully taken.

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    Wandering Educators
    October 2, 2009 at 1:43 pm

    gorgeous photos – we call them conkers, too, in the US!

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    Barbara @ Hole In The Donut Travels
    October 2, 2009 at 3:07 pm

    Oh funny. Reminded me of when I used to live in Puerto Rico and we had to be careful not to park under the mango trees when the fruit was ripening, because a falling mango can put some hurt on a car.

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    wandermom
    October 2, 2009 at 6:02 pm

    Hey, thanks for helping my vocabulary: I didn’t know whether or not people called them conkers here either!
    I do know that at my son’s x-country practice last week the parent helpers had a hell of a time getting the boys particularly to focus on running – there were so many conkers on the ground in Woodland Park in Seattle that the kids got totally engrossed in finding the best one!
    Brings back happy memories for m.

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    Peter West Carey
    October 2, 2009 at 6:26 pm

    I gotta admit, I’ve never heard them called conkers over here. But then again, I haven’t heard a lot of things! I love the photos.

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    Cate
    October 2, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    There is a game you play with these right? Something to do with string and hitting them till they break.

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    Heather Cowper
    October 2, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    @Keith – still can’t work out how I’m supposed to comment on your blog – I tried my own wordpress log in but does not work – or don’t you encourage reciprocal commenting?

    @ Barbara – If there were so many Mangos they were falling from the trees, I guess I would be having Mangos at every meal – I heard that a ripe Mango’s best eaten in the bath – is that true?

    @Cate – Yes the kids play that game in the playground – put some string through them and take turns in hitting the other person’s conker until one conker breaks. I believe you soak them in vinegar to harden the conker.

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    Angela K. Nickerson
    October 2, 2009 at 10:55 pm

    Well, I’ve never lived anywhere where there were conkers — by that name or any other. They look pretty darn cool to me!

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    Mark H
    October 3, 2009 at 3:42 am

    When I lived in Britain I was showed a game when to try to break them off an opponent’s string. As a rank amateur new to the game, all it seemed to do was give you extremely sore hands and knuckles when the errant conker wacked you on the fingers instead. There appeared to be quite a practised art in striking the opposing conker solidly. I never got to see them sparkling red on trees like your photos.

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    Sherry Ott
    October 3, 2009 at 8:31 am

    I”ve never heard of these or seen them before! I don’t really know if we have them in the US. Are they like hedge apples?

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    Lorraine
    October 3, 2009 at 4:06 pm

    Sounds like conkers have some depth! Tabletop decor, signs of autumn, and fun to play games with. OK, I’m heading out with the kids today…in search of conkers!

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    Keith
    October 3, 2009 at 6:14 pm

    Heather … you do have to be logged in to WordPress to comment& I welcome ANY informed comment; I just want to keep the trolls out!

    Let me make a few enquiries & get back to you ….

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    Keith
    October 3, 2009 at 6:30 pm

    OK … I’ve disabled the need to log in … fire at will!! 😀

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    Bridget Smith
    October 4, 2009 at 5:27 am

    Never heard the word conker, but I remember being fascinated by these when I was a kids. They are really beautiful in flaming red on the tree!

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    Dominique
    October 4, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    We live right by a park, so I get a lot of acorns hitting my car each autumn. They leave dings in my car…and you can’t eat ’em…so I’m not nearly as enthralled with them 😆

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    Shannon
    October 5, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Learned something new today – conkers!

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    November 22, 2010 at 11:08 am

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    dawn
    December 9, 2010 at 10:25 am

    Autumn is my favourite time of year, everything looks so lovely. You certainly know its here when the conkers fall. Have so many good memories of being a child and spending hours collecting them, tying strings to them and having conker competitions…good old days!

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    Aubrey Ann
    April 1, 2011 at 2:50 am

    Same here Dawn, I also love autumn. I remember the time when I purchased my first car – it was autumn then. Good thing I had no problem about conkers falling on the windscreen of my newly purchased car! Nice pictures, and you gave me a new idea on how to decorate my table too. 🙂

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    Aubrey Ann
    April 2, 2011 at 10:40 am

    Conkers – this is the first time I heard the word. They look like a nut. Can you eat conkers? Aside from being a nice center table piece, would it be great if you could roast and eat them.

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    Camille
    April 3, 2011 at 5:36 am

    New word – Conkers. When I was playing scrabble with my aunt, she placed conkers. I was about to argue that it ain’t a word but I didn’t. Good thing I didn’t since it does really exists. I sure want to taste this!

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    Heather Cowper
    April 3, 2011 at 11:45 am

    @ Aubrey Ann & Camille – Unfortunately Conkers are Horse chestnuts and not for eating, it’s the sweet chestnuts that we love to roast and eat in the winter

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    Camille
    April 3, 2011 at 11:50 am

    @admin. Ah, I see. Thanks for letting me know. I found a post that says the difference between the two. It just failed to mention that the horse chestnuts can’t be eaten.. Thanks for the response. 🙂

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    Stacie Smith
    April 3, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    You didn’t mention what happened to your windshield. I suppose everything was alright. Conkers and any other fruit or object falling onto cars could be detrimental, especially when one is speeding. It’s Newton’s law of motion at its worst. I smiled seeing sliced conkers and not broken windshields or dented hoods. Nice pictures by the way.

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    Heather Cowper
    April 3, 2011 at 6:37 pm

    @ Stacie – yes, luckily windscreen was all intact thanks

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    Kylie
    April 10, 2011 at 5:25 pm

    Really pretty berries. Look sumptuous its unfortunate that it can’t be eaten. Very good for decoration though because of its shiny and bright red color.

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    Calgary Dodge Dealers
    April 16, 2011 at 8:18 am

    Being hit by an object while traveling could be dangerous. Good thing you were not driving so fast so as to dint or damage your car.

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    Alexia
    May 11, 2011 at 7:54 am

    Good thing conkers didn’t hit people, it could be worse.

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    Calgary chrysler
    June 4, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    Conkers looks really nice, looks like Christmas decors.

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