When I was growing up in Watford conkers were an autumnal pastime for kids to play. Apparently Health and Safety now frown upon this game without the use of a visor, what a bunch of party poopers. I don’t recall anybody ever getting injured with them.
Living on Gypsy Rover we were told that conkers were a good way to deter spiders coming aboard and it seemed to work as we had very few. However with this blight now attacking Horse Chestnut tree’s conkers may become a thing of the past as tree’s around here have very little on them. Dot went foraging for some as we have a few of the little blighters appearing in the flat. She only managed to find these four, so hopefully they will have the desired result.