Conkers is a traditional children’s game in Britain and Ireland played using the seeds of horse-chestnut trees – the name ‘conker’ is also applied to the seed and to the tree itself. The game is played by two players, each with a conker threaded onto a piece of string: they take turns striking each other’s conker until one breaks. BUT, who knew they would be so valuable within the home?!
Ever since I cleared away the conkers from our window sill in the kitchen there has been a congregation of spiders both large and small throughout the house! I wondered if this myth were really true or not and admittingly I must concur that this old wives tale is true!
On tomorrow’s list of things to do: send kids out to gather more conkers. Even though spiders are a ‘good’ bug i.e. they eat other unwanted bugs, we live in a 10 room house. Therefore, if we allow one or two spiders in each room to dangle around doing their thing then that would be more than 20 spiders in one house!
Now, I am not Arachnophobic however, the thought of one of those little critters running up and down my heated blanket at night when I am asleep gives me the heebies!
Note: conkers are poisonous. DO NOT EAT them!