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What is it about conkers...


Quickbeam
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that once you pick one up, you see a better one a few inches away, and before you know it, you have a veritable autumnal cornucopia:)

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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Which ones are best for:

1 Playing conkers with ? -

a) large b) small c) rock hard after soaking in vinegar and heating in oven

2 Eating ?

a) large b) small c) they are poisonous

3 Keeping spiders away ? -

a) large b) small c) none its just a myth spider love conkers and play a different version from humans as pair of them they hang from a conker and swing towards each other until one of their threads break and they fall

:0)

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Brumas

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When I was working I had the odd occasion to call in at Ashton and The Chequered Skipper click here but unfortunately never when the Annual Conker Championship was being contested. Talking to the landlord I was reliably told that it brought lots of dosh at a generally slack time and was most welcome and generally a good day out.

The village itself is beautiful and was built to house the workers from the Rothschilds country seat.

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fourm member

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

2 c

They are poisonous. Not that they are nice to eat raw so that doesn't cause a problem. And roasting, as you would if you thought they were ordinary chestnuts, destroys the toxins.

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Quickbeam

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This is the first time in 3 years that any conkers around our way have matured passed marble size, is the chestnut tree disease on the wain?

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wiz-king

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Quickbeam

Put them back! How can you expect the school-kids to occupy themselves on teachers strike days.

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Quickbeam

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I've been scattering them around for the last 20 years or so and lay claim to most of the chestnut trees near me without an apparent parent tree nearby!

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Quickbeam

The horse chestnut has more than one problem.

Bleeding canker has been around a long time but the recent serious problems have been found to be due to the bacterium Pseudomonas syringae pv. aesculi. Canker affects the bark and can cause a tree to fall and/or die.

The leaf miner moth reduces the size of leaves meaning the tree is not as well fed and that produces the poor size conkers. Sun on the leaves is the important thing especially in June and July. Maybe this year's better weather has helped with fruit production.

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Mr Mistoffelees

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I'm bonkers for conkers!

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Jock1e

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They get rid of spiders or so they say.

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iscanut2

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My wife scatters them around the house to try and ward off spiders. I don't think they work as I found one with a huge spider quite happily sitting on it !!!

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