Jewels of Autumn

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The most magical time of year is when the spiked seed shells of the horse chestnut tree start hanging amongst the leaves.

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Inside lies one of natures most magical hidden gems: the not-so majestically named conkers.

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I’ve loved collecting conkers for as long as I can remember. From making my Dad pull over in the car on the drive home from school to raid a particularly large tree, to getting various belongings stuck in the branches as a teenager, after hurling my wallet, keys or whatever else I could throw up into the air to knock down a particularly big one.

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Even as an adult (allegedly!), I can’t resist a shiny, round and golden brown conker glistening through the leaves.

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My grandmother always said they keep away spiders, so naturally we had to stock up on a few on a recent wander.

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They lie in soft white beds coated with sharp, hard spikes, keeping them safe and hidden until their shining shells glint in the sunlight, giving away their hiding place to eagled eyed collectors who can’t resist leaving the woods with pockets full.

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There’s something extra special about the fact that the horse chestnut trees are always the first to turn too. The first crispy, orange leaves on the ground in September will have no doubt fallen along with the conkers.

satudr-47-of-61 It may be a fairly childish pursuit to some, but nothing makes me happier on a cool September afternoon than gathering a basket full of the jewels of autumn.

    • Carrie

      Thank you lovely 🙂 x

  • Appreciate the Day

    These photos are gorgeous. Apparently the horse chesnuts turn early because the other year there was a big ouutbreak of a tree disease that just affected them. I love collecting conkers though and you’ve captured the textures and sights of autumn perfectly here.
    Kate xx

    • Carrie

      That makes a lot of sense! A very interesting fact 🙂 Thanks Kate! x

  • Such lovely snaps!

    • Carrie

      Thanks lovely 🙂 x

  • beautiful thoughts and photos!

    • Carrie

      Thank you Lisi! x

  • Gorgeous, I love this! Beautiful photos and love the spirit of the post. You’re right they are amazing and so shiny and pretty (and I’m a fan of anything that allegedly keeps spiders away). I used to love to collect and play with them as a kid.

    Josie

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    • Carrie

      Thank you Josie 🙂 Anything to keep the spiders away is good in my book! x

  • Oh, I just love these photos. Autumn is my favorite! 🙂

    • Carrie

      It’s my favourite too! Thank you Stephanie! x

  • This sounds so beautiful! A mix of cheery and nostalgia.

    • Carrie

      Thanks Michelle! x

  • I remember picking up conkers when I was a kid over at the local park, aw this bought back some memories – plus, lovely photos!

    Lucy | Forever September

    • Carrie

      Thank you Lucy! 🙂

  • A friend of mine swears by conkers keeping spiders out! And since my flat has been invaded this last week by our 8 legged chums, I think I might need to go conker picking too! Stephie xx

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    • Carrie

      I’d give it a go! My poor boyfriend is completely phobic of spiders so will try everything to keep them away, hence us collecting quite so many conkers on our walk!

  • I loved collecting conkers as a kid! These photos are amazing!

    Carolyn x
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    • Carrie

      Thank you Carolyn! It’s one of those little pleasures in life that I don’t think we grow out of! x

  • This post has put a huge smile on my face! I’ve never thought about how much a little conker takes me back to childhood memories. Such lovely photos too! x