Ideas For Spring

Spring is one of my favourite times of the year.

There are many thing to celebrate in spring such as: Easter, Mothering Sunday, May Day and the flowers in bloom.

Ideas For Summer

Summer is the best! Hot weather, long days. Why not celebrate?

There are many things to celebrate such as: Fathers Day, Pool Party, Holidays and the chance of a cocktail by the pool or the beach.

Ideas For Autumn

Autumn is when all the best fruits are ripe for the picking!

Autumn has many things to celebrate such as: Halloween, Fireworks , Bonfires and fruits and berries coming into season.

Ideas For Winter

Winter could be a gloomy part of the year if weren't for these ideas!

Winter has many things to celebrate such as: Christmas, New Year, Advent, Saint Valentine’s day and my Birthday!

This school yard game is dying! I hope that children will continue playing this game for centuries to come as it is always a special childhood memory.

Where to find them
The best conkers will be found in september or october, on the floor near a horse chesnut tree. The tree is easily recognised thanks to its uniquely shaped leaves( pic right). Also, you shouldnt have to break open their green casing or climb to get them.

How to make a winner!
The best conker will be free of any cracks or bruises. Other than that all other techniques are purely speculation, a list of them are below:
- If they float in water they have internal damage
- Leave them for a year at the bottom of the drying cuboard
- Soak them in vinegar
- Roast in the oven

How to play
Players take turns at hitting their opponent's conker.
If you are the one whose conker is to be hit first, let it hang down from the string.
Your opponent chooses the height they want you to hold it then you have to hold it still.
Your opponent, the striker, wraps his conker string round his hand.
Then they take their conker in the other hand and pull it back.
When they release they will swing their conker round and try to hit your conker

If a player misses hitting his/her opponents conker they are allowed up to two further goes.
If the strings tangle, the first player to call "strings" gets an extra shot.
If a player hits his/her opponents conker in such a way that it completes a whole circle after being hit - known as ‘round the world’ – the player gets another go.
If a player drops his conker, the other player can shout 'stamps' and jump on it; but if its owner shouts 'no stamps' first then the conker wont be jumped on.
The game goes on in turns until one of the two conkers is completely destroyed.

A winning conker accumilates the score of all its victim's precedent foes.
The scoring for conkers is much about accumilation.
Once a fresh conkers, which hasnt played any games yet, beats another conker it becomes a one-er, because it has beaten another conker.
If another fresh conker beats a one-er it gets victims score plus one for that game, so it would become a two-er.

For example: A twenty-er conker is taken on by a feeble five-er conker. The battle is fierce but the previously five-er comes through victorious and is now crowned a twenty six-er.