Playing conkers is indeed a dying art, no children play this game anymore and, as the trees prepare for their Winter slumber they are getting full of them. Remembering the times when, as a child, (and that is not too long ago, I'm not that old) the selection of the right, winning conker and the preparation of it for battle was all important for the gladiatorial performance awaiting us in the school playground every Autumn. Just in case you have no idea what I'm going on about watch this fine demonstration by Matt and Miranda.
For anyone else who laments the passing of such an important social skill and the cuts and bruises that went along with the annual collecting and opening of these prickly little numbers to get to the gleaming gem inside, here is a little reminder. Not exactly botanical with the detail but who cares, they make the child inside smile!
|'Conkers! Just for fun' Sketchbook detail|