Festival of Leaves: Sweet Chestnuts

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24 thoughts on “Festival of Leaves: Sweet Chestnuts

    1. Thanks Sue, felt that they needed a bit of oomph! Roast chestnuts remind me of my teenage years, stopping to buy a packet from the guy outside Wakefield bus station on my way home from the Mecca 🙂

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  1. Picked up fallen horse chestnuts on recent walk. They resemble these spikes but leaves are very different. Inside nut looks like a big acorn. I love this discovery part of autumn.

    I Like your creative framing.

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      1. Conker fights were a thing of my childhood, sadly schools became far too PC in recent years and banned them from the playgrounds, but we had huge fun trying to be the winner! I often wonder what damage is being done to our children these days, they don’t seem to have half the freedom and fun that we had for free.

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      2. They don’t. We’ve sucked the mischief and spontaneity right out of them. I feel like we were all sleeping ( working) while the PC Nazis ran amok and now we can’t stop the deluge. The latest here is California universities are essentially banning literature AND speech if ANYONE says it makes them uncomfortable.

        Yet tv shows are all about kids dissing each other and adults acting like immature assholes. THAT makes me uncomfortable 🙂

        Ok rant over. But don’t let the season pass without one good conker fight!!

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    1. Sounds like a post Sammy! And don’t get me started about reality TV – though to be honest I never watch any, just catch trailers sometimes and that is bad enough. In fact i think there will be a time in the not too distant future when I stop watching TV altogether.

      I’ll go and look for some conkers tomorrow 😀

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      1. Yeah, I try (mostly) not to post about stuff that gets my blood pressure up – idiot celebrities and politics 🙂

        That’s why I love the serenity if blogs and friends like you 🙂

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  2. Love the way you have “photo shopped” this lovely photo Jude. Was it 4 different photos or have you cut and rearranged the one photo? It is very effective. Yes my school days were dominated with conker fights and how proud you felt to have a King Conker… and I loved when my Mam brought home chestnuts and we roasted them on a shovel over the fire embers, then dipped them in salt. Sadly no open fires are now allowed only have gas heating or kerosene heaters. Such good memories you have stirred up.

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      1. I popped over and saw your flamingos art work Jude, I must have a go with that technique, I love it. I had one of those long handled forks with us when we were travelling in Matilda, great to use over a camp fire. 🙂

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      2. I know what that is like – in our holiday let last year the connection was dreadfully slow. Makes writing a post or even commenting painful.

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