A fun reminder of my childhood this morning.

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  1. GunsOfBrixton

    GunsOfBrixton Friend of Leo's

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    While out walking the dog this morning, I happened upon three young kids throwing horse chestnuts to each other. For those of you who have never seen one still in the pod, this is what I am talking about.

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    You don't see many of these trees around here anymore . We had quite a few in our neighborhood where I grew up. (50 plus years ago) We would collect them and have chestnut wars. They would leave a nice welt if you weren't wearing a coat. Once in awhile someone would throw one still in the pod. Ouch... Ah, the joy of youth.

    Now these kids I saw were just tossing them back and forth and were all wearing gloves or mittens. But, I am sure one day someone will throw one with a little more force and the battle will begin. And hopefully when they are grown up they will see kids doing the same thing.
     
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    Wow! I've never seen one. Reminds me a bit of collecting black walnuts.
     
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    Conkers!

    I still pick 'em up, every year. Modern kids don't know what they're missing......:D
     
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    You could put an eye out with that thing.
     
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    OUCH
     
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    I have a 15 year-old Horse Chestnut tree, in my garden, which I grew from a Conker. If they are becoming a rarity, in your neighbourhood, you might consider doing the same, since you have the raw material, in your hand?
     
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    That is great. Our little town had them in the park. Very nostalgic. Thanks.
     
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    Yes! several chestnuts trees in the old neighborhood. We would husk them and polish the seed within to a beautiful shine. In later years we would hollow the seed, insert a straw and make a 'pipe'.
     
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    Tell the kids that those are even funnier to throw at each others ! You need gloves to manipulate them. You can also put them in the oven because those are very good.
     
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    What a picture!
     
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    When I first heard of Conkers, it seemed to me like some East Coast thing that I consequentially never experienced as a young Oregonian, but I just recently found it actually has its origins in the UK. Apparently now banned on playgrounds the world over, but I must confess I do understand why:

     
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    Nice! Maces in flight!
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    We also had acorn-throwing wars growing up in Western New York.

    Which was better than the beer bottle wars we'd had in (then-)industrial New Jersey.

    Now, I watch the college students' war on their own neck vertebrae going by, as they funnel into their phones.

    At least all the empty yards, parks, and playgrounds these days give the squirrels more room.

    We had a few old cherry trees, of the wonderfully sweet+tart king cherry variety, in a prior house's yard. The old-timers would stand on their pickups' beds and roofs to pick 'em. The passing college kids would, briefly, wonder where food comes from.

    I shouldn't post when I'm grading papers....
     
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