Forest Fun and Conker Foraging

We spent Sunday at my in-laws house, situated at the top of a small hill and surrounded by forest in the Scottish Borders.  It had been a little while since we had visited their house, instead meeting them halfway or at our own house, so it was nice to visit them for a change.

We also took advantage of the dry autumn day and went for a walk in the forest.  O took his balance bike and had great fun bumping down the stoney path.  A on the other hand found a stick and ran all the way down the hill, chattering all the way down.

Forest walk

toddler running

At the bottom of the hill were several tractors that normally work in the forest.  O and daddy had a good look round while A investigated the ground with his stick and jumped off wooden planks.

Forest machinery

I knew from previous visits there was a chestnut tree just round the corner and we went to look if there were any conkers around.  We found a fair few after searching through the grass, but nowhere near the amount that we found last year.  They were also a lot smaller than we normally find too, I wonder if that’s because we’ve had a very dry autumn as that seems to be our local tiny blackberries problem too.

With my pockets full of conkers we headed back up the hill in a different direction, with views over the lowlands.

Lowlands Scotland

I put A up in the carrier, but the wasn’t looking very tired so I let him down when he saw the puddles and started squealing at them.

toddler puddle

Of course he had great fun splashing in the water and O happily zoomed through the puddles on his bike.

balance bike forest

toddler logpile

On the way back to the house we found some pretty Fly Agaric toadstools, I was impressed with their colour and the fact they were quite intact.

Fly Agaric

Have you found any conkers or Fly Agaric recently?

J x

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  1. Wow! I haven’t seen toadstools like those for years! Well spotted! Conkers have been very thin on the ground here in the North West too. I collected a few really early on but in the real conker season, I haven’t seen any and we’ve been out and about quite a bit. x #whatevertheweather
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    1. I know, I was impressed with the toadstools! No idea what happened with the conkers this year, will be on the look out earlier next year I think! 🙂 x

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  2. Sounds like a lot of fun! None of my children have ever played conkers because there are no horse chestnut trees where we live.
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    1. Hee hee, I couldn’t imagine there being many at all on Shetland? My husband is an arborist so he’s told me there’s no way we’re moving up to the Northern isles! 🙂 x

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    1. Yes, I think we’ll look earlier next year, but the blackberry season seems to have been late for us up here! 🙂 x

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  3. ok this may sound stupid but being australian i have never herd of the hunt for a conker. The closest i have come to chesnuts was chestnut puree for desert in budapest a few years back
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    1. Ha ha, you’ll have to come to the UK in autumn, then you can find conkers to play with! 🙂

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    1. Well done! You’ll need to send us some, ours were so small and then rotted before we could do anything with them. 🙁 x

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  4. I haven’t seem a Fly Agaric for years, we have collected lots of conkers this year though. I love the balance bike, our kids had them when they were younger and we thought they were brilliant, our kids were able to miss out the stabiliser stage altogether by starting on them. Thanks for having us on #WhatevertheWeather
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    1. That’s the plan for O’s balance bike, although he hasn’t got enough confidence quite yet for pedals. 🙂 x

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  5. We had early conkers this year. They were all on the ground by September. But big and shiny. The toddler kept trying to eat them…

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  6. We went looking for conkers in the sunshine last week – there are quite a few big horse chestnut trees near us, so there’s always loads (even once the squirrels have snaffled their share). I don’t think I’ve ever seen a fly agaric in reality, looks amazing, brighter than you’d think. #whatevertheweather
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    1. Fly agaric are lovely to look at, I’ve seen quite a few in the woods. I don’t think we have as many chestnuts up here, so it can be hard to find conkers. 🙂 x

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  7. Looks like a great trip! My little boy loves splashing in puddles too. That’s interesting what you say about the blackberries, it’s been a disappointing year and for sloes too… Love the toadstool pics!
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    1. Ha ha, yes my littlest would rather throw them as well, as you hear the one, two, you know he’s going to throw! 🙂 x

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  8. Wow! Those toadstools look amazing – like something out of a picture book. Sounds like you had a good adventure! We found some more conkers over the weekend 🙂 #Whateverthrweather
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    1. They are such a lovely colour aren’t they! Well done on your conker finding! 🙂 x

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  9. We’ve really struggled to find any conkers at all over the last few years – I’ve wondered if we’ve looked too late in the past.
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    1. We found some at the same tree, the same time last year, so I just wonder if it’s a bad year? 🙂 x

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  10. I haven’e visited Scotland since I was 10! Mmmmm that’s 24 years ago! I’d love to take the children someday and explore. My uncle lives in Turiff near Aberdeen and my ancestry is from the Scottish Highlands. We love conkers too.
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    1. I’ve been to Turrif a few times, I studied at Aberdeen Uni and loved Aberdeenshire. A gorgeous part of the country. My ancestry (distant) is from Caithness area, I have to say that I love Scotland and wouldn’t live anywhere else. Of course I am biased! 🙂 x

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    1. I know, it’s lovely to have these memories to look back on and our little seasonal traditions. 🙂 x

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    1. Ha ha, send them up to us, ours went mouldy after a couple of days 🙁 , need some more chestnut trees here! 🙂 x

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  11. Wow those toadstools look really beautiful. I’ve never seen any in person before. I absolutely LOVE O’s bike. Is it wooden? We love, love, love wooden toys. Jamies grandad was a toy maker and his house is full of wooden toys.
    It must be so nice (I’m sure it comes with it’s difficulties too) for them to get to share outings together. Even if they do different things, it’s so nice that they can explore together and have some company. Nothing beats muddy puddle jumping either! It looks like A had a great time. x
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    1. That’s so sweet that they still have all the wooden toys! Yes, O’s bike is a wooden one by Plum and has been used for almost every day for almost 2 years now! Definitely a sturdy, long lasting bike. We’re getting a smaller metal one for A though, as the wooden one O has won’t fit A until he’s around 3, but he already shows a lot of interest on going on a bike!
      Surprisingly it’s the time they spend outside together that they actually enjoy each others company most, the annoying each other happens mostly indoors! 🙂 x

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