Darrell has been collecting conkers on the school field during his lunch breaks! As soon as he got them home and showed me I made sure that he looked me straight in the eye so that I knew he was listening and then told him that you CANNOT make wine, beer or any other alcoholic beverages from conkers!
The slightly crestfallen look on his face told me straightaway that was what he had indeed been contemplating!
He hmmmmmmed in a disappointed fashion but then I told him that if we put them in baskets throughout the house in a decorative type nature, it would stop spiders coming inside the house. At that his little face brightened up, as he has quite an aversion to the long legged creepy crawlies since reading somewhere that the average person eats four spiders in their sleep in a year and he worried that when he was asleep he didn’t know if his mouth was open or shut!
So we took his conkers and put them in baskets, making sure that the biggest one went on his bedroom window sill.