Something I spotted the very first time I visited my lovely Mum in Law Jessie, was that in a corner of every windowsill all around her house was a conker.
Just one little conker, sitting in a corner or tucked behind an ornament. When I asked her why, she said it was to keep the spiders away. I didn't know how or why she thought it worked but she did, and do you know what thinking back I very rarely, if ever, saw a spider in her house.
I've tried it for myself over the course of the last couple of weeks, I had hoovered up so many spiders with my little hand held Dyson and relocated them back outside, and no matter how many times a day I did it they were always back, glaring at me from the corner. Maybe they enjoyed the manic spinning of their Dyson ride and then the cool fresh air before they made their way back inside for another go, or maybe there really were just hundreds of the bloody little things wanting to live in our house.
But since I put a conker in just three of the rooms (I only picked up three during my doggy walk the other week), there have been NO spiders in our house.
I'm a convert.
I thought I'd let you in on this little tip while there are still conkers lying on the ground. It's worth a go if you don't like sharing your house with spiders, if you don't mind sharing with them you could still pick up a conker or two on your travels and play conkers with bits of string and much swinging. Something that was banned during my sons last year in school for health and safety reasons ....Huh!!
And of course while photographing the conker for this post my eyes as usual were drawn to the view. Swirls of mist drifting around the valley and the trees turning all shades of green, amber and brown. Just magical.
(My eyes are getting accustomed to ignoring all the works in progress on our little hillside.)
Have a good day.