I never grew up with conkers and to my memory I don't recall ever seeing a conker tree in South Africa and with the little man really coming into his own now he is three we have had a lot of excitement over finding our own secret conker tree, which has yielded an abundance of amazing conkers of which no other child has seemed to have discovered, leaving us with the pick of the bunch. Last Autumn we were living in another village that had a huge school and although we knew where all the conker trees were we never actually even found one as all the school kids got to them first.
As I have said the conker tree has been pretty much untouched - it actually makes me wonder how many local kids actually explore this pretty field which lies next to a river, a place we visit regularly, anyway back to the point we had found a few conker still in there spiky shell and have had a lot of fun getting them out. We have also been collecting leaves and acorns for our natural table as well as puddle hunting.
We have also been collecting leaves, acorns and various other find from our adventures for our natural table as well as puddle hunting, jumping and squelching in mud - something that is fun for all ages and yes I am speaking first hand here, I never grew up and don't plan to anytime soon.
We also came across something really exciting (well to us anyway) on a recent bike ride, a slow worm! He was just in the middle of the cycle path, slithering along minding his own business. It was a great opportunity for the little man to see something so close to a snake in nature. The last time I came across something like this was when I was living in Cornwall.
We have joined in with Country Kids linky this week