Autumn Bucket List – Conker Collecting

At the start of the month, I shared a little post on what to do during the autumn season, things I had planned to do with the children and along with that I wanted to share just how many we managed to do.

Conkers, also called Horse chestnuts which after some googling I found out that they are part of the lychee family, and I guess looking at them, you can sort of see it. Last year we went conker collecting later in the year and unfortunately there wasn’t many left, so I made it my mission to do it sooner rather than later and enjoy the season a bit more.

This time Robin got to get out and collect them too which she enjoyed, however in her sweetness she would call them acorns rather than conkers but that didn’t take away any of the fun she had. We stayed local and made it into a fun little walk as a family as that doesn’t happen very often with Mr S away for many weekends so it was a lovely little family adventure full of beautiful red conkers. We took along a little plastic bag but because of the sheer amount that the children found it split and I sacrificed my big bag that I got from Next which soon began to fill up as well.

There was just so many and a lot of them had only just started to fall, considering that a few days prior the UK got hit by the ex tropical storm Helene (I promise I wont go all weather nerd on you!) and while we here in Essex didn’t get the full force of the storm, it was extremely windy, but I expected a lot more on the ground while exploring. Mr S knocked plenty off the trees and the children enjoyed throwing the ones still in their little casings into the ground.

We collected so many that they managed to fill up one of those 9kg tubs of bird food!

I of course took my camera out with me, I am trying to use my Nikon a lot more in hopes that it will help improve my photo skills, to much of everyone’s annoyance. Here are the photos I took



We are hoping to be able to complete our little bucket list for the autumn season, there is just something so magical about this time of year that makes want to get out and explore, its a shame it only lasts for a little while.

Have you ticked anything off your autumn bucket list yet?



  1. September 29, 2018 / 9:01 pm

    You look like you had a really good time! Conkers are meant to keep spiders away, so I’m getting myself some of them!! xx

  2. October 1, 2018 / 8:46 am

    Aw these are gorgeous photos! I’ve yet to find any conkers yet! x

  3. October 1, 2018 / 4:27 pm

    Oh I always forget about this! I’m going to add this to my bucket list!

  4. October 1, 2018 / 8:30 pm

    Aww this looks like such a good day! Ive yet to see any conkers x x

  5. Shola
    October 1, 2018 / 10:05 pm

    I love conkers! They’re so handy keeping the spiders out (aka my most highest fears!)

  6. October 2, 2018 / 12:27 pm

    I need to take Ru conker picking! It’s something every child needs to experience!

    • Mummy Cat
      October 2, 2018 / 4:03 pm

      even I still enjoy doing it, theyre always so pretty

  7. October 2, 2018 / 1:39 pm

    I am so going to do this with Tyler! Not sure we will manage to collect as many as you managed to though as I’ve not actually seen that many around here!! Lovely photos as always Sarah x

    • Mummy Cat
      October 2, 2018 / 4:04 pm

      we had been rather lucky with that we went right at the start of them dropping, last year we didnt find any, thank you 🙂

  8. October 2, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    YESS giving me all the autumn feels! I love Conker collecting!

  9. October 3, 2018 / 4:36 pm

    Aww I love the photography it makes me want to go out Conker picking right now! Xx

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