The Little Things: Conker Hunting

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I think one of the things that I love most about being a parent is the chance to introduce your child to all of the wonderful things of each season and see that look of joy in their eyes as they discover them for the first time. There’s no doubt that autumn has arrived, and I’m always determined to celebrate it by filling our days with autumnal adventures.

We took Max conker hunting last week and it was his first time – I think it’s fair to say he loved it! We had to search quite hard as we certainly weren’t the first conker hunters to visit that day, but amongst the fallen leaves we found some great little treasures. Max’s eyes lit up as we showed him how to prise the shell open and find the glossy brown conker hiding inside.

 

Max running through leaves towards the camera, laughing

Max holding conkers in two hands, smiling

Closeup of conker collection, some with shells, some without

Closeup of conker in child's hand, with dirty fingers

 

We came home and lined up our conker collection on the wall and admired their shinyness. Max loved arranging them all in a row – I love how meticulous he is.

 

These little things are the things that you don’t often do as an adult. We’re so often too busy, rushing on with our lives, to take the time to appreciate and enjoy the little things. But as a parent you get the chance to relive all those little things through the eyes of your child, and it’s just magical.

It was a perfect day – simple, nothing special, but full. Full of love, full of joy, and full of memories.

 

Monkey and Mouse

 

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29 Comments
  • Halina
    October 4, 2016

    Look at his happy little face 🙂 What a cutie. And what a lovely write-up of hunting conkers! I tried to get my son interested but he really didn’t give a fig. Bah.

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    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 5, 2016

      Haha, so often that happens with Max! I’m just thrilled when we get an activity like this that he really goes for!

  • Laura @dearbearandbeany
    October 4, 2016

    I love introducing the girls to things that I did as a child. Conker hunting is so much fun for them at this age. I think I will save the next stage where you play ‘conkers’ until they are a bit older x

  • Laura, The Seasonal Child
    October 5, 2016

    Wonderful! His little face, these moments we take for granted as adults are so magical for kids, and it really is great to rediscover them. 🙂 #WhateverTheWeather

  • Karen Bell
    October 5, 2016

    Fantastic. These little moments are so special. Conkers are such a wonderful part of childhood fun. We adore conker hunting. #Whatevertheweather

  • daisythebus
    October 5, 2016

    Beautiful post. I was also conker hunting with my 8-year old yesterday. In my town there is a row of mature chestnut trees stretching for maybe 500 metres. I had thought that the glut of conkers might dilute the pleasure of finding them, but, no, she was thrilled to find them, as always. Lucky for her, she had a jacket with BIG pockets!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 12, 2016

      Ah, that’s brilliant! I need to make a note of where all the best trees are – and go with some big baskets next year!

  • Catherine Hughes
    October 5, 2016

    What gorgeous pics of your little one’s joy at discovering something new 🙂 We’re big fans of exploring nature and the kids’ delight is always so infectious – we went on a conker hunt last weekend and I think I ended up just as excited as them! #whatevertheweather

  • Rebecca Taylor
    October 6, 2016

    What a lovely day! Beautiful photos. Max’s face is adorable! Such a magical time of year and an exciting activity whatever the age 🙂 x

  • Amy Wharton
    October 6, 2016

    Gorgeous photos! I introduced my little one to conker hunting this past week and now we can’t go anywhere without her searching for them. She’s even searching under bushes for them! #whatevertheweather

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 12, 2016

      Aww, that’s so cute! Max told me the other night all about when we looked for conkers – it was so cute! I’m so glad we gave him a lasting memory 🙂

  • Natalie @memeandharri
    October 7, 2016

    We recently done this with our girls and they loved it!! So did i! It’s always the little things that cost no money that they love. Gorgeous pictures xx #whatevertheweather

  • Merlinda Little
    October 7, 2016

    Awww the happiness on this face is just so priceless! #whatevertheweather

  • Kayleigh Woodland
    October 9, 2016

    Oh he is just full of absolute delight isn’t he?! My daughter first really looked at Conkers this year on the way to school but there haven’t actually been that many. Thanks so much for linking up to #kcacols we hope to see you back next time!

  • thehelpfulhiker
    October 9, 2016

    I love this time of year and conker hunting is such fun! Love the photos of his happy little face! Northamptonshire hosted the world conker championships today, I really must go and watch one year-apparently people come from all over the world!

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 12, 2016

      Oh wow! We’ve not got to the actual conker playing stage yet – maybe in a few years time when Max has a bit more control!!

  • Laura Dove
    October 9, 2016

    I have loved following your photos on Instagram, his little face is just adorable! There is something to magical about conkers to children, my girls especially can’t get over the fact that they fall from the trees and we literally have bucket loads at home with no idea what to do with them! I really should look on pinterest for some kind of autumnal craft, maybe next week! #KCACOLS

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 12, 2016

      Aww, thanks Laura! Sadly we laid ours outside and the squirrel got them all, so no crafts for us! I’ve not broken it to Max yet – we’ll have to try and find some more!

  • The Speed Bump
    October 10, 2016

    I used to love conker hunting when I was little! This really brings back memories. Lovely pictures! #KCACOLS

  • Samantha Free
    October 10, 2016

    I love days like these – they may seem so simple to us, yet for the children there is so much to it – learning, exploring, doing things for the first time etc! And he looks so happy. Conker hunting is one of the best things and there is nothing quite like taking them from their shells! #KCACOLS

  • Rachel George
    October 10, 2016

    I must do this with my son. Lovely photos.x #KCACOLS (Ordinary Hopes)

  • Winnettes
    October 11, 2016

    Max always looks so happy! I love conker hunting.
    #KCACOLS

  • Jenny Eaves
    October 11, 2016

    I love your posts, Max is always so gorgeously happy! Conker hunting is fun and look how shiny they are! Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather 🙂 x

    • Katy | Hot Pink Wellingtons
      October 12, 2016

      Thanks for hosting Jenny – I always love joining in! Max just loves to be outside, always puts a smile on his face!

  • Sonia
    October 13, 2016

    Ah lovely! We are planning a walk in the woods at the weekend. The kids love collecting all sorts in the autumn, plus the fun of kicking and throwing leaves! #KCACOLS

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