Cats, Nuts and Some Fire in the Blood

Rena George Uncategorized 10 Comments


This blog post isn’t about cats, but the trio above looked so adorable in this picture I thought you might like to meet them.

Richio (pronounced Reeshio), the black and white one, and tabbies Yemi and Yumi can be pretty appealing when they are waiting for their supper, but don’t let that look of innocent fool you.They rule the roost in my son, Craig’s London home, but then they are quite cute.

I love this time of year when the trees start to copper up, when the rowans are heavy with bright scarlet berries and fat spikey green chestnuts weigh down the branches of the horse chestnut trees
IMG_1933I collected this lovely lot on my way back from the library the other day. You have to get in quick before the birds get to them, but the chestnut harvest this year is so bountiful that I don’t think too many birds will starve.
If you have children in the house it’s fascinating for them to see how, over the course of a few days, the green shells split revealing the beautiful shiny mahogany brown conkers inside.
I especially like chestnuts because spiders DON’T like them, which is why you’ll find a little net bag of these fruits of autumn in suspicious corners of our house.

If I admit that this deterrent actually works I would be tempting fate. But I’m still collecting the chestnuts.

A few chestnutty facts

rsz_horse-chestnut-leaves-228571_640* The village of Ashton in Northants has hosted the world conker championships since 1965.
* After Victorian children learned how to drill holes in them and string them up, conkers became the most popular autumn pastime in playgrounds.
* Horse chestnuts were so called to distinguish them from sweet chestnuts

* The origins of the name are much debated, but conkers may have been soaked in lime water to reduce their bitterness before being fed to horses.

If you’ve been checking out my Facebook timeline then you will have already seen these. But just in case you haven’t …rsz_fire_in_the_blood_

I’m delighted with this cover. It gives a teasing taste of what the book is all about.

“Gennie Durham buys into the Flying Fox country pub, and finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery – with Oliver Hammond, the man she is becoming increasingly attracted to, as prime suspect.

But there’s worse to come…

An arsonist is on the loose in Fenwick cum Marten, and Gennie’s pub could be next on the list!”

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Have a great week everyone.

Rena x




Comments 10

  1. The cats are beautiful and I think their names are just great! I must collect some conkers. I am sure they do work – we didn’t have so many spiders when I had plenty of conkers about the house. Now I have none – and lots of spiders!

    The book cover looks fabulous. Very striking 🙂 x

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      The cats are cute all right, Teresa, but holy terrors who find it more comfy stretching out on a computer keyboard than on their cushions. Definitely try the conkers. I’m sure your grandchildren will love collecting them. xx

  2. Aw, the cats are adorable. And I love your new cover 🙂

    Thank you for the hint about spiders not liking chestnuts – off to find some as we have some mutant eight-legged friends scuttling around.


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      Apparently this is the season for those big hairy house spiders. Sends a shiver through me just thinking about them. As well as the conkers, I keep a supply of anti-spider chestnut oil sprays that I bought online, Suzanne. And they definitely work!! xx

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      Thanks for those lovely comments, Rosemary. I envy your liking for spiders. I’m absolutely paranoid about the things and go to endless trouble to keep them out of our house. Fortunately, I have a lovely husband who puts the ones that do manage to scuttle indoors back out in the garden.

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  3. I like conkers. If I see them on the ground I can never resist picking one up and bringing it home. Then I don’t know what to do with them.

    I like chestnuts too, but I know what to do with those. They’re delicious.

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      I know exactly what you mean about not being able to resist picking up those conkers,Patsy. I’ve never actually tried the edible ones, but they do smell delicious when they’re being roasted by a street corner on a cold wintery day.

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