I was trying to find some conkers the other day. I managed two which I fear is scarcely sufficient for my purpose.
And that would be? Keeping out spiders. A correspondent to The Guardian had stated firmly that conkers keep spiders away and as we are entering the spider season and given that spiders and me have a complicated relationship (faults on both sides I’m sure, but I’d just as rather not have them in the flat) this seemed like a plan, albeit one unlikely to work. But a low level arachnophobe like myself has to try what he can.
In the meantime I have spreading the word. A till driver at Tesco who was fretting that there had been a spider in her car while she was driving to work and would still be there when her shift ended, was very taken with the idea and vowed there and then to fill her car with the nuts as soon as. I just hope they don’t all roll under the brake pedal, though that would make for an entertaining inquest.
Meanwhile the female half of the couple in the ground floor flat (the male half was once bitten by a moth as long time readers of this blog may recall) was also fascinated by the idea and has asked me to report on whether it works which strikes me as tricky as I will have to show the absence of spiders. A bit like the old joke about the chap who carries an anti-tiger charm in
when asked why states that he hasn’t been bitten by one yet. Scotland
But my researches may come to naught as I am finding it hard to find any, as stated above. I have put out a plea on facebook, the modern equivalent of chaining yourself to the railings outside the Houses of Parliament and will keep looking.
Wish me luck.