Boleslawa Limanowskiego has been busy the past couple of weeks. Of course, it is always hectic on the road outside the campus. There are parents dropping off their children, senior students pouring through the gate before the bell, and local residents attempting to chart a course through the throng as they make their way to work.
However, the greatest activity has been on the footpath that runs along the school fence. There we have seen groups of younger children, with parents in tow, foraging in the fallen leaves. Their prize, of course, were the recently fallen horse chestnuts. Those wonderfully coloured nuts reminded me of days past. I have not come across a game of ‘conkers’ for many a year. ‘Conkers’ was always a favourite game for children that involved high levels of skill and tactics. It was also tainted by risk of injury to the combatants, hence its demise was probably warranted. If not to play ‘conkers’, our children were relentless in their quest to amass a collection of fine specimens. I am sure that those horse chestnuts have found a new home, proudly displayed in bedrooms and kitchens across Warsaw.
Unfortunately, the last two weeks also brought a spate of colds and stomach disorders. I too fell victim to a sore throat and cough. Whilst we continue to be blessed with beautiful autumn weather the illnesses remind us that winter is not far away. Hopefully, the seasonal bugs have done their dash and that we are all prepared for what lies ahead.
Dr John Kennard