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to the beach

January 27, 2009

At the weekend my boyfriend and I went to a lovely rocky beach that is one of my favourite places to go in the winter. The bay is a marine nature reserve and is a great place for snorkelling in warmer weather.

Kimmeridge

The beach is a perfect place to see the geology of the area, the different layers of rock are exposed in the cliff so you can look back through millions of years.

kimmeridge

Because the layers are tilted at an angle here, you can walk out into the bay on ledges that are exposed at low tide with a gentle slope one side and a steep drop the other. These are full of children catching crabs and blennies in the summer, and you can lie on the ledges and peer over the edge with a snorkel mask on if you don’t want to actually swim!

ledges

The beach is a really good place to hunt for treasures. I love collecting pretty pebbles and shells and beach glass. Here are some of the things we found that I didn’t bring home…

seaweed

Seaweed that looks like a tentacle…

fossil 1

fossil 2

Fossils…

whelk eggs

Empty Dog Whelk egg cases…

rock

Rock that looks like a map…

root

Kelp roots (again looking like some strange alien being)…

Then we found a wishing stone. I know that’s what it is because Kristy says so!

wish stone

We also found one with a solid circle of white instead of a ring but I’m not sure that counts. We threw it into the sea and made a wish anyway. Boyfriend said it looked like a fossilised pint of Guinness.

Guinness wishing stone

So that was our afternoon at the beach, and a lovely time was had by all. I hope you enjoyed the trip!

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2 comments

  1. I won’t ask what you wished for!


  2. Welcome back to the blogging world Cat. This place looks so cool in every sense of the word, I’m cooling off just looking at your photos. Thanks for visiting and leaving your comment.



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