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I may not have a sea view but one of the joys of living by the seaside is that I can walk to the beach in less than 10 minutes. So, although today was mostly spent on various chores, I still had time for one of my favourite things, a fossick along the stony shore. I picked up a few nice bits of sea glass, a couple of perhaps old bits of pottery – I like to pretend I’m on Time Team and have found something ancient or Roman, and what may be a fossilised seashell.

p.s. My friend Mark, who knows a thing or two about fossils, says that the ‘thing’ in my photo ‘looks to be a Gryphaea aka Devil’s Toe Nail, but in this case, instead of the calcium carbonate that usually replaces the shell, it has been replaced by a mineral called beekite, which is a form of silica. It’s the beekite that has created those pale circular patches that cover the surface.’