Friday, July 22, 2011

Our rare fossil find

Yesterday we visited Sidmouth, advertised as a Regency seaside town. It was a very gentle and tasteful sort of place, full of visitors, mostly elderly, and lacking any sort of amusement arcade. Instead the front street running opposite the promenade was full of hotels, mostly AA 3 and 4 star, and very genteel.

The most difficult thing I found was choosing which ice cream shop should benefit from my custom. All offered traditional, Devon or Cornish ice cream, all given names designed to trigger off pangs of sensual anticipation. Names like Bampton blackberry and Devonshire clotted cream. So good I'll have to go back and try another range.

The car park wall had an inbuilt flower bed running its length and it was overflowing with these fabulous pink and purple petunias. So vivid I had to take a photo. (Even though I can't see petunias without singing, 'Don't jump off the roof, dad, you'll make a hole in the yard; mother's just planted petunias, the weeding and seeding was hard.') (And I think Blogger has done something to the picture as it wasn't half faded as this is.)
It started off as a sandcastle but GrandDaughter added the stones and it became a sandbug from outer space.
Sidmouth and its sea front and cliffs form part of Devonshire's Jurassic coast.
Even though the coastline is renowned for the fossil finds I wasn't expecting to make this unique discovery. I showed it to GrandDaughter and she began meowing confirming my suspicion that what we had found was indeed a fossilised pussy cat.


Leslie: said...

Sounds like a lovely outing. Indeed, it looks like a kitty.

Liz said...

It was a lovely day out, leslie.

Jay at The Depp Effect said...

Hahaha! I didn't know they even had kitty cats in the Jurassic age! It's a ginger moggy, too!

Ole Phat Stu said...

Granddaughter is obviously a beleiver in the Flying Spaghetti Monster. Explain THAT in your church ;-)