Fossicking for Fossils – Sept 27th

Karen   /  

Safety goggles on and hammers in hand, we took to the beach to look for fossils this morning. There have been thousands of fossils found near the town of Charmouth from the Jurassic period. The eroding cliffs often have landslides, and these can contain fossilized remains. The information centre displayed whole dinosaur skeletons and many other fossils of plants and animals, so we set off optimistically. We did indeed find some things that, as Caleb said ‘almost probably’ were fossils, however they were not quite as spectacular as the ones you could buy in the shop. We had a lot of fun looking however! Daniel was especially cute as he earnestly whacked the ground with the special paleontologist’s hammer. It is amazing to discover something so ancient as a Jurassic fossil, just lying around on the beach

Our 'almost probably a fossil' collection


Following lunch in our conveniently parked motorhome (so good for having lunch without needing to go out), the boys hit the beach for an afternoon of sand construction. I am constantly amazed at how much they have learned, and how they play it all out. Josh built a wonderous railway system that connected Daniel’s Hadrian’s Wall to Caleb’s Carcasonne. We made a brief trip to the post office and returned with our boxes in a state of shock. I have since contacted a local shipping company that will freight our parcels for a fraction of the price that the post office wanted to charge. The boys also had a great swim this afternoon in the indoor pool at the caravan park. We were going to travel to the New Forest tomorrow, but have now decided that we will head for London instead. There is so much that the boys want to do there, and we want to also spend some time packing and cleaning the van. Our last campsite! In one way I am sad to be at the end of our trip, but in another very glad to be going home.

Feeding a family of ducks who wanted to share our lunch


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