the Jurassic Coast World Heritage site and Brandon's Fossil Walk!
I know, "How do you find these things?"
This time Tim and Sandra lead the way!
We took the train from London Waterloo to Axminster and checked into this adorable B&B in Uplyme -
Meet Joy, the owner .... what a delightful woman! She is a long time friend of the Eddy's and we enjoyed getting to know her and listening to her hilarious stories about being an "Inn keeper".
She cheerfully greeted us each morning with a fantastic English breakfast including freshly baked gluten free bread and homemade jams. Sandra enjoyed her kippers!
All decked out in our best mud-rucking clothes we headed for the harbour of Lyme Regis where we met our guide, Brandon for a description of the fossils we were looking for. He explained that the cliffs in this area are constantly crumbling and slipping into the sea, revealing fossils 180 MILLION years old.
The ones I was most intrigued by were the spiral shaped ammonites, looking a bit like a nautilus.
Brandon taught us how to explore the rock pools and sift through the fools gold.....
I am happy to report that according to Brandon I found a perfect specimen of two Ammonites back to back .... and one day my girls will inherit it and think, "What are we going to do with this teeny tiny 180 million year old snail?"
I thought the same thing, so we purchased a bigger one at the fossil store - for Dad's desk!
And it is very cool!!!
Our day was not complete without a walk up the road from the Hedgehog Corner to the local pub for a pint of cider .... no sidewalks, can't be too careful!
Mud rucking is hard work!