Norfolk offers many kinds of beaches.  Flat sandy ones, where you have to walk miles to the sea; sandy ones with piers and all the fun of the seaside; and stony ones.  I love all of them but on a blowy day little can beat walking along a shingle beach in search of interesting things.


Beachcombing is one of our favourite things so we have a wide and varied collection of stones and shells at home.  Good Friday saw us at Cley next the Sea in north Norfolk seeing what we could find.  I was rather taken with the pink and white insides of these shells.


The Junior CW’s amassed a collection of razor shells and a particularly lovely crab leg.


I really liked the way this seaweed has wrapped its way around the stone like a fancy Easter Egg.

Do you look for stones and shells on the beach and what do you do with them when you get them home?



  1. blogofdadjames April 15, 2017 / 9:34 pm

    That looks like a beach packed full of interesting things

    • Catherine April 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

      Fishing boats, crab pots and an old shoe as well!

      • blogofdadjames April 15, 2017 / 10:26 pm


  2. Emma T April 15, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    We’re going to Norfolk this coming week for a few days. I’ve not been for years. Definitely looking forward to bein g by the sea

    • Catherine April 15, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Lucky you, Norfolk is such a brilliant county

  3. Topsy Turvy Tribe April 15, 2017 / 9:51 pm

    Beautiful photos, there is something so simple, yet so complex about shells. Our boys love to hunt for sea glass. Isn’t the beach just a wonderful place to hang out!

    • Catherine April 15, 2017 / 10:33 pm

      We never tire of the beach

  4. Tim April 15, 2017 / 10:11 pm

    We’re heading to the seaside next week, so will no doubt come back with a collection of shells and other assorted random items.

    • Catherine April 15, 2017 / 10:35 pm

      We have an extensive collection of holey stones threaded onto wire coat hangers

  5. dearmummyblog April 16, 2017 / 12:06 am

    We love beachcombing! It’s our favourite pastime. Love the natural Easter egg pebble x #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine April 16, 2017 / 8:14 am

      It was too fragile to move, so maybe lots of other families will see it too

  6. Coombe Mill (Fiona) (@coombemill) April 16, 2017 / 12:21 am

    We never see those long razor shells on our beaches, beach combing is a favouite activity of mine, I’m always thinking up new crafts with me treasures! Happy Easter

    • Catherine April 16, 2017 / 8:19 am

      PVA glue and Ikea mirrors make for good ‘grandma’ presents!

  7. For the love to April 16, 2017 / 4:24 am

    My kids love to collect shells as well and since we do not live close to beaches it is wonderful to have those at home to remember good times. #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine April 16, 2017 / 8:22 am

      Same here, we love the chalk Downs on our doorstep but always good to have a reminder of the seaside

  8. dadbloguk April 16, 2017 / 6:24 am

    Wow, a great array of items you found there. That last stone does indeed look like an elaborate Easter egg. Enjoy your Easter break! #MySundayPhoto

    • Catherine April 16, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Looks a bit too hard boiled to eat though!

  9. Tara April 16, 2017 / 7:05 am

    I love the last pic, it really does look like a fancy Easter egg. Probably a bit salty-tasting though 🙂 Hope you’re having a fun time.

    • Catherine April 16, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Salted caramel maybe? Have a lovely Easter 🐣

  10. Catherine April 16, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Do you bring them home or leave at the beach?

  11. Victoria Welton April 16, 2017 / 10:54 am

    You are so right about that Easter Egg stone! Grace loves beachcombing, we go regularly to Lyme Regis and Chesil Beach 🙂 Happy Easter. #MySundayPhoto

  12. Sarah Wood April 16, 2017 / 5:45 pm

    Lovely pics – love doing this in our family, we have made pictures out of seaglass and our oxfordshire garden has a large amount of wales in it. The children even set up an imaginary rocks for rent business where they tried to loan out collected interesting rocks to people!

  13. Helena April 18, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    It feels so long ago that we were last stood on a beach. Sadly my eldest didn’t like the texture at the time! I wonder if these pics could tempt her back they have sure tempted me. #MySundayPhoto

  14. lisaslife1970 April 19, 2017 / 7:53 pm

    I have my own collection of pebbles and shells from Cley…it’s a great beach for good finds! 🙂

    • Catherine April 19, 2017 / 8:22 pm

      Isn’t it just, I love the North Norfolk coast

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