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

    • April 15, 2017 / 10:02 pm

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

      • blogofdadjames
        April 15, 2017 / 10:26 pm


  2. 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

    • April 15, 2017 / 10:03 pm

      Lucky you, Norfolk is such a brilliant county

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

    • April 15, 2017 / 10:35 pm

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

  5. April 16, 2017 / 12:06 am

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

    • April 16, 2017 / 8:14 am

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

  6. 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

    • April 16, 2017 / 8:19 am

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

  7. 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

    • 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. 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

    • April 16, 2017 / 8:25 am

      Looks a bit too hard boiled to eat though!

  9. 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.

    • April 16, 2017 / 8:24 am

      Salted caramel maybe? Have a lovely Easter 🐣

  10. April 16, 2017 / 8:17 am

    Do you bring them home or leave at the beach?

  11. 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. 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. 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. 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! :)

    • April 19, 2017 / 8:22 pm

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

  15. April 5, 2018 / 10:56 am

    I must admit that on my recent beach holidays I too have become somewhat obsessed with combing beaches for interesting bits and beach of sealife… I don’t ever collect anything as I don’t have space for it but do have a million and one photos of pretty shells, odd seaweed, and life in rock pools! #farawayfiles

  16. April 5, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Shell collecting is my favourite beach pastime. We dont have razor clams in Australia, much to my hubby’s disgust! Thanks for sharing on #farawayfiles

  17. April 5, 2018 / 1:40 pm

    I do love color collecting on a beach as well! I love all the little bits washed up in the sand and rocks – the flotsam and jetsam. I put some from our Danish beach exploration into a glass vase to enjoy the layers of colors on my shelf. Thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, cheers from Copenhagen

  18. Beth
    April 5, 2018 / 10:43 pm

    Oh, this took me back to my beachcombing years in Florida! I kept quite a collection over the years. Such a great memory. Yours are lovely. Glad to know I can do this at UK beaches! Thanks for sharing. #FarawayFiles

    • April 7, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Ooooo I imagine the shells in Florida would be pretty special

  19. April 6, 2018 / 2:07 am

    Beachcombing – what a great way to spend the day! Your pictures make me miss the sea. I live in a landlocked city!

  20. April 7, 2018 / 2:03 pm

    How lovely. I have spent many happy times beach combing in Norfolk. When I was a child I had tins full of collected shells now I tend to bring them home and promptly forget about them, although I do have a couple from last year perched on a bathroom shelf! #FarawayFiles

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