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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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!

    • Catherine
      April 16, 2017 / 7:41 pm

      Very enterprising!

  13. April 17, 2017 / 9:11 am

    Great photos looks like fun was had by all!

  14. 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

  15. 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

  16. 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

  17. 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

  18. 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

  19. 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

    • Catherine
      April 7, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      Ooooo I imagine the shells in Florida would be pretty special

  20. 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!

  21. 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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