Thursday, 3 June 2010

Another chip off the old block...

... of planet Earth.

The top star (also shown with some of it's mates) was found in a block of Hornton stone, which comes from Oxfordshire. It's the same sort of plant-stem as in the previous post. I think Oxfordshire was a bit closer to the equator when this plant fell into the mud. The curious fossil shell was purloined from an 18th century grotto that I restored some years ago. I think I might do a post on that grotto next. By another sheer chance, it is also in Lacock, near where I found the first star. It made it into 'Architectural Digest' magazine, so some of you designers over there in the USA may already have seen it.


  1. I believe that a few fossils, and other interesting stones, were found in the Lascaux caves. Proving that, like us, primitive man was fascinated by such things, and kept them close at hand.

    Thanks for your E. I have E'd CR.

  2. I would love to go down the Lascaux caves, but I think there's a waiting list of several years. Interesting that they have found trinkets down there.

  3. Let's all go on a day trip to Lyme Regis! I'll make fancy sandwiches. I like your stone posts; they're my favourites.

  4. I'm with Mise, we should have a day trip. I too like the stone posts. Something I know absolutely nothing about. Looking forward to the grotto post.

  5. Good idea Mise. I'm looking forward to your fancy sandwiches - I'm really hungry. You can get nice, golden ammonites there, made entirely of iron pyrites (not pirates) but you have to keep them shiny, or they self-destruct.

    Make a date, and I'll organise a charabanc (not any other sort of bang)