I put a sausage casserole in the slow cooker before setting off (ah, love my slow cooker), so we could come home and have a hassle free tea, and I made a picnic to eat on the beach and off we went.
5 minutes into the journey we had been asked twice 'Are we nearly there yet'.. sheesh, this was going to be a long journey.
Finally, 2 hours later we arrived, and turned out that the car park was free, which was a bonus, apart from fuel and an ice cream on the way home it made it a free day out. Lovely.
We navigated a collapsed walkway down to the beach, and a huge expanse of beach was before us, lovely. Hardly anyone was around, even better!
When we arrived on the beach, and everyone was eyes down and we were beach combing. The kids had buckets and spades so they could fill them with rocks and shells that they found. Within about 10 minutes we started finding bits of fossils and after 2 hours we has quite a lot.
After about an hour we stopped for our picnic lunch, and husband spotted something moving near the base of the cliff. He took a closer look and it was a seal! It looked like a baby seal.
The kids were very careful and took a closer look, but keeping a safe distance. It looks like it could have been stranded when the tide went out and it was bleeding near its eye. I phoned the Scarborough sea life sanctury and they said it had already reported it and someone would be there soon to rescue it (phew)
A bit more fossil hunting resumed after lunch, hubby and S stayed by the cliffs to keep hunting.
Me and C went paddling in the sea, we then found that C had a hole in her wellies, what a great way to find out - grr, thankfully I had spare socks and trousers in the car.
By the time we returned to the car, frozen and tired from the sea air, the tide was coming in, so hopefully the seal managed to get back into the water.
Popped into the nearest village on the way home, and we were home I time for tea. A great day fossil hunting.