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High Street, Leominster, Herefordshire. Photo by Richard Webb

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kevins3514

Correct: sea snails' shells that have turned into fossils. They do kind of look like toenails. Much of the gravel in that part of England came from areas that were once under the sea, and hence the fossils of sea-shells. The owner of the cafe plucked 3 or 4 from her gravel driveway in less than a minute. An interesting souvenir to take home - kevin

sueswan

Hi kevin, pleased you enjoyed the set. I'm sure I've been to Leominster but my other half thinks it was Ledbury. We've seen so many towns and villages in this part of the world, we used to visit my mother-in-law who lived in Worcestershire, next door to Herefordshire and had trips out.
I haven't heard of 'devils toenails' but found a piece about it on line...
'The oyster Gryphaea is one of the commonest fossils found in the British Jurassic. The calcite shell is thick and survives well after weathering and erosion of the clays and shales in which it is fossilized. It is also sufficiently resilient to have endured transportation by rivers and Ice Age glaciers - eroded specimens of Gryphaea are often found in river gravels and glacially-deposited boulder clays in regions of England, such as Suffolk and Gloucestershire'...Sue

kevins3514

Thank you for this set, Sue. The one day I spent in your Leominster (somewhere around 2000), they had a fireman's parade: the kids were all excited. I sat in a daytime coffee shop/nighttime blues club, and had a nice discussion with the owner. Good coffee as well. She gave me a handful of "devil's toenails" to take home. Do you know what these are?

sueswan

Yes I think we will Joyce, plenty of cafes/pubs to relax and have refreshments...Sue

cakes1947

Nice picture, think we'll have a good time shopping here!! Thanks Sue!! :)))
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