Ken and Lynda Dinneen are Lapidary Artists and Rock Hounds

Ken is a Lapidary, Lynda has taught Jewellery Design, Silversmithing and Lapidary Art, as well leading many mining and Rock Hounding tours in and around the western United States.

J.B.Banks & Son Limited - Traditional Hardware Shop and FREE Heritage Museum of Working Life

Market Place, Cockermouth CA13 9NH The


ironmonger J.B.Banks & Son Limited


Monday to Saturday 9.00am to 5.00pm

J.B. Banks is not your typical hardware shop!

When I was younger, I used to see September as the wind-down of the year but really, this will be one of our busiest months! We have braved the heat of June and July; the Summer Holidays are over but there is still plenty to keep us busy.

The start of September is very busy, with a lot of people visiting us when all the kids have gone back to school. The town is a bit quieter but still busy enough for us to be constantly on our feet and rushing about!

This year, we also welcomed the Tour of Britain. The last one was a huge boost to the town and the competition for the best shop window was a great success. It was lovely seeing everyone taking part.

We’ve also had the Heritage Open Week and our museum was open as normal, with very helpful guides there. It’s amazing how much history Cockermouth has and with tours of the castle and the masonic hall available, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. I’d love to take another tour of the castle, it’s been years since I was last up there!

Just when we think that September is dying down and the town is getting a bit quieter, then Taste Cumbria springs into action! It’s one of our busiest weekends and it’s so much fun. I rarely get a chance to look at all the food demonstrations but this year I’ll do my best. I love the atmosphere; the town has such a great vibe when it’s bursting with people and stalls.

We like to say that every day working here is different and like Cockermouth, there’s always a lot going on. However busy we are, we’re always ready to help our customers!

Ken and Lynda work from their studio on the east flank of the Central Oregon Cascade Mountains in Sisters, Oregon.

“A fossil: is any preserved sign of past life, more than 10,000 years old; A body fossil: is the remains of the body of an animal or plant, or the imprint or cast of it; A trace fossil: indicates that an animal or plant was there but is not a body fossil; it includes footprints, burrows, signs of roots, tooth marks, etc.”

At the beginning of this year, we talked about trace and body fossils but now; when is a fossil not a fossil? Well yes, you got it! It has everything to do with age doesn’t it? It must, by definition, be older than 10,000 years. This puts it squarely in the Holocene Epoch (which is now actually) and then descending backwards through time into the Pleistocene Epoch and beyond.

Phanerozoic eon (which is the eon of visible life) are the CENOZOIC, meaning recent life, the MESOZOIC, meaning middle life and PALEOZOIC, meaning ancient life.


Anyway… I was cruising the Internet looking for

UK Ammonite

Geological Time Spiral

The exciting hobby of ‘Fossiling’ is the closest thing to time travel that we have available to us. Well, that and rock hounding of course and anthropology, hum and archaeology and… wait a minute, maybe that last statement needs some review. Let us say that the earth sciences give us a peek into the short, middle and distant past. In the great Precambrian expanse of time there are 4 eras. The names of the eras in the

inspiration for this article and came across a bit about the thrill of finding lovely full body shell fossils along the Whitby coast during organized trips by paleontologist Byron Blessed. Now the pictures that came up were all exceptional quality and the kids finding them were understandably thrilled. A quick plug… all trips except the 20th of October are fully booked this year but looks like a splendid way to spend some time if you’ve a mind to go a ‘fossiling’! Because many of the Whitby sites are protected sites you may not use a hammer in some areas but no worries, fossils can be picked up along the foreshore.

There is so much interest in fossils here in the UK that nearly everyone has had some exposure to the idea of a good hunt. Some wise sage once said: “…Don’t buy stuff, buy experience.”For now, go have some fun!

Until next time, Happy Hounding!

Lynda Dinneen

Fossiling at Whitby INFO@THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK ISSUE 429 | 20 SEPTEMBER 2018 | 14

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