You know you’ve settled well into a coastal community you’ve moved to, when the locals leave fresh-caught fish at your doorstep for you. It contributes to feeling a sense of Plaice. This appeared, some time this morning, just outside the front door of Carrick. Okay, it’s just one, and it’s a tiddler, but the gull that dropped it off for us must have known we just love Plaice. It’s the thought that counts!
Denise: In High Field there’s an outcrop of partially metamorphosed granite with prolific inclusions (both veins and lumps) of biotite – a type of mica that’s black, soft and very flaky. The large crystals of the granite are ‘granulating’ from the effects of weather, and doing so unusually easily, such that the parent rock is actually eroding faster than the biotite, which as a result stands out like varicose veins, or chocolate chips in a cereal bar. How ironic, one of the weakest of minerals proving more durable than what is normally one of the strongest of rocks!
J brought this to my notice when he came home with a heart-shaped lump obviously from the boundary between the biotite and the parent granite, with one side micaceous, the other side fine crystalline dark granite. It takes a man with a heart of stone to win over a female geologist!