For myself as a child I'd always found them somewhat of a beautiful oddity, on family days out to the coast i was always at my happiest rummaging through the shell's and stones. i never found anything remotely fossil like but I'd always end up coming home carrying half the beach.
Many years later that particular interest had faded and died a death, until last year when I went rummaging in the quarry at Berry Head Brixham and ended up coming home with some rather large, pink calcite crystals. Since then I've been eager to get started but for some reason or another it's had to be put on hold.. until now.
Now I'm trying to read and cram as much information as I can in to my head, acquire the equipment I'm going to need as well as willing the wetter weather to get here so I can start planning a few trips down to the coast.