When I read the August microadventure task of exploring a border I knew that I had missed a trick! During the last week in July I had been to visit family 'up North' and had actually taken the time to drive over the border to Scotland! Alas, I knew Jonathan would not allow this sneaky submission but what the heck, it was a great photo opportunity so I have added a couple of pictures anyway!
So my first border is a border terrier dog. Meet Nora! Originally the Border Terrier was known as the Coquetdale or Redesdale Terrier after the area in which it evolved, but by the late 1800's it was generally known as the Border Terrier, probably because of its long history with the Border Hunt in Northumberland.
On a dreary Tuesday I set off to beat the predicted downpours to visit Pevensey Castle. The original structure was a Roman Saxon shore fort built around 290AD most likely to protect the coastal area. Once the Romans had left it was reoccupied by the Normans in 1066. It was abandoned again at the end of the 16th century until the ruin was acquired by the state in 1925. During the Second World war the castle was occupied again and the addition of machine gun posts to guard against German invasion can still be seen today. These days it is in the care of English Heritage.