M appears to be checking the Debatable Lands for any passing Reivers... probably quite wisely!
It was great driving back from Northumberland up the A68, a lot of it a Roman road (Dere Street?). I have such strong memories of the 4 of us kids in the back of the Wolseley Six, trying to make Dad go fast over the blind summits in the road to leave our stomachs behind :) No seatbelts or kiddie seats, of course!
Such a tough land, the border country. You pass mighty thick-walled towers by the roadside, ruins now. Steel Bonnets and cattle thieves. Lynchings and ballads.