Happy New Year

January 3, 2010 at 9:33 am 16 comments

Each new year starts the same;  an afternoon  walk on Crickley Hill with friends.  No matter what happens through the course of the year we know we’re giving it the best possible start by freezing our cheeks off to bimble about on a hill with our nearest and dearest.

I hope 2010 has begun wonderfully for you too.  If you ever find yourself in Gloucestershire on the first day of the year you’ll know where to find us!

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  • 1. mangocheeks  |  January 3, 2010 at 10:44 am

    Thank you for the warm welcome, Nic.

    Many Happy New Years to your and your loved ones.

  • 2. Ann  |  January 3, 2010 at 10:56 am

    You won’t catch me outside in this weather!!!

    Hope you had a lovely Christmas and have a great 2010

  • 3. Mrs Green  |  January 3, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Sounds like a great place to see in the New Year – I hope you manifest all your desires in 2010 🙂

  • 4. Don  |  January 3, 2010 at 6:27 pm

    A Happy new year to you and your family. Thanks for the picture. I led a walk on Saturday, on Robinswood Hill. We walked round the hill, so not too much climbing, distance about 3 miles. It was a wonderful day with plenty of views.
    Regards, Don

  • 5. miss m  |  January 3, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    Welcome back, Nic !
    What a great photo and a fabulous way to start the New Year !
    All the best to you and yours in 2010 !

  • 6. Johanna  |  January 3, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    happy new year nic – bimbling about on crickley hill sounds the perfect way to welcome in a new year – hope it is a good one for you and I look forward to more of your wonderful creations

  • 7. lisa  |  January 4, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    what a great idea, i might join you next year i love walking especially in the frost as long as your wrapped up well, wish i could bring luke but not many places have wheelchair accesbility up hill s, lol, happy new year lisa

  • 8. Nip it in the bud  |  January 5, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    MC – just returning the warmth ;o3

    Ann – we did thanks. It’s very chilly so don’t come out!

    Mrs G – me too!

    Don – I love Robinswood’s views. That and all the animals on the farm there (they had the cutest little black goats in the summer)

    Miss M – likewise lovely

    Johanna – thanks. I see you’ve been busy already with the creating

    Lisa – the woods are flatter but some bumps and slopes in places. Luke would love the downhill! Perhaps scout it outside yourself when you take your dog for a walk

  • 9. Choclette  |  January 5, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    Happy New Year to you

    I’ve just been given an award for my blog and am now passing it on to you as one of my favourite blogs. To collect the award go to my blog – http://choclogblog.blogspot.com/2010/01/blog-award.html

    No obligation – I won’t be offended.

  • 10. Phil  |  January 5, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    Happy New Year to you too.
    I spent new years day freezing my ass off around a golf course.
    Bizarrely, I didn’t notice the sun was out all day and actually got sunburnt!!
    Phil (& gals)

  • 11. Bilbo  |  January 6, 2010 at 9:51 pm

    And Happy New Year to you too. Hope the year brings you health, happiness and lots of good friends.

  • 12. Nip it in the bud  |  January 9, 2010 at 12:40 pm

    Choclette – thanks, I’m chuffed to be one of your faves.

    Phil – sunburn in the snow? that’s priceless. Have you got panda eyes from wearing sunniers?

    Bilbo – ditto buddy x

  • 13. Fiona Mayhem  |  December 2, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Ah! How I miss hills, especially the ones around Gloucester. I grew up there. Wasn’t going to mention it, but this post has made me all nostalgic. Robinswood and Chosen Hills were my main haunts. I live in the Benelux region, and there are no hills to be found. It’s funny how I only remember how great they are when I visit my mum and dad.

  • 14. nic@nipitinthebud  |  December 4, 2010 at 11:17 am

    what a small world it is Fiona! Glad you were cheered with a little nostalgia from home. Hope you’re feeling better now.

  • 15. forming new family traditions | Nip it in the bud  |  January 3, 2014 at 11:06 pm

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  • 16. den heaven | Nip it in the bud  |  July 4, 2014 at 10:00 am

    […] Crickley Hill has always been one of our favourite places.  G and I could amble for hours through the woods or over the escarpment.  Now we are 3 visits remain as long but generally we find ourselves in one particular spot playing dens. […]


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