So, Awkward Hill...

It's a strange name, isn't it? Awkward Hill is a very steep hill, rising abruptly from the River Coln. You can quite see why it's called "Awkward" - it's a sort of blip or bump right in the middle of Bibury.
If you go down the other side, the lane is called Hawkers Hill, as in hawker, or pedlar. I keep meaning to look into this, to discover whether Hawkers Hill is a corruption of Awkward Hill, or whether Awkward Hill is a corruption of Hawkers Hill.
If anyone knows where the name comes from, I'd love to hear from you. When I decided to move to Bibury, my family thought the name was hilarious. It was even suggested that I use the blogging name Awkward Cow. But I think not.

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  1. I am so excited for your new adventure. May the rains be soft and your garden grow abundantly.~~Dee

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  2. I've felt so awkward not commenting on your blog until the contracts were exchanged ;)

    It's so lovely to be able to do so at last. Looking forward to welcoming you to Gloucestershire to be a relatively near neighbour :)

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  3. Fantastic - hope you enjoy the new adventure

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  4. It could be the name of your blog though.

    Best wishes for the move and new way of life and everything.

    Esther

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  5. Such a wonderful idea and what an adventure you'll have. xo

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  6. That's family for you ... your friends know you are anything but! I am so danged excited for you. There must be something in the recent planetary alignment, so many of my friends are moving!

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  7. Wishing you every happiness in your new home and for your new adventure - how exciting!

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  8. Having remembered the Awkward Hill bit, and congratulating you in my mind on choosing a name early in the alphabet, I couldn't find it in my reading list. Long way round via your back yard - oh. Tales! I need a memory draught.

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  9. Loved your piece in the paper, you write so beautifully, hope you will have more time for writing now you are not in charge of sorting out the news... :-) xxxxx

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  10. Vicky, how wonderful to begin a new chapter in your life and of course a challenging garden. I remember your garden well in London, your green fingers will certainly be put to the test. Do send your address, I do hope we can meet up for tea in the garden.
    Sue Maude
    sue.maude@gmail.com

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  11. someone from Tetbury has been reading my blog, Google tells me that is 17 miles from your Bibury ... I wonder.

    I am so longing to read about you starting a new garden. Wonderful to see the concepts and ideas developing, happening and growing. What lurked in your mind, unsuited to a completed London garden, and you can now tackle with aplomb, delight and joy?

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