December

27Dec2021

Hello everyone, how are you all?


Hope youโ€™ve had a good Christmas, or that it was at least better than last year.ย  Sadly, we were a place missing last year when we couldn’t see our eldest son, and this year, he was there but not his dad.ย  The last three years have been tough on all of us and my heart goes out to anyone who has lost a loved one for whatever reason.


However, life cracks on apace, I’m afraid and all we can do is go with the flow for a while until we have the strength to, once again, take charge and find new directions.


And speaking of new things, we have a new book coming out on 7th January 2022.ย  This would have been my husband’s 71st birthday, so it’s extra special this time.ย  The book is written in rhyme this time and the illustrations are gorgeous.

This is the first page of the book, where Bubble is hoping that Squeek can come round and play.

Teena Rahim, who illustrated the book has captured Bubble’s personality beautifully.  In Teena I found someone who I’ve been able to work with in creating just the right mood for my characters.

She is sooo darn cute, Bubble that is LOL.

The story is about how fearful Bubble is of Billy the badger but once she gets talking to him and understands why he’s so sad, as ever, she wants to help him and in doing so, finds out what ALL of us can do to help him too.

As ever, the book is styled not only on the message of easy ways to help our wildlife, but also on principles of tolerance, inclusion and friendship, which is illustrated by Bubble’s attitude as the book progresses.

With each page that Teena created. I oohed and aahed just a little more, she has also captured Squeek’s playfulness in other pages.  I just LOVE her work.

As I say, launching on 7th January, 2022, it will be around ยฃ5-6 on Amazon, not sure yet until the book is finally uploaded and I see what Amazon intend to charge to print it, but it should be around that price.  Let me know what you think.  Do you like it, will you consider buying it for your little one?

Let me know on the Facebook page. As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them at Prickly Hedge FB Page

Don’t forget that on our website, youโ€™ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How Toโ€™s page, Prickly Hedge NEWS

I hope you have a great holiday and until next time, stay safe, stay well and donโ€™t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

24Dec2021
๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŽจ ๐ŸŒŸ CRAFTY KIDS Make a Lovely Pop Up card, and mum’s (when you have a few hours to yourself , why not try out the Beautiful Holly Berry branch) you could get organised for next year. It would look glorious with some white glitter added. Have a lovely Christmas.

Christmas Crafts for #fridaycraftmorning #craftykids
20Dec2021
Hello everyone, how are you all?
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Hope youโ€™ve had a good week and are keeping safe.ย  I came across a charity called Cool Earth this week and they are doubling any contributions given this month, so basically, give once, help twice is their December tagline.

They are a global network helping to stop deforestation.ย  Why are they are helping the rainforest, check out the website tomorrow to find out HERE

As important as rainforests are in the global regulation of our planet, our own flora and fauna at home is pretty important too.

Thereโ€™s nothing really more Christmassy than holly.ย  When those gorgeous red berries arrives on the trees, I feel like Christmas is really close.ย  Iโ€™m lucky enough to own a small yellow holly tree.ย  Itโ€™s not mature enough to have berries yet, but it belonged to my neighbour who sadly died and I managed to secure a bit of it before the developer ripped it all out.ย  And quite apart from the tradition of bringing it into the home to make us feel all festive, it has enormous value to wildlife from hedgehogs to deers.ย  Thereโ€™ll be more about that on the website on Thursday, so check it out HERE .ย  In the meantime, hereโ€™s a really upbeat little video all about this wonderful spikey plant.

And to finish off the week for #craftfriday, how to DIY your own bunch of holly.ย  I was mesmerised watching this and the end result was stunning.ย  No, itโ€™s a bit complex for kids, but I thought it was worth watching.ย  I havenโ€™t forgotten the kids though, thereโ€™s also a pop up holly card to make as well.

Hope you have a lovely week.ย  Take care and stay safe.

Don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter for up-to-date news on the new book. You can sign up at www.pricklyhedge.com/freebies You can also catch up with on Facebook at PricklyHedge

Hope you have a lovely week.  Take care and stay safe.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

14Dec2021
๐ŸŒŸ ๐ŸŽค ๐ŸŒŸ NEWS KIDS More on the Toy Project Charity

Check out more about the toy project and maybe think about donating to them rather than giving toys to the local charity shop (even though that’s excellent too), but the Toy Project make sure that toys go to more specific children/family orientated destinations.

WHAT DO WE DO?

โ€ข We recycle unwanted toys and give them to children who need them
โ€ข We encourage learning through play by funding Lego workshops, art workshops and
storytelling
โ€ข We raise money to fund projects such as toy and book libraries, murals and community
events
โ€ข We educate children about recycling and supporting others

WHO DO WE SUPPORT?

โ€ข schools and nurseries
โ€ข hospitals and hospicesโ€ฆand many more. Learn more HERE

13Dec2021
Hello everyone, how are you all? Well, I hope.

I know itโ€™s been a long time since I wrote out to you.ย  I hope youโ€™ll forgive me when you know the reason why.
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Back in early May, (the last time I wrote to you) my husband went to see his cancer consultant, heโ€™d been battling with melanoma since the September previous and we had a good meeting.ย  He was doing great, going on to the next stage of treatment.ย  Everything was going really well.
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However, withinย  few days of that appointment, he fell ill and to cut a long story short, the scans heโ€™d had the month previous that showed such good results were now life-threateningly bad.ย  By mid-June, Peter was dead and life changed dramatically for me.
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I didnโ€™t know if I wanted to continue with Prickly Hedge, heโ€™d been ill for some time and I hadnโ€™t had much traction with it, but I know he would have wanted me to continue with my writing.
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Iโ€™m doing fine, I choose to live in the gratitude of having had him in my life, rather than in the pain of the loss of him in my life and thatโ€™s how Iโ€™m coping.
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So as we look forward to Christmas and clearing out the Christmas toy boxes, I found this super little project that recycles kidโ€™s toys.ย  Thereโ€™s a video and then tomorrow, thereโ€™ll be a post on the website with more information about the charity. Seems really worthwhile.

Pete and I were together 40 years and 30 of those weโ€™ve lived at โ€˜Prickly Hedgeโ€™ and he always told me that the trees on one of the roads close by held mistletoe at Christmas.  I never believed him, said it was birdโ€™s nest until this year (sodโ€™s law) when I saw it and thought, he was right all along, well Iโ€™ll be blowed.

So I thought Iโ€™d include a video on mistletoe this week and then on Thursday, thereโ€™ll be a post on the website telling you more about it from the Wildlife Trust.

And to finish off the week for #craftfriday, how to DIY your own bunch of felt mistletoe but if you donโ€™t have or canโ€™t afford the materials for that, thereโ€™s another little video showing youngsters how to draw mistletoe.

AND…. I have some very exciting news. We have a new book coming out, not quite finished yet. More on that next week, but for now it’s still under wraps, and only those who sign up for the newsletter are getting the ‘breaking news’ on that x You can sign up at www.pricklyhedge.com/freebies

Hope you have a lovely week.ย  Take care and stay safe.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

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