Category "News"

10May2021
Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.
 
If you live in the UK, we’ve had a bit of a deluge of rain of late, but I hope you’ve been able to get out and about.  This week is all about growing, hiking and making easy origami animals on CraftFriday.
 
It’s a short letter this week as I’m suffering with some tooth discomfort and typing is making it worse, hopefully, it will have improved by next week.
 
Here’s a video about an adorable little boy who is learning how to make Monster Plants, such an easy little project to get your youngsters interested in growing.

We’ve also got a little video from Sesame Street about a girl and her dad taking a hike and all the things they see on the way.

On Friday, we have some really easy origami animals for #fridaycraftmorning.  Follow along and show us anything you make.

Again, you can check that out on the website or Facebook page on Friday.

Let’s hope we can get out and about a bit more now and also start to socialise with our family and friends in the UK at least.

Again, you can check that out on the Facebook page on Friday.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

3May2021
https://youtu.be/b389YrU31SE

Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.
 
This week is dedicated to hedgehogs, they are just starting to emerge from their Winter hibernation and need all the help they can get.  Take a look at the following video on ways you can help them.

Next week is Hedgehog Awareness Week 2021. The initiative was set up by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society (BHPS) as an annual event, and is a whole week dedicated to celebrating and raising awareness of hedgehogs, so keep an eye on BHPS social media pages for competitions, tips, pictures and videos. You can get also get involved  by sharing photos and stories with #HedgehogWeek.  You can find out more about Hedgehog Street and become a champion for hedgehogs at www.hedgehogstreet.org

Here are some tips to help keep other wildlife and domesticated animals away from food you put out for hedgehogs https://www.hedgehogstreet.org/cat-proof-hedgehog-food/

If you have a handyman or woman in the house, a video showing you how to build a hedgehog house will be out on Wednesday this week and you can check them out on our website at https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/ or on our Facebook page /pricklyhedge. 

On Friday, we have a gorgeous craft item for #fridaycraftmorning to make a gorgeous hedgehog, it’s the most realistically looking one I’ve seen in a long time.

Again, you can check that out on the Facebook page on Friday.

In the UK, we may be a step nearer to being out of lockdown on May 17th, so that’s something to look forward to.  In the meantime, I hope you’ll be able to get out and about and see if you see any of the gorgeous woods that will be chock full of bluebells this month.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

26Apr2021
Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.
 
I have only seen house martins around our current house once or twice in the 30 years we’ve been here, so this week’s videos are a bit of a treat to see them on a nest cam.
 
Here’s the first of two videos letting us into their world.

So on Wednesday, we’ll get to see Part Two of the house martins nesting video and in honour of the approach of May, we learn how to draw bluebells. You can check that out on the website or on our Facebook page at /pricklyhedge.

There will be a myriad of blue fields soon all over the UK and there is nothing more magical than walking through a wood filled with their beautiful nodding bells.  We usually go a local wood for their annual open day and a walk around their small bluebell wood, but I doubt it will be open this year.  Oh well, always next year to look forward to. But on Friday, you can check out our video on how to draw bluebells either here or on our Facebook page.

Oh, if you’re not aware there are different types of bluebells.  We have the English bluebell, whose flowers all lie along the same edge of the stem and arch downwards and the Spanish Bluebell (below), whose flowers sit around the stem of the plant, reminiscent of the beautifully scented hyacinth.  We may find that we lose the English Bluebell altogether if we allow cross-pollination between these two plants.  Sadly, we can’t tell the bees where to get their pollen from.  As pretty as the Spanish Bluebell is, it is a threat to our natural flora and fauna.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

19Apr2021

Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.
 
Anyone have a lizard for a pet?  Something I’ve never really been into, they are way better outdoors anyway unless, of course, they’re bred for captivity and then its cruel to try to ‘rescue’ them.  I long for the day when no animals are caged.
 
This week Ellie learns all about lizards and we find out what all the parts of the plant and called and do some craft work creating a plant.  But to kick off this week, we have the lovely Lana and Sayla who are showing us all how to sow our own seed, which hopefully will encourage all of us to get growing more.

So on Wednesday, Ellie learns all about lizards..  You can check that out on our website at https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/ or on our Facebook page /pricklyhedge. 

On Friday, we have a video all about learning the parts of the plant and doing some craft work to create them. Again, you can check that out on the website or Facebook page on Friday.

I hope you have a great week and what we send out weekly, gives you pause for thought and reflection or gets you motivated to get out ther and do something for yourself and for nature too.

If you have any pictures of things you’ve grown in your garden, or seeds that are already sprouting, let us know.  We’ve planted some broad beans so we’ll keep you updated on those.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

12Apr2021
Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.

Did you manage to get outdoors more last week?  I hope so,  if the weather was good (or bad) where you live.  I LOVE walking in the rain, so it never bothers me to go out in the rain, but I have to admit to liking the sun a tad more lol.

This week, we have some cute characters that I’ve never come across before in the guise of the Flowertots.  My kids used to watch Tiny Tots back in the 90’s.  Do you remember them?  I’m a tot and you’re a tot, Tilly, Tom & Tiny.  They loved it, along with Bump the Elephant.  Anyway, I digress.
 
Here’s a little vide featuring Primrose and Violet.  Enjoy.

Despite the lovely Spring weather, there are still a lot of animals that like to live underground.  Wednesday, we get to know what it’s like to live underground in a video that due out then.  You can check them out on our website at https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/ or on our Facebook page /pricklyhedge. 

If you loved the paper cherry blossom, then check out our video on Friday for #fridaycraftmorning where we’ve dug up 23 more ideas to make paper flowers.  I feel inspired.

It really does feel good to be getting out and about more in the fresh air, and I may even be able to get a walk in the park scheduled with my eldest son, it would be nice to see him for a little longer than 15 minutes on the doorstep.  Can’t wait to give him a hug, like the rest of the population.

If you have any pictures of things you’ve grown in your garden, or seeds that are already sprouting, let us know.  We’ve planted some broad beans so we’ll keep you updated on those.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

5Apr2021
Hello everyone, how are you all?  Well, I hope.

Did you have a good Easter holiday/break?  I LOVE Easter, it’s my favourite time, I think I like it more than Christmas.  But then I love the Spring and this week we’re all about swallows and cherry blossom, as well as 39 brilliant hacks to help with your recycling quest.  You can see that video below

A lovely animated story about swallow’s migrating will be out on Wednesday this week and you can check them out on our website at https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/ or on our Facebook page /pricklyhedge. 

On Friday, we have a gorgeous craft item for #fridaycraftmorning to make some beautiful paper cherry blossom.  This might be one for the mum’s and dad’s too.  Isn’t cherry blossom just the prettiest sight after a long hard Winter?  I know that when it appears in our street, Spring is definitely on its way.

Again, you can check that out on the website or Facebook page on Friday. As it’s April, we want to start pushing the Spring theme a bit more, so I hope you’re feeling a little lighter and more rejuvenated.  World-wide things seem to be improving a little, let’s hope that we can get back to some kind of normality by the Summertime, in the meantime, we can get outdoors and enjoy the freedom that fresh air affords us, so let’s all do that if we can.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t forget to let us know if you make any of our craft items.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

29Mar2021
Hello everyone, how are you all? Well, I hope.  It’s Eggciting isn’t it!!!  Yes, that’s my one and only joke for the newsletter #pinkypromise

As it will be Good Friday the end of this week and then the Easter weekend begins, I thought I’d concentrate on chickens. Who doesn’t love little fluffy yellow chickens?! Even if you don’t celebrate Easter, none of us can resist them.

Here’s a little video with some really cute chickens (and a few other animals) doing funny things.

Also this week, I’ve added a few more craft items to keep the kids entertained and making the Easter table and decorations a little more ‘bestpoke’.

On Wednesday, the chickens will be hatching over at

and we’ve got a couple of craft items Friday and Saturday this week in readiness for Easter Sunday.  Friday’s are some cute folded chickens at https://youtu.be/j4jk1IHqJV4

and Saturday’s is an egg container for the table.  You can see that on the website at https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/or our Facebook page on www.facebook.com/pricklyhedge

 As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

So a bit of a theme, eh!  Well, there’s enough going on without me adding to it with reading a newsletter too, lol.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and don’t eat too much chocolate!!!  Have a great Easter holiday.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

22Mar2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – Dormice – Too cute for words!

Dormouse

As a kid I had hamsters, both of whom, if I recall, I called Hammy.  Original, eh!? I never had a mouse or a rat or anything like that, but I did love hamsters, I would sit and watch them going round in their wheels for hours and I loved laying sunflower seed trails for them and seeing how many they could stuff in their faces before staggering back to their nests.

Mice and rats aside, however, I have a distinct passion for Dormice, they are toooo cute for words and this week is dedicated to them and our hope to help save our Hazel Dormouse, but first off, let’s learn a bit more about dormice here

Check the website on Wednesday to see the video on how to help them.  The link is www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar

You can also check out the conservation work this couple are doing in their woodland.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4u-yMkXOuTY

Also start to keep a look out for anemones coming up in the garden, they are usually planted in the late Summer/early Autumn for Spring flowering, but there are a few varieties, dependent on where you live, that can still be planted in Spring.

These are wood anemones though, so keep an eye out when you’re out walking too.

Wood Anemones

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

And a little #fridaycraftmorning for the kids. Doris the Dormouse – soo cute. Hopefully that will keep them amused for a little while at least. Check it out on the Facebook page or the website on Friday. As ever, if you make anything, drop a picture on the Facebook page, we’d love to see them.

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and watch out for anemones this week, see how you can help the Hazel Dormouse survive and show us your pictures of Doris!!

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

15Mar2021

💜🕷💜 NEWS – “Incy Wincy Spider”

“Do you understand why people are scared of us?…”

Hey there, hope you’ve all had a great week.

Well, love ‘em or hate ‘em, we have to deal with ‘em.  Spiders!  I either let them go on their merry way or, if they are HUUUUUGE, I trap them in a plastic cup and let them go on their merry way OUTSIDE of my house.  I have to be careful as I’m allergic to spider bites, so gently does it for me.

Best thing to do with something you’re not too sure about, or afraid of, is to find out as much as you can about them.  Here’s a start with a little video all about our eight-legged friends.

Check out the website at www.PricklyHedge.com/sidebar or our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/pricklyhedge on Wednesday for a video explaining why we shouldn’t be afraid of them.

Something else that people don’t like are dandelions, which is a real shame.  They have been used as edible and medicinal plants for many hundreds of years, but even if you can’t stand the thought of eating dandelion greens in your salad, give a thought to the bees.  Especially, the red-tailed bumblebee who is the laziest of the bees, they prefer to graze on one large flower, i.e. a dandelion, as opposed to flitting from flower to flower.  They’re not really lazy, they are just super-efficient with their time and energy levels.

Here’s an article from the Guardian highlighting their usefulness.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/gardening-blog/2015/may/12/dandelions-pollinators-wildlife-garden

And to round off the week, we have #fridaycraftmorning making this adorable moving spider.  You have to admit he’s rather cute.  No???  Aww poor spidey.

Come on though, you can’t help but LOVE Lucas! ❤❤❤

Yay!  New episodes, I’ve missed him.

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round-up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and try being a bit kinder to spiders??? Don’t forget if you have any great drawings of spiders, share them with us on our Facebook page www.Facebook.com/pricklyhedge

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge

8Mar2021

💜🎙💜 NEWS – How Easy is this? Simple Way to Grow Tomatoes.

Juicy Tomatoes straight from the bush

Hello there, I hope you’re all week and looking forward to longer, brighter days.  On days when the sun is shining, it makes you feel so good to be alive doesn’t it and let along looking forward to Spring, some of are already considering Summer and the goodies we get to eat from our gardens or allotments.  Some of you may not be lucky enough to have an allotment, or even a garden, but this week’s gardening video shows you just how easy it is to grow salad vegetables and we have had them in our dining room at one time in a large pot.

Check out this cute kid and let him show you how to grow tomatoes at home without even having to buy seeds.  He’s an inspiration.

As the weather continues to warm slowly, bats will be coming out of hibernation too.  We used to have bats in our garden until the neighbour took down a huge conifer.  Not that bats like nesting in conifers but they do like the insects that hover around the plant and so it was a bit like going to take-away to swarm around the conifer at dusk for a feast.  Shame because we don’t see them now.  We still have one place we can walk to to see them during the warmer months, so we may do that and video them.

This week, we have a video telling us all we need to know about bats.

You’ll be needing to buy a few more tomatoes this week too, lol, what with planting them and now crafting with them.  You can check out the Craft video on Friday, you’ll need a few tomatoes and some paper and poster paint #fridaycraftmorning

Don’t forget that on our website, you’ll also find a round up of environmental news on our How To’s page, https://www.pricklyhedge.com/right-sidebar/

I hope you have a great week and until next time, stay safe, stay well and try growing your food and helping to keep our planet healthy.

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge