Prickly Hedge News

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

I know it’s been a long time since I wrote out to you.Β  I hope you’ll forgive me when you know the reason why.
Back in early May, (the last time I wrote to you) my husband went to see his cancer consultant, he’d been battling with melanoma since the September previous and we had a good meeting.Β  He was doing great, going on to the next stage of treatment.Β  Everything was going really well.
However, withinΒ  few days of that appointment, he fell ill and to cut a long story short, the scans he’d had the month previous that showed such good results were now life-threateningly bad.Β  By mid-June, Peter was dead and life changed dramatically for me.
I didn’t know if I wanted to continue with Prickly Hedge, he’d been ill for some time and I hadn’t had much traction with it, but I know he would have wanted me to continue with my writing.
I’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 that’s how I’m coping.
So as we look forward to Christmas and clearing out the Christmas toy boxes, I found this super little project that recycles kid’s toys.Β  There’s a video and then tomorrow, there’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 we’ve lived at β€˜Prickly Hedge’ 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 bird’s nest until this year (sod’s law) when I saw it and thought, he was right all along, well I’ll be blowed.

So I thought I’d include a video on mistletoe this week and then on Thursday, there’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 don’t have or can’t afford the materials for that, there’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

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

Lots of love from Yvonne, Bubble and #TEAMPricklyHedge


“Young people care deeply about the environment. You can see this even in young children. Ask a first grader to tell you about their favorite animals. They’ll undoubtedly tell you that those animals β€” whales, elephants, wolves, butterflies, turtles β€” are endangered because of human activity.

Caroline Hickman conducted a study of 10,000 young people (16- to 25-year-olds) across the globe to gauge how they felt about climate change. In large numbers, those young people reported being distressed, anxious, and frightened about climate change. They also reported that they felt betrayed by leaders who were failing to take action.

Our youth are looking to us to take action on climate change. One way to do that is to start a green team in your child’s school.”

Want to read the rest of the article and find out how to start a Green Team in your Child’s School? Simply click the link below.

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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,

ο»Ώ 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