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In the land of Pooh…

04 Aug
In the land of Pooh…

The best of our recent trip back to the wide open spaces of Sussex…

Photo Sans Frontiers

Last week we went to see friends and family in Crowborough, East Sussex, where the dramatic vistas of Ashdown Forest provided A A Milne with the settings for hisWinnie the Poohstories.

We were lucky with the weather and took the opportunity to wander amongst the pines, heather, bracken and gorse bushes of this, the real Hundred Acre Wood, as well as taking Audrey on a tour of some the other rural playgrounds of my youth.

Becky, who I hadn’t seen for years, joined us on the more-or-less-compulsory trek to Pooh Bridge for a game of Pooh Sticks; whilst Biff, another old friend, provided entrainment for Audrey in the shape of Luigi, the loveable Staffordshire bull terrier and he also kindly organised a trip to a riding stables, where we met some of their horses (before stopping for refreshments at one or two local hostelries).

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2 responses to “In the land of Pooh…

  1. Biff

    August 4, 2016 at 12:35

    The view from the A A Milne memorial is impressive as well.
    As a child,I didn’t take the time to read the stories of Pooh,Christopher Robin and other glorious characters.As an adult it should be compulsory.
    I never appreciated what was just down the road from us,it was somewhere to climb trees, make camps,escape from school and domestic life.Sometimes age is a contribution to valuing surroundings,not only the history of those places,also the stories they provided a setting to.

     
    • dalecooper57

      August 4, 2016 at 12:48

      Climbing trees, making camps and escaping from school and domestic life is THE way to show you value your surroundings.
      Knowing the geography of a place and what trees are which species are just additional things which adulting forces on us, to make us feel as though we have grown up.
      But all it does is move us further from the truth we could see as kids; that a small bear of very little brain is watching us from the undergrowth and that the pile of sticks we are happily sitting under are WITHOUT DOUBT the house in which Eeyore lives.
      This absolute conviction that another, more innocent world, exists just beneath the surface of the grey world of grown-ups, that is the thing we should all hang on to, because when all is said and done, where would you rather escape to..?

       

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