16 October 2012

Stomping Around Pooh Country

Posted By Happy Homemaker UK


Having awaited a year to visit 'Pooh Country'
to capture the area as I've pictured it in my head
(aka leaves falling)

I now have images of 
Ashdown Forest to share with you,
the real backdrop to AA Milne's
Winnie-The-Pooh series

Yay!


We had tea and picked up a map here


Located in Sussex,
Pooh's Bridge is a short distance from the forest parking lot




Pooh Bridge, 
where children race floating sticks down the stream




Christopher Robin was the real son of the author
Together they tromped through this open space as a family in the 1920s

Christopher named his teddy bear 'Winnie' 
after a bear he'd seen in the London Zoo
The real bear was from Winnipeg, Canada

'Pooh' was the name of a swan they saw on holiday

The first Winnie-The-Pooh collection of stories was published by AA Milne in 1926




Tigger, Kanga, Roo, Eeyore, and Piglet were other stuffed animals
belonging to young Christopher

They now sit in the New York City Public Library

Interestingly, as an adult
Christopher founded
Harbour Bookshop in Dartmouth
(now closed)


Surrounded by gorse and heather,
we had a feeling we were nearing a Huffalump Trap


As we were pelted by rain
endured blustery winds 
and experienced disorienting fog,
I could just hear a sweet tubby bear exclaiming
Oh, bother




“What day is it?" asked Pooh.
''It's today," squeaked Piglet.
''My favorite day," said Pooh.
― A.A. Milne

Wishing you a wonderful one :)

- all  photos by me -
Source: Wikipedia 1, 2, quote

55 comments:

Ola said...

fairy-tale like:)
życie & podróże
gotowanie

Joyce said...

Sorry I missed this little spot when I was in England. I did a tour of the NY Library a couple of years ago and saw the well-loved creatures : )

Rhi@FlourChild said...

I always love your photos, and you are seeing so many nostalgic and beautiful beautiful places!
Tiddlypom! x

Vintage Jane said...

A lovely story and dreamy pics. M x

Minerva Black the shoppe keeping cat said...

I really adore this post! We used to visit Sussex a lot many years ago and have happy memories of this area. We played 'Pooh Sticks' from that very bridge. What a perfect time to visit - am green with envy! Minerva x

Liene said...

Beautiful, and yes, just like a fairy tale!

PURA VIDA said...

if we could only live in Pooh Country..hey wait...I kind of do!

Abigail Rogers said...

Oh, how sweet! I love your photos, especially the last one :)

-Abigail
www.PictureBritain.com

Sandra said...

Pooh country! How perfect, just like the quotation you give of the short exchange between adorable Piglet and Pooh: "What day is it? It's today!My favourite day, said Pooh"! Isn't that the most perfect philosophy to life?! I grew up on Winnie the Pooh stories and now I read them to my grandson!

likeschocolate said...

YOu gotta love Pooh! What a lovely area to have tea!

Katie said...

i love your posts--thank you for sharing sites and sights i may never see :)

beetree said...

What a sweet post, Laura! (Even if the title sounds a little risky)! ;) It would be a magical place to visit- bringing to life all those wonderful childhood stories. I love that you are making the most of your time there, and sharing it with us. Thanks!

millefeuilles said...

Hello Laura! This is my first visit to your blog; can you BELIEVE it? Where have I been all this time. Goodness knows ;-)

I have a little tear in my eye. You see, after living for fifteen years in France, I feel huely nostalgic for my native corner of the world; yes, Winnie The Pooh country (aka Ashdown Forest) is where I grew up. Well 10 miles away. You have captured it perfectly and for that I thank you.

I am off to follow you at last.

Stephanie

Claire said...

oh! beautiful!! i have a friend who lives nr there and they go running through the forest. so jealous.

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

This is just what I love about this beautiful country! Thanks for sharing! Ada :)

Down by the sea said...

I lived Winnie the Pooh books and your pictures bring back memories of taking the children there to visit and playing pooh sticks with them.
Sarah x

myletterstoemily said...

this is enchanting. i'm sending this post to my
daughter, who is studying in london this fall.
she will love it!

Wendy said...

Oh Wow!! Thank you so much for sharing, I love Pooh and Piglet and now I get to see their stomping grounds ;o) What a neat place to visit!

Sissym said...

Oh.... this is so cute to know! I agree that this is enchanting!

Kisses

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Ha! You are so right about the title! I hadn't noticed how it might sound until now :)

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a charming place to be from! Welcome to my space - now popping to yours :)

Gillian said...

That looks like the most wonderful day out, so enchanting!

Pom Pom said...

How sweet! I love Pooh and that is JUST what I thought the 100 Acre Wood looked like!

Elizabeth@ Pine Cones and Acorns said...

Oh I love Pooh and it is exactly as I imagined it would be. Thank you for taking me back to many happy memories of my parents reading to me. This is a magical place.

Privet and Holly said...

Beautiful and just as
I would picture it.....
Swoon!

xo Suzanne

A little bit Country said...

Just wonderful! I never went to this part of the world while living in the UK. Such a shame. Will have to put it on my list for when we visit next. Elaina xo

ann said...

The TV news program Sunday Morning (CBS) did a nice story on Winnie the Pooh and his author. When I was in college decades ago, it was the in thing to do read Winnie the Pooh and analyze it for a deeper meaning. I still have my copy that my college roommate gave me for the 21st birthday. So cool that you have visited the 100 Acre Wood.

greenthumb said...

Glad you waited for the right time of the year, so pretty. And what a lovely day it is.

Sarah Jane said...

What a lovely day out!
xx

Pamela said...

Just a pleasant today, Pooh. Just loved reading this.

Marina Pérez said...

OOOOOhhhhhh!!!!!!!!! I love it, how I envy you!!! :o :) Marina

GLENDA CHILDERS said...

Thanks for taking us along.

Sarah @ Modern Country Style said...

My parents live in Sussex so I'm thinking this is a place my children would LOVE to visit! Speaking of my parents, my dad went to school with Christopher Robin's son. My claim to fame. ;-)

Sarahx

koralee said...

Oh my this is soooo fun...how I would love to visit this magical place. Thank you for visiting me the other day and leaving such a sweet comment.
Happy midweek to you...xo

Tammy Chrzan said...

Absolutely beautiful photos. Exactly what part of England is this in? My daughter is crazy for Pooh and I'd love to take her here.

Jenny Woolf said...

Wet but beautiful! Many places in that part of the country seem like children's book illustrations to me.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a great story!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

It is in the south :) I think it is on the Kent, Surrey, Sussex border.

Happy Homemaker UK said...

Yes, indeed ;)

Sunday Taylor said...

I discovered your blog on Elizabeth's Pine Cones and Acorns. I really enjoyed this post about visiting Ashdown Forest. I was in Sussex last year in September visiting Sissinghurst and Charleston. I wish I had gone to Ashdown. Thanks for sharing all your great photos. What a treat that trip must have been!

lisaroyhandbags said...

Love this post! Thanks for the tour and bit of history on my favourite characters :)

SJ SR said...

I really enjoy reading your blog! I found it while I was looking for expat blogs so I could get a sense of what's it like to live in England. Can't wait to visit Ashdown Forest with my little one.

Emma Powell said...

Hi Laure, nice to meet you too! You're doing much better than me, I haven't posted since the course began!
I absolutely love your header. I will be back!
Emma at TheaLilyloves.blogspot.co.uk

Marina Pérez said...

An AWARD for you in my blog

Ali said...

I had no idea this place existed. "Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" was one of my now 30 year old son's favourite books.

Ali x

...Tabiboo... said...

I love Ashdown forest - we've only been the once - but it is such a magical place.

Nina x

Barbara said...

What an amazing place. I had no idea that this even existed. I would love to take my boys one day!

A Tale of Two Cities said...

How fun--Pooh Bear! Will have to check into this for sure...

Gesci said...

An American friend of mine in West Yorkshire told me that she didn't truly understand what a "blustery day" was until moving to England!! I love all your adventures!

Emily said...

My favorite! Can't wait to show the kids! and link my readers to this lovely, heart-warming post! Thank you, Laura!

Robynne's Nest said...

Laura, thank god I stumbled across you....years ago...I love Pooh...need a dose of Pooh..didn't know about Pooh country in Sussex! Another one on the list! Robx

Sophie Allen said...

I love the photos, what a great place to visit! Even in bad weather!

(PoTMC)

Heidi said...

How charming! I love your photos, and we are big Pooh fans in our house. (PoTMC)

Francesca Writes Here said...

Beautiful :-)

Kay G. said...

My in-laws drove me through here from Eastbourne on the way to London several times and we stopped once at this little shop.
I never made it to the bridge where they had played Pooh sticks, but my son and I always played it on every bridge we ever walked over!!
(Named my son Christopher, so can you tell I LOVED the Pooh stories?)
Thanks for this post! :-)