Promise you won’t forget me, ever. Not even when I’m a hundred
The House at Pooh Corner, A.A. Milne
Alan Alexander Milne wrote a story about a bear. His name Winnie the Pooh. On the face of it a whimsical pantheon of tales about a bear and his friends – in the company of a boy called Christopher Robin. But the bear, through his accidental adventures and mistaken logic, taught us about friendship, trust and fun.
It was inspired by his son Christopher Robert Milne and his toys – a stuffed bear called Winnie, and his friends Eeyore, Kanga, Roo and Tigger. Living on the edge of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, he, Milne had the perfect location on his doorstep to set his stories. And the Ashdown Forest would become in the world of Winnie the Pooh – the Hundred Acre wood.
The Hundred Acre Wood was a place of adventure, inquisitive curiosity and friendship. Of games and puzzles; of a world beyond the grown-up world of serious and sensible.
There is a memorial plaque in Ashdown Forest to A.A. Milne and his illustrator E.H. Sheppard. A sign of gratitude to people who brought a touch of lightness to children’s lives. And not far away is Poohsticks Bridge. Memories of countryside walks and rambles across old bridges. Of childish competition.