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


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