Being a ‘bear of very little brain’ myself, I have always wanted to play Pooh sticks on the very bridge in the Hundred Acre Wood, but have never managed to get there. That changed this week, however, when I set off through the rain, jumping in puddles along the way, to Ashdown Forest.
Having parked in the ‘Pooh’ car park, we made our way through the woods in search of heffalump and woozles. There was no one else around and we were really able to enjoy the peace and beauty of these woodlands full of birdsong and the gentle patter of the rain.
On the way, we passed what might very well have been the start of Eeyore’s house and spent time looking up, trying to spot Owl’s house high in the trees. On down the path, through more trees and round a corner…and there it was.
Silly as it sounds, I can’t tell you how happy it made me to play Pooh sticks on this bridge in the place where Christopher Robin played the game with his father who then made it part of one of the stories in ‘The House at Pooh Corner’.
It’s been quite a difficult time recently so it was such a treat to enjoy this place and remember the stories I have always enjoyed so much. Having played ( and won) several games, we could hear voices and soon enough, other excited people (many much younger than us!) started to arrive at the bridge. Grateful to have had time alone here, we left them to their fun and retraced our steps to the car park.
From Pooh’s car park, we went to Piglet’s and pushed our way through the wet bracken and bushes up the path to find the Enchanted Place where there is a memorial stone dedicated to both A A Milne and E H Shepard for capturing ‘the magic’ of Ashdown Forest.
It’s a beautiful place and there are many places which are evocative of these much-loved stories and their illustrations. I will visit again…
‘We’ll be Friends Forever, won’t we, Pooh?’ asked Piglet.
‘Even longer,’ Pooh answered.