Today in National Winnie-the- Pooh day and in honor of the English author we have a lovely drawing (above ) and a photo of the real Hundred Acre Wood which was the inspiration for Christopher Robin’s playground. In real life, it’s located in Sussex and is known as Ashdown Forest, a 5,000-acre wood about 30 miles south of London. In fact, many of the E.H. Shepard’s drawings for the Winnie-the-Pooh mimic the picturesque heathlands of Ashdown.
In honor of his birthday, there’s a new book, The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh by Kathryn Aalto with photos of the places Robin, and Winnie and Owl might have explored, along with photos of the verdant Sussex country-side and some of the sketches from the Winnie-the-Pooh books. A lovely walk down memory lane.