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Ashdown Forest [Apr. 19th, 2016|11:32 am]
Tony Grist
A.A. Milne made Ashdown Forest world famous. He and his family lived on the outskirts- in a farmhouse in the parish of Hartfield which later belonged to Brian Jones, founder of The Rolling Stones ("a nasty little shit" according to one of his friends)- who died or was murdered there. The last I heard the house was on the market and proving hard to sell- because who wants to have coachloads of Pooh and Rolling Stones' enthusiasts continually pulling up at the gate?

They were asking £2,000,000 for it.

The Forest was established by the Normans as a place to hunt deer. There are still deer wandering around in it though I didn't see any. According to the Forest's website they caused 227 road accidents last year.

It's a lovely place...

We pulled in at the Gill's Lap carpark and I walked around a bit. Gill's Lap appears in the books as Galleon's Lap. Milne lightly fictionalised the place- I suppose so he could exercise his poetic licence- but the code isn't hard to crack. The Hundred Acre Wood- for instance- the place where Owl lived- is actually The Five Hundred Acre Wood.

This is the monument to Milne and his illustrator E.H. Shepherd at Gill's Lap..

"And by and by they came to an enchanted place at the very top of the forest called Galleon's lap.."


[User Picture]From: huskyteer
2016-04-19 11:47 am (UTC)
It is a lovely place. And it feels familiar from the illustrations.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-19 11:49 am (UTC)

And I'm glad Shepherd gets memorialised alongside Milne. They are co-creators of those books.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2016-04-19 04:38 pm (UTC)
Beautifully atmospheric photos. I'm looking at the deeper yellow behind the foreground daffodils at Gills/Galleons Lap. Is that gorse? Or Planta Genista (broom)? I think it's the right season for either. Or is it something else entirely?

One pictures a bus full of Milne enthusiasts disembarking and being engulfed by a busload of Stones fans. The mind boggles.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-19 06:14 pm (UTC)
I think it's gorse- but gorse and broom are very closely related- and I've no idea what the differences are.

I suppose some people are both Milne AND Stones fans. Me, I'm more of a Milne man, but I don't hate the Stones.

Of course, Brian Jones may have been a Milne fan himself. And why not? He was of a generation that was raised on the books- (as am I). Perhaps he chose that particular house for its associations.
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[User Picture]From: lblanchard
2016-04-19 07:31 pm (UTC)
I think gorse has prickles and broom doesn't, but I could be wrong.
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[User Picture]From: davesmusictank
2016-04-19 06:32 pm (UTC)
It is an awesome place to have a picnic or just relax in.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-20 09:43 am (UTC)
Or for a boy and his bear to have adventures...
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[User Picture]From: porsupah
2016-04-19 08:22 pm (UTC)
I'm really liking the second and third photos - quite superbly atmospheric, and very nicely composed.

Quite a plaque. It says so much, to have brought delight into so many lives, and be remembered so fittingly.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2016-04-20 09:44 am (UTC)

It's an appropriate memorial. It fits the setting and doesn't attempt to dominate it.
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