You might have deduced from this morning’s quotes that I’m a fan of A.A. Milne.
A well-worn copy of When We Were Very Young is evidence that his poetry was part of my childhood but I was at university before I read, and appreciated, Winnie the Pooh and The House at Pooh Corner.
When I first went to England, one of my literary pilgrimages was to Ashdown Forest, near Hartfield in East Sussex, part of which is the 100 Acre (or Aker) wood in which Pooh and his friends played.
I’ve been back there two more times to play Pooh Sticks on the bridge which E.H Shephard drew and have read and re-read the books to my own and others’ children.
Today I’m grateful for A.A. Milne and other authors who give pleasure to readers and read-to of all ages.