Ashdown Forest, thirty miles south of London, England, in East Sussex. Its 700-foot height provides panoramic visions of the Weald (the area between the parallel chalk cliffs of the North and South Downs) Ashdown Forest also provided the inspiration for “The Hundred Acre Wood” inhabited by Winnie-the-Pooh (aka Pooh Bear) the fictional anthropomorphic bear created by British author A.A. Milne in 1926. Milne’s country home in Hartsfield was just north of Ashdown Forest, where he, his wife, and son Christopher Robin spent many weekends.
British writer Roald Dahl’s writing shed. Roald Dahl (1916-1990) rose to prominence in the 1940’s as a writer of children’s fiction; previously he had been a flying ace in the Royal Air Force during WWII. Notable books include Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, and Fantastic Mr. Fox.
Dahl, who was born to Norwegian parents in Cardiff, was buried “with his snooker (pool) cues, some very good burgundy, a box of chocolates, pencils, and a power saw.” Awesome.
(image originally found on marygracelipscomb.tumblr.com; researched credit to anglotopia.net)