Thank you for your comments on my last post, those of you who guessed the mystery flower as Yellow Archangel were right - that's what it is. I read that it is a problem in some conservation areas as it can spread so rapidly.
As we have Badger( from the book Wind in the Willows) staying here on his World Blog Hop, we had a day out at Ashdown Forest this weekend, we are lucky to be only a 40 minute drive away. AA. Milne, who of course wrote Winnie the Pooh, lived nearby as a child. His books were inspired by the forest and Pooh Stick Bridge is indeed a real bridge in the forest and 100 Acre Wood is probably part of what we know as 500 Acre Wood - these are the two main pilgrimages for tourists to the area. So of course, Badger being a tourist, we had to visit...
This is Pooh Sticks Bridge. We dropped our sticks into the stream and watched them go under the bridge and out the other side like so many people have done before....
A short walk from the bridge is a tree which, on the return walk, you will notice has a little door in the back It is undoubtedly the home of Pooh Bear's friend, Rabbit.
We brought home a feather which looks like it could be from Owl.
There were plenty of bluebells in the woods. It was a nice thought that we were walking through the same woods as the author.
We stopped at the Pooh Corner Shop in the nearby village of Hartfield - it was not too full as end of the day and they didn't mind us taking pictures of Pooh Bear paraphernalia. There is a tea shop there and a play area for young children. We took a map with directions as a souvenir for Badger in case he wants to return sometime.
It was a tiring day for Badger as, of course, it's not every day a character steps from one book into the setting of another book! He has taken it in his stride though and is now sleeping. There will be a few more adventures for him before he travels to his next host.
The rest of the weekend is now lawn mowing, ironing, finding shoes for teenage boy at short notice as his are coming apart(!) and making a beef in wine casserole. Just as well I got up early this morning!