Enchanted Place Memorial

This is a happy place close to the top of the Forest that is close to Roo's Sandy Pit and Galleons Lap. It is called the enchanted place because it was chosen by Christopher Milne to celebrate his father, A.A.Milne, who wrote the Pooh stories, and E.H.Shepard, who illustrated them.

This place became special for Mike Ridley, the proprietor of Pooh Corner, because Christopher had invited him to the unveiling and it was here, on the 20th September 1979, when they first met. Mike's conversations with him ranged over many subjects and issues in the years to come.  On this occasion he learnt that Christopher had chosen this spot for the memorial because he and Nanny would reach it on their way to Gill's Lap (Galleons Lap).  He remembered vividly how they would turn to look back and survey the magnificent view - surprising themselves as to how far they had walked since crossing Poohsticks Bridge deep in the valley below.  The path was steep.  Christopher was young and bursting with energy but when they eventually reached this spot, Nanny really needed a pause for breath!  From this point onwards the path opens up for the last 300 metres before it circumnavigates the Gill's Lap clump of pine trees.  In the final chapter of "The House of Pooh Corner", you can read how some of the enchantment is explained,

     "They walked on, thinking of This and That, and by-and-by they came to an enchanted place on the very top of the Forest called Galleons Lap, which is sixty-something trees in a circle: and Christopher Robin knew that it was enchanted because nobody had ever been able to count whether it was sixty-three or sixty-four, not even when he tied a piece of string round each tree after he had counted it."

The House at Pooh Corner - A.A.Milne

 

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