I've been reading the Winnie the Pooh books to my four-year-old daughter, so it's extra cool to be able to click over to Andrew Sullivan's Daily Dish and see what the Hundred Acre Wood actually looks like. For this, we can thank Andrew himself, who is currently vacationing in Surrey, England -- where A.A. Milne set his Pooh adventures -- and posting snapshots like the one below. (Didactic Pooh wonks, such as my daughter, would point out that technically only Owl's house is located in the Hundred Acre Wood, and Pooh spells it "Hundred Aker Wood," and Pooh is yellow... but I'm intending this post for a lay audience.) Anyway, the Hundred Acre Wood is believed to have been inspired by Ashdown Forest, right near where Andrew grew up. Though I expected I'd wait a few more years before taking this step, I'm considering introducing my daughter to The Dish, just because she'd be fascinated by the "View From Pooh's Window" (please keep it clean, guys!):
"Do not touch the water. There is nothing more irradiated than the water itself."