Every year there are a number of days that inspire me, today is one of them. A day that itself is inspired by something very special in my world - today is Winnie the Pooh day.
It is such a different world since last Winnie the Pooh day.
While so much around us is changing and evolving so quickly; recognising the things that matter is more important than ever.
Winnie the Pooh day marks the anniversary of the birth of Alan Alexander Milne in 1882. A A Milne served in the British Army in both World Wars and an injury he sustained in the Battle of the Somme clearly had an impact on him for many years. Outside of the Army he was a writer.
The A A Milne we know best is the creator and author of Winnie the Pooh. He created a world and characters for stories for his son, Christopher Robin Milne. That fictional world has become quite a legacy.
In previous years I have reflected on messages and inspiration from the books. This year is no different.
Where would my world be without my favourite bear and all of his friends. Today I am wishing Winnie the Pooh the happiest of birthdays
I am never far away from a reminder of him. So much is his impact on my world, it rubs off on the people around me too. People are always contacting me and letting me know how much they love him too.
Winnie the Pooh and his friends have been part of my world for a very long time. Not only did his home inspire the name of my own business but our adventures have been well documented in this blog over the years.
I know I am not alone in being so happy this bear of little brain...
The start of each year brings around anniversaries and birthdays and this week there are more than one in our world to celebrate.
The biggest being the day that remembers Alan Alexander Milne, born on 18th January 1882 and better know as A A Milne. The creator of Winnie-the-Pooh and Hundred Acre; the world that inspired our own.
Each January as this day comes around, starting to write this post, Bridget smiles to herself. Little did she know the impact this world was going to have on hers. From a childhood nickname, the love of the characters and the stories and adventures they have inspired since. It continues every day.
Our last blog post reflected on the end of the decade, being inspired by A A Milne’s characters and what they can teach us about health and safety – and that started something.
We have realised since that our favourite characters can teach us so much more. Over recent years, thanks to the work we do, to a number of events and working with a business...
We couldn’t let Winnie-the-Pooh Day pass by without paying homage to our favourite bear and A.A. Milne’s beautiful books.
Every year, on A.A. Milne’s birthday, Winnie-the-Pooh Day is celebrated around the world, and of course, in our very own corner of Hundred Acre.
As most of you know, these classic tales and the characters within them are a huge inspiration to us in our Hundred Acre world. We’re certainly not alone though. It’s testament to the amazing writing of A.A. Milne that Winnie-the-Pooh and friends are still celebrated today; 92 years after we were introduced to their first adventure.
To mark the 90th anniversary in 2016, we were treated to a new character, Penguin, and four new stories. Not content with just reading about adventures in Hundred Acre Wood, we visited Ashdown Forest (the real Hundred Acre Wood) for an adventure of our own. You can find out all about it in our blog post: Adventures in Hundred Acre Wood.
The world continued to...
Many of you know we love adventures here at Hundred Acre, and we never need an excuse to go on one. Our latest adventure was one we’d waited months for, and on Friday 8thDecember, we finally made our way to London to visit the V&A.
The V&A is a wonderful museum, billed as the world’s leading museum of art and design. It’s filled with all sorts of free exhibits as well as special exhibitions throughout the year. Following on for some wonderful predecessors including David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the incredible Alexander McQueen, this week has seen the opening of one we couldn’t wait to visit; Winnie-the-Pooh: Exploring a Classic.
As most of you will be aware, Winnie-the-Pooh is important in our Hundred Acre world, and he’s also one of the most popular children’s characters of all times. This magical exhibition walks you through a Hundred Acre world, telling the story of the origin and creation of our favourite bear. While the original toys...
Today’s the day we all celebrate the world that we at Hundred Acre love; it’s Winnie The Pooh Day. On this day last year, we talked about the correlations between the characters in A.A. Milne’s much-loved stories and company employees. It soon became our most popular blog post, so we thought we’d continue the theme this year and take inspiration from some of our favourite Winnie The Pooh quotes.
“There’s so much inspiration we can take from Winnie The Pooh quotes for many aspects of our lives.” Explains Bridget Gilmour, Hundred Acre’s founder and director. “We’re focusing on linking these quotes to occupational safety and health in this blog post, but we won’t be surprised if you link them to other aspects of your life as well while you’re reading.”
Organisation and Teamwork
Ensuring a safe workplace requires organisation and teamwork, after all safety is everyone’s responsibility, not just the...
To honour 90 years of the wonderful world of our namesake, Hundred Acre, we decided to go on an adventure fit for a storyline in one of A.A. Milne’s books.
Just 30 miles south of London lies Ashdown Forest; the place in which Hundred Acre Wood was created. We were joined by Piglet and Pooh who wanted to visit a few of their favourite places and take some time to reflect. Here’s their story.
Piglet and Pooh’s Day of Fun
Piglet and Pooh were so excited to play pooh sticks again that even the long walk didn’t dampen their spirits.
When they got to Pooh Sticks Bridge, they eagerly collected sticks and began to play. Thankfully they did remember the last rule of pooh sticks; falling in the water is SAD (silly and daft.)
Pooh and Piglet kept their eyes peeled for Heffalumps and Woozles along the way…
… but although they didn’t find any, they did see lots of wonderful giant oak trees.
Sadly, they didn’t find the North Pole again,...
This may seem like a strange question at first, but there are more similarities between the characters in Hundred Acre Wood and health and safety than you might think. To mark Winnie the Pooh Day on 18th January, we wanted to take a closer look at our namesake to see what we could learn from its inhabitants.
Let’s consider the characters of Hundred Acre Wood. Winnie the Pooh; dependable, easy-going and a friend to everyone. Christopher Robin; a sensible boy with a voice of reason. Eeyore; a depressed soul with a woeful attitude. Tigger; enthusiastic, lively and full of fun. Rabbit; a perfectionist who always follows rules. Piglet; an obedient character who loves order and decency.
But what’s this got to do with your organisation, and in particular, health and safety?
Chances are you can relate these characters to your members of staff. Your MD probably resembles Christopher Robin, you’ll more than likely have at least one negative employee who can’t see the...