"The Jungle Book" movie will be released this Friday, April 15th. So, Rudyard Kipling, born in India to British parents wrote these stories based in India...but he wrote them in America! Say what? Yes, it's true. Rudyard Kipling married an American, you see, and he was living in Vermont at the time. Sad to say, he had a falling out with his brother-in-law so the Kiplings returned to England. He lived in Sussex along the coast but this proved to be difficult for him as his popularity increased so did the crowds who clamored to meet him. Happily, he found a house further inland, in the Sussex countryside- Bateman's in Burwash and lived there for the rest of his life.
Bateman's is well worth a visit, as is the village of Burwash. The views of the Downs are lovely and the food at The Bear Inn is very good also!
(Not suggesting that they eat cats in Burwash...this cat plopped himself in front of us as Richard was taking this photo!)
I hope that the new film will be good, the trailer looks very promising. I can't help but think of the Disney version though, I always did like that song...you know the one..."I wanna be like you-who...I wanna walk like you, talk like you..." you know, the one!
Hey, in case you don't know it, I have it here for you!