Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Honey was first discovered by humans over 10,000 years ago. The first evidence pointing to this was the discovery of paintings in caves located in Spain. The ancient Egyptians used it as sweetener and was not to be found in the America's, Australia or New Zealand until introduced in the early 17th century by the first European settlers. Today the Honey Bee is a protected species and the honey appreciated for it's health and well-being properties. Celebrating World Honey Bee Day in August, in the U.S.A September is National Honey month then in October is the National Honey Show. Discover more about the incredible World of Honey.
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Since Winnie The Pooh, the UK has fallen in love with honey. The classic sweet stories written by A.A. Milne in 1926. Time proved it to be a sticky situation with the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin. Today we consume more than 36,000 tones of honey and more than 40% is imported into the UK.
The world would not be the same without the humble Bee. Discover the important role the Bee plays as a major pollinator.
Stories are great educators, if you have children and looking for a fun and entertaining afternoon movie - Time to bee-happy with Barry the Bee.
The Bee Movie
Winnie The Pooh & Friends
It wouldn't be the same without telling you the joy of Winnie The Pooh. After a year of professional conservation treatment, Winnie The Pooh and Friends returned to the New York Public Library in 2016. It's extraordinary that after 70 years, the teddy bought from Harrods still stands and on display. When visiting, follow the signs inside the libary for the children's area.
Winnie The Pooh & Friends ©MDHarding
The best purchased honey is locally sourced as over 40% of honey in the UK is imported, treated/pasteurized and diluted. It's also widely known that if you suffer from hay-fever you can minimise the outbreaks by consuming locally sourced honey.
If you are in Scotland, or the most northern part of England I can highly recommend;
or perhaps you would like to go one stage further and keep your own bees? Discover more on an Introductory Bee Keeping Course.
Once you have your own Bees you can then make your own honey!
Discover more about Honey and Preserves by Fortnum & Mason
The last nomadic tribe of Nepal - Guranga Tribe, still harvest honey in the traditional and ancient way. Risking their life by climbing handmade rope ladders on the steep and inaccessible slopes of the Himalayan foothills.
In Chitwan you can also see the collection of Honey containing the nectar, from jungle flowers.
Thuru Village, Chitwan ©MDHarding
With Christmas just around the corner, here are some delightful and delicious Bee products.
These lovely candles can be purchased at Heather Hills Farm, Perthshire. This time of year makes the perfect time to visit. The colours of the trees are changing and become vibrant with the autumnal colours. There are some scenic walks along the River Tummel and don't miss Queen's View. Also you might be interested in visiting Pitlochry for Enchanted Forest.
I couldn't not mention chocolate. Did you know there is a Chocolate made with honey. Coco based in Edinburgh makes artisan chocolate. Delicious!
Honey Ice Cream
Chain Bridge Honey Farm located just outside Berwick-Upon-Tweed is a great place to visit, with a wealth of information on bee's, quality skin range range and other beeswax products available including Heather Honey Ice Cream. There is also a lovely walk that takes you to the Union Bridge or also known as the Union Chain Bridge. It's the oldest suspension bridge still carrying traffic. On your return enjoy a slice of delicious cake in the vintage bus cafe.
Hiver Beer is putting the bee into beer, one of the fastest growing craft beers. Their hive, a buzz of activity located in London.
Fancy a Hiver Experience or maybe an early Christmas present purchase? Don't hang around they're flying off the shelves!
©Hiver Beers Ltd
Health and Beauty Product
Bee-autiful honey is renowned for it's medicinal properties but did you know that there are also beauty treats?
Lipsticks and more
Burts Bees does a wide range of products including face, body and also baby care. This winter why not use lipsticks that love you back. A moisturiser and lipstick in one!
After a cold weather spell my scalp got really dry and sensitive. So I was excited and ready for some pampering. I was a little dubious by all the claims on the outside of the packaging but I didn't have anything to loose. The packaging is a little difficult to open with wet hands but once opened, the smooth creamy textured lotion is applied to your already washed locks. It has a lovely smell of honey and a cooling effect on the scalp. There didn't seem to be enough to go around but what I did get out, I put on my already winter dried sensitive scalp and roots. After 5 minutes it was time to rinse. It was glorious! Very soft and squeaky clean. I left my locks to dry naturally as really dry after the cold weather and hairdryer. You can't really smell the honey after the hair is dry and I was really surprised to see how smooth it has left my hair.
This hair mask not only smells divine it moisturises, softens and left my long locks gloriously glossy.
If you already have honey and would like to add your own essential oils try rosemary or lavender for a super sweet scent.
Is it The End? Coming to a screen near you this autumn, is the release of Goodbye Christopher Robin. I love a good story, out in Edinburgh next week.
I hope you have enjoyed reading The World Of Honey. If you are inspired and would like to Support bees and the local community please visit the British Beekeepers Association (BBKA) or your local farmers markets.
As always, I would love to hear from you. Please email any questions/comments to enquiries@MDHardingTravelPhotography.com
Wishing you health and happiness. If you can't bee-good, bee-careful:) x