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I took very early retirement from teaching in '06 and did some traveling in Europe and the UK before settling down to do some private tutoring. As a voracious reader, I have many books waiting in line for me to read. Tell me I shouldn't read something, and I will. I'm a happy, optimistic person and I love to travel and through that believe that life can be a continuous learning experience. I'm looking forward to traveling more some day. I enjoy walking, cycling, water aerobics & and sports like tennis, volleyball, and fastpitch/baseball. I'm just getting into photography as a hobby and I'm enjoying learning all the bits and bobs of my digital camera. My family is everything to me and I'm delighted to be the mother of two girls and the Gramma of a boy and a girl. I may be a Gramma, but I'm at heart just a girl who wants to have fun.

Tuesday, September 08, 2009

ABC Wednesday - H is for Honey

Honey is produced by honey bees and comes from the nectar of flowers. It's a naturally delicious alternative to sugar, and although it's available all year long, it's especially good in the fall when it's just been harvested. Research has shown that honey's unique composition makes it useful as an antimicrobial agent and antioxidant.

"Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree" is an animated Disney film (1966) that tells the story of Pooh's love (obsession) of honey and his misadventures in his search for more when his honey pot runs low. See here for a synopsis of the plot. It's a hilarious musical movie that even adults can enjoy.

Winnie-the-Pooh, commonly shortened to Pooh Bear and once referred to as Edward Bear, is a fictional bear created by A. A. Milne. The first collection of stories about the character was the book Winnie-the-Pooh (1926), and this was followed by The House at Pooh Corner (1928). Milne also included a poem about the bear in the children’s verse book When We Were Very Young (1924) and many more in Now We Are Six (1927). All four volumes were illustrated by E. H. Shepard. The hyphens in the character's name were later dropped when The Walt Disney Company adapted the Pooh stories into a series of Winnie the Pooh featurettes that became one of the company's most successful franchises worldwide. (Wikipedia)

A A Milne named the main (human) character, Christopher Robin, after his son, and other characters were inspired by his son's stuffed animals, most notably the bear named Winnie-the-Pooh. Christopher Robin's bear, originally named "Edward," was renamed "Winnie-the-Pooh" after a Canadian black bear named Winnie (after the Manitoba city of Winnipeg). This Canadian black bear was used as a military mascot in World War I, and left to the London Zoo during the war.
When my daughters were very small, they had several of the (stuffed) characters from the Winnie the Pooh stories. The first one was Winnie himself, given to our older daughter when she was just a year old. At that time, Winnie was almost as big as she was! Then came Tigger and Eeyore, and Piglet. Along with the characters came the books and videos that both the girls loved so much.

I think most kids are given a Winnie the Pooh and/or other of the characters from the stories sometime in their little lives. I remember the wonderful times my girls had playing with theirs.

Oh, and if you're wondering how this ties in with my "theme" this round re my new life with L, well....he calls me "Honey."

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Sylvia K said...

Great shot! Love honey! And A.A. Milne was always a favorite with my kids -- my own and in my classrooms!

Have a great day!


James said...

Great idea for H. Honey is on the money.

RuneE said...

A real cutie!! (in more ways than one :-)

PS The reflection was the sky...

PPS My Anti-virus software (F-secure) said it blocked a Trojan-virus from your site, so it may be infected.

photowannabe said...

Honey is yummy and this is a fun post. Brings back memories of my kids also. Since we collect Disney we do have quite a few items of Pooh and his Honey.
I call my Honey...Honey too.

Mara said...

I love Winnie, but how he can love honey is beyond me! For some reason I've never taken to it. But a great choice for H though...

hip chick said...

I have always loved pooh bear and my kids loved to watch the movies when they were young.

jay said...

Funnily enough, I never heard the Pooh stories when I was a child! But OH did, and he brought the books into the house, and our children later read them and enjoyed them. They are timeless and charming!

Martha in PA said...

Honey and Pooh, what a sweet post!

My ABC & Watery Wednesday

mitt vattenhål said...

Good choice for the theme and very nice story about honey

christina, Sweden

Paula Scott said...

How sweet!

Tumblewords: said...

Honey is wonderful - special in all shapes and sizes.

Lone Grey Squirrel said...

If you are "Honey", is he "Bear"?

Life with Kaishon said...

Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwww. I loved your tie in at the end. so sweet. I can't believe how much bees effect our earth and ecosystem. It is really quite amazing! Hope you are having a wonderful week Ms. Honey : )

Maggie May said...

Great *Honey* post.
*H* seems to be a good letter.

RuneE warned about a possible virus......... Honey is an excellent antiseptic! (Sorry!)

Amy said...

Your sweet post brought on cravings of honey buns - and my "honey" calls me the same. Isn't love grand? Thanks for commenting on my "H" !!!

Q said...

I eat lots of honey...even use it on my hands when they are extra dry!
I remember Pooh and his honey pot!
Fun post.

nonizamboni said...

Sweet post, Leslie & fellow Libra :O)
All my favorite things: honey, pooh and endearments.

Rose said...

Winnie the Pooh was always a favorite of my children, too. I think two of my children took after Tigger:)
As far as honey, I just read an article about people on a Greek island who live longer on average than anyone else in the world. One of the secrets to their longevity?--eating lots of honey!
Great post, Leslie!

Trubes said...

I loved Winnie the Poo stories as a child. I read them to my Daughters and they, in turn, read them to their children.
They all adore the movies too!

Honey and lemon is very soothing for sore throats and colds, even better (adults only), with a drop of Scotch.....


The Greeks have a wonderful pudding called Baklava, which consists of honey, filo pastry,,cinammon, nuts etc.....

Truly scrumptious!

DT calls me 'Honeybunch'


Welshcakes Limoncello said...

I still love Winnie the Pooh! Thanks for all the information. I didn't know about the Canadian black bear.

sally in norfolk said...

its only been in the past few years that I discovered how much I like honey, although i do prefer the set honey to the runny honey :-)

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