Thankfully, June has arrived and so far, it has brought the sweet smell of summer with it! … she says, having just hidden in the car for the last half an hour because the thunderous rain was so bad! However, I just keep telling myself, its the sun that brought it and the T.H.E Garden needs a spot of rain now and again!
That said, the delicious weather and the bees buzzing got us all at T.H.E talking about the history of the heavenly honeymoon! Very apt considering we have recently had visiting bees kept in one of our fields. These stripy, humming creatures from the newly opened ‘Honey House’ situated on the old Plumley Smithy, which interestingly enough has historic links to Holford. Small, Sweet, scrumptious jars of Plumley’s very own honey! ..Theres an in keeping wedding favor idea, if ever i heard one!
The honeymoon story dates back to the 5th century. In those days cultures represented calender time with moon cycles. On the first moon cycle the newlyweds used to drink mead, known as the ‘honey’. Mead is a honey based alcoholic drink, believed to be an aphrodisiac, no wonder it was linked to weddings!
The ‘hony moone’ tradition evolved and was recored in 1546 as a period of time where newlyweds where couples would take a break after the wedding to help establish the love in there relationship. In 1581 our very own Mary Holford married Sir Hugh Cholmondeley and became Lady Mary Cholmondeley, I wonder where their ‘hony moone’ took them?
Early 19th century Great Britain started to celebrate the honeymoon holiday, and even upper-class couples used to go on a “bridal tour”, sometimes accompanied by friends or family, to visit relatives who had not been able to attend the wedding. The heavenly honeymoon soon spread across Europe, becoming known as the ‘voyage à la fan anglaise’ ( english-style voyage) in France in the 1820’s.
Honeymoons in the modern sense spread widely during ‘La Belle Époque’ (the beautiful era) dating from around 1870-1914 and continue to evolve to this day, heres to the next chapter of the honeymoon story!