In bowl, soak chopped dates in 1/2 cup boiling water.
In large bowl, beat butter, sugar and honey until fluffy.
Beat in eggs, one at a time.
Stir in date mixture and vanilla.
Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda and ginger; stir in the date mixture alternately with milk, making 3 additions of dry ingredient and 2 of milk and adding walnuts with last addition.
Pour into 4 - 5 cup loaf pan.
Bake in 350deg.
F (175degC) for 1 hour or until tester comes out clean.