My first Christmas ball for December 1:
Apparently it's a pear!
I chose a Christmas ball of my own design, which I will do from time to time.
Pears have a special significance for me. My first painting in my color theory class in college was a picture of a pear. In my first ceramics class both my coil and slab projects were of pears also. There is just something about them that I like. It could be the form, the color, their sweet flavor or perhaps it's just a sweet association - memories.
I chose a pear because last Monday I went to an apple and pear processing plant.
It could have been an orchard, but the trees have been picked since September and I didn't see any that day. I was hoping to see the trees and pick apples, but that didn't happen. It's a little too late in season for that. However, I did see the process for sorting, cleaning and distribution.
|These are 2nd rate apples - too red in color, or yellow or blemished. I think they're gorgeous!|
Het is interessant. I learned a lot about apples and pears of Belgium, and tasted pure juice, sweet jams and liquors.
|Apple and pear tea, cider, liquor, chocolate, honey and jams.|
These products were too sweet for me, but I did come home with some juice, apples and pears.
Here's a blurry picture of some pears.
|Would have been a nice shot...|
And if you can't make it to Fruit Vanhellemont during their opening hours, you can always use the automat on the side of the road. They sell a variety of fresh apples and pears, juices, and select specialty products.
|Pear and apple automat.|
The Michelin Man graced a few tractors that were in the warehouse. Seeing him made me smile.
It was a nice day, even if I didn't get to pick any apples. There is always next year...
Tomorrow I hope to share a pear recipe and my 2nd Christmas ball.