As I mentioned in my Summer Summary, due to the warm spring this year Apples and Pears are ripening early. I recently tested this theory out by checking out the pear tree on the river Itchen. As I rowed up to it, a dark squadron of the avian enemy (starlings) broke cover from the ivy and fluttered off laughing as they winged it down-river. I realised then that despite the awkward location of the tree, I still faced formidable competition. The pears though were crunchy, crisp, sweet and ready to eat…
I quickly press ganged the Urbane Forager rapid response pirate boarding party, fully equipped with two able bodied seamen, one mermaid, suitable sun protection, two builder’s buckets, a fruit picker, lifejackets all round and a very fashionable hat.
|I Swam To Panama To Get That Hat|
|The Good Ship Tern And Her Crew of Salty Sea-Dogs|
|Broadside! - This Could So Easily Go Pear Shaped|
|Deploy the Pear Picker!|
We filled both buckets over half way with our pear based plunder, making the boat a heavy beast to row back to port.
|Mermaid Spotted by Cobden Bridge|
|You Can Just Spy The Lookout, Perched In The Bow|
|A Celebratory Sponge Hornpipe|
|Looking Nice But Very Heavy|
|Rowing On the Itchen River - Under Cobden Free Bridge|
Perry (Pear Cider)
and Sadly No More Pear Pirates and More pear Tree Destruction