Saturday, January 28, 2012

hung with light

The pear tree in the back yard of Janet Frame's childhood home at 56 Eden Street, Oamaru.

"There’s still just a pear tree there, in a wilderness, hung with pears as a chandelier is hung with light" (Intensive Care)

The pear tree is the same one (with the two varieties grafted together) that was there when Janet Frame was a child.

"There were fruit trees in the back garden – a winter pear and a honey pear growing on one tree, a plum tree belonging to the neighbours but leaning into our place, an Irish Peach apple tree, a cooking apple tree, an apricot tree, and gooseberries and blackcurrants." (To the Is-Land)

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