I love Pears; in fact I would say that they're certainly up there amongst my favourite fruits. There is nothing nicer than a fully ripe, juicy Pear.
They're in season here, and I've been out scrumping. My own Pears are not yet ripe so I'm taking early morning walks that just happen to go past certain trees where fallen fruit is thick on the ground.
We have two newly planted trees; a Doyenne de Comice (below), and a Conference. Both have fruits on them, but it's always difficult knowing when they are ready for picking. People often say that Pears don't ripen on the tree, that they have to be picked then left to ripen. I really don't know if this is correct for all varieties, but catching them 'just right' is never easy.
However, the Pears in the top picture always drop when they're ready to eat, which helps. It also means, of course, that they tend to have bruises, but that doesn't alter their delicious taste.
Bok will be getting to know one particular tree very well over the next week or two!