One year ago today, The Pear Tree went live to the world. It’s been a fun 365 days, complete with learning curves and tweaks aplenty, but also enlightenment, adventure and wonderful people we never would have encountered otherwise – both through our stories and readership.
The year has simply flown by, and it surprises me how much we’ve actually covered in the short time. Since our first story, a tour of one of the Christmas themed houses on Kelowna’s annual Homes for the Holidays tour, we’ve met a weaver, frolicked through an orchard full of cherry blossoms, tasted locally produced honey wine, chatted with Vinyl Café host Stuart McLean and launched what we hope will be an annual blogging conference, Bloggin’ Okanagan. And let’s not forget our collection of recipes by food writer Darcie Hossack, and our monthly tour of artists’ studios. Whew!
I can’t wait to discover what Year 2 holds! But before we look too far into the future, we have a very full month ahead, complete with Christmas shopping, card making, decorating and necessary breaks for coffee, eggnog (preferably together), shortbread cookies and maybe a candy cane or two. We look forward to sharing this month with you, as well as featuring stories by others around us who are caught up with the Christmas spirit.
We also want to thank our sponsors from this first year, who offered us support in a more tangible way. That includes Kelowna Museums, Early Music Studio, Public Bone, The Barn Gallery, giObean Espresso, Kelowna Art Gallery and Darcie Hossack. Your support is what makes The Pear Tree possible!
And if you’re looking for any before-the-last-minute gifts that are original and distinctive, please check out our two current sponsors, Public Bone, which offers hand crafted jewellery made from shed antlers, and Mennonites Don’t Dance, a book of short stories written by Pear Tree food writer Darcie Hossack.
In the mean time, a happy Christmas to you. Thank you for joining us on this journey. Here’s to another year of growth and adventure – for all of us!
– Words and photo by Lori-Anne Poirier