Father Christmas would always put a clementine and some Brazil nuts in the toe of my stocking. It was something of a let down after all the silly plastic toys, but I suppose it gave the stocking some weight to hang straight, and as ballast an orange is much better than a lump of coal.
Now I'm all grown up I love the start of clementine season. Every scrap of peel sends up such a glorious wiff of orange and then peeling away all the stringy white pith is so much fun.
And those huge boxes of satsumas are just around the corner...
Description : charcoal still life drawing of clementine peel
This charcoal still life drawing is part of the “Carbon Footprints” series.