The pear blossoms only lasted three weeks but this appears to have been enough time as the bees have been very busy and the branches are covered in baby pears. I actually had to thin the pears out last year as I was worried that the branches were going to snap under the weight of the fruit.
Fortunately the apple tree has taken over where the pear left off. Last year I pruned and fertilised the apple tree and it rewarded us with about three hundred fruit. Unfortunately most off them dropped off before they reached maturity and those that did grow to full size did not taste the best. We only have a small house plot 534m square (sorry, I don't know how to do the little number two above the 'm' :P) so space it at a premium. If the apple doesn't, by some miracle, taste better this year it will be coming out and a tastier variety will replace it.