As promised here is the recipe for pickled pears.
1 KG hard pears
juice of 2 lemons
675 g demerera sugar
1 litre cider vinegar
250 mls water
3 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 tps black peppercorns
1tsp whole allspice
Peel the pears and toss in lemon juice
Place in a large saucepan with remaining ingredients and bring to the boil.
Reduce the heat to a simmer and cook until the pears are nearly tender, which should take approx 45 minutes.
Spoon the pears into sterilized jars and cover with syrup.