Fruit for THOUGHT

Lucy Gomes, 57, from Mil­ton Keynes, is cer­tainly get­ting her five a day…

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An or­ange cat grins from ear to ear, with two beau­ti­ful birds of par­adise next to it. Next to them is a group of baby pen­guins, a shark swim­ming in wa­ter and a skele­ton star­ing out at the scene. Sud­denly, a gi­gan­tic hand reaches down and pops one of the pen­guins into her mouth!

This might sound like a scene from a fan­tasy film, but it’s ac­tu­ally all tak­ing place in my kitchen!

You see, I cre­ate elab­o­rate sculp­tures from fruit and

veg­eta­bles us­ing knives, skew­ers and cock­tail sticks.

I can just look at a piece of fruit and I can just see an an­i­mal or char­ac­ter straight away.

Other times I’ll have an an­i­mal in mind and I’ll think about which fruit or veg­etable I could use to make them.

I once made a crab out of gi­ant red ap­ples and a hedge­hog from an av­o­cado.

I love to make char­ac­ters from food, such as Pikachu from

Poke­mon and Dis­ney’s Wall-e, as well as sculp­tures like a carousel with car­riages made from wa­ter­mel­ons and pump­kins.

My cre­ations are al­ways fresh and crisp, and some­times they look too good to eat!

When food is pretty, it seems to taste even bet­ter.

I started my sculpt­ing back in 2015.

I’d started wood carv­ing as a hobby, but that soon be­came too ex­pen­sive.

Then one day, I spot­ted an ap­ple in the fruit bowl and, struck by in­spi­ra­tion, I grabbed a knife and be­gan to carve flow­ers.

As a child, I liked to gar­nish din­ner plates and ar­range desserts beau­ti­fully.

Now I see food, and the in­spi­ra­tion strikes me.

I once had an idea while peel­ing a

cle­men­tine dur­ing lunch and went home and sculpted a car.

My daugh­ter Nicole, 24, was so impressed with my cre­ations that she took pho­tos of them and posted them on­line.

That led me to hav­ing loads of fol­low­ers on In­sta­gram, and since then, I’ve even pub­lished three e-books: Carv­ing Joy! Veg­eta­bles, Carv­ing Joy! Fruits, and one for the sea­son: Christ­mas Carv­ing. Some­times it can take me days to make a sculp­ture, and other times I can make up to 10 in one day. But my love for it never fal­ters. I do it be­cause it’s so much fun. The joy and the end re­sult is al­ways worth the ef­fort. Fol­low Carv­ingjoy on Youtube and In­sta­gram.

Fa­mous char­ac­ters

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