PEAR TREE LOG

pear tree log: I started this blog to keep my younger son, Jonny, in touch with life in Lincolnshire, while he spent a year working in China. That year turned into five! Now he is home and training to become a physics teacher. This is simply a patchwork quilt of some of the things I enjoy - life in rural Lincolnshire, our animals, friends, architecture, books, the gardens, and things of passing interest.



Saturday, 28 July 2012

The New Ming Dynasty

It is almost a year since we saw Jonny pack his bag and travel to China to spend a year teaching English at Shanghai University.    So much has happened since then.  Hatches, matches, dispatches.  Life.

This photograph shows Jonny setting off on the first leg of his journey, last August.

He came home for four weeks holiday - and how that time has flown by, in a flurry of getting some of the heavy jobs done around this place.


We have him home for just a few more days, then he will return to Shaghai.  Almost immediately upon his return he'll be  teaching children at a summer camp, then life will return to normal as he resumes work at a university.
A major difference will be that this beautiful woman will be waiting to meet him!   I'd like to introduce you (I do have Jonny's permission) to Mingming.

We have all 'met' her via QQ calls...and yes, she is as lovely as she looks.   Mingming is 25 years old, a strong, stubbornly independent woman.   Not only is she gorgeous, she's vivacious, intelligent and speaks much better English than she gives herself credit for.   I should add that her English is self-taught, mainly from books!
All I know is that she makes my boy happy.  
That's all that matters to me.

Welcome Mingming!

32 comments:

  1. Beautiful post, Elaine....We, as mothers, just want our children to be happy. I hope it will make Jonny's leaving a little less sad, knowing that he has someone special waiting for him.

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    1. Hello Meggie, You are absolutely right! It is their happiness which matters so much, and I am very happy that he has someone waiting for him. I'll definitely miss him though.

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  2. Beautiful post and what a lovely couple. They seams very happy together. Have a nice weekend.

    Hugs
    Elna

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    1. Hello Elna, Thank you - they do make a nice couple.x

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  3. They make a beautiful couple!
    Jane x

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    1. Hello Jane, Photographs of a happy, smiling Jonny are rare, so the photograph of them together and his obvious happiness is really special.x

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  4. Phwaaaar. The boy done good. What a lovely looking gal.

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    1. Hello Cro, She is rather lovely!

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  5. Such a lovely young couple. Life is good.

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    1. Hello Joanne, Life is indeed good when our family is happy!

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  6. Elaine, I am just going to echo everyone else.... a beautiful couple. It sounds like your son is fortunate....he has two wonderful women in his life. Enjoy the time you have with your son and your weekend.

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    1. Hello Bonnie, I can't believe how quickly the days are rushing by, but I am happier knowing he has someone waiting for him!

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  7. So lovely when your children choose well. Mingming looks gorgeous. All is good.

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    1. Hello cuby poet, She does look lovely - I am so happy for them both!

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  8. I was under the impression that Jonny was home permanently. His time at home has gone so quickly! However, it's so nice that you can stay in close contact via your blog and Skype (or QQ?). I am impressed that Mingming taught herself English. She must be very intelligent and motivated--certainly qualities that Jonny sees in his mother.

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    1. Hello Ms Sparrow, Mingming is very special and highly motivated. I think they will make a great partnership and can't wait to meet her, hopefully some time next year. We are so lucky these days to be able to keep in touch so easily - very different to the days when my husband used to work abroad for months on end!

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  9. I think everyone else have put my thoughts into words. A lovely couple. Best wishes to the both of them.

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    1. Hello Molly, Thank you, it is a very exciting time for them both!

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  10. Hello Elaine

    I very much like your last comment on this post
    "She makes my boy happy" ....and yes I agree that just about covers everything.
    A gorgeous looking girl...isn't he a lucky chap too!
    Good things always come to an end so quick....but isn't it great to see that your son is doing so well. Do you think you'll go over there to visit?

    many thanks for participating in my giveaway and I found your comments about colour most interesting....I had heard of this condition before but quite some time ago I believe it was one of my students but as I said it was quite some time ago.
    As far as I am concerned you have fulfilled all the conditions for participation in the giveaway and have 2 entries :-)

    Amanda xx

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    1. Hello Amanda, The last few days of Jonny's holiday are spinning by too quickly for me, but not, I'm sure, quickly enough for Jonny and Mingming!

      Thank you for the two entries - that was very generous of you! I hope all goes well. x

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  11. Mingming is a beautiful girl, and she looks like such a lovely person, too! I know you are happy that your son is happy. That's so wonderful!

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    1. Hello Marie, Isn't it wonderful to see them looking so happy together, when my 'children' are happy, I am happy! I'm sure they are counting the hours until they see one another.

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  12. It's a wonderful feeling when our children find the person that completes them. Their faces say it all in the last photo--a beautiful couple. XOXO

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    1. Hello Susan, You expressed that so beautifully - and yes, that last photograph is wonderful, I have never seen Jonny look happier!xx

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  13. Hi Elaine,

    All the very best to Jonny and Mingming! They both look extremely happy!

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    1. Hello Green Dragonette, They are constantly talking to one another on QQ it is wonderful to hear the happiness in their voices!

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  14. You do have a beautiful blog, I found it. And a beautiful son who found a beautiful woman. Wish them all the luck

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    1. Hello Gerda, Welcome! I have paid you a quick visit and will certainly be back to read more, once things settle down in a week or so. My husband spent some time working in various parts of Holland, I visited for holidays, we had some wonderful times there. I have passed on your good wishes - thank you so much!

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  15. Isn't it lovely when our sons meet wonderful women? Our eldest son is now married to a lovely girl - we couldn't be happier to have her in our family. Your "boy" looks exceedingly happy :)

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    1. Hello Little Home in the Country, It is wonderful indeed! I really like that photograph of the two of them together, I don't think I have ever seen Jonathan look happier. Mingming is delightful, we have spoken but it will be lovely when we get to meet her for real.

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  16. So pretty . . . HAPPY makes me happy!

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    1. Hello Lynne, I think happiness is just radiating from them.

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