Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Shopping for more seeds, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping for more seeds

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again this morning for the Saturday market although by going on my own the prospect of having to walk around the stalls for an hour so doesnt raise its head.  We still have room in the garden to fill up so I visit a seed shop to see ...

Wasted journey ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wasted journey ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session and to watch the weekend's rugby.  The game isnt available yet so after a brief update of this blog its back to the village. Bike out to the farm and Jai decides to stay for the day so I leave her ...

Its Sunday and its beer o'clock !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its Sunday and its beer o'clock !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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No water again this morning.  Having dug a pit in the reservoir so that all of the shallow water pooled and could be pumped again the pump itself has died.  Being a Sunday they cant get an engineer out from Phon Thong to fix it until Monday. I ...

Back to school ... for some, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to school ... for some

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A lovely bright morning but a bit nippy.  It is the first day back at school for most of the village kids after a long break so there are plenty of them around first thing.  I expect that a lot of them simply wont bother going though ... Into ...

Have to pay for electric !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Have to pay for electric !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Over the last 5 years we have only paid for our electric on about three occasions.  You are allowed to use 90 units each month without paying and we usually clock in about 88.  On the occasions where we have had to pay we have ammassed the ...

Its raining, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its raining

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up to unseasonable rain which continues to lash down until late morning.  The road outside our place is like a river and the back garden has developed a couple of new holes where the water has drained into our neighbours gardens.  If it is ...

Trip to 'Johns Bar', Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Trip to 'Johns Bar'

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another day off today so just before 7:00 I am sat having my hair cut whilst Jai has the laundry well underway. About 10:30 I pick up George and we bike over to Pak Chong for a lunchtime beer with John.  This neccesitates a very lazy afternoon ! ...

Laundry day today, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laundry day today

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With a break in the rain and a clear(ish) sky this morning a weeks or so's laundry is shouting out to be washed.  My job is to fetch the water from the rainwater store we keep.  This is our laundry water, showering water, toilet flushing water, ...

Bad leaks and good leeks, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bad leaks and good leeks

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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If yesterday was a bad leak day then todat is a good leek day.  The leeks in thegarden have come on no end in the last couple of weeks and even if they do need another month to bulk up we pick our first ones today.  Jai made a thick soup and ...

Wot no gas !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no gas !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The day got off to a bad start when we realised that we were out of gas before Jai had time to fry my breakfast eggs.  Restricted to taost and marmalade this morning ...

Same, same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Just about managed to get the days rice steamed before the gas cylinder gave out.  Had to cook breakfast in an electric wok from our Chiangmai days. I head into Phon Thong stopping to order a gas cylinder to be delivered en-route. On return I get ...

Language difficulties, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Language difficulties

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session.  Gloucester actually win a game at Edinburgh. Go shopping briefly and try to buy some coriander.  I thought I knew the name for it in Thai but when I get to the seed shop we differed.  ...

Comings and goings, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Comings and goings

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's daughter is returning to Bangkok this morning so the house will be a ittle quieter.  I come into Phon Thong and check out the price of the rice at the nearby depot and am surprised to see tat it has actually come down.  It is supposedto ...

More money mysteries, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More money mysteries

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The mayor gives everyone a warning over the village PA system first thing this morning to be careful as people have been going out to the farms at night and stealing the cut rice whilst it is still lying in the fields drying. Before I take Jai to the ...

Bit of a dull day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bit of a dull day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I rigged up one of the drainpipes that Jai bought for the shed.  It looks terrible but more importantly I just hope that it does it job.  German John was supposed to have arrived in neighbouring Pak Chong yesterday so late afternoon we bike ...

Start planning for return to UK, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start planning for return to UK

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We had quite a heavy shower of rain in the night although it only lasted for a couple of minutes.  With things being wet this morning I have decided to give the farm a miss.  It doesnt need much to persuade to stay away at the moment ! ...

Garden planting - at last, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden planting - at last

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of our aubergines has gone rotten and fallen of the plant overnight.  This is not a good sign as something is also eating the roots of our tomato plants overnight and killing them off. Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market this morning.  ...

Just another day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Just another day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A very quiet day today where nothing at all happened. Checked my passpoirt, finances, etc in readiness for our trip away next week in case I need to get anything before we ...

Nearly time for rice harvest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nearly time for rice harvest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's brother Pad called in last night to say that he thought THursday would be a good day to start cutting the rice.  After breakfast we bike out to the farm and sure enough after the strong sun of the last few days a lot of it looks about ready to ...

The home front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The home front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another busy day in the garden but we have just about reached the point where we can just sit back and watch things grow.  I construct a rough frame house around the squash which seem to be thriving and Jai plants out the bigger of the cabbage ...

The planting of the rice begins ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The planting of the rice begins ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With all of the rice in the nursey beds now looking strong it was time to begin planting out into the fields today.  I thought about joining in to help but decided to defer to those that were bred for the task in hand ...

Laos bound, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laos bound

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Took Mike & Gennie into Phon Thong this morning in a friends pick-up for them to catch the bus to Khon Kaen then on to Nong Kai a few hours to the north of here before crossing the Mekhong and heading into Vientianne, Laos.  Sort of wish I was ...

Hotmail Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hotmail Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A little rian in the night but it is actually quite bright this morning for my ride into Phon Thong. Update blog and watch Gloucs 25v23 Northampton on internet.  Bit of a lucky win really but havent had much luck so far this season so ... Have been ...

All go at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All go at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Fin has her breakfast with us then we get her working in the garden.  Cant miss an opportunity to exploit my supply of child labour.  At 07:00 Jai's son phones to make sure Fin is OK, shortly followed by her other gran and by 07:15 she is on ...

Journey's end !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Journey's end !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... what other little gem the Embassy have given us.  Although we stated quite clearly in four places that we were leaving Thailand on 25th March - even included our airline tickets - they have commenced her visa from the date it was issued 27th Jan ! ...

Good luck ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Good luck ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is at home today with the rice out of the way so is back mat making.  I do a few chores around the garden then burn it all off. It looks like the rians have finished for another year so I set up my big bench in the back garden so that I can ...

More water (less water !) problems, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More water (less water !) problems

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two long sessions at the farm today. Last night the mains water came back on at a trickle for about an hour.  Managed to fill up the washing machine and to save a little.  Because there are so many people now relying on the handpumps that ...

Still cold, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still cold

A travel blog entry by steve_m

OK, it is only cold compared towhat we are used to and not really cold at all and I promise that after today I wont mention itagain.  A three shirt, long trouser and socks morning all the same for the ride into Phon Thong and I have to sit in the ...

God bless the village temple, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

God bless the village temple

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The awfulmusic from the village templethat has been plaguing me for a coupleof days once again continued throughout the night.  I gotup at 02:45 to watch Chelsea v Copenhagen but gave up at half time due to abject boredom !! Another cold morning so ...

Doctors and Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Doctors and Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... last night in an accident just outside the village.   Another tale that could only have happened on Planet Stupid, Thailand. A 54 year old father of three and grandfather was coming home from Phon Thong on his motorbike after dark.  A 15 ...

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