Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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First day of winter ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First day of winter ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It actually feels a bit cold this morning for the first time this year - all relative of course.  I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session then do a bit of shopping before heading back to the village. It is cremation day for the funeral party ...

Laundry and baking day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laundry and baking day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai catches up on the laundry after our trip south whilst I potter in the garden.  Ride into Phon Thong for the Saturday market and a bit of shopping.  The cupboards are bare so Jai sets about baking some cakes and a nice chunky loaf of ...

Too much beer, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Too much beer

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go into Phon Thong this morning and drop Jai off at the hair salon whilst I go to the internet and bring this blog up to date. In the afternoon we go to Pakchong to visit German John and his missus for a quick beer and end up staying quite late, eating ...

Tree fellers, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tree fellers

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, tree planters actually but that wasn't the joke was it.  Our front garden gets direct sun all afternoon and evening and we have tried several times to plant trees without success for a variety of reasons - neighbours standing on them being ...

Phon Thong market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Saturday so it must be the market in Phon Thong this morning.  We had thought about not going at all as Jai couldnt think of anything we needed.  Unfortunately as she spent time thinking a few things came to mind so ...  At least a ...

Escape to Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Escape to Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing after breakfast I take Jai to George & Wan's house for her to help with cooking and serving then I bike into Phon Thong shortly followed by George who is running away from the house for the morning. Find that Gloucs had a surprising 27v22 ...

Bits and pieces day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bits and pieces day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is up and about really early today for some reason and by 06:15 we have finished breakfast. We stop at brother Pad's on the way out to the farm and find that he has popped home to get some breakfast.  Leave him there and take Jai out to the farm ...

Back to Doctors, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to Doctors

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I awake this morning with a returning sore throat after just the one night without a tablet. Bike into Phon Thong and go to see the Doc again.  Manage to get him to give me some antibiotics although when I check them on the internet they are ...

Not a drop of rain, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Not a drop of rain

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watch Man Utd 1v2 Arsenal at 03:00 this morning and it is a much better game than the previous night's offering. Wake up this morning to find that there has not been so much as a drop of rain overnight.  At 06:00 I am out watering the back garden. ...

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 ! ...

Back to work ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to work ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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My start of work at the farm has been postponed as Jai has asked me to help her in the back garden instead.  Spend a couple of hours cutting bamboo and staking the asparagus then weeding almost the whole garden.  It need it some attention as it ...

Into Phon Thong for some research, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong for some research

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I bike into Phon Thong after breakfast to continue some research  am working on.  Yesterday I was surprised to find tat I had access to what is usually a pay per view site so return to use it again.  This morning it has reverted to pay per ...

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, ...

Into Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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There was supposed to have been more Euro football on TV last night but waking up at 1:30 I couldnt find any.  Thai TV have done that to me before, advertised a game and then just a couple of hours later not shown it.  God bless them !! A few ...

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 ...

Another rice subsidy failure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another rice subsidy failure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 03:00 to watch Man Utd 3v0 Cambridge in FA Cup. There is another announcement on the village PA system this morning that suggests Jai could be in line for a rice subsidy from the government.  We copy the relevant documents and go to see ...

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.  ...

Phon Thong and internet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong and internet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Should be Jai's grand daughter Fin's first day at real school but it sound as though she wont be going as her other gran hasn't bothered to get her a new uniform to wear.  Jai's son pops in to Phon Thong to try and get some of the stuff she needs ...

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 ...

Internet, no, not today ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet, no, not today ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

When the TV was on last night I think that I saw an FA Cup replay being covered by Thai TV at 02:45 this morning.  Didn't bother setting the alarm and appear to have slept straight through o if they did show it I missed it. Friday is often an ...

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 ...

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