Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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No animals were hurt planting the trees !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

No animals were hurt planting the trees !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's son, Boy, arrived here in Khamnadie early this morning but looking on the bright side he went to his wife's family's house and not to ours so things cant be too bad. I take Jai out to the farm and find that Boy is there already.  Story is that ...

More work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watched Dortmund 2v0 Arsenal at 01:45 this morning on a channel we didnt previously have prior to getting the satellite dish.  In terms of football as well as the clear pictures the dish was certainly a good investment. The back garden is the ...

Pack important bag, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pack important bag

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for internet session but no rugby to watch again this weekend. I pack a bag for our trip away later this week.  Well, I pack a bag containing 30+ books that I hope to be able to exchange at a bar in Khon Kaen. Go to visit George ...

Shovelling shit and other jobs ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shovelling shit and other jobs ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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First thing this morning we visit ourt neighbours, Ang & Deu, farm to get some pig manure.  Their pigs died a few months ago as did many others in the area but they still have a mountain of manure that we help ourselves to.  One thing I am ...

Dragonfruit 2 - This time its personal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dragonfruit 2 - This time its personal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Our dragonfruit has finally reached fruition appropriately for a fruit a guess.  We picked one this morning and will leave it for a couple of days before eating.  Dont particularly like them but have never had one from my garden before so maybe ...

Termites or something similar, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Termites or something similar

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Drop Jai off at a friends house then into Phon Thong for a long internet session. I have been having problems with some small critter building mounds of soil in the back garden.  Every time that I think I have got rid of it, it is back again the ...

The mats are off and running, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The mats are off and running

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai finally gets around to feeding the monks this morning and actually gives them some of my cakes!!  Setting up things for breakfast I decided that it was time to throw away our last tub of butter from England as it had started to smell like blue ...

Off Swimming, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off Swimming

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Enjoy some real bread for breakfast again today.  Must be the time of year as George's dog, Pepsi, has just had a pup as well.  She has been 'expecting' the last couple of years but has lost the entire litter before/at birth.  She has ...

More red t-shirts, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More red t-shirts

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I seem to be noticing more and more red T-shirts hanging up around the place.  Some have even fixed hand written signs to the shirts saying that no men live in the house so that the lady spirit moves on next door.  Someone else is using a Man ...

Matters of great weight - or not, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Matters of great weight - or not

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We always keep a record of our weight whilst we here to see how much and how q    uickly it drops after leaving England.  Upon arrival Jai was 62.5kg and is now 59.7 whilst I have dropped from 66.2 to a measly ...

Party today, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Party today

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We head over to Pak Chong about 7:30 in the morning and it is already quite busy.  We drop off our donation and a couple of pillows - this is the done thing apparently.  I leave Jai there for the day returning home late morning.  A quiet ...

Monks by the million ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monks by the million ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... well, a few hundred anyway. I wake up at 01:30 to watch Champions League football as Jai has told me it is an English team on this week.  I was none too pleased to find Real Madrid v Juventus and lasted about 5 mins before heading back to sleep. ...

Its all about the spirits, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its all about the spirits

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai has decided that the afternoons are too hot for working at the farm now so, starting from today, she is going to come with me in the mornings instead.  I finally cut the last bamboo this morning.  A clump of about 8 trees were still ...

beans meanz ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

beans meanz ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With all of the rain and the sun in between anything that I put in the garden at the moment seems to thrive.  Have to be careful that they do not get washed away when the rain is too strong though so it is still too early to plant out much.  ...

Jai's birthday all over again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's birthday all over again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Shortly after breakfast this morning we get a visit from the postman carrying what turns out to be three birthday cards just arrived from England.  Well done Mum, Pam and Carol.  Gives us an excuse for a belated birthday photo. Out in the ...

Another family funeral, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another family funeral

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The wife of Jai's monk brother has just died in a neighbouring village having been sick for a little while.  Jai goes with a couple of the family to visit the house and help with preparations but I am not up to a full day of that so stay behind. I ...

Off for a bike ride, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off for a bike ride

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Have decided to have a weekend off from the farm as my hands are hurting - you are allowed to feel sorry for me at this point ! Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market, get some money from the ATN then our once a month big shop for things for the ...

The burning returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The burning returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Go to see George and Wan this morning so that Jai can get some more coloured mat grass; red and black this time. I ride over to Pak Chong with George to see what German John has been up to this last week and we are forced to drink a morning beer. Go out ...

Beer and sleeping day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Beer and sleeping day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This a monk day again.  They seem to get more land more frequent and it is abviously good business to be a monk around here.  I will have to consider the consequences first though ...  I bike Jai then sister Begat to the cremation temple ...

Job done !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Job done !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

To the farm as usual for an hour then I leave them and bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  Will be glad when Saturday night comes and we are off and I wont be booking, checking, researching, printing etc anymore. A cloudless sky and it ...

The end is in sight - maybe !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The end is in sight - maybe !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 02:45 to watch England 0v1 Germany ... same old, same old ... To the farm as usual after breakfast and stay for a couple of hours.  Feeling good this morning and thought about staying longer but dont want to push my luck.  There are just ...

Yet another death, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Yet another death

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go into Phon Thong this morning and buy a birthday present for Jai and a couple of plastic garden chairs.  There seems to have been far too many of the older people dying here since we got back and another has just departed.  Jai once again ...

End of Buddhist Lent, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

End of Buddhist Lent

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am told that this Thursday is Awk Phansa, the end of the 3 month Buddhist Lent, Monks Rain Retreat, or whatever you cre to call it.  Lots of things go on at the village temple this week but the single event that seems to bring everyone together is ...

More bonfires, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More bonfires

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up to a dry morning after a wet night.  Lazy morning reading whilst waiting for things to dry up a bit. Late morning we go out to the farm for a look around.  The rice that has been in for some time is looking OK but a lot has only just ...

Temples and elections, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Temples and elections

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Just before 06:00 this morning the second 200Bht arrives to procure a vote for a different candidate. There is a Buddhist festival of some sort today and a few people have dropped in to give us assorted food presents.  Jai wants to buy a few things ...

Coconut tree scavanging again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Coconut tree scavanging again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is a month to the day that we left England and it has flown past.  I am already half way through my first 60 day visa more to the point.  Jai is up even earlier than usual finishing off her stuff to take to the temple.  I was sort of ...

I get to meet a real life Hobbit !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

I get to meet a real life Hobbit !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Goodbye 2012. It is still very cold this morning but at least the horrible wind has dropped. Jai's nephew Tia comes mid-morning with some people who want to buy some trees from Jai.  We take them out to the farm where they make a provisional ...

Party still looming, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Party still looming

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to Pak Chong again but today she comes home on her own about midday - just in time to get e some lunch !!  We go back together in the evening for a beer or three and dont get back home until after midnight.  Not as many people turned ...

Entertaining for lunch, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Entertaining for lunch

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Take Jai to George and Wan's to kill and prepare a duck whilst I head into Phon Thong for an internet session. Take the long way back to the village exploring a couple of routes for a ride next Sunday. When I get back to George's they have moved back to ...

Catching up with the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Catching up with the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Best nights seleep I've had in ages.  Go to see George & Wan and sway some lettuce plants for some different cabbage plants. News has it that Jai's nephew Tia has finished cutting her rice.  Bad news is that it has not been a good ...

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