Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Back to the temple again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the temple again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... and there is thick smoke blowing across the road.  I thought that burning stubble was illegal in most countries now but obviously not Thailand.  Get back to the village to find that they have not had any rain at all.  Jai has the laundry ...

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

Just another day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Lovely fresh air greets me this morning when I open the big front doors.  Had a shower in the night and it seems to have cleared things up nicely. Bike into Phon Thong for the Saturday market and there is a real nip in the air on the bike. With the ...

Happy Birthday King Bhumibol, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday King Bhumibol

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... a new King, Prajadhipok, Bhumibol's uncle, only two years previously.  Not long after returning to Thailand Prince Bhumibol's father developed a health condition and subsequently died from kidney failure in 1929 leaving his widow the task of ...

Hedge clipping, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hedge clipping

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai goes to the cremation this afternoon so all is clear to begin work again - what a shame !! The small privet hedge that I planted last year has come on leaps and bounds and takes a severe hair cut this morning.  An Englishman abroad has to have ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Groundhog Day once again. To farm on my own this morning as Jai is streaming with cold. Backto a book, lunch, book, back to farm, dinner then ...

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

Comings and goings ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jiap is off to Roi Et this morning to buy a couple of new tyres for car ... much needed by the look of things !  She wants us to go with her for the day but when I ask what she has in mind it appears to be the aircon of the big shops so I decline ...

More bad news on the rice front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More bad news on the rice front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With all of the family's rice bagged up now it turns out that Jai's sister Begat, whose son 'took care' of Jai's rice, ended up with 103 x 30kg sacks this year.  It doesnt take a genius to see where the care and attention of the rice was centred ...

Monk Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monk Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is a 'monk day' today so Jai is off to the village temple early to feed them.  Sounds like a trip to the zoo but ...  We are up just after 05:00 so that she can start preparing food.  It is after 09:00 when she gets back and as I have ...

On the school run today, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

On the school run today

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another disappointing nights sleep and we are up before 06:00 for breakfast.  Some people may be going out to the farm today to plant out some more rice but I am not too sure. Jai does a large wash and then we have fun finding somewhere in the ...

Another sick note ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another sick note ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

My internet visit this morning has to be cancelled and replaced by a visit to the Doctor in Phon Thong.  Years ago Jai hurt her knee carrying something heavy and every now and then it plays her up, starting from last night.  The Doc says that ...

Groundhog Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Groundhog Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Took Jai to the farm after breakfast, picked her up just after 16:00 and in between read.  Groundhog Day ...

A little work ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little work ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A good nights sleep and we wake up about 06:30 with Jai bringing me a cup of tea in bed.  Back to our normal breakfast routine of eggs on toast then let the day commence. Heavy rain throughout the night and everything is pretty wet this ...

Threshing the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Threshing the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We have had a gourd growing in the back garden since I got back and I keep telling Jai that I think its ready.  She wanted to see how big it would get so has left it and left it.  THis morning she picks it and cuts it open only to announce that ...

Back into routine ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back into routine ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A great night's sleep.  Jai brings me a cuppa in bed whilst she is preparing food to give to the monks for something or other and I am a good hour later than usual getting up for breakfast.  I later learn that there is a ceremony this ...

A (prodigious) firestarter, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A (prodigious) firestarter

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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To the farm after breakfast and start to burn the huge clump of bamboo that we want to lose.  I have progressed from a small back garden bonfire to a small burn off at the farm to a raging inferno this morning - what comes next ? Most of the ...

Let the planting begin ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Let the planting begin ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wake up at 01:40 this morning hoping to watch some UEFA football but can only find Barcelona v Ajax.  Watch about 1/2hr but it so one-sided that I return to sleep. After breakfast I put btogether a frame for our beef tomatoes using the bamboo that ...

Last day of holiday ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last day of holiday ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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ill have to enjoy today as I have promised myself that tomorrow I will start work at our farm doing something. In the afternoon Jai starts to stake the asparagus which is growing like crazy.   I go out to the farm for an hour to assess what I am ...

Visitors Leave, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visitors Leave

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Eat breakfast together still not sure what is happening today then Sangwan tells us that they will drive back this afternoon sometime.  Jai and Sangwan then walk to visit Wan whilst I take Phil for a drive around the village and farm on the bike ...

Coconut Tree Scavanging, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Coconut Tree Scavanging

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's mum is struggling to find any coconut tree leaves around the village so Jai and myself bike to the neighbouring village of Coke Lam where her brotherYut has a farm with a few trees.  We bring back a mountain of leaves and when we dump them in ...

Time for a new ID card, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for a new ID card

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bring Jai into Phon Thong this morning to get a new ID card as her current one is just about to expire.  We arrive at the office where she takes a number from a coloured pad and sits down.  I ask her is she sure that this is the right place and ...

Selling some rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Selling some rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... , some 1140Bht short.  I pointed this out to Jai who didnt seem to care less ust shrugging and saying that this was Thailand - thats my line !!  I am still at a loss to see where the money could have gone as it is officially receipted as such ...

Not a healthy household !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Not a healthy household !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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My lower back is killing me this morning and I cant bend down at all so definitely no work today.  Jai has had a dodgy knee for quite a few year and it plays up when she carries anything heavy and that is hurting her today.  Between us we are ...

Jai's grand daughter comes to visit ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's grand daughter comes to visit ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up to watch Liverpool 0v0 West Ham. After breakfast I drop Jai off at friend Wan's house and then head into Phon Thong and the internet.  There was quite a lot of rain last night and the roads are all wet and muddy this morning.  Gloucs ...

Preparing for new trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparing for new trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Another cold one and I guess I should get used to the fact that they are all going to be relatively cold for the next month or so. We bike out to the farm right after breakfast to take some food for the ducks. After returning to the house I drop Jai off ...

A controlled (?!) burn, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A controlled (?!) burn

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Spend about three hours working at the farm this morning taking advantage of another cool start to the day. In the afternoon Jai's nephew Tia comes to see us and buys six trees from Jai's woodland to make a house for his sister in law.  He needs ...

Happy Birthday Jai, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday Jai

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday Chang.  Jai makes the morning rice whilst I brew a cuppa about 05:30 then back to bed for an hour where she opens her cards and prezzies.  Nice leather handbag from her daughter in Bangkok which came as a huge surprise and a ...

'Shopping' at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

'Shopping' at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 01:45 to watch a UEFA Champions League match but can only find PSG v Barcelona so dont bother.  Then I remember that one channel shows English Championship league games so check this out and watch the 2nd half of Reading 3v3 Wolves.  ...

Seed time, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Seed time

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Although the rainy season still has a long way to run I am bored with having an empty garden so make a start.  I decide to try and grow something under cover to keep the worst of the rains off.  I make a small bench with stripped bamboo and ...

Back on the road yet again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back on the road yet again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 05:30 and at 6am I am off out to a nearby 7/11 for coffee and croissants for breakfast.  We then walk back to the market to buy a few things that we cant in our local markets. We check out of Chaipat Hotel, where we will possibly stay ...

Back to the quiet of village life, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the quiet of village life

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With breakfast over we launch into the frenzy of laundry, cleaning the house and establishing a second bedroom out of the clutter to receive our visitors.  I start to plan meals for the next three days before we go shopping but Jai just wont do ...

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