Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Revenge of the widowed chicken ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Revenge of the widowed chicken ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Over the last week or so a chicken has started jumping over my back garden wall and pecking around the garden.  Not too much of a problem at the moment but I dont want him to get intpo the habit for when the veggies etc are growing.  I have now ...

Building work is underway, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Building work is underway

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Walking around the garden this morning I count over 30 flowers coming on my pommegranate tree and a few fruits are already forming.  I bike into Phon Thong for a long internet session and start to catch up with this travel blog amongst other ...

Wot no water - wot no electric !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no water - wot no electric !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This is usually my morning to go into Phon Thong and watch the weekend rugby but today we have to go and pay the electric bill - deep joy !! We are a bit early arriving in Phon Thong so make a brief stop at the internet just to clear my e-mail.  Go ...

Time to wash the bike, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to wash the bike

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Straight after breakfast we bike to neighbouring Pak Chong to cut some coconut tree leaves but the farm we were going to had a large crowd of people working next to the trees planting cassava.  I dont like performing to a crowd so we bike on to a ...

The funeral, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The funeral

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... 's brother, At, will be cremated this afternoon so I have postponed for one more day and we will be leaving tomorrow instead. We leave for Ban Don Mieu about 13:00 and after a quick drink at his house we are in time to see them carrying the coffin out and ...

Pomegranates, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pomegranates

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... into a small fruit.  I am keeping my eyes on it each day to follow its progress. Took Jai to her nephews village, Ban Rat Dam Noen (sp) this morning to make a second register for rubber trees.  Apparently we have to go through the same ...

The dog killer, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The dog killer

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to update this blog and do a bit of shopping. When I get back to the house sister Bepat is sat with Jai whilst she makes her mats.  I discover that the devil child from next door has yet another puppy !  When we ...

Unscheduled visit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Unscheduled visit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is feeling a little bit better this morning but still not back to normal.  MId morning I take her away from the house to stop her from working and we go to Pak Chong to see the progress on John's house.  Jai hadnt seen it before and now she ...

Aches and pains !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Aches and pains !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The couple of hours I spent working at the farm last night are taking their toll this morning with aches and pains everywhere.  Spend a lazy day around the house until late afternoon when its back to the farm for a bit more of the same ... !! Early ...

Marriage on the horizon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Marriage on the horizon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to her brothers at Ban Don Mieu (sp) again this morning and bring one of her sisters back to Khamnadie with me.  I spend the day tidying up in the garden and then late afternoon take the sister back to the brothers and bring Jai home. Jai's ...

Children are coming home ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Children are coming home ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Erm comes for her rice again this morning but again we have to turn her away. Jai gets a phone call from her son to say that both he, his wife and Jai's daughter are all coming home to the village for a few days around new year which makes Jai very happy ...

Departing Romanians, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Departing Romanians

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning I am off to the village Sweeney Todd for a haircut. Work continues clearing land at the farm.  It is too hot and especially too humid for me to work for too long. In the evening we go and visit George and Wan and take a few ...

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