Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Where is Noah when you need him ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Where is Noah when you need him ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, its rain, rain, rain then more rain here at the moment.  I dont mean a little bit if drizzle, I mean RAIN !!!  There is a small river running along the side of the house right now and it is taking a lot of my back garden underneath the ...

Brain dead, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Brain dead

A travel blog entry by steve_m

According to many of you I have been brain dead for many years but I am sure the process is accelerating.  With little to occupy the little grey cells I can feel them waving goodbye by the day.  I do a couple of Sodoku each morning but thats ...

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

Out to the farm again first thing this morning and stay for an hour or so before returning to the house. I get a bit bored sat around reading this afternoon so go back to the farm early and spend a few hours working. It looks as though they might finish ...

First mat returned completed, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First mat returned completed

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning, primarily to check that the supposedly repaired TV is in fact OK before we get someone to drive us in to collect it.  The picture is not wonderful but that is probably the poor reception.  Other than that it all ...

Bike problems again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bike problems again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It doesnt appear to have rained overnight although things have not dried up too much. We take our chance and bike into Phon Thong.  Buy some bed sheets to match the set we brought back from England, do a litle food shopping then head back to the ...

Back to Khamnadie and the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to Khamnadie and the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We arrive in Phon Thong about 04:00 having slept most of the way.  It is still dark as we get a tuk-tuk across town to the 7/11 for bread, milk and a couple of coffees to wake ourselves up.  We loiter here for a while not wanting to wake the ...

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

Party looming ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Sold a big bag of tomatoes last night and picked a further 30 this morning.  They are cropping like crazy.  Took Jai to John & Lawans in the next village of Pak Chong to help them prepare food etc for a forthcoming party.  Went to ...

First Christmas cards arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First Christmas cards arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go out to the farm on my own shortly after breakfast and work for a few hours. When I get back to the house 3 Christmas cards are just arriving.  Thanks and well done to Mum, Pam & Keith, and Rob & Shirl. George & Wan come to visit ...

Lazy days, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy days

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Plant another couple of sorts of cabbage and lettuce this morning alongside the carrots and corriander and the one half of the garden is just about full.  When the cabbage etc starts getting a bit bigger it will be transplanted to the other half of ...

Tractors and boys toys ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tractors and boys toys ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A couple of you farm boys have asked me about the equipment that we use on the land so here goes briefly. The water buffalo used to be the main item of farm equipment but most today use what is colloquially known as an 'iron buffalo'.  Basically a ...

Time for the mosquitoes to die, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for the mosquitoes to die

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I bike out to the farm this morning after breakfast to pick a couple of papaya and to cut yet more coconut tree leaves.  Whilst cutting down one the branches a coconut fell off the tree just missing me.  Reckon that would have been a new one ...

Good weekend for sport, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Good weekend for sport

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to muse the internet.  Gloucs beat Quins, England beat Ireland, good weekend for sport for a change. Once I am back at the house I just sit around all day.  I finish my tablets today but dont feel much better. Phone ...

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

Same, same

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Come into Pjhon Thong this morning to update Journal and do a bit of shopping.  Jai is dying some more grass so better that I am out of the ...

Groundhog Day with a difference, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Groundhog Day with a difference

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No farm this morning but Jai is off to help her friend with some cooking.  I drop her off and there is already a dozen or so people milling around.  George needs to escape already. She returns just after lunch then out to the farm to help with ...

Strange people, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Strange people

A travel blog entry by steve_m

To farm right after breakfast by way of a change and get lots cut. After lunch Jai sneaks next door to play cards again.  She comes back about GBP10 better off but knows that I dont really approve. To farm again late afternoon and some more fires to ...

More coconut tree leaves, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More coconut tree leaves

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is very cold again this morning and we stay indoors all morning not doing a great deal.  After we ave eaten I have to get out and do something.  Jai's mother gets through her leaves like wildfire so this afternoon we bike to a neighbouring ...

Wasted journey - different reason !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wasted journey - different reason !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is off to the farm again this morning to help brother Yut start to cut an early crop of rice. I bike into Phon Thong to watch the rugby and after a dreadful Gloucs 12v29 Exeter wish I hadnt bothered !! I get back to an empty house at Khamnadie and if ...

Waiting for a visa ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Waiting for a visa ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Fingers crossed that Jai's passport arrivestoday but more importantly that it includes a valid UK visa! I go out to the farm for a long session bearing in mind that I will be having a two day break from tomorrow. In the afternoon we leave a message with ...

Kings Birthday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Kings Birthday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This is my usual day for going into Phon Thong and updating this blog.  With it being the KIngs Birthday and a national holiday I am never sure what places will be open for business and which places will close.  Give the trip into town a miss ...

Stop theif !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Stop theif !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A lovely bright start to the day this morning.  I go to the village 'salon' for a haircut but she is bus and tells me to come back at 09:00.  I go back as arranged to find the place locked up ! I bike out to the farm to collect a further three ...

More visa stuff, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More visa stuff

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market then stop off at the internet to print off some documents we will need next week in Bangkok and to proceed with our hotel booking. Yesterday, Jais brother Sai next door had a satellite dish fitted and I dont think ...

Bangkok trip with Jiap off already, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bangkok trip with Jiap off already

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have discovered that Jiap's husband is actually called Kae (real name Adul) and not Gay.  It sounds the same but is written differently and I will adopt the revised, and preferable, spelling from here on. They are both leaving this morning to ...

The Grim Reaper commeth, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The Grim Reaper commeth

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This morning we plant a Bay Tree in the back garden.  We use the leaves in a lot of soups etc but it will be a while before we are picking our own. An old chap who lives a couple of houses from us has just died.  Apparently it is the village ...

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