Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Wind up charcoal partnership, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wind up charcoal partnership

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our last full day in Khamnadie. After breakfast we both to go to Ang's next door to stop the last lots of charcoal from burning then bike into Phon Thong. Buy tickets for the 20:00 bus to Bangkok tomorrow night. Drop Jai off at the hair salon then  ...

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 ...

Tablecloths, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tablecloths

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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This one is just for mother.  When 'we' were doing the laundry a few days ago we decided that the tablecloth needed freshening up.  Of course, then we had to replace it with something.  Just to show mum that we do use what she gives us ...

Phon Thong market ... last time, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong market ... last time

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is still thunder and lightning in the air when we wake up this morning but still no rain. We get ready to go to Phon Thong even though it is dark and cloudy.  Neighbours taunt us that we are going to get wet but as it has looked like this all ...

Children arrive from Bangkok, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Children arrive from Bangkok

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Good water pressure this morning so Jai gives the veggies a drink before we have breakfast. Her kids, Jiap and Boy, are both expected from Bangkok this evening but as usual we are never too sure what is happening until it has happened so we will wait and ...

Work continues ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work continues ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Not too many aches this morning other than those associated with making a different muscle group do some work for a change.  Unfortunately, in a perverse way, this means that I feel OK to go and do some work this morning ! We get through another ...

Fruit Cake, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fruit Cake

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With little happening and finding myself 'Home Alone' I decide to have a go at baking a Christmas fruit cake.  I have been looking for suitable fruit for a while now but can only find currants so not really a fruit cake at all.  I loosely ...

A new TV, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A new TV

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... 7GBP.  Jai's mum is delighted and this afternoon sets off to play cards with her nerw found wealth.  Gambling is illegal in Thailand even though a lot of it goes on.  They at least try to be a little discreet and a mat goes down in our ...

How heavy !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

How heavy !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is up at 05:00 to do the rice for the day.  When I move slightly afterwards to make a cuppa tea she has already watered the back and front gardens and is sat splitting grass that she cut yesterday.  Makes me feel a bit lazy but hey, I can ...

Start organizing my departure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start organizing my departure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wearing five layers of clothing we bike into Phon Thong on what is definitely the coldest morning so far and as cold as I can ever remember it getting.  There was even close to a frost on top of the car this morning. Everyone else is still asleep ...

Back to what passes for normal ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to what passes for normal ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jiap is up and off at 05:15 picking up Boy en-route out of the village.  This is too early for us to be rising so back to bed with a cuppa. Our workman arrives during breakfast again to find out when he can make  start at the farm. Maybe ...

Morning off but still working with water, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Morning off but still working with water

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is working near the house again this morning so I get the morning off. This means that I am free to fill all of our water containers from little more than a dripping tap, fill our drinking water bottles from the rain butt, and do the garden with a ...

More strimmer stress, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More strimmer stress

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Saturday therefore it must be PHon Thong market day. Both of us have lost weight this week which just shows how much difference even a little bit of exercise can make. Back in Khamnadie we collect the strimmer complete with a new carburettor and I am ...

Garden again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The garden is taking up much of time at the moment and with a dry day I spend almost all day working.  Not wearing a shirt seemed like a good idea all day but has left me pretty red !!  At least it is starting to look like a garden again ...

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