Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Coldest morning so far, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Coldest morning so far

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is particularly cold this morning and I wrap up for the ride into Phon Thong.  Usually I take off a few layers when we get there but today it all remains on whilst we shop and for the ride back to Khamnadie. I price up a big container of paint ...

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 ...

Last day in Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last day in Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai plants about 30 onion sets out in the garden.  They have been wrapped in material sat on our bathroom floor for the least few days and are now shooting well.  With us being away they are going to have to take their chances and look after ...

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 ...

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