Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Internet open hurrah, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet open hurrah

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With a T-shirt on beneath my shirt to keep the wind off I bike back into Phon Thong again this morning and luckily the internet is open today.  Perhaps it is just because I am a little later getting here.  Still chilly on the bike with the ...

Dead motorbike - bad timing !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dead motorbike - bad timing !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We have a lot to do today so we take a few minutes to write down a shopping and to-do list. Jai visits a house where their son is becomming a monk today.  I was supposed to be going as well but as we were leaving the house we bumped into Jai's ...

Making plans ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Making plans ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm first thing this morning. When I get back I bike over to Pak Chong for a word with John.  We agree to go and look for the wooden houses on the bus rather than use the bikes just in case it is a long way.  We will go tomorrow. ...

Another day largely off my feet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another day largely off my feet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... hands but for people who havent got much in the first place I guess that it is money they cant really afford to be gambling with.  Gambling is officially illegal in Thailand as well so even out in the sticks here they hide under the house to ...

Bike back in the garage already !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bike back in the garage already !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Another wet start to the day and although the rain stops before 08:00 I dont fancy working on long wet grass again. I had told German John that I would go and have a look at his trees and let him know what they were looking like so I go and pick up ...

Laundry day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laundry day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the garden cleared a bit and the hint of a sunny day it is time for some laundry.  I do my usual water carrying routine to load up the machines and top up the bathroom reservoir.  Cant remember it taking this many buckets of water before ...

Internet and farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet and farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... to the rice and are getting ready to leave. Looks like I have failed to do any work at all again today ... After eating I find Thailand v Maldives on TV which is awful and after about 15mins switch to Real v Athletico Madrid which wasnt that much better. ...

Off to the hospital - not me, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the hospital - not me

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of Jai's sisters grand daughters has had to go into hospital after receiving a rather painful insect bite of some kind overnight.  I take the sister into Phon Thong with me this morning to go and visit.  Luckily she is OK and is discharged ...

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

Selling some veggies

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Our cabbages have just about taken over the one half of the garden and there are obviously far too many for us to eat.  I have finally persuaded Jai to go and sell some.  She doesnt like selling stuff because she gets a hard time from some ...

What a dull day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What a dull day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is nearing the end of Buddhist Lent so we go to the village temple this morning to make an offering.  The rest of the day is spent dossing around the ...

The return of the TV, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The return of the TV

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As 'TV' is not an obvious abbreviation over here I should emphasise that I am talking about our television and not any transvestites !!!  The lad next door has kindly trucked it into town and today picked it up for us in fully working order and all ...

Orchids, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Orchids

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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As this is the first entry for a week or so you will gather that nothing much has been happening.  Doss around the house, pop into town occassionally, out to the farm to feed the fish anf thats about it.  Still getting heavy rain every night ...

Preparing for building and cremating, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparing for building and cremating

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A great nights sleep after all of the travelling.  We bike into Phon Thong this morning to check the internet and stock up some empty cupboards.  Late morning our builder neighbour comes to see us and give us a quote on the work we want ...

A sick German, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A sick German

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong with Jai for the weekend market as usual. George pops in shortly after we get back to say that he doesnt think he will be able to make our beer appointment on Sunday morning. Spend a couple of hours at the farm in the afternoon then take ...

An English country garden, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

An English country garden

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, not exactly .... As we move around the village we have been keeping our eyes out for any nice looking flowers that are growing in peoples gardens.  When we find some we like we beg, borrow or steal a few and are slowly getting some into the ...

Ice Cream, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Ice Cream

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Have just discovered that a motorbike that comes around every day selling bits of barbequeued stuff also sells ice cream.  This has started a daily habit of having a couple of small pots of coconut ice cream with our fruit after our midday ...

Fish & Chips, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fish & Chips

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Well, actually no chips and not even any fish that can be eaten yet.  We go out to the farm about every third evening just before the rains come to feed the fish.  They dont seem to me to be getting any bigger though.  I was under the ...

When is manslaughter not manslaughter ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

When is manslaughter not manslaughter ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

When it happens in Thailand apparently !! Last night a man was killed in the village whilst walking home from the shop minding his own business.  A drunk young boy on his motorbike ploughed into him and he was dead before medical help arrived. I ...

Oh well, here we go ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Oh well, here we go ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Well here we go ...Wake up with the alarm at 2:00 for Jai to go into Phon Thong with brother Sai and wife Dom from next door in their pick-up.  Getting there silly early means you can buy vegetables direct from the wholesalers who supply the market ...

Getting fruity, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Getting fruity

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today we stole 2 papaya trees from Jai's brother next door and have rehoused them, for their own protection, in our back garden where we can nuture them. Jai has employed 15 people today to plant her rice at the farm using the money that we 'collected' ...

Mats, farm and Buddha, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Mats, farm and Buddha

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A really good session at the farm this morning and my target for tonioght is in sight. I leave Jai at ther house dying some grass yellow. We both go to the farm in the afternoon where I complete my weekly target and we have another couple of big fires to ...

Back in England already ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back in England already ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... she doesnt get paid for this but the removed soil will extend the pond at the farm so that it will hold more water.  Sounds like a poor deal to me but ... Phone mum in the evening and get to speak to big sister Di who has been visiting for a few ...

The long arm of the law, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The long arm of the law

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 02:30 this morning to watch Man Utd play Valencia. Just as we are eating breakfast Jai's son comes to visit.  He needs the paperwork for his motorbike to show to the police in Phon Thong.  There is a music show on there in the evenings at ...

Rice and steady, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice and steady

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The young rice is just about ready to be planted out.  Jai's brother Sai had normally taken care of the farm for Jai but more often than not had taken care of himself at her expense.  This year we have switched allegiance to her nephew Tia who ...

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