Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two visits to thenfarm again today and John comes to visit whilst I am working to collect a cart full of firewood from the trees he cut earlier. After we eat this evening Jai goes off to arrange a lift into Phon Thong tomorrow morning for the ...

Another school parade, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another school parade

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... out. Jai had sold all of her cabbage and has orders for tomorrow. The postman comes bringing Christmas cards from MUm, Carol, Rob, Di and Michelle and they are places out on the table for decoration.  Thanks all. In the afternoon we go to the farm ...

Wot, still no water !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot, still no water !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I wish that I hadnt complained before about the lack of pressure in our water system on our first day back as we have had almost no mains water at all since then.  Luckily our water butts are overflowing from the rainfall. After breakfast I roughly ...

Motorbike back on the road, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Motorbike back on the road

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai's nephew Gaek(?) arrives about 7am to retrieve his motorbike so I'm not sure whats happening there as a couple of nights back I thought we were borrowing it for a while.  He was supposedto be driving us into Phon Thongthis morning with our bike ...

Swimming again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I cant go to the farm this evening as we are off swimming again so we both go first thing after breakfast.  Burn the pile of bamboo roots etc that has gathered over thge last month or so.  Hopefully this will be the very last time I get to see ...

Nothing happening here ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nothing happening here ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, as you can see from the complete lack of entries recently everything is very quiet here.  Have been working in the garden a little cutting down and digging out seven banana trees.  They have incredible roots which although are not very ...

Charcoal yet again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Charcoal yet again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our last Saturday market trip into Phon Thong but as we wont be here much next week we dont even need to buy any food. Another stinking hot day ! Late afternoon I go to the farm for my final session of cutting logs and ferry three loads back to Ang's ...

Monkey business, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monkey business

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sat in the back garden this afternoon I heard coconuts falling from aneighbours tree and went to investigate.  Most of the coconut trees here are too high to pick the nuts yourself so there are chaps who ride around the villages on motorbikes with a ...

Wall finished - hurrah !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wall finished - hurrah !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go for a walk in the garden whilst breakfast is cooking and spot a couple of the larger peppers lying on the floor.  This is exactly what happened before when we grew a different type of pepper, as soon as they grew to any size they either rotted ...

Pay day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pay day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today is Valentine's Day but more importantly for Jai the day she is due to get a second payment as compensation for the poor rice prices this year.  I'll believe it when it has actually happened. Into Phon Thong for the internet.  I couldnt ...

'Army' beans ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

'Army' beans ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Right after breakfast I go for a haircut.  She wasnt home so I went to get some petrol instead.  On my way back my 'barber' called out to me to say she was free but I had just spent my money on petrol so had to go back to the house for some ...

Selling palm tree 'fruit', Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Selling palm tree 'fruit'

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Pad arrives early this morning to get the papers for Jai's farm as apparently the government are offering payments to help the poor farmers out.  This crops up alomst every year.  Jai takes copies of papers to meetings about 6 times, jumps ...

Indoor jobs today ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Indoor jobs today ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Garden is very wet this morning so no chance of doing any work outside so turn my attention to indoor chores. Jai is now so heavy she has managed to break the board that sits beneath the matress on our bed ... and strangely enough she has broken it on my ...

Shovelling sh*t again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shovelling sh*t again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up 02:00 - 04:00 again this morning to watch Man Utd.  Better picture on TV this morning at least. Came into Phon Thong to use the internet but they were closed again.  They are definitely getting lazy with the school holidays here.  Not ...

You call that a cake !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

You call that a cake !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Took Jai out to the farm at first light then into Phon Thong for some grocery shopping.  Upon returning home I had an idiotic moment when I decided that with Jai being otherwise engaged I would bake a cake.  After all, women all over the world ...

All is safely gathered in ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All is safely gathered in ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I dont think that there is any fear about winter storms beginning but this years rice harvest is now sat in sacks in our spare bedroom. We were up at the crack of dawn again and head off to the farm.  I am not really sure what is happening today so ...

Marriage is definitely off, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Marriage is definitely off

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is my usual morning to go to Phon Thong for an internet session but apparently it is also a national holiday.  I expect that everything is open as usual but so as not to make a wasted journey I postpone till tomorrow and resume my farm and bamboo ...

Start making travel plans, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start making travel plans

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have decided that no matter how much better I feel by next week I cant face the overnight bus journey to Bangkok, hanging around at the bus stations and fighting through the crowds to get a taxi upon arrival.  I bike into Phon Thong and book a ...

Time for Jai's visa, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for Jai's visa

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go to George and Wan's right after breakfast and cut up some coconut tree leaves that have fallen for Jai's mum. I bike into Phon Thong and complete an on-line application fprm for Jai's UK visa for this year and book an appointment in Bangkok for next ...

A few visits and another lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A few visits and another lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I dont want to tempt fate but apart from my blocked ear I am feeling a whole lot better if not yet 100%. After breakfast I take Jai to get some sewing done.  Around here, instead of people bringing presents to a wedding, the people hosting the ...

Feeling a bit better ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Feeling a bit better ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 4:00 after a good nights sleep.  Still feel like sh*t but maybe a little bit less so than yesterday. Take Jai on the bike to give some veggie scraps to the ducks, buy something at the village shop then pick some leaves at sister Bepats so ...

A little bit of work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little bit of work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The gate at the side of the house that keeps dogs and chickens out of the back garden has rotted away at the base and is hanging limply.  I go out to the farm and cut myself a tree and collect a couple of bags of laterite gravel and repair it.  ...

Looks like I'm a farm orphan ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Looks like I'm a farm orphan ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Had a restless night as Jai now has a cold coming on.  Not the full blown man-flu that I had of course.  It seems that almost everyone has a cold of some sort at the moment with the season just changing. Take Jai to the farm after breakfast, ...

Oh, it hurts everywhere !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Oh, it hurts everywhere !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I feel like an old man this morning.  Every time I do a little work I ache everywhere the next day.  Was planning on finishing the longan tree this morning but that isn't happening. Luckily Jai stays fit and strong and takes over planting ...

Another tree bites the dust, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another tree bites the dust

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sure enough Jai's mother is in a lot of pain this morning and can hardly make it out to the front of the house.  Daughter Begat wont go to the temple for her so Jai eventually agrees to go to take food to her brother.  Of course, Jai's mum's ...

Back over the bridge to Thailand, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back over the bridge to Thailand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A decent nights sleep and as we are in no hurry to leave we have a liesurely lie in.  Another baguette with a couple of glasses of steaming hot Laos Bolivan coffee for breakfast and I am ready to face the world - or Laos and Thai immigration at ...

Face !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Face !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast I follow a hunch and go back to the village shop with my passport and successfully get the copies I needed.  The chap who was there the second time I went yesterday didnt know how to work the machine but would have lost face before ...

A day of rest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day of rest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Back to Phon Thong at about 04:00 then a dark and freezing cold tuk-tuk ride back to Khamnadie.  Make a cup of tea to defrost and head to bed for an hour or so.  Go to visit George & Wan so that Jai can get some more mat grass but otherwise ...

Lunch invitation, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lunch invitation

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Had some free time when I got back from the farm this morning so decided to treat the bike.  I eventually got around to visiting the village garage and getting a new headlight bulb fitted, then had the tyres pumped up and filled up with petrol on my ...

Preparations for Buddha day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparations for Buddha day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... to date and publish everything for the first time.  I have an e-mail from friend George saying that he will be back in Thailand this coming weekend and back in Khamnadie next Tuesday.  Not sure he will be welcomed by all ... Back at home I find ...

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