Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Ooh, my back !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Ooh, my back !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 05:30 this morning for Jai to start preparing food the day to take out to the farm with us.  Part of the deal about employing people to labour for you is that you feed them twice. With everything prepared we ride out to the farm about 6:30 and ...

Mushrooms, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Mushrooms

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Having been kept in the dark and fed on bullshit in my later years at work I should be well suited to knowing all about mushrooms but actually know very little.  On our way back from Phon Thong this morning we stop at a mushroom farm to see how they ...

Colder, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Colder

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Hang on a minute but something isnt right here.  The riding the bike to work in snow bit was supposed to have finished.  I dont 'do' winters any more !!  It is freezing this morning, well, not actually turning water to ice but you get ...

Ashes to ashes ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Ashes to ashes ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for the Saturday market only to find out when we got there that Jai didnt actually want to buy anything and we neednt have bothered coming !!  End up buying a few bits and pieces as we here anyway including a beautiful ...

Motorbikes and ducks, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Motorbikes and ducks

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's nephew Jaek's new wife, Boo, comes to visit bringing a basketful of goodies for us - good luck for Khao Phansa I'm told.  Luckily Jai had baked a load of currant buns yesterday so she was able to give her something to take away with her. I ...

The things people do to children ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The things people do to children ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake at 2:45 to watch Chelsea v QPR but give up at half time because its dreadful. Into Phon Thong after breakfast for an internet session and a bit of shopping. Getting back to the house I find that Jai has been busy clearing up the front of the house ...

Is that an elephant ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Is that an elephant ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Waiting by the front gate this morning I hear a strange noise from along the road.  I turn around and see what looks like an elephant approaching.  I grab the camera from the pocket on the bike just in time for the big fella to come running by ...

In need of a bike ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In need of a bike ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Penultimate day in Khamnadie and almost certainly, this time, our last trip into Phon Thong before we come for the bus tomorrow night. Jai is up at 05:00 to prepare the rice and then starts baking !!  I make a cup of tea and then retire to bed ...

In the money !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In the money !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Spend the morning at the farm mostly clearing up broken glass from beneath the old wooden shelter here.  Picked up a number of coins that must have slipped through the floor over the years. Some of them are quite old and out of circulation now so we ...

Garden time, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden time

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Was up between 02:00 and 04:00 this morning to watch Arsenal in Champions League.  The TV picture was awful and wish I hadnt bothered but at least I could take it easy once morning arrived. There was a big concert just outside the village for most ...

Odds and ends, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at midnight to watch Man Utd 1v0 Reading on Thai TV and wished that I hadnt bothered. In the morning I cut our front hedge down from 5ft to 2ft tall.  The coming rains will soon return it to its full height - if they come this year ?! I try the ...

Pasta, fish and flowers, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pasta, fish and flowers

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The fish at the farm do not seem to be getting any bigger in fact they appear to me to be disappearing.  I am not at all surprised that people would turn up when no-one was there and steal them but they were only about an inch or two long and ...

Off to survey the land, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to survey the land

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Headed out for a look arouind the farm this morning.  Was going to ferry everyone backwards and forwards on the bike but luckily for me we all agreed to walk.  Not too much to see at the moment but Tia was working on the ricefields getting the ...

Bits and pieces day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bits and pieces day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It rained a few times overnight but not really enough to even nmake the ground wet.  I want a really good storm to make sure that the drainage I have put around the nes shed actually carries the water into the back garden.  After we have gone ...

Restless, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Restless

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Still no electric this morning.  Into Phon Thong for long internet session.  When I open the shed up when I get back I find that water has got in from last night's rain.  Jai and her son have the answer - why am I not confident ? I spend a ...

Spa or hospital ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Spa or hospital ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This afternoon Jai and her sister went to the village hospital for a sauna and a massage.  The hospital has no doctors but apparently has a spa !!!  Priorities ....? George and Wan came to visit and told us about a party in the neighbouring ...

Peace shattered, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Peace shattered

A travel blog entry by steve_m

These twice daily farm sessions are starting to take their toll and this morning we are both stiff and tired before we even start.  Out to the farm at 07:00 anyway but our progress today is very slow. Jai's sister Begat walks out to the farm to ...

Self catering, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Self catering

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As I leave for the farm after breakfast Jai is leaving for Phon Thong. With Jai gone all day this means that I will be self catering for lunch and probably this evening.  Luckily Jai has already left food for me that just needs warming up and ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Same old story again today. Two visits to the farm.  I have now finished all of the rice grass from Jai and her sister Begats farms and have had to move to brother Sai's land to keep burning.  His land is a bit further away though ...

Dodgy tummy and another death, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dodgy tummy and another death

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After surviving the supposedly dodgy food in Laos I awake at 3am with a dodgy tum and a quick visit to the loo.  This continues for a while throughout the rest of the night and I have to skip breakfast.  I cant believe the difference in the ...

A new road..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A new road...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I manage to water the back garden before breakfast this morning and after we have eaten the water pressure seems to be back to normal.  With water coming through the taps Jai starts a mountain of laundry.  I leave her to it and bike into Phon ...

Dog killers update, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dog killers update

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The 'dog killers' next door seem to have 5 dogs at the moment and none of them were here when we left in March.  I can only guess that the ones they had then have all died and these are replacements.  I've often wondered what they do with the ...

Invited out for lunch, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Invited out for lunch

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Great nights sleep not moving much between about 19:00 and 06:00 this morning.  I think the last week or so finally caught up with me ! The postal services seem to have got themselves sorted out as Jai's birthday card from sister Pam finally ...

Dog-killers restock, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dog-killers restock

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is really cold this morning and I need quite a few layers and even long trousers for my ride into Phon Thong. Spend a long time on the internet updating this blog with notes and photos from Hong Kong. Lazy afternoon till we go to the village market in ...

Wot no internet ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no internet ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session but cant get a connection so return to Khamnadie after a wasted journey.  I cut up whats left of our old hosepipe and manage to salvage a length long enough to use for watering the flowers until ...

Visa preparations, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visa preparations

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I spend a couple of hours this morning sorting through the paperwork we will need to make Jai's UK visa application later this month.  She has been undecided as to wether she would come this year but I think she has decided now.  We will go ...

More farangs in the village, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More farangs in the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I head in to Phon Thong about 9:30 to spend a couple of hours on the internet whilst Cliff and Dave drive up to Roi Et from Surin at which time we will arrange a meeting place by phone.  I go and do a bit of shopping then ride out to the Roi Et road ...

If I'd known that you were coming ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

If I'd known that you were coming ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

..., I'd have baked a cake. With the oven and cupboard installed we are off into Phon Thong this morning to buy all of the goodies that we (Jai) will need for baking a cake.  By mid-afternoon we are now the proud parents of a Victoria Sponge with ...

New tyre day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New tyre day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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First job this morning is a visit to the village garage to get a new front tyre put on the bike.  The one that is on there is nearly as bald as I am at the moment and with the roads like they are I dont want to tempt a puncture any longer. Into Phon ...

Bird Flu Vaccinations, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bird Flu Vaccinations

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After Jai phoned last night we now know that Phil and Sangwan are coming to see us tomorrow and will probably be staying a couple of nights.  First job this morning therefore is a bit of laundry and then getting the new bedroom ready for its first ...

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