Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Drastic haircut day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Drastic haircut day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Straight after breakfast I finally catch the village salon open and go for a haircut.  Turns out to be rather drastic but at least it will last for a while ... Into Phon Thong for the internet, travel blog, watch the weekends rugby then a bit of ...

No progress on all fronts, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

No progress on all fronts

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for a bit of shopping this morning and a progress check on the TV and the bed.  The TV is still 'not quite' working, whatever that means.  The bed shop had equally vague answers.  They had been sent a replacement piece of ...

Back to the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A double dose of fighting the bamboo today.  I had set myself a target of what I wanted to achieve before the end of the month but is getting closer now.  Missed yesterday because of the rain so have some catching up to do. Get back to the ...

Bamboo for evermore ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bamboo for evermore ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another double dose of bamboo today whilst Jai catches up with her mats. John comes out to the farm late afternoon and helps himself to some of the cut bamboo for his chicken house. ...

Once a year, whether it needs ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Once a year, whether it needs ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I was sat out the front porch this morning writing up my diary and drinking my post breakfast cup of tea and I couldnt fail to be impressed by the sloth next door.  On the small piece of ground between our two houses is her bin which I congratulated ...

Out to cassava farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out to cassava farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai thinks that maybe they will finish planting the cassava today so when they are ready to go this morning I take her on the bike so that I can have a look around.  It is about 2km from the village in a part of the country that I havent been to ...

Rice is all put away, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice is all put away

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I think that the farm is finished with for a while but Jai wants to take some rice out to Pad so that he can have some breakfast.  We arrive to find the truck bogged down in one of the still damp paddies with wheels spinning but no traction. ...

Laurel and Hardy in action, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laurel and Hardy in action

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Gloucester played rugby on Sunday this week so I guess that it will not be available on the internet by this morning and postpone my trip into Phon Thong until tomorrow. We go to visit our bricklayer, should really call him a blocklayer or 'blockie' I ...

Tickets and reservations, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tickets and reservations

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again this morning to pick up a print out of the Bangkok hotel reservation and to buy bus tickets for tomorrow night.  Surprisingly everything went ...

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 ...

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