Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Birthdays and temples, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Birthdays and temples

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today would have been my dads birthday and with it also being lottery day here I decided to use my fathers age as a lucky number and buy a ticket.  Didnt win anything as you could guess. Would normally have been driving mother over to take some ...

Farm business, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm business

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another cold and windy morning.  Jai's nephew Tia arrives early to discuss whatb Jai wants him to do with the farm in our absence.  He will plant the rice for us, hopefully get and plant the rubber trees and in the same field plant ...

Temple ceremonies, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Temple ceremonies

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai tells me that she has to go to a ceremony at the village temple tonight and that although there is another taking place this morning she isnt going to that one.  Shortly afterwards she gets a shout from brother Sai next door and quickly runs to ...

Back to school, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to school

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I have a really busy morning at the farm and get loads done.  I am nearing the end now and am just starting to perfect my technique. When I get back to the house Jai's mum is just leaving for the relocated card school that has resumed its duties ...

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

Farm yet again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up with the alarm at 03:00 as I believe England are playing Scotland tonight (18 Nov UK). Flick around the channels but can find no football at all so straight back to sleep. It is definitely a bit fresh this morning which is quite nice and the ...

Day 1 of visa frustration, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Day 1 of visa frustration

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to begin the process of applying for Jai's UK visa for 2012 but the internet was closed.  Eventually spot our recycling lady for the first time since we have been back here.  Offload boxes of empty beer bottles - ...

Another lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is raining again when we wake about 5:00 and it gets quite heavy for a while although it has finished by breakfast time. Take Jai to sort out her 'banana tree' for the wedding then go to see Wan to have some mat pieces sewn together.  On the way ...

Temporary respite ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Temporary respite ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Definitely feel a lot better this morning so fingers crossed it is all finished and I will get some energy back - not too much though. I stay in the back garden all day again until late afternoon when we bike out to the farm for our usual chores. The ...

And on the seventh day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

And on the seventh day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I'm a bit sluggish this morning after a nights sleep disturbed by the football and I ache all over after yesterdays work.  Still, its Sunday and a day of rest so I feel a feet up and book out day coming on. Start by btaking Jai's sister Begat out to ...

Duck !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Duck !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We pop over to visit George and Wan so tat Jai can have a chat as she is feeling a bit cheesed off because of the poor rice return this year.  It turns out that Wai wants to give Jai a duck for helping her with the rice a few days ago.  We have ...

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