Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Our visitors arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Our visitors arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It feels quite wintery here again this morning.  Just the ting for cold showers. The water problem appears to revolve around the chap who collecs the money each month.  We havent paid at ll since November.  I tink he was stealing money and ...

Why no weight loss ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Why no weight loss ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I water my veggies first thing this morning after breakfast whilst Jai goes to the village shop.  She returns with the news that she has just sold 3 sacks of charcoal and can I go and deliver them. Change into farm gear and off I go with one sack at ...

No animals were hurt planting the trees !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

No animals were hurt planting the trees !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's son, Boy, arrived here in Khamnadie early this morning but looking on the bright side he went to his wife's family's house and not to ours so things cant be too bad. I take Jai out to the farm and find that Boy is there already.  Story is that ...

More work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watched Dortmund 2v0 Arsenal at 01:45 this morning on a channel we didnt previously have prior to getting the satellite dish.  In terms of football as well as the clear pictures the dish was certainly a good investment. The back garden is the ...

This really is a day of rest this week, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

This really is a day of rest this week

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We both wake up with a few aches in places that were OK last night but otherwise we are fine.  Jai was lucky to have been sat behind me as she used me as an airbag ! For something a bit different Jai makes a pizza for lunch today and it ...

Pack important bag, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pack important bag

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for internet session but no rugby to watch again this weekend. I pack a bag for our trip away later this week.  Well, I pack a bag containing 30+ books that I hope to be able to exchange at a bar in Khon Kaen. Go to visit George ...

Shovelling shit and other jobs ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shovelling shit and other jobs ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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First thing this morning we visit ourt neighbours, Ang & Deu, farm to get some pig manure.  Their pigs died a few months ago as did many others in the area but they still have a mountain of manure that we help ourselves to.  One thing I am ...

Dragonfruit 2 - This time its personal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dragonfruit 2 - This time its personal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Our dragonfruit has finally reached fruition appropriately for a fruit a guess.  We picked one this morning and will leave it for a couple of days before eating.  Dont particularly like them but have never had one from my garden before so maybe ...

Termites or something similar, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Termites or something similar

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Drop Jai off at a friends house then into Phon Thong for a long internet session. I have been having problems with some small critter building mounds of soil in the back garden.  Every time that I think I have got rid of it, it is back again the ...

The mats are off and running, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The mats are off and running

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai finally gets around to feeding the monks this morning and actually gives them some of my cakes!!  Setting up things for breakfast I decided that it was time to throw away our last tub of butter from England as it had started to smell like blue ...

New workman begins ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New workman begins ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is nothing like as c old this morning which is good news. Whilst we are waiting for our new workman to arrive we start painting the wall.  We just get one side of the front two sections completed when he arrives so we call a halt to keep out of ...

Phon Thong again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Apparently dreadful winds and rian are forecast for this part of the country in the next few days but when we wake this morning all is looking OK for a trip into town. Jai's sister Begat comes to ask me to go to the ATM for her and collect some money her ...

Off Swimming, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off Swimming

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Enjoy some real bread for breakfast again today.  Must be the time of year as George's dog, Pepsi, has just had a pup as well.  She has been 'expecting' the last couple of years but has lost the entire litter before/at birth.  She has ...

Thai's love their concrete, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Thai's love their concrete

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The last few times I have woken in the middle of the night to watch European football there has been a channel showing coverage from the English Championship and this has appeared to be a weekly program.  I wake up tonight specifically to watch this ...

Last day in Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last day in Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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This is my last full day in the village. Somehow I feel a little more comfortable about leaving this time than I did at the end of March.  Perhaps because I know what I am going back to and have resigned myself to it regardless.  In contrast I ...

More red t-shirts, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More red t-shirts

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I seem to be noticing more and more red T-shirts hanging up around the place.  Some have even fixed hand written signs to the shirts saying that no men live in the house so that the lady spirit moves on next door.  Someone else is using a Man ...

Matters of great weight - or not, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Matters of great weight - or not

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We always keep a record of our weight whilst we here to see how much and how q    uickly it drops after leaving England.  Upon arrival Jai was 62.5kg and is now 59.7 whilst I have dropped from 66.2 to a measly ...

Party today, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Party today

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We head over to Pak Chong about 7:30 in the morning and it is already quite busy.  We drop off our donation and a couple of pillows - this is the done thing apparently.  I leave Jai there for the day returning home late morning.  A quiet ...

Visit Bob Marley, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visit Bob Marley

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It looks as though the sugar cane season has started with trucks far too big for these small roads passing frequently in the mornings.  There are even road trains which must have all sorts of problems making their way around the villages to the ...

Monks by the million ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monks by the million ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... well, a few hundred anyway. I wake up at 01:30 to watch Champions League football as Jai has told me it is an English team on this week.  I was none too pleased to find Real Madrid v Juventus and lasted about 5 mins before heading back to sleep. ...

Goodbye George ... hello charcoal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Goodbye George ... hello charcoal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I bike into Phon Thong for the internet but make a brief detour to the bus station first.  George is smoking his last cigarette before his bus leaves.  Wish him well and it is quite possible that we wont see each other again.  I will have ...

Thai banks ... I just love em, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Thai banks ... I just love em

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for Jai to actually pay money into the bank for a change.  Had to pay the bank for the pleasure of taking money off of her of course.  When I got back here in September I had to get a new ATM card, which I had to ...

Its all about the spirits, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its all about the spirits

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai has decided that the afternoons are too hot for working at the farm now so, starting from today, she is going to come with me in the mornings instead.  I finally cut the last bamboo this morning.  A clump of about 8 trees were still ...

beans meanz ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

beans meanz ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With all of the rain and the sun in between anything that I put in the garden at the moment seems to thrive.  Have to be careful that they do not get washed away when the rain is too strong though so it is still too early to plant out much.  ...

Unexpected arrival, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Unexpected arrival

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is a 'monk day' today so Jai is outside early on with other neighbours waiting to give the monks some food.  Judging by the size of these fellas they don't go short on food ! After breakfast we bike across the village so that Jai can get some ...

Jai's birthday all over again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's birthday all over again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Shortly after breakfast this morning we get a visit from the postman carrying what turns out to be three birthday cards just arrived from England.  Well done Mum, Pam and Carol.  Gives us an excuse for a belated birthday photo. Out in the ...

Another family funeral, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another family funeral

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The wife of Jai's monk brother has just died in a neighbouring village having been sick for a little while.  Jai goes with a couple of the family to visit the house and help with preparations but I am not up to a full day of that so stay behind. I ...

Off for a bike ride, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off for a bike ride

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Have decided to have a weekend off from the farm as my hands are hurting - you are allowed to feel sorry for me at this point ! Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market, get some money from the ATN then our once a month big shop for things for the ...

Almost Chrimbo ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Almost Chrimbo ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again this morning for some more Camdodian research.  Have almost got out itinerary sorted out and will hopefully be ready to start booking flights etc by next week. Back at Khamnadie I find that we have three more Christmas cards; ...

The burning returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The burning returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Go to see George and Wan this morning so that Jai can get some more coloured mat grass; red and black this time. I ride over to Pak Chong with George to see what German John has been up to this last week and we are forced to drink a morning beer. Go out ...

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