Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Another Bangkok departure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another Bangkok departure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to get some bread but with few deliveries taking place over the holiday I had to search around to find some. Quick visit to the internet to find that Gloucs actually won at L Irish so at least no more worries about finishing ...

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

Back to work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Not going to Phon Thong this morning as we both need to visit the bank on Monday so will wait till then. We dont get up till just after 7:00 which constitues a long lie in around here. It isnt cold again this morning so fingers crossed we have moved on ...

Beer day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Beer day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A bit fresh again this morning so perhaps my hopes of a weather change were abit premature. Take Jai to Pak Chong with me dropping her off at friend Lawans house whilst I go to see John with a couple of beers.  He is not 100% but a whole lot better ...

First day of the rice harvest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First day of the rice harvest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast this morning I take Jai out to the farm to start cutting her rice along with brother Pad and sister Bepat.  I had already decided to go into Phon Thong so had to take a raincheck, what a shame ... Jai had a 'happy birthday' e-mail ...

Work starts ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work starts ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is time to start work on Jai's cassava farm this morning and as we bike out there is a real bustle in the village as people are getting ready to go to their farms for the day.  We normally miss this but I know that Jai enjoys feeling a part of ...

Who nicked my bananas ?!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who nicked my bananas ?!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watch MK Dons 1v3 Chelsea but as the game was so one-sided I gave up at halftime and went back to sleep.  Only finished 1v5 apparently so I guess the second half was dreadful so wise move. Take Jai to next doors farm to check on the charcoal ...

Almost back to normal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Almost back to normal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Watch the neighbours start the clear up operation over my breakfast cuppa.  There has been a scary amount of work gone into the last few days for them and I try to forget the fact that we 'may' have a wedding on the horizon.  At least Jai has ...

Busy day for Jai ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Busy day for Jai ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... papers etc.  There is a small group of neighbours sat in the street playing a card game.  Gambling is technically illegal in Thailand but a blind eye tends to get cast at funerals and the locals make the most of it.  Bepat's other son, ...

Another wedding, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another wedding

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... to the wedding this afternoon as Wan isn't feeling good. We leave on the bike about 14:30 for the 20km ride to the village of Ban Kut Sa on the Roi Et side of Phon Thong.  The traffic is particularly heavy with more and more people coming home for ...

Bike progress ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bike progress ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It should be internet and rugby morning but without the bike I am housebound. I walk across the village to the garage after breakfast to see what is happening but it is all locked up.  Maybe he has gone into town for some parts ? Jai decides that it ...

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

Into Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Not too bad a sleep and by morning the rain has finished. Jai tries out a new toy at breakfast this morning, an egg poacher.  It has to be said that the eggs turn out really good and without having to use oil I guess they have to be healthier, don't ...

Home alone ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Home alone ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Watch Man Utd v Shrewsbury at 02:45 but gave up at half time as it was dreadful. Into Phon Thong after breakfast for my delayed internet catch up.  Gloucester couldnt score a try against 14-man Saracens and at the end of the day they just arent good ...

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 ...

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