Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

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

Into Phon Thong again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The rain has stopped by the time we awake and the drinking water tank is completely full. I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  E-mail a letter to my surgeon in Gloucester, watch Gloucs 48v10 L Welsh, and update travel blog. It is almost ...

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 ...

Baggy Trousers ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Baggy Trousers ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The days are ticking past quite quickly now.I watched the first half of Reading 2v0 Bradford last night at 02:45 but sleep overtook the entertainment and the TV went off at half time.Fin has finished school now for 'summer' hols.  This morning she ...

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 ...

Start planning ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start planning ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to use the internet.  We are into March now and I should start sorting out my travel arrangements for the trip back to the UK in just 3 weeks time. Gloucs played rugby yesterday and the video is not yet available so ...

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 ...

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