Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Confusion reigns ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Confusion reigns ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Leaving the bedroom this morning I find Jai out watering the garden before they turn the water off for the day.  A couple of the new roses have opened already and against the white wall they look really nice.  Have to get some more now. Someone ...

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 ...

Garden clearance continues, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden clearance continues

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is straight to work in the front garden this morning whilst I am sat writing up my diary.  She makes me feel a little guilty so I join in to help out clearing along the outside wall and cutting the hedge.  With more piles of garden rubbish ...

Shoring up the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shoring up the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jiap stays the night and as I am getting up at 06:00 I hear Kae arriving as well.  Dont know what they have planned now.  I am too suspicious as he has only come to bring us a CD of a video his sister took of the wedding.  It lasts an ...

Health and Safety Isaan Style !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Health and Safety Isaan Style !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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When will it ever stop raining ? Temple day today so Jai is up early making preparations.  Everyone is dressed in their fineries and off up the road beneath umbrellas.  Looks like quite a few people wanted to take flowers with them as a once ...

Happy Christmas everyone, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Christmas everyone

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Christmas.  Another cold morning. Out to the farm right after breakfast to plant our last 5 palm oil trees or what from hereafter will surely become known as our Christmas trees. With John's drill making the job so much easier I fit up the ...

Land glorious land, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Land glorious land

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We found out today that our offer to buy some land at the bottom of our garden from a neighbour has failed.  Apparently they want to keep the land for the their grandchildren.  At least the offer has gone in and maybe later they will have ...

More digging, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More digging

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I water the small of piece of gardern again before breakfast then continue with my digging.  I am quite pleased this morning that there are no aches and pains from yesterday's session so do a bit more today.  As much as I dont really want to be ...

Wooden house hunting ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wooden house hunting ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... 25km away and I am sure it is farther than that we need to go.  Sure enough we sail past Rong Kham and continue for about 50km until we reach Ban Bo where I spot a yard where they are constructing a simple house.  We leave the bus here and go ...

Gone swimming, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Gone swimming

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai's grand daughter has started coming to eat breakfast with us most mornings and is stealing my hotdog sausages.  She usually arrives early and sits at our kitchen table, fork in hand, waiting patiently whilst we are cooking and then tucks in with ...

Go visiting, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Go visiting

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A disturbed night's sleep after getting up in the middle of the night to watch West Ham v Arsenal.  I have a few aches this morning from the digging as I am out of practice.  Would love an ordinary spade to dig with but they are not the fashion ...

Asian autumn, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Asian autumn

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Had a good nights sleep but dont really feel any better for it. I work through the print I took of Jai's visa application checking for any obvious mistakes that would give the Embassy the excuse to reject it. I bike into Phon Thong on what feels like a ...

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

Into Phon Thong ... again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We have decided on an alternative design for the gates that should keep the dogs out but means that I have to back into Phon Thong gain this morning. This workman never arrives very early in the mornings and by the time I have got back from town after ...

Dull day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dull day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake to rain again and I thought that I was leaving the bad weather behind and coming for some sun.  About another 5 weeks or so of the rainy season to go unfortunately.  Witht the rain appearing to be set in for the day I settle down with a ...

Hurrah, gates completed !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hurrah, gates completed !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is a nice, bright and not too hot morning so I persuade myself to do a bit of work and clear up the grass verge between the road and our new wall across the front of the house.  Jai has hundreds of small marigolds to prick out and plant here so I ...

Another farang in the village ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another farang in the village ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Before going into town thuis morning I nip out to the farm to give the trees a drink.  Having neglected them for a while when we were unsure about our water supply we are trying to make up for it now by watering a little every day until we ...

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