Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

A marriage on the horizon ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A marriage on the horizon ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No, don't worry anyone, we are not talking about me !!! Jai tells me that her daughter is planning on marrying later this year when we return here from England.  Next month the prospective husband will be coming to visit Jai along with his parents ...

A loaf of bread !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A loaf of bread !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong first thing this morning for a bit of shopping and check the internet.  Upon my return we had decided to have a first stab at making a loaf of bread.  I have to say that it was a huge success and a glorious loaf appeared as ...

Apple Crumble !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Apple Crumble !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Have to go into Phon Thong this morning although I am not looking forward to the ride in.  Jai does some laundry first thing whilst we wait for it to warm up a bit.  Leg is feeling a little better every day but has a long way to go.  This ...

More of the same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More of the same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another cold start to the day with rain in the night but the sky is clearing and with a trace of sun I am hoping it will warm up later. I tidy up some weeds in the veggie garden then we decide to assemble the Christmas tree in the spare bedroom where ...

More small pleasures, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More small pleasures

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Came into Phon Thong this morning and when I got back home I found that George had been to visit us and had brought 4 potatoes; a relative feast for sometime and the first I will have eaten since May last year ...

Rabbit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rabbit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jiap is off back to Bangkok this morning and with almost everyone else already gone it feels really quiet again.  Great !!  I burn off all of the rubbish that has accumulated over the last week or so.  We have been finding it impossible to ...

Baking day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Baking day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... set. I take Lawan home late afternoon and stop to beer some beer etc for party.  Lawan thinks that she has a big road map of Thailand that she promises to look out for me soon so that if we do go off on the bikes at least we will have some idea of ...

School sports - again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

School sports - again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for our weekly shop instead of going tomorrow as usual.  Jai needs a big net to use when threshing the rice at the farm and some wellies to wear when cutting it in the first place. When we get back to the village we bike ...

Valentine's Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Valentine's Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I often find myself in Phon Thong on Valentine's Day and the schoolkids here make a really big event of it.  There are stalls set up along the main road through town for them to buy flowers on their way to school and even the school buses ...

Chelsea Buns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Chelsea Buns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... now she has a good idea of what she is doing and what they should look like next time will be even better. Late afternoon watch Thailand lose 0v2 to Iraq in Asia Games semi-final then S.Korea beat N.Korea 1v0 in the 120th minute of the other semi.  ...

Back to the village, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We arrive in cold and dark PHon Thong at 05:00 and have to put on another couple of shirts before taking a tuk-tuk out to the village.  Straight to bed with a cuppa tea for another hour or so.  Welcome back home as we have no electric and no ...

Apparently I am in demand, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Apparently I am in demand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... mending the electric cable - or perhaps not. The Asian Volleyball Championships have been on TV this last week or so because Thailand are doing particularly well.  Sport doesnt usually get much coverage on TV unless they think it is a game Thailand ...

Go watch someone else working, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Go watch someone else working

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We go out to the farm together after breakfast for a while clearing the ever growing grass. I drop Jai off to help with the funeral then bike over to Pak Chong to return John's drill.  Stay here and watch them working for a while.  Decide that ...

Definitely Man Flu !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Definitely Man Flu !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wake this morning feeling like sh*t !!!! At least the water seems to be back on. I take Jai to get some mat grass from sister in law Lam's but we come straight back to the house.  I leave Jai to dye the grass and go back to bed for the morning as ...

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