Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Schools again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Schools again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... . My 'Planet Stupid' theory is starting to gain ground.  Whereas in UK we have a Fathers Day and a Mothers Day today in Thailand it is Teachers Day and the schools are closed yet again.  We had Fin here yesterday working through something in her ...

Laos or not to Laos, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laos or not to Laos

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Had been making plans for an early visit to Laos for a change of scenery but have had second thoughts.  If we left any earlier than originally planned it would have thrown out my timetable foir visa renewals.  As it stands we will go to Laos on ...

We are expecting wealth to arrive any day now ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

We are expecting wealth to arrive any day now ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 02:30 this morning to watch Chelsea and Napoli.  The football is on two channels; one of which we get a really good picture and one we dont.  Tonights game was on the latter and it was like peering through a snow storm for most of the ...

A Christmas tree !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A Christmas tree !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Spend a couple of hours this morning wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles.  It all looks good when we have finished but it still doesnt feel like Christmas here. Go to the farm in the afternoon and whilst Jai ...

Internet updating again !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet updating again !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Breakfast this morning on real bread and honey compliments of Hong Kong hotel. Get the bike out to go into Phon Thong only to mfind that I have a puncture - well, the bike had a puncture.  Manage to get enough air in the tyre to ride as far as the ...

Friday 13th !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Friday 13th !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Keeping a diary I cant help ut notice that it is Frioday 13th today.  Will have to watch out for Jason rising out of the pond at the farm !! Phone aout the trees ut dont get an answer. We go and uy some mat dye then check on Pad's ike ut he isnt ...

As happy as a pig in sh*t !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

As happy as a pig in sh*t !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... are on our way, with George and Wan, into Phon Thong then along the Roi Et for a few miles to the outskirts of the village of Ban Kut Sa where some friends Terry and Pim live.  We have only met them a couple of times and this is the first time we ...

Feet up day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Feet up day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Leg is still not comfortable when supporting my weight.  Jai's son and grand daughter come to visit today, the first time Jai has seen Norng Fin in ages.  Jai is ploughing on with her mats.  Has finished the pieces for the mat that was ...

Odds and ends, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The leg is hurting a bit this morning after carrying some sand and gravel the last couple of days so a day of rest is on the cards today.  I make an effort and scrape away the render that found its way onto the door frame in readiness for staining ...

Lazy neighbours, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy neighbours

A travel blog entry by steve_m

My 'fat bitch' next door is now officially a 'lazy fat bitch'.  She spends all of her time sleeping in front of the TV then complaining that they never have any money.  Today, however, proved the lazy tag.  When someone came to see them, ...

Some sort of routine returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Some sort of routine returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A restless night but finally get some sleep waking up at about 09:45 which is approaching lunch time for most people around here.  Eggs on toast with a strong coffee then I decide to check-out the motorbike.  It has 2 very flat tyres but starts ...

Sunday beers, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sunday beers

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Sunday and supposed to be a holiday for me but with time ticking out I decide to pay a visit to the farm after breakfast anyway. I make sure that I am back to the house in plenty of time to shower and change and be sat at the front of the house ...

Rain, rain and more rain, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain, rain and more rain

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Those of you who think that I sit around enjoying the sun all the time should have been here today.  It started raining at about 02:00 and didnt let up until after 14:00.  We were planning a trip into Phon Thong this morning to make the bike ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to update this blog and I have some rugby to watch this week as well. Go to farm in the afternoon to start working towards this Friday's target ...

Daylight robbery, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Daylight robbery

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, night time robbery actually.  George and his missus came to see us this morning to tell us that someone had broken into their house in the village last night whilst they were sleeping.  There are five people sleeping there at the moment ...

A wet weekend, well, Thursday ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A wet weekend, well, Thursday ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up with the alarm at 02:45 to watch Chelsea 3v0 Shalke. When I wake up again after another short doze it is raining.  Good for our trees and veggies but not so good for the rice at stage in its growth. Was planning on going into Phon Thong but ...

More funerals, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More funerals

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The people around here seem to be dropping like flies since we have been here this time.  It is probably an age thing with the village population being largely young and old with not a huge amount of people in between.  A lot of the younger ...

Shopping for orchids, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping for orchids

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This morning we ride out to a garden nursery on the other side of Phon Thong to have a look at some orchids.  Their stock doesnt look as good as it did last time we came but we still go home with 6 orchids and a couple of what I call Christmas ...

Kentucky fried ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Kentucky fried ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Returning from the farm after collecting Jai this evening I had a close encounter with a chicken.  Moral from this story is that when a chicken and a motorbike meet head on the chicken usually loses !!  I am sure that I saw him run away whilst ...

Party season, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Party season

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is cremation day today and just after breakfast Jai's sister Bepat comes to find out who will be goingso that the family can arrange gifts for everyone. This is usually a keyring or biro.  I have said that I would gobut may recant later. Spend ...

Knobbled my knee again !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Knobbled my knee again !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No signs of the dynamic duo next door this morning so perhaps they have decided to stay in Bamgkok forever - more wishful thinking ! Into Phon Thong for a big shop it being the start of a new month.  We go to a new shop, Cat-One, that Jai liked when ...

Charcoal and a birthday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Charcoal and a birthday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Remember, remember ... quite appropriate really because today we are going to make some charcoal with a few pieces of scrap wood we have lying around the garden.  When the rice goes through the threshing machine here it is split into three.  ...

Farm shelter revisited, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm shelter revisited

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I was planning on going into Phon Thong this morning but Jai wants to sort out the farm shelter which probably makes more sense. We take one of the workmen, a neighbour called Lot, to see John's place.  He takes a good around and makes notes of ...

A bit better, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A bit better

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is a lot brighter and warmer this morning as we bike into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  Pick up a few more bits and pieces for the wedding and it is only really food and drink we need now. A quick check of e-mail shows that the British ...

My turn for a party, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

My turn for a party

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With only a few days left before we leave and before my birthday we picked today for a farewell party to a few people and spent the morning cooking and generally preparing food.  I grabbed a quiet moment togoand get a haircutat the village ...

I love bamboo !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

I love bamboo !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

John and Erm pass by the house about 7:30 en-route to Phon Thong and on to Laos.  Although our schedules are almoist identical today would have been two days too early for me to have gone with them.  Wednesday when I plan to go would be two ...

More palm oil trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More palm oil trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Monday is usually my day to visit Phon THong and watch the weekend's rugby on the internet.  This weekend the game was played on the Sunday and I doubt it will be available this morning so I postpone till tomorrow. Instead we bike out to buy another ...

More good news on Hotmail front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More good news on Hotmail front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Leave Jai cleaning behind cupboards in bedroom and bike into Phon Thong.  Good news to discover that my Hotmail account is working here as well now so things appear to be back to normal.  After an internet session I have to go shopping for a ...

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

Another death in the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai heared some fireworks going off whilst we were having our morning cuppa tea and thinks this must mean that an old fella up the road has finally died.  He is/was the grandfather of Boo, Jai's sister Bepat's, son Jaek's wife ?! I bike intoPhon ...

On the road back to Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

On the road back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... unwinding whilst Jai is back into her mats within the hour.  We return to find that Christmas cards have now arrived from sisters Di and Sue as well - well done everyone ! Visit the village market in the evening to stock up the kitchen and I have a ...

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