Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Same, same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Same old story again today. Two visits to the farm.  I have now finished all of the rice grass from Jai and her sister Begats farms and have had to move to brother Sai's land to keep burning.  His land is a bit further away though ...

Dodgy tummy and another death, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dodgy tummy and another death

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After surviving the supposedly dodgy food in Laos I awake at 3am with a dodgy tum and a quick visit to the loo.  This continues for a while throughout the rest of the night and I have to skip breakfast.  I cant believe the difference in the ...

A new road..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A new road...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I manage to water the back garden before breakfast this morning and after we have eaten the water pressure seems to be back to normal.  With water coming through the taps Jai starts a mountain of laundry.  I leave her to it and bike into Phon ...

Dog killers update, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dog killers update

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The 'dog killers' next door seem to have 5 dogs at the moment and none of them were here when we left in March.  I can only guess that the ones they had then have all died and these are replacements.  I've often wondered what they do with the ...

Invited out for lunch, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Invited out for lunch

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Great nights sleep not moving much between about 19:00 and 06:00 this morning.  I think the last week or so finally caught up with me ! The postal services seem to have got themselves sorted out as Jai's birthday card from sister Pam finally ...

Dog-killers restock, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dog-killers restock

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is really cold this morning and I need quite a few layers and even long trousers for my ride into Phon Thong. Spend a long time on the internet updating this blog with notes and photos from Hong Kong. Lazy afternoon till we go to the village market in ...

Wot no internet ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no internet ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session but cant get a connection so return to Khamnadie after a wasted journey.  I cut up whats left of our old hosepipe and manage to salvage a length long enough to use for watering the flowers until ...

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 ...

Rain ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up in the early hours to find that it is raining.  This is the first rain of any description since the middle of October last year and as such it is certainly welcome. We wake in the morning to find that it has stopped but that it is probably ...

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 ...

Internet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bike into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session. The light in our bedroom ended its life last night so I am in search of a suitable replacement.  he shop I used to use for bulbs has now closed but I find another where they allow me to look ...

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 ...

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