Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

I have a job !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

I have a job !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast this morning we biked over to Pak Chong so that Jai could have a look at John's trees, ducks, etc.  They had been to a morlam concert the night before and were still having breakfast when we arrived and looking a bit sluggish.  ...

Happy Birthday to Jai, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday to Jai

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai opens her birthday cards in bed with a cuppa and Sue & Tom and Michelle and the dogs win the prizes for getting cards delivered this year.  Maybe some more will arrive later but thanks anyway to everybody who sent one. Jai had baked 2 dozen ...

Loose bowells, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Loose bowells

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A restless night with tummy trouble that has been hanging around for a few days now and doesnt want to be shaken off.  Bake another couple of loaves just before John and family turn up for lunch.  They come back about 3pm and we drive to the ...

The workman commeth, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The workman commeth

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It looks like we have finally found someone who will come and do some jobs for us around the house.  Two tables/benches/seats are the first order of the day.  We have lots of timber lying around at the house and the farm so the chap, Ijan, ...

Market day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Market day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  Want to go to the internet and continue searching for flights but cant be bothered so return back to the village as soon as shopping is finished.  Spend the afternoon lazing in the back garden with a ...

Schools - why bother ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Schools - why bother ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After a warm week it is a bit of a shock to the system to find that it is freezing cold this morning.  I need to wear almost my entire wardrove for the ride into Phon Thong. A bit of jumping up and down when I get there gets the blood circulating ...

Temple festivities, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Temple festivities

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai goes to the temple first thing this morning to feed the people who are sleeping there for the week and she is gone for most of the day.  I find out a little bit more about what is happening at the temple this evening and it has nothing at all to ...

Comings and goings, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Comings and goings

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is now talk of a wedding towards the end of February but ... Jiap mis off early to go and get her husband to be at his place near Sakon Nakon, about 150km north of here. I bike into Phon Thong for a few last minute things to see us through the week ...

Tour de Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tour de Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I go to get a haircut first thing this morning but there was no-one home.  Try two more times then give up for today.  Walk around the garden and pick a bag of tomatoes.  Can pick a full bag most days at the moment which means our ...

Sick !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The start of our last week here and it isnt a good start.  Between 21:00 last night and 03:30 this morning I wore out a path in our floor tiles between the bedroom and bathroom being very, very, sick.  Things finally quietened down and I got a ...

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