Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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The funeral, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The funeral

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... 's brother, At, will be cremated this afternoon so I have postponed for one more day and we will be leaving tomorrow instead. We leave for Ban Don Mieu about 13:00 and after a quick drink at his house we are in time to see them carrying the coffin out and ...

Pomegranates, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pomegranates

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... into a small fruit.  I am keeping my eyes on it each day to follow its progress. Took Jai to her nephews village, Ban Rat Dam Noen (sp) this morning to make a second register for rubber trees.  Apparently we have to go through the same ...

The dog killer, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The dog killer

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to update this blog and do a bit of shopping. When I get back to the house sister Bepat is sat with Jai whilst she makes her mats.  I discover that the devil child from next door has yet another puppy !  When we ...

Unscheduled visit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Unscheduled visit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is feeling a little bit better this morning but still not back to normal.  MId morning I take her away from the house to stop her from working and we go to Pak Chong to see the progress on John's house.  Jai hadnt seen it before and now she ...

Football at last ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Football at last ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 03:00 and watch Spurs 3v0 Fierentina. Very cold again this morning and I have to put four layers on before biking into Phon Thong.  I was obviously mistaken about the cold season having finished ! Get back to Khamnadie about 10:00 and Jai ...

Football or no football ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Football or no football ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Flicking the TV on to watch Thai news with my morning cuppa I think I see the result of the football match that I thought was on TV tonight ?! Jai returns about 08:30. I go to the farm alone about 15:00 expecting Jai to have left for Roi Et again by the ...

Aches and pains !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Aches and pains !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The couple of hours I spent working at the farm last night are taking their toll this morning with aches and pains everywhere.  Spend a lazy day around the house until late afternoon when its back to the farm for a bit more of the same ... !! Early ...

Marriage on the horizon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Marriage on the horizon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to her brothers at Ban Don Mieu (sp) again this morning and bring one of her sisters back to Khamnadie with me.  I spend the day tidying up in the garden and then late afternoon take the sister back to the brothers and bring Jai home. Jai's ...

Last day in Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last day in Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai plants about 30 onion sets out in the garden.  They have been wrapped in material sat on our bathroom floor for the least few days and are now shooting well.  With us being away they are going to have to take their chances and look after ...

Children are coming home ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Children are coming home ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Erm comes for her rice again this morning but again we have to turn her away. Jai gets a phone call from her son to say that both he, his wife and Jai's daughter are all coming home to the village for a few days around new year which makes Jai very happy ...

Bung Ban Fai Celebrations start, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bung Ban Fai Celebrations start

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sure enough Coco the Clown wakes me at 05:00 with a cup of tea.  They all enjoy the make-up and the costumes and they embrace the whole idea but I am a boring old fuddy duddy and struggle to get too excited about things. They finished Jai’s ...

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

Same. same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai comes back to the house just as I am finishing breakfast at 06:00 and sends me straight out to deliver a sack of charcoal she has just sold whilst walking back. Each morning about 05:00 a group of the family takes food to the village temple and this ...

Departing Romanians, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Departing Romanians

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning I am off to the village Sweeney Todd for a haircut. Work continues clearing land at the farm.  It is too hot and especially too humid for me to work for too long. In the evening we go and visit George and Wan and take a few ...

Where is Noah when you need him ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Where is Noah when you need him ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, its rain, rain, rain then more rain here at the moment.  I dont mean a little bit if drizzle, I mean RAIN !!!  There is a small river running along the side of the house right now and it is taking a lot of my back garden underneath the ...

Brain dead, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Brain dead

A travel blog entry by steve_m

According to many of you I have been brain dead for many years but I am sure the process is accelerating.  With little to occupy the little grey cells I can feel them waving goodbye by the day.  I do a couple of Sodoku each morning but thats ...

Last night ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last night ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wake up at 06:00 to find Jai already in the kitchen preparing some food for me for the day. As I leave for Phon Thong, Jai goes back to Bepat's for the day. I join her about 16:00 and I still believe that this is the last night.  There are a few ...

Shopping, farm, garden ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping, farm, garden ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 02:45 for Reading 0v2 C Palace. Nice fresh air again this morning. Fin arrives for the day just in time to come with us into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  As we pass through the village of Kamcare on our way it is obvious that they ...

The end is in sight - maybe !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The end is in sight - maybe !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm again first thing this morning and stay for an hour or so before returning to the house. I get a bit bored sat around reading this afternoon so go back to the farm early and spend a few hours working. It looks as though they might finish ...

First mat returned completed, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First mat returned completed

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning, primarily to check that the supposedly repaired TV is in fact OK before we get someone to drive us in to collect it.  The picture is not wonderful but that is probably the poor reception.  Other than that it all ...

Bike problems again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bike problems again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It doesnt appear to have rained overnight although things have not dried up too much. We take our chance and bike into Phon Thong.  Buy some bed sheets to match the set we brought back from England, do a litle food shopping then head back to the ...

Back to Khamnadie and the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to Khamnadie and the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We arrive in Phon Thong about 04:00 having slept most of the way.  It is still dark as we get a tuk-tuk across town to the 7/11 for bread, milk and a couple of coffees to wake ourselves up.  We loiter here for a while not wanting to wake the ...

Party looming ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Party looming ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Sold a big bag of tomatoes last night and picked a further 30 this morning.  They are cropping like crazy.  Took Jai to John & Lawans in the next village of Pak Chong to help them prepare food etc for a forthcoming party.  Went to ...

First Christmas cards arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First Christmas cards arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go out to the farm on my own shortly after breakfast and work for a few hours. When I get back to the house 3 Christmas cards are just arriving.  Thanks and well done to Mum, Pam & Keith, and Rob & Shirl. George & Wan come to visit ...

Lazy days, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy days

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Plant another couple of sorts of cabbage and lettuce this morning alongside the carrots and corriander and the one half of the garden is just about full.  When the cabbage etc starts getting a bit bigger it will be transplanted to the other half of ...

Tractors and boys toys ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tractors and boys toys ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A couple of you farm boys have asked me about the equipment that we use on the land so here goes briefly. The water buffalo used to be the main item of farm equipment but most today use what is colloquially known as an 'iron buffalo'.  Basically a ...

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. Whilst we are having breakfast Fin arrives.  Thought we might just see her today but 06:45 !!  It is a school day here so thought that perhaps she had just popped in before going to school but no, she is here for the day.  ...

Time for the mosquitoes to die, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for the mosquitoes to die

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I bike out to the farm this morning after breakfast to pick a couple of papaya and to cut yet more coconut tree leaves.  Whilst cutting down one the branches a coconut fell off the tree just missing me.  Reckon that would have been a new one ...

Seems like we're collecting children ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Seems like we're collecting children ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is up at 05:00 to finish preapring food for the temple and leaves home just after 06:00. I have a liesurely breakfast on my own a little later. Jai returns about 10:00 and has Fin with her as she apparently has another day off school.  Jai's ...

Time to start cutting the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to start cutting the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We need to go into Phon Thong extra early this morning so Jai gets back and is ready to go to the farm.  Before we leave Khamnadie we stop to see Pad and discover that some people who were coming to help at the farm today wont be free until tomorrow ...

Someone phone the fire brigade !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Someone phone the fire brigade !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning mainly to get some bread as they didn't have any on Monday. Whilst here stock up a few more things for Jai. Phoned mum mid afternoon and she commented on some of the fires we have been having recently at the farm.  I ...

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