Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Phon Thong cancelled again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong cancelled again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As we only need about 2 things from Phon Thong this week we decide to give our trip into town a miss and I will get all we need when I go to the internet on Monday. Another full day for Stan & Ollie.  The younger of the two is going to Phon ...

Time to build an ark ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to build an ark ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake at 01:40 to watch Man Utd 4v2 Leverkeusen. It is a Buddha day tomorrow and niece Boo arrives before breakfast with presents leaving Jai to rustle up something to give her back.  People are in and out all morning.  These Buddha days seem ...

Where have all the monks gone ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Where have all the monks gone ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

To offer thanks for getting her visa Jai decides to give some food to the monks this morning.  Gets the food ready and we await them passing our place as they usually do.  By 7:30 they still havent turned up so she starts to put the food ...

Flights booked !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Flights booked !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning with a headache.  There must have been something wrong with the beer that I drank last night.  Having written off flights with Jet India and Air China I have booked with Egypt Air as we did last year.  They ...

Dry visit to Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dry visit to Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No rain all night but the sky doesnt look too good this morning. I bike into Phon Thong anyway and get there in the dry.  Update blog and answer a few e-mails then copy another couple of old movies onto a memory stick for later.  Try to ...

Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The fire has kept smoldering all night and there is little remaining this morning. It is a cold one today, coldest so far, so it is out with a fleece for my ride into Phon Thong. Everyone here seems to have a cold at the moment.  Jai is coughing all ...

Slow progress ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Slow progress ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... to start cutting lumps off them.  He finishes the day pretty well where he started. Postman arrives with Christmas cards from mum, Di and Michelle.  Thanks all (and an Xmas bark for Shiloh and Layla).   Before we shut up shop for the night ...

Dragonfruit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dragonfruit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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One of the first things that we planted in the garden once the house was complete was a row of dragonfruit.  At the time they were about 6ins tall and looked like small cactuses (cacti ?).  They have grown really well siince then and this year ...

Sugar cane everywhere, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sugar cane everywhere

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the rice season well and truly behind us most peoples thoughts have turned to their sugar cane which is one of the major cash crops grown locally.  Every day now a steady stream of lorries pass the house laden down with the cut canes en-route ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

'Monk Day' today so Jai is up early to feed the monks as they pass our place on their morning rounds.  It is also Monday so I am off into Phon Thong to watch the weekends rugby on the internet.  Had forgotten that it was a European weekend and ...

Off to the hospital already, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the hospital already

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 05:30 to a wet and drizzly morning so gardening today.  Jai's mum hasnt been too well and asks Jai to take her to the hospital in the town of Phon Thong.  Not having any suitable transport ourselves she is taken and brought back in the ...

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

Same old, same old ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to brother Pad's house then I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session and some shopping. As I pass I  take a look at the place where we buy our palm trees.  The gates are still locked but I can see a pick-up and hear some music so ...

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

Back in the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The weather is dreadful but apart from a brief hold up due to a small accident we make good time arriving half way, at Khorat, about 23:30.  Off again by midnight and actually manage to sleep until we are pulling into the bus station at Roi Et at ...

Accident Prone, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Accident Prone

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A bit of a restless night largely due to the number of dogs around and the noise they were making all night.  The bitch next door - the dog that is although the term could be used elsewhere - is 'in season' and its party time for every dog within a ...

Back to Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 06:00 with the alarm once again.  We walk to the bus station just before 07:00 expecting a 07:30 bus to the border.  No.  The first bus isnt due to leave until 08:15 so we settle down to wait.  I want one last baguette so set ...

cakes and fish, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

cakes and fish

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With our cake supply almost finished Jai baked another couple of batches of currant buns this morning but at the time I did not know that she intended heading off to the market with a friend this evening to try and introduce the locals to the ...

More staining, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More staining

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast I get straight into the staining routine and give my back garden bench a good coating.  Wore a glove with a plastic back over the top of it to protect my hand this time.  When I had finished there was not a drop of stain on my ...

Jai's kids arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's kids arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I carry a couple of sacks of rice through to the front gate so they can be collected and procesed later today for Jiap and Boy to take back to Bangkok with them next weekend.Leaving Jai clearing out the spare bedroom I bike into Phon Thong yet again for ...

Miracle medicines, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Miracle medicines

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... and I didnt think that the vitamin injection would have been that beneficial or quick acting.  Jai tells me well, this is Thailand !!! I bike into Phon Thong for the internet and to do someshopping leaving Jai supposedly to be having a rest.  I ...

Lottery, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lottery

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday dad.  It is lottery day today so I use the age that my fathjer would have been as my lucky number on my lottery ticket - it didnt win ! George came to us for a few more books and to bring Jai some grass dye that they didnt have ...

A quiet day - please !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A quiet day - please !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai's brother arrived early thuis morning along with his son who is also visiting for the holiday.  The son has a pick-up truck and is taking everyone off to Roi Et to visit the sick brother.  Jai does not go but is off to help out at the house ...

Sore head, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sore head

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have a very disturbed night with frequent trips to the bathroom.  Must have been something I ate as it couldnt possibly have been the beer could it ? Still up and about before 5:00 and cook breakfast for Cliff and Tukta who make an early departure ...

Hangover postponed ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hangover postponed ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up this morning with a decidely dodgy tummy - wont go into details !!  Cant believe it is the beer just working through so must have been something that I ate last night.  It is also freezing cold (by Thai standards) this morning which is ...

Eucalyptus, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Eucalyptus

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning I take Jiap into Phon Thong for the Bangkok bus and am glad to see her leaving with no apparent problems in her wake. Returning to the village we are working out at the farm today clearing land with the intention of planting a ...

Sick granddaughter, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick granddaughter

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Have a really good session at the farm this morning. When I get back to the house the back garden is covered in purple mat grass drying from where Jai has just dyed it. Norng Fin not feeling very well all night and has to miss pre-school today.  Her ...

In need of a good sleep, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In need of a good sleep

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Am feeling a little lethargic this morning as have spent 3 near sleepless nights watching the Ryder Cup golf on TV.  Friday it was 03:00 - 04:30, Saturday 01:30 - 04:00 and last night 12:00 - 03:00.  Managed some sleep before it started each ...

A little local knowledge ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little local knowledge ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... the route I wanted to take with a few uncertainties about direction.  We left Khamnadie, passed through Khambonai and on to Ban Dorng Mun.  I take a turn to the right here that I believe connects us back to the main Khamnadie to Phon Thong road ...

Things start to happen ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Things start to happen ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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What surprises does today have in store for me is my breakfast thought. Mid-morning relatives Begat, Dom, Dair and the devil child - yes, no school again today - arrive to help with preparing the pillow bundles for presents and wrapping a few other ...

Slow day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Slow day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm straight after breakfast to pick up a couple of bags of soil and to collect all of the empty bottles lying around after yesterday for recycling before they get broken and start giving me punctures. A lone beef tomato appears to have ...

Khamnadie village Saturday evening market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Khamnadie village Saturday evening market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Khamnadie has a village market every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at different places around the village.  Whilst there is not too much of use to us on sale we usually pop along for a couple of local food things we dont get in town.  ...

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