Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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

Party still looming

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to Pak Chong again but today she comes home on her own about midday - just in time to get e some lunch !!  We go back together in the evening for a beer or three and dont get back home until after midnight.  Not as many people turned ...

Coldest morning so far, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Coldest morning so far

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is particularly cold this morning and I wrap up for the ride into Phon Thong.  Usually I take off a few layers when we get there but today it all remains on whilst we shop and for the ride back to Khamnadie. I price up a big container of paint ...

Last day in the village, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last day in the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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This is my last full day here in Khamnadie before I leave.  At last the sky is cloudless and there is a sun just appearing. We start to gather up the food parcel that Jai wants to send to Michelle and I quickly realise that I will need a suitcase ...

Entertaining for lunch, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Entertaining for lunch

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Take Jai to George and Wan's to kill and prepare a duck whilst I head into Phon Thong for an internet session. Take the long way back to the village exploring a couple of routes for a ride next Sunday. When I get back to George's they have moved back to ...

Catching up with the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Catching up with the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Best nights seleep I've had in ages.  Go to see George & Wan and sway some lettuce plants for some different cabbage plants. News has it that Jai's nephew Tia has finished cutting her rice.  Bad news is that it has not been a good ...

Bye Bye Lancaster, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bye Bye Lancaster

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Still no rain overnight although the sky looks full of it. Bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  No surprises that England couldnt live with Australia.  At least it wasnt a close game which might have meant continued faith in the loser ...

Revenge of the widowed chicken ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Revenge of the widowed chicken ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Over the last week or so a chicken has started jumping over my back garden wall and pecking around the garden.  Not too much of a problem at the moment but I dont want him to get intpo the habit for when the veggies etc are growing.  I have now ...

UN Conference reconvenes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

UN Conference reconvenes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

New month already. I have promised Jai to help her to clear the weeds from her cassava farm, all 2 acres of it, starting tomorrow.  To keep the morning free I bike into Phon Thong for my internet session today instead.  Update blog but no rugby ...

Building work is underway, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Building work is underway

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Walking around the garden this morning I count over 30 flowers coming on my pommegranate tree and a few fruits are already forming.  I bike into Phon Thong for a long internet session and start to catch up with this travel blog amongst other ...

Wot no water - wot no electric !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no water - wot no electric !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

This is usually my morning to go into Phon Thong and watch the weekend rugby but today we have to go and pay the electric bill - deep joy !! We are a bit early arriving in Phon Thong so make a brief stop at the internet just to clear my e-mail.  Go ...

Time to wash the bike, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to wash the bike

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Straight after breakfast we bike to neighbouring Pak Chong to cut some coconut tree leaves but the farm we were going to had a large crowd of people working next to the trees planting cassava.  I dont like performing to a crowd so we bike on to a ...

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 ...

Back to farm and palm trees ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to farm and palm trees ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Watch Chelsea 1v0 Man Utd at 02:45. I'm at the farm not much after 07:00 this morning and cut the dead fruit and flowers from the final 4 trees.  I now have about 30 additional trees to trim branches from and clear around over this week.  ...

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 ...

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