Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Visit to farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visit to farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We were intending to go out to the farm after breakfast this morning but we woke to rain.  By 09:00 it has largely cleared so we go anyway despite grey skies and clouds threatening.  With the old wooden shelter gone, if it rains at the farm at ...

Paperwork issues, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Paperwork issues

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 05:30 this morning to a PA announcement that Jai has to go back to the village office with all of her farm paperwork in regard to claims for compensation over the poor rice yields this year.  It is already busy when we get there.  People ...

Christmas is coming..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Christmas is coming...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Verywindy, damp and cold this morning so it feels just like a December day in UK. Unpleasant ride into Phon Thong for an internet session. After doing the hard work last week I discover that Gloucester have blown it again by losing at home to Edinburgh ...

Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A real example of Planet Stupid interference in the village came to my attention today.  Our neighbours are in the process of having a small extensipon built to replace their old bathroom.  First job was to have a few lorry loads of soil ...

Get the bike back into use, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Get the bike back into use

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I awake at 7:00 to find Jai up and about and almost ready to leave for the temple.  Looks like the neighbours have all gone already so she sets off on her own leaving me to self cater for breakfast. I sit on the fronch porch with a coffee and bring ...

Babysitting the enemy !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Babysitting the enemy !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is fresh and windy this morning.  Just before we leave for PHon Thong we discover that we - Jai !! - are taking care of the devil child from next door today.  We do our shopping in Phon Thong and are on our way back, on schedule, when I get ...

Off to the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong first thing this morning to visit the internet.  Bring this blog up to date and add a few photos.  Good nes on the rugby front with Gloucester winning and England qualifying for the 1/4 finals against France next weekend. Upon ...

Elton John ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Elton John ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... of booking our coach tickets from Heathrow to home.  In previous years I havent been able to complete an on-line booking from Thailand but thistime everythingseems to be in order - or so I hope !!  We are due home a little after 18:35 allowing ...

Odds and ends, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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When we eat breakfast in Chiangmai it is nearly always something called blah tong go (sp?).  This a breadlike morsel deep fried in hot oil.  Jai has tried a couple of times to make some here but has never had any joy until this morning when she ...

More food, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More food

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Straight into bread and cake making as soon as breakfast is over this morning.  For lunch Jai makes a great potato, carrot and onion broth and with thick slices of real bread it went down really well ...

Rain at last - but not much, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain at last - but not much

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Was hoping to go into Phon Thong this morning for an internet visit but the much longed for rain arrived about 05:30 this morning whilst we were drinking our early morning cuppas.  I sat out the front under the porch and had a go at a couple of ...

Clearing up the debris, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Clearing up the debris

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm again this morning feeling a little under the weather.  Clear up a lot of the litter and empty bottles that were dumped everywhere last night.  There are also clothes, boots, hats, ... just lying around where they were dumped. I ...

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

Last visit to Phon Thong ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are expecting someone in a pick-up to come to our place at 08:30 to take our rice into the station in town to be sold.  By 09:30 he hasnt turned up so Jai goes to his house to see what is happening.  He has gone to a farm somewhere to cut ...

A result !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A result !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... given us this an hour ago ?!  Back to the house pulling my hair out. Late afternoon we bike to the neighbouring village of Ban Rat where another nephew Tia lives to hand out invites to him and his wife's family.  The village seems to have become ...

Doctors but no hospital, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Doctors but no hospital

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I decide that I cant face the endless waiting at the hospital but do decide to go and see a different doctor in Phon Thong.  I am impressed at once by his English and examination and he prescribes Amoxicillin and a few other tablets.  Fingers ...

Rain ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake with the alarm at 2:30 to watch Arsenal 0v2 Munich and wished that I hadnt bothered. About 5:00 it starts raining.  Just a little at first then it gets quite heavy for a while.  Was planning on a visit to Phon Thong but things will have to ...

Appear to be getting somewhere on the visa front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Appear to be getting somewhere on the visa front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again and finish off the last few details.  Then we diverge from the internet because after submitting the forms on-line I have to print off a copy to take to the office in Bangkok when we go - just as we always used to do ?  ...

Cold, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cold

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Very strong winds and very fresh air last all day today so do ...

Visiting babies and politicking, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visiting babies and politicking

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Bike into Phon Thong this morning to take Jai to the hospital to visit the new baby.  Apparently for the moment she is to be known as Norng Yaya and will get a proper name later although Yaya will stay with her for life.  Drop Jai off then ...

A day at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again first thing this morning for another visit to Norng Yaya. Back at Khamnadie we pack up some food, water and tools then head to the farm for a long session.  Luckily we have mountains of dried grass left from where the rice was ...

Back into the village routine, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back into the village routine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The first day for a while I can wake up and not have to think about visas !!  With Jai's visa in the bank and me cleared until we leave at the end of March the next visa I need to worry about wont be until we are ready to come back here in ...

Jai's daughter, Jiap, arrives, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's daughter, Jiap, arrives

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It rained all night so my morning bonfire opportunity has passed again. Jai has Fin and Bom Bem for company again this morning and decides to bake a cake with them.  Back ithe freedom of her own kitchen she has got carried away a bit the last few ...

Groundhog Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Groundhog Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai out to the farm then I bike into Phon Thong for the internet.  First shop is closed and the second one gets a power cut after about 20 mins.  I take the hint, do a bit of shopping then head back to the village. I settle down with a ...

Another day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Bright clear sky this morning and just maybe I will get my first bonfire in later. I bike into Phon Thong for the internet and Jai will be coming in later with Jiap and Gay who will be bringing our big TV into town for someone to take a look at making it ...

Internet and farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet and farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Take Jai to see Wan then I bike into Phon Thong for my weekly internet session.  Watch very brief, 5 mins, highlights of MUnster 26v10 Gloucs, update blog then back to Khamnadie with no shopping needed today. I find Fin in residence for the day when ...

Lottery - good news, bad news ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lottery - good news, bad news ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

They have a national lottery here twice a month; on the 1st and about the 15th.  Their is also a local variant on the lottery based upon the first three numbers drawn.  You can buy tickets guessing at the first two or first three numbers.  ...

Its Monday it must be internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its Monday it must be internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Monday morning so its time to make the ride into Phon Thong for an internet session.  Spend quite a while updating this blog and then settle back to watch the weekends rugby.  Return to the village for a lazy day.  When it is time to ...

What a mess !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What a mess !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 2:30 this morning top watch Man Utd vAC Milan.  Out to the farm mid morning to find that there are piles of soil everywhere and a big hole in the middle of the old pond.  Apparently they have finished here and have no intention of ...

Happy Birthday HM King, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday HM King

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday King. Jai's brother Pad is starting work driving trucks again today and this means that he will sometimes be away overnight and his wife Lam doesnt want to stay out at the farm on her own so they are moving back to their house in the ...

Time to go swimming so it must be Thursday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to go swimming so it must be Thursday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The carrots that I planted in an old washing up bowl are through already.  With good soil in the bowl I am hoping that they will get a good length on them unlike the ones in the garden which are usually short and fat. Burn off a load of scrap wood ...

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