Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Start planning for return to UK, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start planning for return to UK

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We had quite a heavy shower of rain in the night although it only lasted for a couple of minutes.  With things being wet this morning I have decided to give the farm a miss.  It doesnt need much to persuade to stay away at the moment ! ...

Garden planting - at last, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden planting - at last

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of our aubergines has gone rotten and fallen of the plant overnight.  This is not a good sign as something is also eating the roots of our tomato plants overnight and killing them off. Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market this morning.  ...

Just another day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Just another day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A very quiet day today where nothing at all happened. Checked my passpoirt, finances, etc in readiness for our trip away next week in case I need to get anything before we ...

Internet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for last update of travel blog before I leave. Discover that niece Michelle now has a baby daughter; welcome Daisy. Bit of shopping then back to Khamnadie.  The crocodile village where Elton lives has now acquired ...

Nearly time for rice harvest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nearly time for rice harvest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's brother Pad called in last night to say that he thought THursday would be a good day to start cutting the rice.  After breakfast we bike out to the farm and sure enough after the strong sun of the last few days a lot of it looks about ready to ...

The home front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The home front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another busy day in the garden but we have just about reached the point where we can just sit back and watch things grow.  I construct a rough frame house around the squash which seem to be thriving and Jai plants out the bigger of the cabbage ...

The planting of the rice begins ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The planting of the rice begins ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With all of the rice in the nursey beds now looking strong it was time to begin planting out into the fields today.  I thought about joining in to help but decided to defer to those that were bred for the task in hand ...

Laos bound, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laos bound

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Took Mike & Gennie into Phon Thong this morning in a friends pick-up for them to catch the bus to Khon Kaen then on to Nong Kai a few hours to the north of here before crossing the Mekhong and heading into Vientianne, Laos.  Sort of wish I was ...

Farm takes priority over Saturday market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm takes priority over Saturday market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Thought we were going to get some rain in the night but the short shower we had, although OK for the garden, was not much use to the rice. Pad comes whilst I am drinking my breakfast coffee to say that he now has the pump and will be heading out to the ...

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

UN Conference reforms

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm right after breakfast and discover that brother Pad slept here and kept the pump running all night.  I clear grass for another hour or so then back to the house with another sack of soil and a large bamboo over my shoulder. Just ...

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

Back to Thailand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... morning.We are soon at the border, stamped out of Laos, back on the bus and across the bridge then stamped back into Thailand.  A slight worry as I pass through immigration.  I watch the lady stamp my passport and it appears that she has given ...

Hotmail Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hotmail Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A little rian in the night but it is actually quite bright this morning for my ride into Phon Thong. Update blog and watch Gloucs 25v23 Northampton on internet.  Bit of a lucky win really but havent had much luck so far this season so ... Have been ...

All go at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All go at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Fin has her breakfast with us then we get her working in the garden.  Cant miss an opportunity to exploit my supply of child labour.  At 07:00 Jai's son phones to make sure Fin is OK, shortly followed by her other gran and by 07:15 she is on ...

Journey's end !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Journey's end !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... what other little gem the Embassy have given us.  Although we stated quite clearly in four places that we were leaving Thailand on 25th March - even included our airline tickets - they have commenced her visa from the date it was issued 27th Jan ! ...

We both have a busy day for a change, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

We both have a busy day for a change

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We actually have mains water this morning so I give the garden a good soaking before we go into Phon Thong. Load up the bike today as we avent done a good shop for quite a while now.  We get some BBQ chicken from a roadside street stall on the way ...

Good luck ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Good luck ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is at home today with the rice out of the way so is back mat making.  I do a few chores around the garden then burn it all off. It looks like the rians have finished for another year so I set up my big bench in the back garden so that I can ...

More water (less water !) problems, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More water (less water !) problems

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two long sessions at the farm today. Last night the mains water came back on at a trickle for about an hour.  Managed to fill up the washing machine and to save a little.  Because there are so many people now relying on the handpumps that ...

Still cold, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still cold

A travel blog entry by steve_m

OK, it is only cold compared towhat we are used to and not really cold at all and I promise that after today I wont mention itagain.  A three shirt, long trouser and socks morning all the same for the ride into Phon Thong and I have to sit in the ...

God bless the village temple, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

God bless the village temple

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The awfulmusic from the village templethat has been plaguing me for a coupleof days once again continued throughout the night.  I gotup at 02:45 to watch Chelsea v Copenhagen but gave up at half time due to abject boredom !! Another cold morning so ...

Doctors and Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Doctors and Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... last night in an accident just outside the village.   Another tale that could only have happened on Planet Stupid, Thailand. A 54 year old father of three and grandfather was coming home from Phon Thong on his motorbike after dark.  A 15 ...

Rice threshing again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice threshing again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning Jai tells her mum not to pick one of the flowers in the front garden as the tree is not strong and it will kill it.  She always takes a few flowers with her to the temple each morning.  After Jai's little word she goes ...

Wot no pump ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no pump ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are getting ready to go to the farm when Pad arrives to say that he wont be able to get hold of the water pump till lunchtime.  Jai and myslef go out to the farm anyway as there is always something to be done there.  I carry on clearing ...

Getting away with murder ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Getting away with murder ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the internet again this morning. Watch rugby first and thought Gloucs were robbed by awful refereeing decisions.  I know I am biased but watching several times I couldn't see things differently. NOK Air still have a promotion on ...

Digging ( half) finished, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Digging ( half) finished

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy birthday dad. I am up before 6:30 this morning to start digging as I want to get it finished before I eat breakfast as then I want to go to Phon Thong.  Although it isnt a huge area it is quite satisfying turning over the least piece of soil. ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A slight change of plan this morning.  Instead of going into Phon Thong I decide to go to the farm instead whilst it is still cool enough to do some work and put back my visit to Phon Thong till this afternoon. Sure enough the afternoon is baking ...

What are the hospital doing?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What are the hospital doing?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We received our electric bill a few days ago and I couldn't decide why it was more expensive than usual.  This morning have just remembered workmen and their power tools around the house for weeks and it all becomes clear. Into Phon Thong and after ...

New hats, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New hats

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Tremendous thunder, lightning and rain throughout the night.  Catch a break in the storm to nip into town and pass an hour. Afternoon invest in a couple of new straw hats and we go out to the farm for a food scavange. After we eat in the evening I ...

All quiet on the eastern front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All quiet on the eastern front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Not much been happening here lately hence no entries for the last week. I carry on pottering in the garden.  We had an area down the side of the garden that we have never really used.  I have been coming and going to the farm on the motorbike ...

Preparations for the coming of the rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparations for the coming of the rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Can manage a cup of tea in bed this morning then at 6:30 its off to the village shop to order a new gas cylinder.  Thankfully he follows me straight back to the house so that breakfast doesnt get delayed for too long.  My knee is troubling me ...

Spraying 'fly', Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Spraying 'fly'

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We went out to the farm today to check how the spraying of the rice was coming on.  A dirty job that I didnt try myself because of all the toxic chemicals blowing around.  Although Tia was well covered up I did notice that he still wasnt ...

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