Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Bad leaks and good leeks, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bad leaks and good leeks

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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If yesterday was a bad leak day then todat is a good leek day.  The leeks in thegarden have come on no end in the last couple of weeks and even if they do need another month to bulk up we pick our first ones today.  Jai made a thick soup and ...

Wot no gas !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no gas !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The day got off to a bad start when we realised that we were out of gas before Jai had time to fry my breakfast eggs.  Restricted to taost and marmalade this morning ...

Another rice subsidy failure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another rice subsidy failure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 03:00 to watch Man Utd 3v0 Cambridge in FA Cup. There is another announcement on the village PA system this morning that suggests Jai could be in line for a rice subsidy from the government.  We copy the relevant documents and go to see ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Just about managed to get the days rice steamed before the gas cylinder gave out.  Had to cook breakfast in an electric wok from our Chiangmai days. I head into Phon Thong stopping to order a gas cylinder to be delivered en-route. On return I get ...

Another glorious day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another glorious day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy Birthday Dad. Another glorious morning.  Dont want to push my luck and, whilst I am sure we will have more rain in the next month, it looks as though the worst may be over for the year. I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  It ...

Language difficulties, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Language difficulties

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for an internet session.  Gloucester actually win a game at Edinburgh. Go shopping briefly and try to buy some coriander.  I thought I knew the name for it in Thai but when I get to the seed shop we differed.  ...

Phon Thong and internet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong and internet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Should be Jai's grand daughter Fin's first day at real school but it sound as though she wont be going as her other gran hasn't bothered to get her a new uniform to wear.  Jai's son pops in to Phon Thong to try and get some of the stuff she needs ...

Comings and goings, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Comings and goings

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's daughter is returning to Bangkok this morning so the house will be a ittle quieter.  I come into Phon Thong and check out the price of the rice at the nearby depot and am surprised to see tat it has actually come down.  It is supposedto ...

Internet, no, not today ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet, no, not today ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

When the TV was on last night I think that I saw an FA Cup replay being covered by Thai TV at 02:45 this morning.  Didn't bother setting the alarm and appear to have slept straight through o if they did show it I missed it. Friday is often an ...

More money mysteries, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More money mysteries

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The mayor gives everyone a warning over the village PA system first thing this morning to be careful as people have been going out to the farms at night and stealing the cut rice whilst it is still lying in the fields drying. Before I take Jai to the ...

Bit of a dull day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bit of a dull day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I rigged up one of the drainpipes that Jai bought for the shed.  It looks terrible but more importantly I just hope that it does it job.  German John was supposed to have arrived in neighbouring Pak Chong yesterday so late afternoon we bike ...

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 ...

Accident on motorbike, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Accident on motorbike

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The little girl next door, Oom Im or something like that, was born at the beginning of April and has just had some innoculations.  She is normally a happy little soul but is now feeling a bit down and sorry for herself and has been grizzling almost ...

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 ...

Wot no rugby ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no rugby ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Decide to try out my new sandals this morning and get a word of advice from Jai first.  Before I wear them for the first time I have to bite them ?  Apparently if I hurt them then they wont hurt me when I wear them ... I'll try anything ...

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 ...

Should have kept my mouth shut !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Should have kept my mouth shut !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I awake with the alarm and watch the first half of Grimsby v Shrewsbury on Thai TV.  Quite entertaining 0v0 first half but sleep is more attractive than another 45mins of it. Having just mentioned that it was just as well Jai remained healthy all ...

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 ...

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