Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Trip to 'Johns Bar', Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Trip to 'Johns Bar'

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another day off today so just before 7:00 I am sat having my hair cut whilst Jai has the laundry well underway. About 10:30 I pick up George and we bike over to Pak Chong for a lunchtime beer with John.  This neccesitates a very lazy afternoon ! ...

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

Back to work ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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My start of work at the farm has been postponed as Jai has asked me to help her in the back garden instead.  Spend a couple of hours cutting bamboo and staking the asparagus then weeding almost the whole garden.  It need it some attention as it ...

Into Phon Thong for some research, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong for some research

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I bike into Phon Thong after breakfast to continue some research  am working on.  Yesterday I was surprised to find tat I had access to what is usually a pay per view site so return to use it again.  This morning it has reverted to pay per ...

Laundry day today, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laundry day today

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With a break in the rain and a clear(ish) sky this morning a weeks or so's laundry is shouting out to be washed.  My job is to fetch the water from the rainwater store we keep.  This is our laundry water, showering water, toilet flushing water, ...

Sort out farm paperwork !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sort out farm paperwork !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is a cold morning so I give the ride into Phon Thong a miss.  Instead we go to thevillage 'ministers' office to sortout the absence of paperwork for Jai's farm.  I just know that this is going to be hard work before we even get there; pay ...

Into Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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There was supposed to have been more Euro football on TV last night but waking up at 1:30 I couldnt find any.  Thai TV have done that to me before, advertised a game and then just a couple of hours later not shown it.  God bless them !! A few ...

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.  ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I take Jai to next door's farm to check on what is happening with the charcoal and then we go to see George's wife, Wan, to invite her to lunch tomorrow.  I leave Jai there and I bike into Phon Thong. It is a lovely morning. Have been trying to ...

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 ...

Carrot day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Carrot day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Watch Everton 2v0 Cehlsea at 12:30 this morning. Jai decides that she is changing both the beds and washinh it all this morning.  I clear all of the old cabbage remains from the back garden then dig the remaining beetroot and carrots.  It has ...

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 ...

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