Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Eucalyptus, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Eucalyptus

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning I take Jiap into Phon Thong for the Bangkok bus and am glad to see her leaving with no apparent problems in her wake. Returning to the village we are working out at the farm today clearing land with the intention of planting a ...

Sick granddaughter, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sick granddaughter

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Have a really good session at the farm this morning. When I get back to the house the back garden is covered in purple mat grass drying from where Jai has just dyed it. Norng Fin not feeling very well all night and has to miss pre-school today.  Her ...

In need of a good sleep, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In need of a good sleep

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Am feeling a little lethargic this morning as have spent 3 near sleepless nights watching the Ryder Cup golf on TV.  Friday it was 03:00 - 04:30, Saturday 01:30 - 04:00 and last night 12:00 - 03:00.  Managed some sleep before it started each ...

A little local knowledge ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little local knowledge ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... the route I wanted to take with a few uncertainties about direction.  We left Khamnadie, passed through Khambonai and on to Ban Dorng Mun.  I take a turn to the right here that I believe connects us back to the main Khamnadie to Phon Thong road ...

A visitor for breakfast, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A visitor for breakfast

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am just getting breakfast ready when Fin comes running into the house.  Her other gran has to go somewhere this morning so she will be staying with us for a while.  Another plate comes out and another egg goes on.  Fin always enjoys our ...

Things start to happen ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Things start to happen ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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What surprises does today have in store for me is my breakfast thought. Mid-morning relatives Begat, Dom, Dair and the devil child - yes, no school again today - arrive to help with preparing the pillow bundles for presents and wrapping a few other ...

Penultimate UN Congress, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Penultimate UN Congress

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's mum can't even stand this morning and we get the doctor from opposite to come and see her.  An injection of something and a bag of tablets and at least she feels as though she should be better.  There is no cure for old age though ...I ...

Slow day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Slow day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm straight after breakfast to pick up a couple of bags of soil and to collect all of the empty bottles lying around after yesterday for recycling before they get broken and start giving me punctures. A lone beef tomato appears to have ...

Khamnadie village Saturday evening market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Khamnadie village Saturday evening market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Khamnadie has a village market every Saturday, Tuesday and Thursday evenings at different places around the village.  Whilst there is not too much of use to us on sale we usually pop along for a couple of local food things we dont get in town.  ...

Presents day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Presents day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It rained most of the night but has stopped by morning.  Jai decides to wash the bedding even though the sky still looks full of rain to me. At last I get to see Deu, our neighbour and a nice chap, and give him a bottle of Bombadier English beer ...

Problems of understanding, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Problems of understanding

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... I had had enough so we head back to the house and leave them to it. Early afternoon several of the family drive to neighbouring Ban Norng Po where the wife of their brother the monk lives and she is very sick. I take the opportunity to revisit the farm ...

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

Back to the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I manage a few disturbed sleeps en-route to Khon Kaen but the hours sat in this seat are taking their toll.  Drive on te Maha Sarakham to Roi Et where we swap to a small local bus - a truck with two bench seats in the back - for the final leg of the ...

Back to routine ... no water !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to routine ... no water !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Sai is around before 06:00 to collect the completed form, that isnt completed yet. Cant face my weekly visit to Phon Thong for the internet this morning so clear the garden of the weeds that have accumulated instead. No mains water this morning so the ...

Return of the e-mail !!!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Return of the e-mail !!!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The typhoon seems to have passed us by with little effect although just an hour up the road, according to the news, it got pretty rough for a while. Awake to a light rain which soon stops so I am able to bike into Phon Thong without getting wet.  ...

A German on the horizon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A German on the horizon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I take Jai to the village temple straight after an early breakfast (06:15 !) so that she can make her offering for Awk Phansa. When she gets back we bike into Phon Thong for shopping at the Saturday market. When we get back to the house Jai negotiates ...

Swimming again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A lovely fresh start to the day when I am sat outside with a cuppa about 06:00 but I doubt it will last.Bike out to farm after breakfast and find that the dead tree we were burning last night has gone almost completely.  Our bananas are getting ...

Friday 13th again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Friday 13th again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Friday 13th two months running, that can't happen very often.We go to buy Jai some more mat grass and dye but most people are running out of grass at this time of year when it isn't growing very well.Out to the farm again late afternoon to cut down a few ...

Yes, it's raining !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Yes, it's raining !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai starts the day off by selling some limesto the post office opposite.Bike into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  As this is my penultimate Saturday we are stocking Jai up with stuff she can't get in the village.On the way back to Khamnadie we ...

Another wet one, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another wet one

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A damp start to the day but we decide to go into Phon Thong for the market anyway.  The front of my shirt is soaked upon arrival but strangely, sat behind me, Jai is fine !  We buy a strimmer to clear the grass at the farm and a few other bits ...

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

Just another day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is going to work on her cassava again today but Pad is coming to collect her so I bike into Phon Thong first thing.Watch Gloucs 15v22 Quins in a game that was completely unmemorable.There are clear skies today and it is a lot hotter again as I bike ...

Flights to the UK, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Flights to the UK

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again this morning with the intention of buying our flights to the UK for March.  Am intending to buy single tickets with a view to switching the purchase of returns to the UK rather than here as they seem to be so much cheaper when ...

Haircut at last, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Haircut at last

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go to the village salon just after 07:00 this morning and finally catch her free to cut my hair.  Lucky that I caught her today as for the next week she is going to be busy at her farm.  This is definitely not the weather for too much hair. ...

Who said there was a water shortage ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who said there was a water shortage ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Raised from bed half way through my first cup of tea just before 06:00 by a chap who has come to give us a quote on the front walls.  Now that the rice is finished a lot more people have time on their hands and some wont work again till the rice ...

The end is nigh - I hope ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The end is nigh - I hope ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... she needs to do something about this at least talking to the mayor on whose behalf he was working.  She just says that this is Thailand and this sort of thing happens and to leave it be.  I want to go next door and punch Sai then go to see the ...

How much ?!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

How much ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  Jai's sister in law next door, Dom the sloth, has asked us to collect some money that her son in Bangkok has sent us from the ATM in town.  I withdraw the 40GBP as requested and note that their account ...

Garden furniture, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden furniture

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our new garden benches arrive first thing this morning.  Ijan and myself have to lift them over the garden wall and they are exceedingly heavy.  One for Jai's mum for the front garden and one for me for the back garden.  They look well ...

Schools again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Schools again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... . My 'Planet Stupid' theory is starting to gain ground.  Whereas in UK we have a Fathers Day and a Mothers Day today in Thailand it is Teachers Day and the schools are closed yet again.  We had Fin here yesterday working through something in her ...

Laos or not to Laos, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laos or not to Laos

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Had been making plans for an early visit to Laos for a change of scenery but have had second thoughts.  If we left any earlier than originally planned it would have thrown out my timetable foir visa renewals.  As it stands we will go to Laos on ...

We are expecting wealth to arrive any day now ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

We are expecting wealth to arrive any day now ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 02:30 this morning to watch Chelsea and Napoli.  The football is on two channels; one of which we get a really good picture and one we dont.  Tonights game was on the latter and it was like peering through a snow storm for most of the ...

A Christmas tree !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A Christmas tree !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Spend a couple of hours this morning wrapping presents and decorating the Christmas tree with tinsel and baubles.  It all looks good when we have finished but it still doesnt feel like Christmas here. Go to the farm in the afternoon and whilst Jai ...

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