Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Well, there's always 4 years time ... !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Well, there's always 4 years time ... !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for the Saturday market.  Jai broke one of our garden chairs yesterday standing on it to reach something so this is on our shopping list this morning.  Stock up with veggies then call in at the internet.  Make ...

A ride to the reservoir on the hill, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A ride to the reservoir on the hill

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Its a weekend so its officially a holiday !! It is blowing a gale from the north again today and its hard work on the bike into Phon Thong.  I blame the Chinese !  It is cold again as well and I have to make it a three shirt morning. Our gas ...

Why did the chicken cross the road ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Why did the chicken cross the road ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Teperature forecast to be between 8-14 degrees this morning and it feels like the lower end of the estimate. Jai cuts a few cabbage to meet her orders from yesterday and we deliver it on our way inti Phon Thong. Buy a few bits and pieces for our ...

First bonfire of many ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

First bonfire of many ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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There are branches from coconut trees lying around everywhere but everything is wet.  I lay a stacj out on the front of the house to hopefully dry out a bit.  With piles of damp grass to burn I am going to need anything dry I can lay my hands ...

Routine returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Routine returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We are back into our normal routine for breakfast today.  Spend a lazy day reading but Jai is right back to work on her mats.  Visit George and Wan in the evening for Jai to take some mats that need sewing.  PIck up Norng Fin on our way ...

Accident !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Accident !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 05:00 to make a cuppa tea and Jai is striaght into the mat making whilst I return to bed to wake up slowly and in my own time.  Managed to speak to friend Dave yesterday and although they have completed the sale of their house in Chiangmai, ...

More monk stuff and a holiday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More monk stuff and a holiday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... place in a village that might see about a dozen cars a day.  This may be the only roundabout I have seen in Thailand outside of Bangkok where a couple surround monuments.  Turn left at the roundabout and immediately on our left is a house where ...

Homeward bound, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Homeward bound

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up to the alarm at 5:30 after a sleepless night caused by noisy neighbours.  We check-out and buy some petrol in Mukdahan before setting off about 6:30.  It is cold again this morning but I am better prepared with three shirts and my ...

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

UN Conference Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A restless night with my leg hurting however I lie so definitely a day for sitting around and doing nothing.  Luckily it is Sunday and officially a day of rest. There is some English football on Thai TV tonight about 23:00 but hopefully I will be ...

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

Same,same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I goto the farm after breakfast leaving Jai baking acake. After lunch go for a brief visit to George and Wan so that Jai can discuss mat matters and our 'brief' visit soon becomes a couple of hours. I take Jai back to help with funeral and bike out to ...

More visa issues, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More visa issues

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am in the dog-house a bit this morning because I wont go to the temple with everyone to take care of the ashes.  I am quite happy with what is happening - why wouldnt I be ? - but dont think it is appropriate for me to be helping out with Jai's ...

Preparations, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparations

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Visit the village garage this morning to have some air put in the bike tyres and to check the oil, tighten the chain etc and then into Phon Thong.  Make copies of my passport and check last few details about requirements of immigration office for ...

Scavanging at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Scavanging at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Go to visit George & Wan after breakfast stopping to see Fin off to school on our way.  Return with a few papaya and a sack of chicken manure, the object of our visit.  Then we bike out to the farm to cut some bamboo and whilst there I find ...

Fish on the menu, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fish on the menu

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up with a splitting headache this morning.  Jai immediately puts it down to drinking too much beer last night but I only had the one glass. Jai decides to tidy up the front of the house and have a streetside bonfire.  I end up making a few ...

Another dead dog ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another dead dog ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's brother Sai, next door, has acquired another puppy for the devil child to kill - I'll give it 6 weeks !! I bike into Phon Thong to buy tickets for the 20:00 bus to Bangkok tomorrow night. Print off hotel booking slip at the internet then back to ...

Cremation and party, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cremation and party

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... ear drops from a chemist in town which fingers crossed will unblock my deaf ear. As soon as we get back to Khamnadie Jai gets a lift to Ban Norng Po for her sister in laws funeral. I go to see John and his new house.  Its very nice.  He is sat ...

Nothing exciting today - just grass, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nothing exciting today - just grass

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for a long internet session to update this blog then do a bit of shopping. Some of you have asked if Jai is making any mats this year and the answer at the moment is no.  She had an arrangement with a friend who grew the ...

Back to village life routine, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to village life routine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go to the farm after breakfast with Jai returning to help out at the party. I have told Jai lots of times that I am quite happy to go to these parties with her but as soon as we arrive she is off to help out in the kitchenleaving me alone.  If she ...

Guarantees - Thai style !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Guarantees - Thai style !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... shower has stopped working and I dont think it is just lack of water pressure.  It is under guarantee for a year but this is Thailand so ...  We go to the shop where we bought it and yes, they will honour the guarantee - shock !!  But ... ...

No more rain ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

No more rain ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Beautiful again this morning.  I am sure that the rain cant have finished just yet but the air feels entirely different now than it did just a week back.  Having mention the rain no doubt it will come back with a vengeance tonight !! Jai ...

Birthday on the horizon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Birthday on the horizon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong but the internet was closed again today.  They are becomming most unreliable.  There is another shop that I could use but the staff there are awful and the computers dreadfully slow so I simply wont go there.  Buy some cake ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Not much to write about when nothing happens ! Sit around the place counting the hours off till I can go to bed again. John returns from his travels to say that he is having a house warming party on Saturday. ...

Go for a ride, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Go for a ride

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for a long internet session.  Check progress of Jai's visa but Embassy is still saying received on 9 January.  Someone has been doing some repairs on the road but it is now more dangerous than when there was just holes in the ...

The aftermath, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The aftermath

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I feel a bit better on waking up this morning but really anything had to be better than yesterday !  I venture into the kitchen for some breakfast.The back garden looks like a scene from the battle of The Somme complete with walking boards to cross ...

more dying, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

more dying

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A break in the rain meant that Jai has been able to get back out into the garden to dye some more grass.  Having run out of her current supply a few days ago and not having ready to continue she has been unbearable with nothing to do.  I was ...

The curse of the Hobbit strikes me, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The curse of the Hobbit strikes me

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... enough.  Perversely, had I gone with Jai I would probably have been fine !!  They have an expression here that goes something like som num na which means roughly that you reap what you sow and perhaps I hadit coming for bad thoughts !!!! ...

Happy Birthday to Gabriel, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday to Gabriel

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Am now celebrating brithdays of people I don't even know.  George visited to ask me to share a beer or three with him to mark his son Gabriel's 25th birthday.  He is actually in Hawaii working at the large observatory ...

Sunday - so a(nother) day of rest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sunday - so a(nother) day of rest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After the very lazy afternoon of yesterday it doesnt really seem fair to describe today as a day of rest, but ... Good news from the hospital that Jai's sister in law is doing ...

All is safely gathered in ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All is safely gathered in ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning to fill the empty cupboards then out to the farm ready to thresh the rice.  Everyone is there waiting and soon we are up and running.  Brother Yut is providing the thresher this year.  It is late morning and ...

Back to normal but with visitors, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to normal but with visitors

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for the Saturday market and I checked out flights back to UK for Xmas period.  I was told that there wasnothing going for less than GBP1000 so was quite pleased that EgyptAir were still charging GBP650,  Didnt book ...

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