Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Day off, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Day off

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Even Jai has decided to have a complete break from water meters etc today - HURRAH !!!!! The heat here at the moment is relentless and no matter where you are or what time of day/night it is sapping any energy I may once have had.  Even the fan just ...

Accident Prone, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Accident Prone

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A bit of a restless night largely due to the number of dogs around and the noise they were making all night.  The bitch next door - the dog that is although the term could be used elsewhere - is 'in season' and its party time for every dog within a ...

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

Back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 06:00 with the alarm once again.  We walk to the bus station just before 07:00 expecting a 07:30 bus to the border.  No.  The first bus isnt due to leave until 08:15 so we settle down to wait.  I want one last baguette so set ...

cakes and fish, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

cakes and fish

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With our cake supply almost finished Jai baked another couple of batches of currant buns this morning but at the time I did not know that she intended heading off to the market with a friend this evening to try and introduce the locals to the ...

More staining, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More staining

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast I get straight into the staining routine and give my back garden bench a good coating.  Wore a glove with a plastic back over the top of it to protect my hand this time.  When I had finished there was not a drop of stain on my ...

Jai's kids arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai's kids arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I carry a couple of sacks of rice through to the front gate so they can be collected and procesed later today for Jiap and Boy to take back to Bangkok with them next weekend.Leaving Jai clearing out the spare bedroom I bike into Phon Thong yet again for ...

Miracle medicines, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Miracle medicines

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... and I didnt think that the vitamin injection would have been that beneficial or quick acting.  Jai tells me well, this is Thailand !!! I bike into Phon Thong for the internet and to do someshopping leaving Jai supposedly to be having a rest.  I ...

Lottery, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lottery

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday dad.  It is lottery day today so I use the age that my fathjer would have been as my lucky number on my lottery ticket - it didnt win ! George came to us for a few more books and to bring Jai some grass dye that they didnt have ...

A quiet day - please !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A quiet day - please !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai's brother arrived early thuis morning along with his son who is also visiting for the holiday.  The son has a pick-up truck and is taking everyone off to Roi Et to visit the sick brother.  Jai does not go but is off to help out at the house ...

Sore head, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sore head

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have a very disturbed night with frequent trips to the bathroom.  Must have been something I ate as it couldnt possibly have been the beer could it ? Still up and about before 5:00 and cook breakfast for Cliff and Tukta who make an early departure ...

Hangover postponed ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hangover postponed ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up this morning with a decidely dodgy tummy - wont go into details !!  Cant believe it is the beer just working through so must have been something that I ate last night.  It is also freezing cold (by Thai standards) this morning which is ...

Work finished !!!!!!!!!!!!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work finished !!!!!!!!!!!!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 03:00 so turn TV on to find WBA 4v0 West Ham.It rains in the night again but unfortunately not enough to prevent a trip to the farm after breakfast.  We are both tired again this morning and the job has become more than tedious.  One ...

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 ...

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