Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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

Back to routine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is Friday therefore it must be time for me to bike into Phon Thong and update this travel blog. Jai is off to the temple with sister Begat to help prepare for a festival next week.  We both get back to the house at pretty much the same time. Jai ...

Nothing to report ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nothing to report ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Both go to the farm after breakfast to continue burning. After lunch I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  I am having problems with my e-mail account.  The internet place that I like to use wdoesnt allow access to hotmail at ...

Wot no lights, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no lights

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning and have some rugby to watch again this week.  It is very hot today whilst I am shopping and biking back to the village.  Straight into the bathroom for a bucket of cold water over my head upon arrival but it only ...

Palm trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Palm trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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This morning we set out to find somewhere we could buy some palm oil trees and end up with 12 + 1 as a present !  Doesnt sound many but we are just starting out and doing all the work ourselves and at the end of the day it is just a small hobby for ...

More of the same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More of the same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is up just after 05:00 to make the days rice so I join her and water the garden after neglecting it last night.  Just after 06:00 and we are biking out to the farm to start all over again.  We get back about 10:00 as things have warmed up ...

Back on familiar ground, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back on familiar ground

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The rain has ben teeming down throughout the first half of our journey when we pull in to the bus station at Khorat for a 20min rest break and toilet stop.  Manage to get a phone call home to report in on progress then we are off and I am heading ...

Peace and quiet returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Peace and quiet returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai and myself go to see friend Wan this morning and pick up a couple of boy ducks for Jiap.  Last time she was here she took back about a dozen girl ducks and now that they are a bit older they want some boyfriends.  Jiap and Gay leave about ...

Planet Stupid update, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Planet Stupid update

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Still keeping my eyes peeled for any signs of Planet Stupid influences in the area.  When we were down in Bangkok recently I spotted a school sign near our guest house that would suggest that everything is still normal down there and that any ...

I have a new friend ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

I have a new friend ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Biked over to Johns mid-morning so that Jai could have a look at his house progressing and talk to his missus about scrounging some vegetable plants to go in the space we now have in the garden.  Unfortunately she didnt have any small enough to move ...

Planet Stupid update, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Planet Stupid update

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... consideration, the social experiment would have required far too much planning and forethought to have been remotely viable in Thailand.  I now favour the planet Stupid option and believe that I have photographic evidence to back this up.  The ...

Well, well, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Well, well

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two visits to the farm again today and things are going really well despite the horrendous afternoon temperatures.  I hope to cut the last bamboo on Fridfay evening accompanied by a fanfare of trumpets !! After we have eaten we go to visit George ...

Quick visit to farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Quick visit to farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

When I open our front doors this morning I find a bag of books that I had left with John when we came to England back in March.  It is only 6:30 so he must have been out and about early today. We bike out to farm for a couple of sacks of soil and ...

Busy, busy, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Busy, busy

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Before breakfast we go to see a friend who is married to a bigwig in local politics to ask for their help in sorting out the marquee.  She tells us not to worry but ... I go into Phon Thong for a short internet session and a bit of shopping. ...

Silly hot and humid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Silly hot and humid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up to the omnipresent election pick-ups driving around the village blaring out there mesages - at 06:30 !!!  Real bread for breakfast again today. Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market and buy a few pairs of shorts for thegarden and around ...

Bananas - Wonder Fruit !!!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bananas - Wonder Fruit !!!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A dry morning but everything is soaked after the rain through the night. Bananas.  A chap we know who is vaguely related through marriages to Jai's brother next door woke up the other morning with little movement in his arms and none at all in his ...

Winter has arrived, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Winter has arrived

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It feels cold this morning as soon as we wake up.  Being in the north and at a higher altitude Chiangmai is supposed to be the cooler but this is way below temperatures there at the moment.  Have to go into Phon Thong tjhis morning to stock up ...

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

UN Conference day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake with the alarm just before midnight to watch England 3v1 Slovenia then back to sleep for a couple of hours. Jai is helping neighbour Tuk cut her rice today - with about 20 others. My first job after breakfast is to plant a few rows of mixed leaf ...

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

Wot no gas ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of the village teachers is having a party to mark the passing of his parents.  It is traditional here to have a party some time after a persons death but due to the expense not many people do it.  They call it bun gatin or something but I ...

Punctured, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Punctured

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I try to put some air into the back tyre of the bike to enable me to ride the bike as far as the garage but it isnt playing ball and remains stubbornly completely flat - oh deep joy !!  I eat breakast and then push the bike about 1/4 mile to the ...

Welcome Charlie Mark ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Welcome Charlie Mark ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is just getting back into bed with a cup of tea after making the day's rice when the phone rings.  It is surprising for the time, 05:15, and for the fact that we have a signal in the bedroom at all.  We hear a faint Hello but couldnt ...

A strange phenomenon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A strange phenomenon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market and it is already pretty hot. It is good to see it is not just our village who have caught the red shirt bug.  They are everywhere.  When we get to the market there is even one stall selling only red ...

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

Back to the village

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up quite early to the BBC news of very strong winds sweeping across the south coast of England and northern Europe then a bit more French rugby.  Jai leaves me in bed with the rugby and goes out to buy coffee and croissants for breakfast. ...

A quiet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A quiet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai eventuallu returns home about 5:30 in the morning just as I am waking up.  She is straight to bed so I breakfast on my own today.  With her fathers ashes now interred in the meorial at their house and the party finished John and Lawan will ...

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

Happy Birthday to Mum

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Remembering it was mum's birthday was the first successful job of the day.  I thought that I would phone early and be first wit the birthday greetings but the phone was engaged for ages and I was well down the list of ...

Camera issues ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Camera issues ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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05:30 when Jai gets up to make the rice and I brew a cuppa the water is back on and has good pressure so things look up.  At 06:30 when we get up for breakfast, however, it is back off !! I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  Whilst ...

Its all in the genes !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its all in the genes !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... afternoon watch 'The Snows Of Kilimanjaro' from internet. In the evening after we have eaten watch Thailand 0v2 South Korea in the semi-final of the Asia Games.  With Thailand out of the competition they wont bother to show the final on TV here now. ...

Schools out - again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Schools out - again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I bike into Phon Thong after breakfast and find policemen at every junction hindering the flow of traffic.  There is nyet another school parade taking place with kids lining up in groups alongside the main road.  I back street it to the ...

Bit more work at farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bit more work at farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A really good nights sleep for a change. It is going to be another hot one with completely clear skies. We are supposed to be going to the farm this morning but as I start to get things ready Jai has been and picked some henna(?) leaves and is preparing ...

Building and funerals again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Building and funerals again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up and breakfasted then bike Jai back to Pak Chong to help feed the food they prepared last night to the 15 monks who are arriving from the surrounding temples.  I return to the house and wait for our building stuff to arrive.  With everything ...

Give in to pressure ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Give in to pressure ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As I am drinking my breakfast cuppa the old lady who lives at the bottom of our garden, Yai Dee, is out cutting down a couple of trees.  The people here eat the new leaves from this tree in a curry and a few people have spotted her already and are ...

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