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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 ...

Who's stolen our coconuts ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who's stolen our coconuts ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Just sat down on the front porch with my post breakfast coffee and Jai's son turns up.  Because of the bad weather last evening the small village bus that a lot of people use to get to Bangkok didn't go.  He has now been and bought a ticket on ...

Internet updating again !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet updating again !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Breakfast this morning on real bread and honey compliments of Hong Kong hotel. Get the bike out to go into Phon Thong only to mfind that I have a puncture - well, the bike had a puncture.  Manage to get enough air in the tyre to ride as far as the ...

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

Friday 13th !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Keeping a diary I cant help ut notice that it is Frioday 13th today.  Will have to watch out for Jason rising out of the pond at the farm !! Phone aout the trees ut dont get an answer. We go and uy some mat dye then check on Pad's ike ut he isnt ...

More chores ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More chores ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I seem to have been going into Phon Thong every day for ages now so decide to have a morning off.  Probably just as well as it is very windy this morning.  I only hope that it is not this windy next week when I have to climb aboard that small ...

As happy as a pig in sh*t !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

As happy as a pig in sh*t !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... are on our way, with George and Wan, into Phon Thong then along the Roi Et for a few miles to the outskirts of the village of Ban Kut Sa where some friends Terry and Pim live.  We have only met them a couple of times and this is the first time we ...

Feet up day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Feet up day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Leg is still not comfortable when supporting my weight.  Jai's son and grand daughter come to visit today, the first time Jai has seen Norng Fin in ages.  Jai is ploughing on with her mats.  Has finished the pieces for the mat that was ...

Promised chores come to the fore, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Promised chores come to the fore

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the internet and type up my research notes as they stand.  Plenty of work still to be done but I would really like to have it all finished and handed over during my time in England shortly. Early in the afternoon I decide that it ...

Start to collect water money, well, almost !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start to collect water money, well, almost !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's brother Yut visits before breakfast bringing a bag of mangoes from his farm.  He is probably the only brother/sister that ever comes to visit Jai's mum or does anything to help her. There was a lot of thunder and lightning last night but no ...

Odds and ends, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The leg is hurting a bit this morning after carrying some sand and gravel the last couple of days so a day of rest is on the cards today.  I make an effort and scrape away the render that found its way onto the door frame in readiness for staining ...

Lazy neighbours, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy neighbours

A travel blog entry by steve_m

My 'fat bitch' next door is now officially a 'lazy fat bitch'.  She spends all of her time sleeping in front of the TV then complaining that they never have any money.  Today, however, proved the lazy tag.  When someone came to see them, ...

Some sort of routine returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Some sort of routine returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A restless night but finally get some sleep waking up at about 09:45 which is approaching lunch time for most people around here.  Eggs on toast with a strong coffee then I decide to check-out the motorbike.  It has 2 very flat tyres but starts ...

Sunday beers, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Sunday beers

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Sunday and supposed to be a holiday for me but with time ticking out I decide to pay a visit to the farm after breakfast anyway. I make sure that I am back to the house in plenty of time to shower and change and be sat at the front of the house ...

Another lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With us not being here next week there is no need to go to Phon Thong for the weekend market today. Jai wants to see George's wife, Wan, so we bike over to their house instead. A very, very, lazy day follows, even by my standards. Phone mum mid afternoon ...

Rain, rain and more rain, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain, rain and more rain

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Those of you who think that I sit around enjoying the sun all the time should have been here today.  It started raining at about 02:00 and didnt let up until after 14:00.  We were planning a trip into Phon Thong this morning to make the bike ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning to update this blog and I have some rugby to watch this week as well. Go to farm in the afternoon to start working towards this Friday's target ...

Daylight robbery, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Daylight robbery

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, night time robbery actually.  George and his missus came to see us this morning to tell us that someone had broken into their house in the village last night whilst they were sleeping.  There are five people sleeping there at the moment ...

A wet weekend, well, Thursday ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A wet weekend, well, Thursday ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up with the alarm at 02:45 to watch Chelsea 3v0 Shalke. When I wake up again after another short doze it is raining.  Good for our trees and veggies but not so good for the rice at stage in its growth. Was planning on going into Phon Thong but ...

Finally clear my drains !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Finally clear my drains !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A beautiful morning with a little bit of air for a change.  It is a bit early yet but there is a definite feel that the season might be changing and it cant come quickly enough for me. Bike into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  We are still ...

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