Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Internet session, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet session

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Actually managed a reasonable night's sleep at last and feel the better for it this morning. A neighbour died yesterday morning so Jai is off today to pay her respects and she if she can help with anything.  I am taking the opportunity to go back ...

Parties and 'stuff' everywhere, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Parties and 'stuff' everywhere

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning for weekend market.  We always used to avoid Phon Thong on Saturdays but for some reason it now seems to have become a fixture on our schedules.  Since noticing that my weight had climbed largely through my being ...

Back to work !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to work !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Another very restless night.  I feel tired all day but wake up about 22:00 with about 2 hours sleep under my belt then struggle to drop off again until it is nearly time for breakfast when I feel sleepy. I do a quick video walk around the back ...

More farm work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More farm work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I sort out the language complications and go to the village shop to buy some coriander seed - successful mission this time. Jai had a bad night with a bit of toothache and is still not feeling too bright this morning. We go to visit sister in law Lam to ...

Merry Christmas everyone, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Merry Christmas everyone

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Merry Christmas everyone !!! It looks like Santa managed to visit us last night even though we havent got a chimney as there are a collection of presents beneath the tree this morning. Jai wants to give the passing monks some food this morning so ...

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, ...

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

Quick trip to farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am tired this morning after having last night's sleep disturbed by the football. We pop out to the farm to pick up a tool that I need to dig in the new fence posts etc.  We can never have a 'quick' visit to the farm if Jai comes as she always has ...

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 ...

Return of the fence, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Return of the fence

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today marks the end of Buddhist Lent, Kao Phansa, and so starts with a good luck piece of string around my wrist. Into Phon Thong for internet updates. Get back to house to find that Jai has started to clear up the mess left by our workmen. For the them ...

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 ...

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