Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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I am haunted by bamboo, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

I am haunted by bamboo

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is finals day of the school sports today and the loud music is being broadcast through the village PA system by not much after 06:00 !! They are asking for more teachers to come and work at the village school because the kids are behind with their ...

Internet and farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet and farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Take Jai to see Wan then I bike into Phon Thong for my weekly internet session.  Watch very brief, 5 mins, highlights of MUnster 26v10 Gloucs, update blog then back to Khamnadie with no shopping needed today. I find Fin in residence for the day when ...

Lottery - good news, bad news ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lottery - good news, bad news ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

They have a national lottery here twice a month; on the 1st and about the 15th.  Their is also a local variant on the lottery based upon the first three numbers drawn.  You can buy tickets guessing at the first two or first three numbers.  ...

Its Monday it must be internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its Monday it must be internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its Monday morning so its time to make the ride into Phon Thong for an internet session.  Spend quite a while updating this blog and then settle back to watch the weekends rugby.  Return to the village for a lazy day.  When it is time to ...

Phon Thong a day late, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong a day late

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First job this morning is a trip to the village shop to order 10 sacks of cement; they do love their concrete ! A day later than usual I bike into Phon Thong for the internet.  L Irish 9v21 Gloucs is good news but not much of a game. Get back to ...

What a mess !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What a mess !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 2:30 this morning top watch Man Utd vAC Milan.  Out to the farm mid morning to find that there are piles of soil everywhere and a big hole in the middle of the old pond.  Apparently they have finished here and have no intention of ...

Happy Birthday HM King, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday HM King

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday King. Jai's brother Pad is starting work driving trucks again today and this means that he will sometimes be away overnight and his wife Lam doesnt want to stay out at the farm on her own so they are moving back to their house in the ...

Time to go swimming so it must be Thursday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to go swimming so it must be Thursday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The carrots that I planted in an old washing up bowl are through already.  With good soil in the bowl I am hoping that they will get a good length on them unlike the ones in the garden which are usually short and fat. Burn off a load of scrap wood ...

Internet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Internet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... evenings and am following a series about the world's best museums - which all happen to be in America funnily enough.  Wonders such as Raggedy Ann and Jack !! I watch a little of Thailand 6v0 Indonesia in Asian Games then settle down for the night. ...

Wedding commencements, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wedding commencements

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Neighbour Ang visits whilst we are eating breakfast to formnally invite us to her daughters wedding on 9th/10th.  Jai is watching everything she does for ideas. We bike into Phon Thong on a lovely morning that feels like an English Spring.  Go ...

Progress with Embassy ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Progress with Embassy ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong again and find another holding reply from VFS Bangkok saying we will get in touch ...  I decide to try and phone the Embassy even though I have heared this is a waste of time.  Get through at the first attempt !  Speak with ...

Phon Thong market day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong market day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong right after breakfast for the Saturday market.  We are well loaded up for the ride back to Khamnadie about 9:00 and just about manage to get everything in the fridge for the week. Jai is doing some laundry this morning so that is my ...

And on the 7th day he rested ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

And on the 7th day he rested ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up to heavy rain this morning so no work for sure.  I have already persuaded Jai over the years that it is against my religion to work on Sundays. Jai opened her first pat of butter that had travelled with us this morning.  Up to now we ...

Happy Birthday to Jai ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday to Jai ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are sat on the bed at 05:45 drinking our early morning cuppa with Jai excitedly opening her birthday cards.  She still isnt used to the idea of people sending cards as birthday greetings.  Most people here, even her mother and family, ...

The Italians of Asia ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The Italians of Asia ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... and in June 1918 despatched 1300 of her own troops to Europe. A similar scenario played out during WW2.  Initially Thailand supported the Japanese but by 194 when it appeared that they would be defeated, the Thai prime minister who had concluded the ...

The palm trees go in, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The palm trees go in

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... channels in the vain hope of finding something that I can watch and stumble upon some inddor football.  It appears that Thailand is hosting the 'futsal' 5-a-side football world cup at the moment although judging by this game they are hosting in near ...

A monk for the day - well, a week ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A monk for the day - well, a week ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Straight after breakfast we ake our donation to the house where they are having the party.  It is Jai's nephew from next door, wife's, grandmother's house and they are commemorating 10 years after the death of her husband - I think ?!  It is ...

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 ...

The wall progresses, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The wall progresses

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As soon as the blockies arrive this morning they add to their shopping list so it is off to the village shop again for a 3.5m length of board to cap the two front sections of wall that are a bit longer than the others.  I spend the morning sat ...

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 ...

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