Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Nearly time for rice harvest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nearly time for rice harvest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's brother Pad called in last night to say that he thought THursday would be a good day to start cutting the rice.  After breakfast we bike out to the farm and sure enough after the strong sun of the last few days a lot of it looks about ready to ...

Hospital visiting ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hospital visiting ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Watch Man Utd 3v0 St Etienne at 03:00. After breakfast I bike into Phon Thong for the internet. When I get back to the house Jai has had news that her youngest brother's wife is very sick and has been in hospital in the town of Loie for about 10 ...

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

Wot no rugby ?!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Decide to try out my new sandals this morning and get a word of advice from Jai first.  Before I wear them for the first time I have to bite them ?  Apparently if I hurt them then they wont hurt me when I wear them ... I'll try anything ...

The home front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The home front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Another busy day in the garden but we have just about reached the point where we can just sit back and watch things grow.  I construct a rough frame house around the squash which seem to be thriving and Jai plants out the bigger of the cabbage ...

The planting of the rice begins ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The planting of the rice begins ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With all of the rice in the nursey beds now looking strong it was time to begin planting out into the fields today.  I thought about joining in to help but decided to defer to those that were bred for the task in hand ...

Laos bound, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Laos bound

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Took Mike & Gennie into Phon Thong this morning in a friends pick-up for them to catch the bus to Khon Kaen then on to Nong Kai a few hours to the north of here before crossing the Mekhong and heading into Vientianne, Laos.  Sort of wish I was ...

Farm takes priority over Saturday market, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm takes priority over Saturday market

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Thought we were going to get some rain in the night but the short shower we had, although OK for the garden, was not much use to the rice. Pad comes whilst I am drinking my breakfast coffee to say that he now has the pump and will be heading out to the ...

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

UN Conference reforms

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm right after breakfast and discover that brother Pad slept here and kept the pump running all night.  I clear grass for another hour or so then back to the house with another sack of soil and a large bamboo over my shoulder. Just ...

Last bit of work at farm ... I hope, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Last bit of work at farm ... I hope

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We bike to the farm after breakfast and fill a couple of sacks with last seasons rice grass for Jai to bed down her mat grass in the back garden. We go to check if the chap who was coming to fit some lock plates for me today is actually going to come and ...

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

Back to Thailand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... morning.We are soon at the border, stamped out of Laos, back on the bus and across the bridge then stamped back into Thailand.  A slight worry as I pass through immigration.  I watch the lady stamp my passport and it appears that she has given ...

Hotmail Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hotmail Grrrrrrrrrrrrrr !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A little rian in the night but it is actually quite bright this morning for my ride into Phon Thong. Update blog and watch Gloucs 25v23 Northampton on internet.  Bit of a lucky win really but havent had much luck so far this season so ... Have been ...

All go at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All go at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Fin has her breakfast with us then we get her working in the garden.  Cant miss an opportunity to exploit my supply of child labour.  At 07:00 Jai's son phones to make sure Fin is OK, shortly followed by her other gran and by 07:15 she is on ...

Journey's end !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Journey's end !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... what other little gem the Embassy have given us.  Although we stated quite clearly in four places that we were leaving Thailand on 25th March - even included our airline tickets - they have commenced her visa from the date it was issued 27th Jan ! ...

We both have a busy day for a change, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

We both have a busy day for a change

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We actually have mains water this morning so I give the garden a good soaking before we go into Phon Thong. Load up the bike today as we avent done a good shop for quite a while now.  We get some BBQ chicken from a roadside street stall on the way ...

Should have kept my mouth shut !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Should have kept my mouth shut !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I awake with the alarm and watch the first half of Grimsby v Shrewsbury on Thai TV.  Quite entertaining 0v0 first half but sleep is more attractive than another 45mins of it. Having just mentioned that it was just as well Jai remained healthy all ...

Good luck ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Good luck ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is at home today with the rice out of the way so is back mat making.  I do a few chores around the garden then burn it all off. It looks like the rians have finished for another year so I set up my big bench in the back garden so that I can ...

More water (less water !) problems, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More water (less water !) problems

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two long sessions at the farm today. Last night the mains water came back on at a trickle for about an hour.  Managed to fill up the washing machine and to save a little.  Because there are so many people now relying on the handpumps that ...

Still cold, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still cold

A travel blog entry by steve_m

OK, it is only cold compared towhat we are used to and not really cold at all and I promise that after today I wont mention itagain.  A three shirt, long trouser and socks morning all the same for the ride into Phon Thong and I have to sit in the ...

God bless the village temple, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

God bless the village temple

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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The awfulmusic from the village templethat has been plaguing me for a coupleof days once again continued throughout the night.  I gotup at 02:45 to watch Chelsea v Copenhagen but gave up at half time due to abject boredom !! Another cold morning so ...

Vientiane Hotels ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Vientiane Hotels ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for the internet this morning and spend some time looking at Vientiane hotels.  For some reason since we were last there in 2009 prices seem to have increased quite a bit.  Almost double the rate you would pay for similar ...

Doctors and Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Doctors and Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... last night in an accident just outside the village.   Another tale that could only have happened on Planet Stupid, Thailand. A 54 year old father of three and grandfather was coming home from Phon Thong on his motorbike after dark.  A 15 ...

Rice threshing again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice threshing again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

First thing this morning Jai tells her mum not to pick one of the flowers in the front garden as the tree is not strong and it will kill it.  She always takes a few flowers with her to the temple each morning.  After Jai's little word she goes ...

Wot no pump ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot no pump ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are getting ready to go to the farm when Pad arrives to say that he wont be able to get hold of the water pump till lunchtime.  Jai and myslef go out to the farm anyway as there is always something to be done there.  I carry on clearing ...

Entertaining ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Entertaining ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast this mornig we go to visit Jai's friend Wan to see if she is OK and to invite her to lunch. The front 'lawn' needs cutting but it is hardly worth putting any fuel in the strimmer for such a small piece so I end up cutting it with a rice ...

Getting away with murder ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Getting away with murder ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the internet again this morning. Watch rugby first and thought Gloucs were robbed by awful refereeing decisions.  I know I am biased but watching several times I couldn't see things differently. NOK Air still have a promotion on ...

Digging ( half) finished, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Digging ( half) finished

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy birthday dad. I am up before 6:30 this morning to start digging as I want to get it finished before I eat breakfast as then I want to go to Phon Thong.  Although it isnt a huge area it is quite satisfying turning over the least piece of soil. ...

Same, same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A slight change of plan this morning.  Instead of going into Phon Thong I decide to go to the farm instead whilst it is still cool enough to do some work and put back my visit to Phon Thong till this afternoon. Sure enough the afternoon is baking ...

Start Jai's visa application ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start Jai's visa application ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up with alarm at 12:25 and watch what should have been a 0v0 draw between Man Utd and Sheffield Utd but Manchester get a penalty in the 93rd minute to steal the tie. During the match we actually get a 10mins shower of rain that had been threatening ...

Guests for dinner ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Guests for dinner ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Watch Munich 5v1 Arsenal at 02:45; Arsenal were about as competitive as Gloucester had been on Saturday !!  There is English footer on free to view Thai TV all the time at the moment as well as German, Spanish, Italian, and a selection of other ...

Plans change, and change, and change ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Plans change, and change, and change ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It now looks as though Jai might be leaving this evening and not tomorrow.  They have decided that as it is a long drive, about 380km, they will travel at night.  Jai's brother Sai whose truck they are going in, has dodgy eyes and cant drive at ...

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