Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Swimming again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 03:00 for Euro football again.  After breakfast Jai plants out some marigolds along the border by the front door.  It will be a miracle if they grow to flower without someone walking on them, picking them to see what they are or even ...

The Prodigal Son, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The Prodigal Son

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is a happy bunny because her son has come home for a visit.  He has been down south working for just over 2 months and already has a month's holiday.  Not a bad job eh ? With the rice finished Jai has decided to start on the mat making ...

Jai trys out some gymnastics !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Jai trys out some gymnastics !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 3am this morning for Napoli 3 v 1 Chelsea.  After breakfast I stain the front bench before the sun works it way around to the front of the house.  Apart from the edges that the two benches were stood on whilst I was working the job is ...

A taste of home, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A taste of home

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No, not a cake but some golf.  Get up in the middle of the night (02:00 -04:00) to watch the final round of The Open from St ...

Boy is gone, now Jiap leaves, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Boy is gone, now Jiap leaves

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jiap is off to Bangkok before 7:30 but she will still have a long slow drive and will be on her own this time. As soon as the sun comes up I go and check on John who is actually moving around a bit but not good. Spend the remainder of the day around the ...

In transit ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

In transit ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The bus does not make a proper stop again and everyone nips to the toilet whilst they are filling up at a garage.  We arrive in Khon Kaen at 07:00 and rush to catch the Phon Thong bus.  For the first time in history the 7:00 bus must have left ...

The day finally arrives, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The day finally arrives

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I am awakened just before 5:00 or at least as awake as I can possibly be in the circumstances.  People are arriving already.  It hardly seems worth having gone to bed and indeed most people havent bothered.  More people are arriving all ...

Rocket Man, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rocket Man

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Today was the Bung Bang Fai or Rocket Festival in a neighbouring village so it was decided to go and check it out.  It was only about 5km away but communication with the local gooks is never easy and in the end I trekked back and forwards on the ...

Rice takes over ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice takes over ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Bike out to the farm right after an early breakfast. Brother Pad is selling some of the fish from the farm pond and a couple of them are in the water with big nets chasing the fish around.  I know who I am putting my money on !  A deceased ...

Rice again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rice again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I watch Ukraine 2v0 France at 03:00 and it is only when the game has finished that I discover that one of the other channels has been showing England v Chile.  I watch the last 10mins of a 2v0 defeat and perhaps it is just as well I missed most of ...

Beer at Pak Chong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Beer at Pak Chong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Since the rice has been ready our days have taken on a whole new routine.  Out to the farm as soon as breakfast is finished, I stay for about an hour then leave them all working.  Return to the farm late afternoon, work for an hour then back to ...

Farm visit, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm visit

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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More rain all night and still this morning. We bike out to the farm for an hour as soon as the rain stops. With things drying up a little I work all afternoon in the garden. In the evening I walk up the road a bit and phone sister Carol.  Cant get ...

More ricefields ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More ricefields ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Very cloudy this morning and even a couple of large spots of rain. Jai goes with neighbour Ang to the final ceremony of the Bun Gratin party. When she returns we bike out to the farm.  The local mayor or whatever is searching for strong stony soil ...

Its a dog's life - or death ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its a dog's life - or death ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake at 12:30 to watch Liverpool 4v0 Fulham on Thai TV. A particularly cold and windy morning when we get up at 6:30. I wrote some time ago (8 Nov) that next door had a another puppy but that his life expectancy wasnt good in that house.  He died ...

Off to sell the rice again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to sell the rice again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Pick-up into Phon Thong again this morning and nearly all of the rice is gone now.  Quick stop at the post office and the money is en-route to Bangkok; most likely on a one-way ...

Rain, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rain

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Rain, rain and more rain.  It is more like England here at the moment than Thaialnd.  Normally we get heavy storms that finish as quickly as they start.  At the moment we are getting dark, miserable, days where it drizzles most of the ...

Night Of The Iguana, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Night Of The Iguana

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We are both a little later waking up this morning and I am a little bit fragile although nothing like as bad as I was expecting. Our pile of charcoal is still smouldering away and will be left alone for a while. Neighbour Deu has been wondering for the ...

Dry for a change, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dry for a change

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is dry overnight for a change and we bike into Phon Thong for some shopping at the weekend market.  We always used to avoid town on a Saturday because it was so busy but towards the end of last year it started to become a habit which has ...

Making a monk ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Making a monk ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Go to John and Lawans this morning and cut a huge pile of coconut tree leaves for Jai's mother to make into brushes.  It was great fun carrying them home strapped to the bike. A young lad in the village is becomming a monk today and there is a bit ...

Manage to get into the garden, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Manage to get into the garden

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A great nights sleep broken by Jai bringing me a cup of tea in bed just after 06:00.  Bom Bem, the devil child, and Norng Fin, grand daughter, join us for breakfast and obviously I enjoyed that ?! A bit of reading this afternoon then into the garden ...

More strange happenings, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More strange happenings

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 12:30 to watch Wigan 0v4 Liverpool. Waking up again at 5:30 there are another few drops of something falling on the roof.  Going outside as the kettle boils though the stones are still dry.  The clouds remain throughout the morning ...

Cassava or not cassava ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cassava or not cassava ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai turns up with half a dozen cassava roots this morning that she wants to plant in the garden.  To the best of my knowledge cassava is poisonous unless treated correctly when preparing to eat it.  Jai tells me that this is a different variety ...

Around Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Around Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A quiet day today - apart from the incessant music - so I take the opportunity to potter around the village and take some ...

Please, please, please, no more monks !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Please, please, please, no more monks !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Yet another party has kicked off this morning. We retreat into Phon Thong where I find that Gloucester beat Newcastle 34v7 to win the Mickey Mouse LV Cup at the weekend.  This cheers me up for anano-second but the music really has to stop ...

Wedding is on the horizon, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wedding is on the horizon

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning and order 200 wedding invitations from a print shop.  Little bit of shopping then back to Khamnadie. Its been pretty warm since I got back and you can feel the temperatures slowly building. It appears that there is no ...

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

Wot no rice ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Feel a bit better this morning although still a long way from feeling well. Bike into Phon Thong to collect the wedding invitations which are printed and boxed up waiting for us.  Stop at the internet and check my e-mail and the weekend rugby ...

Swimming - well, almost ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Swimming - well, almost ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Take Jai to John and Lawans this morning to help prepare food for later.  They are catching fish from the pond next to the house as we arrive.  I have a snack at home before I head back with George later as I am not a great fan of the ...

Flooded, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Flooded

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The heavy rain overnight has got into our rice shed.  Luckily the little bit of rice that is still there is off the ground and is fine.  I wade in and scoop out all of the water and find that it is coming in from underneath.  The ...

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

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Lovely morning for a ride into Phon Thong. I spend a bit of time at the internet, do a bit of shopping then head back to Khamnadie. Jai has spent the morning baking in my absence and we now have a couple of dozen small buns and an upside down pear ...

UN Conference on World Peace, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

UN Conference on World Peace

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Whilst we are eating breakfast this morning sister Bepat arrives with a few bags of toffee from the temple for us to pass around.  I have seen them making it so wont actually eat any myself !! Making an early start I finally complete the digging of ...

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