Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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They say that death comes in threes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

They say that death comes in threes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With the one neighbours funeral just behind us and another across the village in progress news comes that a 14 year old boy from the house almost opposite has just died from a long illness.  Jai is roped in to help with all of the cooking etc at the ...

Visitors, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visitors

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 2:30 again this morning for Arsenal v Barcelona but the channel that is broadcasting this has a very poor reception here and I am straight back to sleep before they have even kicked off. Head into Phon THong for a bit if shopping.  There is ...

Calling Mr Plumber, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Calling Mr Plumber

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up just vefore 06:00 and Jai decides to do some laundry first thing.  As I start to fill the machine I note that dirty water from the last wash hasnt drained away.  Not much chance of getting a plumber or 'washing machine technician' around ...

Earth calling Planet Embassy ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Earth calling Planet Embassy ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Our big tomatoes are beautiful now and we have started slicing one up and frying it with breakfast each day.  Along with a fried egg, small sausages and toast I now need a bigger plate. Bike into Phon Thong and drop Jai off at the hairdressers for a ...

Visitors Arrive, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visitors Arrive

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Lazy morning around the house trying to keep in touch with Phil and Sangwans progress on their drive here from Surin.  Just after 12:00 Jai gets a call from Sangwan saying that they are just passing through a town called Silatburi(sp).  As this ...

Market day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Market day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake at 02:40 and find the Spain 2v0 England game on a channel I have not watched before.  England are playing FRance on Monday night andI will search all channels again then. Its Saturday so Jai gets a trip into town to the market.  Not very ...

Phon Thong hospital, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong hospital

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai was planning on a lazy day back working on her mats but I have hijacked her to act as translator at the Docs.  We bike into town as soon as breakfast is finished and go to a Docs where I have been before and who speaks a little English.  He ...

Farewells and off to Bangkok, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farewells and off to Bangkok

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go to John & Lawan's for lunch and everyone turns up to say goodbye.  End up staying longer than we had planned and even having a couple of beers which I dont usually do when we are due to be travelling. Back home and check our packing ...

Fencing, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fencing

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Not on the move until 7:00 this morning after a good nights sleep. Shower is OK again this morning and Iam blaming our dodgy 4-phase electric supply for last nights problems. Balloons the morning after a party always really sad to meso they are the first ...

Lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

No Phon Thong this morning for a change. Water the back garden then sit down with a book for a while. It feels like lunch time and I can't believe it when I look at the clock and it is only 08:30 !! - it's going to be a long day ... Spend the day dossing ...

Thankyou British Embassy, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Thankyou British Embassy

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... response and states that as we have said we would be in England for 7 months we obvioulsy had no intentions of returning to Thailand within the 6 months permitted by the visa and therefore they had to refuse.  OK, if there is a 6 month restriction ...

Carrots, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Carrots

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Dug up all of my remaining carrots this morning and was amazed by how many there were.  Bagged them up ready for distribution around a few households. In the afternoon Jai's grand daughter arrived for a vist and to have some photos taken. This ...

Day 2 of visa saga, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Day 2 of visa saga

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong and find that the internet is open today so that is a step in the right direction at least.  Begin to print off the application forms for Jai's visa when I spot that the forms are no good anymore and that the whole process has to be ...

Quiet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Quiet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session.  Being awa last week has left me behind schedule and with lots of typing and downloading of photos necessary to catch up on this blog. Get back to the house to find Jai mat making, no surprise ...

Still a bit green about the gills, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still a bit green about the gills

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wanted to go into Phon Thong thismorning but am feeling particularly weak and washed out.  Instead I lie down in the garden in the morning sun and watch Jai do thelaundry. Sister Bepat comes to visit and they sit and colour each others hair.  ...

Go to bed with John Wayne ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Go to bed with John Wayne ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 01:40 to watch UEFA football but no games are on any channels so it is straight back to sleep. Peppers and tomatoes are all standing up this morning which is good news. Jai has a blazing row with sister Begat first thing this morning but wont ...

Prodigious fires !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Prodigious fires !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong this morning o do some banking business.  At least I don't have to use the bank to pay for my Bangkok flights now as I am sure that would have been fun ?! I buy a couple of new door bolts and a screwdriver to fit them with and do the ...

Ironing board anyone ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Ironing board anyone ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go into Phon Thong this morning in search of an ironing board of all things.  You can imagine just how much fun I had with this task ....  Anyway,eventually I was succesful which shocked me and shocked Jai upon my return to the village with ...

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

Same, same...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our water is back on this morning, just, so I hose the garden before breakfast. Jai's sister Bega tis not too happy as she has had to take over the morning temple runs from Jai's mum whose knee is still giving her problems. I bike into Phon Thong for the ...

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

Rice threshing day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 02:45 for football again and with the same result again.Drop Jai off at Pad's after breakfast then head into Phon Thong where I have been tasked with buying some sacks for the rice.  Last year the village shop was selling them at 5Bht each but ...

Time to start digging the garden, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time to start digging the garden

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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What seems like quite a small thing when at home in Gloucester takes on larger proportions here when it comes time to think about digging the back garden for vegetables.  The plot isnt that big and would probably take me an hour or so back home but ...

All's quiet on the eastern front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All's quiet on the eastern front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Was sat outside the front door this morning just after breakfast, about 07:00, when I noticed a guy stumbling along the road.  As I watched him he suddenly fell over and just lay in the road not moving.  Several motorbikes slowly made their way ...

Hula hoops, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Hula hoops

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I can remember at some time last year I wrote that there seemed to be a resurrection of Rubik cubes here and thought that was surprising.  Even more surprising, the last few weeks has seen a sudden interest in hula hoops.  Every seems to have ...

Not a good day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Not a good day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today starts badly with a phonecall from sister Pam in England to tell me that sister Sue had died. As soon as breakfast is finished I bike into Phon Thong and am able to get a ticket with British Airways for a flight out of Bangkok on Wednesday 22nd, ...

Start work at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start work at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong for the Saturday market.  Buy a few chilli bushes and some papaya trees.  Since our first year here we have had no luck at all with either of these but will try again. Late afternoon we bike out to the farm to check on the ...

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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Before we go into Phon Thong this morning we go to visit George's wife Wan to see if she wants anything in town.  We find her in pig city.  Apart from the eleven pigs that she already had her sow had just given birth to ten more, although one ...

A day of grass, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day of grass

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It hasnt rained since we got back to Khamnadie so I decide to do a bit of work in the garden clearing the grass etc and Jai takes the opportunity to dye some of the new grass before starting her weaving again; yellow and purple this time.  Come ...

Partytime, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Partytime

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Popped into Phon Thong this morning to visit a relative of one of Jai's sisters deceased husbands .... not as complicated as it at first sounds.  They are the only people we know who live in the town and we use them to park up the motorbike when we ...

Houses and meters everywhere !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Houses and meters everywhere !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... day ! Start by biking to the furthest part of the village to save Jai the walk.  Alongside the main road to the village of Ban Norng Po here there is a row of houses that I have frequently passed.  What I hadn't realised is that behind this row ...

Valentines Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Valentines Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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For some reason Valentines Day is really big around here.  When I was in Phon Thong yesterday morning people were already erecting stalls to sell flowers to the schoolkids today.  When I get to Phon Thong this morning the internet is closed but ...

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