Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Dodgy beer ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dodgy beer ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 01:40 and the football is on Thi TV so settle down to watch.  2v0 England at half time but it is all too easy and dull so turn off and go back to sleep. Out to the farm after breakfast and strim for about an hour before the trimmer dies ...

Still chilly willys, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still chilly willys

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I am reluctant to bike into Phon Thong this morning but eventually with socks, long trousers, and four shirts I set off and it wasnt too bad.  Check out the prices at the rice depot and find that surprisingly the sticky rice price has overtaken the ...

Shopping at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Thankfully it is not raining this morning and there is even a rare sighting of the sun. Straight after we finish breakfast we bike out to the farm to do some of Jai's favourite shopping ... free shopping.  We return with enough young bamboo, ...

Strimmer working, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Strimmer working

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Woke up at 01:45 to check for England football but no joy.  Find three other games being shown on different channels but not England which is unusual for Thai TV.  Right back to sleep. Breakfast news suggests that England beat Estonia 2v0 ... I ...

Heading back to Khamnadie, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Heading back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 6am it is Jai's turn to go down to reception for hot water for an early morning coffee.  Had briefly thought about stopping here for a second night but have decided to get back to Khamnadie as planned.  Walk along the road a bit to a ...

Farm thoughts ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Farm thoughts ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm right after breakfast and I explain my ideas to Jai.  I just want a scrap of land 25m square that isnt used for anything at the moment to give me a 'job' once the graden is completed.  I intend to plant palm oil trees if we can ...

New Years Eve, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New Years Eve

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jiap and Gay have both bought me a new year present as well and I unwrap a couple of pairs of trousers and some T-shirts.  Looks like I will need to put on some weight but I can work on that. They have all decided on an outing to a temple about 50km ...

Prezzies a day early, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Prezzies a day early

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Thee is just about enough water this morning to hosepipe the back garden. I go into Phon Thong this morning instead of going tomorrow which is, of course, Christmas day, not that this will have any effect on things in town.  After a visit to the ...

Books forever ... and mats, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Books forever ... and mats

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With about 40 paperbacks being responsible for my close call with an excess baggage charge when leaving Heathrow they are worth all of the effort and on a day to day basis are keeping me sane - well, nearly.  Although I am probably not reading as ...

Work postponed again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work postponed again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is neverending for the monks here at the moment.  With Bepat's ceremonies completed they have to start all over again as the brother of Deu next door has just died.  Same as Bepat, about 60 years old and cancer.  Apparently this also ...

Lots of shopping and a bit of gardening ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lots of shopping and a bit of gardening ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The large temperature swings we have been getting through the days lately has made a lot of people here ill and the local 'real' Doc must be loving it.  If only people would spend some money on a coat ?!! I water the garden first thing after ...

Another funeral, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another funeral

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Apparently tomorrow isnt an auspicious day for a funeral and it is unlucky for things to carry forward into a new year so although the old fella only died last night he is to be crem,ated this afternoon.  Jai goes to the house for most of the day to ...

More palm oil trees - but not mine, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More palm oil trees - but not mine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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After breakfast Jai starts baking some bread and cake.  Just after she starts they come around killing the mosquitoes again and we quickly rush to close off the kitchen doors as petrol smoke engulfs the house. I do a bit of clearing up across the ...

Cassava farm again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Cassava farm again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

To the farm after breakfast but we only manage half of our usual work.  Neither of us really feels in the mood and we are both getting bored with this.  A few spots of rain is all it takes for us to call it a day and return to the house. We are ...

Food chain !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Food chain !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's sister Bepat is now in Bangkok staying with one of her sons but is concerned about the paperwork for the farm after their mother divided the land between the three daughters last year.  Bepat has been nagging Jai's eldest sister Begat who in ...

Out for a ride, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out for a ride

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is still cold this morning although with less cloud it promises to brighten up later. I bike into Phon Thong for the internet and enjoy an exciting second half of last weekends rugby and actually see another win in a good all round performance. ...

New internet, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New internet

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning and try out a new internet place that has just moved from the town centre to the outskirts.  That is where I am sat now.  Bright and clean with loads of computers and no kids playing very noisy video games - I like ...

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

Back to Khamnadie

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I wake up again at Maha Sarakham with only an hour or so to o and we reach Phon Thong about 04:00. Take a tuk-tuk into town for some bread and milk then head out along the dark and cold roads to Khamnadie.  As soon as we arrive at the house I have ...

UN Conference goes informal, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

UN Conference goes informal

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I potter in the garden for a while after breakfast whilst Jai cleans through the house. Mid morning I go and buy some beers then bike over to Pak Chong.  I drop Jai off at a freinds house (wife of English John, late of this parish), and continue to ...

Out to say goodbye, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out to say goodbye

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Our last full day in Khamnadie and it still doesnt feel as though we are leaving tomorrow.  I dig up all of the carrots, pick the last tomatoes and group the orchids together under our longan tree after I have cut the top out of the tree.  Late ...

Into Phon Thong ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Heavy rain all night that stops about 07:00 but has started again before 08:00. It looks as though it is going to clear so we bike into Phon Thong for a number of jobs.  First stop is to get bike tax wtc and make us legalish again.  Then visit ...

More ricefields and crabs, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

More ricefields and crabs

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Take our faulty shower unit off the wall right after breakfast to take into Phon Thong with us.  When we get there the shop takes the unit along with the guarantee and we will have to wait and see what happens now.  No food shopping today but ...

Asparagus and bamboo, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Asparagus and bamboo

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast I climb the garden wall to go and get some bamboo canes from  neighbour Yai Dee's where they have cut down a large clump.  Turns out that they aren't very good with lots of them rotten already (I'm fussy about my bamboo these ...

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