Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Anyone want to buy a daughter ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Anyone want to buy a daughter ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong for shopping this morning and unusually Jai actually comesin with me. Jai's daughter phones from Bangkok to say that she is going to work in Singapore and can she have 50,000Bht (about 1000GBP) by tomorrow. If nothing else the girl has a ...

All's quiet on the Western Front, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All's quiet on the Western Front

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awoke tired but with work to do.  As we had been away for nearly 6 months the whole house, and certainly ther whole kitchen including all pots, pans, plates, knives, forks, etc ,etc needed a jolly good clean !!  In the afternoon Jai's daughter ...

Lizzard is free again !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lizzard is free again !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

In most areas of Thailand each house, business, etc has a spirit house on the grounds somewhere but this does not seem to be the done thing around here.  Instead they have a village spirit house that people sometimes visit to leave food, flowers, ...

Who says that gambling doesnt pay ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who says that gambling doesnt pay ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two trips to the farm again today but otherwise uneventful. Jai's mum has been playing cards almost every day since the new year started and seems to be doing surprisingly well.  This is a judgement on the people she is playing with as frankly she ...

Mosquitoes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Mosquitoes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... had malaria but there are certainly more than our fair share of mossies around, particularly in the evenings.  The mossies in Thailand are largely resistant to the old prevention tablets that used to be issued to travellers and as I dont want to be ...

Who ate all the pies ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Who ate all the pies ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

As much as I love all the Thai/Laos food that we eat, rice does become a little monotonous so it always nice to have something different for a change.  With the cake making in full swing I persuaded Jai to have a go at some small pasties.  ...

The end is nigh, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The end is nigh

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong shopping this morning so first we sit and think about what we want to take back to the UK with us when we leave.  Our time for leaving is nearly upon us but strangely it still seems a long way off.  I am certainly not looking ...

Happy New Year, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy New Year

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Happy New Year everyone. They are all off to visit another temple today but Jai has also decided not to go.  Far too busy everywhere at this time of year and there is no pleasure in shuffling around amongst huge crowds all day. Get a phone call from ...

Dyeing to make a mat !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Dyeing to make a mat !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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With the arrival of some grass dye yesterday we are straight into action after breakfast this morning.  I set up the burner to warm the water and leave Jai to it.  Looks like red, yellow and green are the colours of the moment.  I glance ...

Monk Talk ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monk Talk ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is a cold morning today but the strong winds of the last few days have gone.  When we were in Laos Jai's brother, who is a monk in Khamnadie, hadto go to a big ceremony at a temple near Nong Khai.  Jai's sister Begat and sister in law Dom, ...

Catching up, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Catching up

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong this morning for a big shop.  Late morning go to see John and apologise for the lack of any tobacco but give him a large baguette from Laos instead.  He reciprocates by giving me a paclet of blue cheese - we have to share our ...

Big Tomatoes, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Big Tomatoes

A travel blog entry by steve_m

From potatoes to tomatoes.  When we were in Chiangmai we bought two large tomatoes - I think in England we would call them beef tomatoes ?  About the size of your fist.  We ate one and gave the other to George and his wife.  Both of ...

A Planet Stupid moment, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A Planet Stupid moment

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Ride into Phon Thong this morning for a long session on the internet bringing this blog up to date a bit more.  Afterwards I go into town for some shopping.  Was pulling some money out of my pocket to pay for the milk in the 7/11 when out ...

Happy Birthday to John, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday to John

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai is off to a couple of temples this morning to finish the monk making and merit making ceremonies whilst I make my usual Monday morning trip into Phon Thong.  There are a few problems with the internet connection this morning and in the end I ...

The card school expands, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

The card school expands

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I have been left a pile of sand of gravel that was not needed just outside the front gate and I start to move it to the back of the house in slow time.  Small bucket by small bucket so that I am not carrying anything heavy.  This is going to ...

Tiles or holiday ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tiles or holiday ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Into Phon Thong with Jai this morning for some shopping.  Whilst in town I price floor tiles for the new shed.  Am deciding wether or not to tile the floor with the money I was thinking of using for a short break to Khon Kaen at the beginning ...

Odds and ends, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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In a bit of mother and daughter bonding Jai and Jiap spend a couple of hours this morning baking currant buns and cakes. I cut down a couple of pappaya trees that have stopped fruiting for this year and are now too big and are well past their best.  ...

Happy Christmas, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Christmas

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 05:00 which can never be a good way to start Christmas day or any other day come to that.  I turn on the fairy lights, aahh, Jai starts the rice steaming whilst I brew a cuppa then she goes out for a run with the lady next door.  Yes, I ...

Bananas, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bananas

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After a very windy night I discover that our banana tree with the nearly ripe bananas has been blown down and is now lying amongst my cabbage.  I cut up the tree and rescue the fruit which willnow have to ripen indoors. Jai gets a phone call to go ...

Pizza, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Pizza

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... so it is just as well I have so many and will be leaving shortly anyway. We get a couple of bags of pig manure from Di next door and Jai heaps it up around her mat grass to encourage bumper growth before we get back. We have been picking our large toms ...

Yet more of the same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Yet more of the same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I complete the digging of the main parts of the back garden this morning leaving just a few pieces in corners and around the sides. Bike out to the farm for a look around and all appears well. A light rain returns this ...

Motorbike maintenance, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Motorbike maintenance

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Finally going into Phon Thog this morning to make the bike legal - well, nearly legal.  After tax and insurance we stop at the Honda dealers in town where we bought the bike for them to give it the once over.  I had told Jai to find out three ...

Another sick day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another sick day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Feel sh*tty again this morning.  Cant seem to clear my nose and chest.  Where does it all come from ? Dont move much from back garden all day apart from eating and watering the ...

Its swimming day it must be Thursday, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Its swimming day it must be Thursday

A travel blog entry by steve_m

One of the ladies who lives(d) up the road has just died and Jai goes off to spend the morning helping out.  I head out to the farm and spend a few hours wandering around. In the afternoon go into Phon Thong for a brief internet session efore biking ...

Out to the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Out to the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A bit chilly this morning on the bike into town.  Come home to find Jai's son sleeping on the floor where he stays for pretty much all of the day.  In the afternoon I bike out to the farm with a mat, pillow and book and spend a quiet solitary ...

'Make a monk day' again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

'Make a monk day' again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Its the silly season for boys aged about 15 who have just started the school holidays to become a monk for a few days.  The general idea is well intentioned but it is always accompanied by a 3 day party with continuous loud music and endlessbeer and ...

How much does it cost to get a new mayor ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

How much does it cost to get a new mayor ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... . I get back to the house to find a small party in progress at Ang and Deu's next door.  It turns out that someone has come to negotiate a marriage with their eldest daughter Di.  The price is being discussed now over copious beer and whisky !! ...

New shoes ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New shoes ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Still no visa has come for Jai and with it being the weekend there seems little chance of it arriving in the next couple of days.  It usually comes back in about 5 days so this is far and away the longest we have had to wait.  I just hope that ...

Bus trip to That Phanom, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bus trip to That Phanom

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is an outing from the village today to visit the annual temple fair at That Phanom, about 3 hours away from here.  I tried to get Jai to go with a friend but she didnt want to go unless I went as well.  We have been before and the thought ...

Busy in the kitchen, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Busy in the kitchen

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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We attempt to make some burger rolls this morning using a recipe I acquired from the internet and also to bake a currant cake.  Both were varying degrees of failure !  The rolls are edible but small, misshapen and harda nd the first time that ...

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