Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Back into the usual routine, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back into the usual routine

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is a bit fresher this morning as I bike into Phon Thong for a long internet session. A bit of shopping then back to the village. Out to the farm this evening to give everything a ...

RAIN !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

RAIN !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 03:00 to the sound of rain on the roof.  Rush outside and connect up some roof guttering to one of our rain butts.  It was nearly empty and Jai wanted to clean it before it refilled with this years rain but this is too good a chance ...

A ride without local knowledge, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A ride without local knowledge

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Out to the farm directly after breakfast where I eventually hit Friday's taget, make a start on nect weeks and have a large fire. Sunday is supposed to be a day off and a visit to John's for a lunchtime beer or two so when I get back to the house it is a ...

Lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Awake with the alarm just after midnight and watch England 1 v 0 Spain.  An almost sleepness night was not a good way to follow too many beers but I am surprised to wake with only a slight trace of a headache.  Jai is not so fortunate !  ...

Serendipity, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Serendipity

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Strangely I had just read that serendipity was the old name for Ceylon, Sri Lanka - not a lot of people know that. The first time I had decided to come into the internet at Phon Thong and I find a number of e-mails from friend Mike the latest telling me ...

Still loose ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Still loose ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Tummy still not settled down so have to visit the local shop for the local remedy this morning.  There must be something about these tablets that targets the right place as they always seem to work pretty quickly. Some of Jai's friends visit and ...

What a fun day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

What a fun day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Still not feeling 100% I bike into Phon Thong this morning meaning to guy our flight tickets back to the UK for next spring.  Spend ages on the internet filling out all of the flights and passenger details, even allocating seats on all four flights, ...

A light at the end of the tunnel, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A light at the end of the tunnel

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Feel decidedly better this morning but still ache everywhere as though someone gave me a good kicking last night - perhaps they did !  Things doget better as the day passes and as I eat something.  In the afternoon we go to visit Jai's brother ...

Baking Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Baking Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Saturday sees a big street market in the nearest town of Phon Thong.  It makes the town really busy and we tend to avoid going in today.  Jai has decided that there is a few things that she wants that we can only get on market day so we are ...

Happy Birthday King, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Happy Birthday King

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Today is the King's birthday so banks etc are closed today but life in the village goes on as usual, except that the schools are closed. I go for a haircut and must now weigh a couple of kilos less ! After lunch I take Jai and neighbour Ang to Wan's ...

All is safely gathered in ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

All is safely gathered in ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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They are supposed to be coming to the farm early afternoon to thresh our rice but Jai is still off to the farm first thing after breakfast to start preparing food for them all to eat.  Another duck bites the dust.  Instead of worrying about ...

Recycling at last, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Recycling at last

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up early and pottering in the garden before 07:00. For the first time since we got back here at the beginning of September I manage to stop the nrecycling lady when she is passing he house.  We have quite a pile of stuff for her.  I still cant ...

Return of Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Return of Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I find out this morning that the young girl who is to be married next March 'sold' for 80,000Baht-about 1600GBP. We have another quiet day around the house until we head out to the farm in the late afternoon. Go to bed early and sit watching the 5-a-side ...

Catching up with things around the house, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Catching up with things around the house

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We have negelcted things around the house this last week so decide to spend this morning getting back up to date.  I start up a bonfire to buirn the house rubbish then cut the hedge across the front garden and clear the path edges a bit.  This ...

Fried breakfast, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fried breakfast

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We nearly always have a fried egg on toast for breakfast.  Recently I found some sausages at the local market and not wonderful and made from chicken they are OK.  We are also cropping handfuls of tomatoes from the garden each day so ourr ...

Lost !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lost !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Have just dropped Jai off in a neighbouring village where a nephew and family live to discuss getting hold of some rubber trees as we want to plant one of her big fields with rubber when we are in England this summer.  Thought that I knew the way ...

Guilty of a 'Planet Stupid' again !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Guilty of a 'Planet Stupid' again !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Last night I wanted to quickly chill a bottle of warm beer so placed it in the freezer compartment.  You've guessed - I forgot about it.  Came to move it this morning to find that the bottle had neatly snapped in two but fortunately there wasnt ...

Shopping trip, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shopping trip

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up at 02:00 this morning to watch Man Utd v Berne then asleep again till 07:00.  Wake to a dry morning but by the time breakfast has finished it has started raining.  They are saying that this is the wettest year here for over 30 years.  ...

Travel blog returns, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Travel blog returns

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Up at 02:00 again today for Valencia v Chelsea then back to sleep.  Jai has to take her mum back to the hospital this morning so we head off to request the ambulance for transport.  I follow them in then go to the internet to start up this ...

Get a good soaking, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Get a good soaking

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... decides to wash towells and bedding whilst I go into Phon Thong.  I had gone about 2 miles and reached the next village of Ban Suan Ya when it felt as though someone had emptied a bucket of water over my head as the rain suddenly arrived with ...

Christmas Spirit ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Christmas Spirit ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... and I am not referring to the whiskey in the cake. We are invited to a party at a friends house tomorrow night and feel that it is time to get in the mood for Xmas in spite of it not feeling very Christmassy at all.  I go into Phon Thong and buy ...

Back to the temple again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the temple again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... and there is thick smoke blowing across the road.  I thought that burning stubble was illegal in most countries now but obviously not Thailand.  Get back to the village to find that they have not had any rain at all.  Jai has the laundry ...

Just another day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Just another day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Lovely fresh air greets me this morning when I open the big front doors.  Had a shower in the night and it seems to have cleared things up nicely. Bike into Phon Thong for the Saturday market and there is a real nip in the air on the bike. With the ...

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