Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

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 ...

Make the bike legal(ish), Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Make the bike legal(ish)

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Apart from a couple of hours early on I cant get to sleep at nights.  I believe that England are playing Switzerland tonight so at 02:00 I turn on the TV on the off chance it is being covered but find Spain v Macedonia instead.  Make a coffee ...

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.  ...

Phon Thong, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Having  missed my usual Thursday visit to Phon Thong for the internet I make up for it this morning.  No shopping at all today with us being away next week. John visits after lunch to say that they had a successful visit to Khon Kaen although ...

Buy some more palm trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Buy some more palm trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up to rain and pop outside to make sure it is going into our water butts. Pad comes to say that he is going out to the farm but we plan to go and collect some more palm trees to fill in the spaces where the old shelter and trackway used to be. ...

Plant the new trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Plant the new trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I woke up thinking that Jai had got cold in the night and turned the fan off but discover that the electric has failed.  It doesnt take much to plunge the village into darkness.  The lack of lights I can live with but I do miss the fan.  ...

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 ...

To Phon Thong again ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

To Phon Thong again ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bright and sunny again this morning although still very wet in places. Bike into Phon Thong for Saturday market making a quick visit to the ATM en-route.  We still have a few problems with the drain in the wet room so we buy some crystals to try and ...

Digging begins, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Digging begins

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is a 3 day party starting today at a house that adjoins our back garden and after breakfast Jai is off to help with the preparations.  The party is to mark the anniversary of the lady's husband's death.  There will no doubt be excessively ...

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 ...

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