Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

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