Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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Groundhog Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Groundhog Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Took Jai to the farm after breakfast, picked her up just after 16:00 and in between read.  Groundhog Day ...

A little work ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little work ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A good nights sleep and we wake up about 06:30 with Jai bringing me a cup of tea in bed.  Back to our normal breakfast routine of eggs on toast then let the day commence. Heavy rain throughout the night and everything is pretty wet this ...

Back into routine ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back into routine ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

A great night's sleep.  Jai brings me a cuppa in bed whilst she is preparing food to give to the monks for something or other and I am a good hour later than usual getting up for breakfast.  I later learn that there is a ceremony this ...

A (prodigious) firestarter, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A (prodigious) firestarter

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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To the farm after breakfast and start to burn the huge clump of bamboo that we want to lose.  I have progressed from a small back garden bonfire to a small burn off at the farm to a raging inferno this morning - what comes next ? Most of the ...

Visitors Leave, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Visitors Leave

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Eat breakfast together still not sure what is happening today then Sangwan tells us that they will drive back this afternoon sometime.  Jai and Sangwan then walk to visit Wan whilst I take Phil for a drive around the village and farm on the bike ...

Coconut Tree Scavanging, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Coconut Tree Scavanging

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's mum is struggling to find any coconut tree leaves around the village so Jai and myself bike to the neighbouring village of Coke Lam where her brotherYut has a farm with a few trees.  We bring back a mountain of leaves and when we dump them in ...

Time for a new ID card, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for a new ID card

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Bring Jai into Phon Thong this morning to get a new ID card as her current one is just about to expire.  We arrive at the office where she takes a number from a coloured pad and sits down.  I ask her is she sure that this is the right place and ...

Selling some rice, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Selling some rice

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... , some 1140Bht short.  I pointed this out to Jai who didnt seem to care less ust shrugging and saying that this was Thailand - thats my line !!  I am still at a loss to see where the money could have gone as it is officially receipted as such ...

Preparing for new trees, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Preparing for new trees

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Another cold one and I guess I should get used to the fact that they are all going to be relatively cold for the next month or so. We bike out to the farm right after breakfast to take some food for the ducks. After returning to the house I drop Jai off ...

A controlled (?!) burn, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A controlled (?!) burn

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Spend about three hours working at the farm this morning taking advantage of another cool start to the day. In the afternoon Jai's nephew Tia comes to see us and buys six trees from Jai's woodland to make a house for his sister in law.  He needs ...

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

Happy Birthday Jai

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Happy Birthday Chang.  Jai makes the morning rice whilst I brew a cuppa about 05:30 then back to bed for an hour where she opens her cards and prezzies.  Nice leather handbag from her daughter in Bangkok which came as a huge surprise and a ...

Seed time, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Seed time

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Although the rainy season still has a long way to run I am bored with having an empty garden so make a start.  I decide to try and grow something under cover to keep the worst of the rains off.  I make a small bench with stripped bamboo and ...

Back on the road yet again !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back on the road yet again !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Awake at 05:30 and at 6am I am off out to a nearby 7/11 for coffee and croissants for breakfast.  We then walk back to the market to buy a few things that we cant in our local markets. We check out of Chaipat Hotel, where we will possibly stay ...

Back to the quiet of village life, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to the quiet of village life

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With breakfast over we launch into the frenzy of laundry, cleaning the house and establishing a second bedroom out of the clutter to receive our visitors.  I start to plan meals for the next three days before we go shopping but Jai just wont do ...

Tablecloths, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Tablecloths

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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This one is just for mother.  When 'we' were doing the laundry a few days ago we decided that the tablecloth needed freshening up.  Of course, then we had to replace it with something.  Just to show mum that we do use what she gives us ...

Children arrive from Bangkok, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Children arrive from Bangkok

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Good water pressure this morning so Jai gives the veggies a drink before we have breakfast. Her kids, Jiap and Boy, are both expected from Bangkok this evening but as usual we are never too sure what is happening until it has happened so we will wait and ...

Fruit Cake, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Fruit Cake

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With little happening and finding myself 'Home Alone' I decide to have a go at baking a Christmas fruit cake.  I have been looking for suitable fruit for a while now but can only find currants so not really a fruit cake at all.  I loosely ...

A new TV, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A new TV

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... 7GBP.  Jai's mum is delighted and this afternoon sets off to play cards with her nerw found wealth.  Gambling is illegal in Thailand even though a lot of it goes on.  They at least try to be a little discreet and a mat goes down in our ...

Garden again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Garden again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The garden is taking up much of time at the moment and with a dry day I spend almost all day working.  Not wearing a shirt seemed like a good idea all day but has left me pretty red !!  At least it is starting to look like a garden again ...

Off to Sweeney Todd's again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Off to Sweeney Todd's again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Time for a haircut again this morning.  She is not too busy so I wait while she cuts the hair for a young boy on his way to school.  Then she does a baby, must have been about 10 months old but has a very full head of hair.  She leaps ...

Same, same ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Same, same ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Two visits to thenfarm again today and John comes to visit whilst I am working to collect a cart full of firewood from the trees he cut earlier. After we eat this evening Jai goes off to arrange a lift into Phon Thong tomorrow morning for the ...

Another school parade, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another school parade

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... out. Jai had sold all of her cabbage and has orders for tomorrow. The postman comes bringing Christmas cards from MUm, Carol, Rob, Di and Michelle and they are places out on the table for decoration.  Thanks all. In the afternoon we go to the farm ...

Wot, still no water !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wot, still no water !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I wish that I hadnt complained before about the lack of pressure in our water system on our first day back as we have had almost no mains water at all since then.  Luckily our water butts are overflowing from the rainfall. After breakfast I roughly ...

Motorbike back on the road, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Motorbike back on the road

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai's nephew Gaek(?) arrives about 7am to retrieve his motorbike so I'm not sure whats happening there as a couple of nights back I thought we were borrowing it for a while.  He was supposedto be driving us into Phon Thongthis morning with our bike ...

Nothing happening here ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Nothing happening here ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Well, as you can see from the complete lack of entries recently everything is very quiet here.  Have been working in the garden a little cutting down and digging out seven banana trees.  They have incredible roots which although are not very ...

Monkey business, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Monkey business

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sat in the back garden this afternoon I heard coconuts falling from aneighbours tree and went to investigate.  Most of the coconut trees here are too high to pick the nuts yourself so there are chaps who ride around the villages on motorbikes with a ...

Shovelling sh*t again, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Shovelling sh*t again

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up 02:00 - 04:00 again this morning to watch Man Utd.  Better picture on TV this morning at least. Came into Phon Thong to use the internet but they were closed again.  They are definitely getting lazy with the school holidays here.  Not ...

You call that a cake !!!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

You call that a cake !!!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Took Jai out to the farm at first light then into Phon Thong for some grocery shopping.  Upon returning home I had an idiotic moment when I decided that with Jai being otherwise engaged I would bake a cake.  After all, women all over the world ...

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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I dont think that there is any fear about winter storms beginning but this years rice harvest is now sat in sacks in our spare bedroom. We were up at the crack of dawn again and head off to the farm.  I am not really sure what is happening today so ...

Marriage is definitely off, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Marriage is definitely off

A travel blog entry by steve_m

It is my usual morning to go to Phon Thong for an internet session but apparently it is also a national holiday.  I expect that everything is open as usual but so as not to make a wasted journey I postpone till tomorrow and resume my farm and bamboo ...

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