Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Rocket day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Rocket day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast I take Jai to see George's wife, Wan, to get three new grass mats she has finished stitched up.  Wan isn't home but George tells us that she isn't doing this at the moment so Jai takes the mats next door instead. Whilst at George's ...

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 ...

Lovely day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Lovely day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai's sister Bepat is sick again and left here on Saturday bound for Bangkok with her son and Jai's other sister Begat.  We were a little surprised, therefore, to see Begat arriving back here first thing this morning.  Turns out Bepat was in so ...

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 ...

Back on the road ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back on the road ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

With the bike back in working order I venture into Phon Thong and the internet leaving Jai heading out to sell her beans to the neighbours. The USB that I use to transfer photos from my camera to the computer isnt working this morning so I will have to ...

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 ...

Bonfire Night ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Bonfire Night ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Into Phon Thong to update blog and try to watch the rugby again ... but no joy.  Bit of shopping then back to Khamnadie feeling very hot already today. In the afternoon we go to the farm and whilst Jai collects beans I carr more than 1/2 tonne ...

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 ...

Clean bill of health ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Clean bill of health ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

... it. Sat on front porch after eating this eveing and the postman visits with our first Christmas card ... well, I guess it is December, just.  Thank you sister Di no doubt getting her cards away before jetting off to the winter sun for the cold ...

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 ...

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