Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

'Shopping' at the farm, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

'Shopping' at the farm

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Wake up at 01:45 to watch a UEFA Champions League match but can only find PSG v Barcelona so dont bother.  Then I remember that one channel shows English Championship league games so check this out and watch the 2nd half of Reading 3v3 Wolves.  ...

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 ...

Phon Thong market ... last time, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Phon Thong market ... last time

A travel blog entry by steve_m

There is still thunder and lightning in the air when we wake up this morning but still no rain. We get ready to go to Phon Thong even though it is dark and cloudy.  Neighbours taunt us that we are going to get wet but as it has looked like this all ...

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 ...

Work continues ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Work continues ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Not too many aches this morning other than those associated with making a different muscle group do some work for a change.  Unfortunately, in a perverse way, this means that I feel OK to go and do some work this morning ! We get through another ...

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 ...

How heavy !!, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

How heavy !!

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jai is up at 05:00 to do the rice for the day.  When I move slightly afterwards to make a cuppa tea she has already watered the back and front gardens and is sat splitting grass that she cut yesterday.  Makes me feel a bit lazy but hey, I can ...

Start organizing my departure, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start organizing my departure

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wearing five layers of clothing we bike into Phon Thong on what is definitely the coldest morning so far and as cold as I can ever remember it getting.  There was even close to a frost on top of the car this morning. Everyone else is still asleep ...

Back to what passes for normal ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back to what passes for normal ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Jiap is up and off at 05:15 picking up Boy en-route out of the village.  This is too early for us to be rising so back to bed with a cuppa. Our workman arrives during breakfast again to find out when he can make  start at the farm. Maybe ...

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 ...

Wall finished - hurrah !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Wall finished - hurrah !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I go for a walk in the garden whilst breakfast is cooking and spot a couple of the larger peppers lying on the floor.  This is exactly what happened before when we grew a different type of pepper, as soon as they grew to any size they either rotted ...

Selling palm tree 'fruit', Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Selling palm tree 'fruit'

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Pad arrives early this morning to get the papers for Jai's farm as apparently the government are offering payments to help the poor farmers out.  This crops up alomst every year.  Jai takes copies of papers to meetings about 6 times, jumps ...

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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