Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Odds and ends type of day ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Odds and ends type of day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I get the suitcase down from the top of the wardrobe to have a good clean after breakfast and Jai starts packing. It looks like we can make do with just the one case which is good news.  I bike over to see George and return his ladder as I wont be ...

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 ...

New gas cooker burners, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

New gas cooker burners

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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It is a national holiday again today.  With the Kings birthday holiday on Monday and today the local schools thought that they might just as well close for the whole week. After breakfast we biked to next door's farm to get a couple of sacks of rive ...

Marigold seeds everywhere ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Marigold seeds everywhere ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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This is starting as another day when time stands still it s only 08:00. I clear the old tomato plants from the back garden and clip the grass that is starting to appear in the front garden.  It is nice to be able to refer to the front as a 'garden' ...

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

Quiet day ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Its December so I thought that I had better mail some Christmas cards this morning ... will they arrive on time, will they arrive at all ... ? With farmwork finished Jai gets down to some laundry and housework this morning.  By early afternoon she ...

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 ...

Anyone want a banana ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Anyone want a banana ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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... ready for tonight. Jai heads off to the farm again with work more than half finished. I phone mum mid afternoon and speak with sister Di who is visiting. Go to collect Jai from the farm stopping to cut a bunch of bananas before we return to the house. I ...

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 ...

Armistice Day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Armistice Day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Cant wear a poppy here but surprisngly Thai TV did cover the service from the Cenotaph on Sunday but only to the extent that they showed the royal family on the news. My back isnt much better this morning so I feel a heavy day of reading coming on. A few ...

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 ...

Very quiet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Very quiet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I need to do some work this morning just to keep warm so end up weeding in the back garden in the sunshine and out of the wind.  I know that everyone thinks that I dream about it being cold here but although temperatures never drop to European ...

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 ...

Into Phon Thong ... several times, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Into Phon Thong ... several times

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Jai decides that she needs to go into Phon Thong to visit the bank ... on my rugby morning.  We bike into town, go to the ATM, buy some supplies then back to Khamnadie.  I turn right around and head straight back into town an hour or so later ...

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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They are supposed to be coming to the farm early afternoon to thresh our rice but Jai is still off to the farm first thing after breakfast to start preparing food for them all to eat.  Another duck bites the dust.  Instead of worrying about ...

Recycling at last, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Recycling at last

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Up early and pottering in the garden before 07:00. For the first time since we got back here at the beginning of September I manage to stop the nrecycling lady when she is passing he house.  We have quite a pile of stuff for her.  I still cant ...

Return of Planet Stupid, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Return of Planet Stupid

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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I find out this morning that the young girl who is to be married next March 'sold' for 80,000Baht-about 1600GBP. We have another quiet day around the house until we head out to the farm in the late afternoon. Go to bed early and sit watching the 5-a-side ...

Quiet day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Quiet day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 02:30 to watch a replay of Man City 2v1 Sheff Weds from last weekends FA Cup. When I wake up next Friday morning I should be in my own bed back in Gloucester. I decide against a ride into Phon Thong again today. First job after breakfast is to ...

Catching up with things around the house, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Catching up with things around the house

A travel blog entry by steve_m

We have negelcted things around the house this last week so decide to spend this morning getting back up to date.  I start up a bonfire to buirn the house rubbish then cut the hedge across the front garden and clear the path edges a bit.  This ...

Almost time for monthly water meter job, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Almost time for monthly water meter job

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Waking up this morning I sincerely hope that all of the festivities are over with and we can return to what approaches normality over here. I bike into Phon Thong for internet and to update blog.  Glad to see Gloucs beat Connaught but can't find a ...

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