Travel Blogs from Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand

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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 ...

Start making travel plans, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Start making travel plans

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I have decided that no matter how much better I feel by next week I cant face the overnight bus journey to Bangkok, hanging around at the bus stations and fighting through the crowds to get a taxi upon arrival.  I bike into Phon Thong and book a ...

Time for Jai's visa, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Time for Jai's visa

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Go to George and Wan's right after breakfast and cut up some coconut tree leaves that have fallen for Jai's mum. I bike into Phon Thong and complete an on-line application fprm for Jai's UK visa for this year and book an appointment in Bangkok for next ...

A few visits and another lazy day, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A few visits and another lazy day

A travel blog entry by steve_m

I dont want to tempt fate but apart from my blocked ear I am feeling a whole lot better if not yet 100%. After breakfast I take Jai to get some sewing done.  Around here, instead of people bringing presents to a wedding, the people hosting the ...

Feeling a bit better ... ?, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Feeling a bit better ... ?

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Wake up at 4:00 after a good nights sleep.  Still feel like sh*t but maybe a little bit less so than yesterday. Take Jai on the bike to give some veggie scraps to the ducks, buy something at the village shop then pick some leaves at sister Bepats so ...

A little bit of work, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A little bit of work

A travel blog entry by steve_m

The gate at the side of the house that keeps dogs and chickens out of the back garden has rotted away at the base and is hanging limply.  I go out to the farm and cut myself a tree and collect a couple of bags of laterite gravel and repair it.  ...

Looks like I'm a farm orphan ..., Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Looks like I'm a farm orphan ...

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Had a restless night as Jai now has a cold coming on.  Not the full blown man-flu that I had of course.  It seems that almost everyone has a cold of some sort at the moment with the season just changing. Take Jai to the farm after breakfast, ...

Another tree bites the dust, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Another tree bites the dust

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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Sure enough Jai's mother is in a lot of pain this morning and can hardly make it out to the front of the house.  Daughter Begat wont go to the temple for her so Jai eventually agrees to go to take food to her brother.  Of course, Jai's mum's ...

Back over the bridge to Thailand, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Back over the bridge to Thailand

A travel blog entry by steve_m

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A decent nights sleep and as we are in no hurry to leave we have a liesurely lie in.  Another baguette with a couple of glasses of steaming hot Laos Bolivan coffee for breakfast and I am ready to face the world - or Laos and Thai immigration at ...

Face !, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

Face !

A travel blog entry by steve_m

After breakfast I follow a hunch and go back to the village shop with my passport and successfully get the copies I needed.  The chap who was there the second time I went yesterday didnt know how to work the machine but would have lost face before ...

A day of rest, Ban Kham Na Di, Thailand travel blog

A day of rest

A travel blog entry by steve_m

Back to Phon Thong at about 04:00 then a dark and freezing cold tuk-tuk ride back to Khamnadie.  Make a cup of tea to defrost and head to bed for an hour or so.  Go to visit George & Wan so that Jai can get some more mat grass but otherwise ...

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