Back on familiar ground
Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
175Trip End Mar 21, 2012
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Arrive in Phon Thong about 05:00 and as none of the tuk-tuk drivers at the bus station can be bothered to get off their fat lazy arses I have to pay a bit over the odds to get a ride out to the village. The rains have had a drastic effect on the new road that was laid last year and in places it is worse than it was before they repaired it !!
Arriving back at the house first impressions are favourable and it looks to be largely intact. The garden is another matter and resembles a south American rain forest !! Closer inspection of the house reveals that the big light in the main room is missing. Apparently it dropped out of the ceiling one night and was only stopped from smashing on the floor by the electric flex
Jai's big sister Begat has made us some sticky rice for the day and with her and Jai's daughter in law we all begin the big clean up with particular emphasis on the kitchen where every pan, plate, knife, fork etc gets a good scrubbing - possibly the first they have had in 6 months !!! I wander around and take a few photos of the garden then we hand out a few prezzies to the willing(?) workers. The trees that we planted last year are flourishing and will shortly need trimmimng to stop them growing too tall. There have been some limes, lots of pommegranites and dragonfruits and there is a bunch of bananas just coming into flower.
Work nearly finished we finally have some time alone and I go and pick some chillies and papaya from the ngarden and Jai knocks up some food. Jai and myself finish unpacking and have a rest in an otherwise lazy afternoon. Begat turns up with a curry in the evening and joins us to eat before I am crashed out in bed by 19:00.