Monk Talk ...

Trip Start Sep 21, 2011
Trip End Mar 21, 2012

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Flag of Thailand  , Roi Et,
Monday, February 20, 2012

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, went with him for the day.  The best I can understand things is that he is being 'promoted' within the monkhood and Jai says that this day is similar to a graduation from university.  He hasnt been anywhere to study so dont know how these things areworked out.  Never struck me as a particularly nice chap let alone a good monk.  When he was younger he was a drunk and beat his wife and doesnt seem to do anything at all now except sit around at the temple.  I went to the front of the house this morning and found that we had acquired a flag overnight.  A closer inspection shows that flags have appeared all along the road.  Apparently the village is having a party to honour 'their monk' in early March and preparations are starting now.  He must have done something good - I guess ?!
I bike into Phon Thong for a long internet session and am pleased to see that Gloucester won at Bath at the weekend.  Knowing that I would be sat at the internet on a Monday morning I even got a phone call from George who is still working down south and not sounding very happy.
When I get back to Khamnadie I go and buy some woodstain for my front and back benches and the new shed door.  Surprised to find tat the big tin was 16 (800Bht) as I wasnt expecting it to be that expensive here.  I start work by staining the door and all visible roof timbers.  If I still have stain left when both benches are complete as well, I will do all of the internal timbers as well.
Another Planet Stupid confession though.  Whilst reaching up to stain the roof timbers the stain ran down onto my hand and it wasnt until I had nearly finished that I noticed.  A very, very, red/orange hand !!!  Of course being largely water resistant it wasnt easy to wash off either and took ages with washing up liquid and boiling water.
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