First day of winter ?

Trip Start Aug 30, 2012
Trip End Mar 21, 2013

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Flag of Thailand  , Roi Et,
Thursday, December 6, 2012

It actually feels a bit cold this morning for the first time this year - all relative of course.  I bike into Phon Thong for an internet session then do a bit of shopping before heading back to the village.
It is cremation day for the funeral party and Jai leaves just after lunch.  Later I hear a loud explosion as a firework goes off to announce that they are leaving the house.  The coffin is carried in a large refridgerated coffin on the back of a pick up and is lead by all of the villagers.  A long piece of rope is attached to the front of the pick up and everyone holds on to the rope with a few monks leading the way and they walk the coffin out of the village.  A few years ago the cremations used to be out in the open on piles of wood in a small area of trees a few miles from the village.  Early last year they finally built a proper crematorium on the site.  I stood outside the house and watched them all walk by then returned to my book.
Later I biked out to the farm to water the trees etc and got back to the village just in time for mum's phone call.  Amazingly the Xmas cards that I mailed our last day in Chiangmai arrived in Gloucestr only four days later !!
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