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Daily Stories – 10 February

Everyday stories about an

expat’s life in Isaan, Thailand

In this unique blog You will find hundreds of stories about my life in Thailand, the good and bad. Not just a list of tourist destinations but stories about REALLY living here. I hope you enjoy sharing my experiences of settling into a new country and culture as much as I am living it. 

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Building in Thailand eBook

When my wife and I bought some land in Isaan, which is a region in the north east of Thailand, and then started to build our house I wanted to record the daily events of construction life. For twenty six weeks I wrote a weekly blog update about all the aspects of the build and included as much detail as possible for others who might be thinking of going down the same path. I was surprised by the number of readers I attracted as a result of writing on this subject, many of whom followed the entire build from beginning to end. 

Based on this continued interest I thought I would revisit my original words and bring them all together under the one heading in the form of an eBook. Included in this process has been some extensive updating and expansion of many of the original posts and the addition of the many COMMENTS, which are designed to expand your knowledge and save you time or money or both!

Read more HERE and find out how to obtain the eBook.

I am loving your book – just on my second read at the moment, to make sure that I didn’t miss anything first time around (which actually it turns out I did!).  

Just a note of thanks at this point ……. I am a fairly methodical sort of bloke, but there are many issues which your book highlights which I just wouldn’t have thought about – or if I had, I may well have assumed they were “standard” building practice [U-bends, drain positioning, barge-board alignment] – if it hadn’t been for your excellent descriptions!!  I will probably still “miss” something – that’s the nature of building/design – but thanks to you, it shouldn’t be anything too mission-critical.

The income from my eBook pays for the upkeep of this blog, which is otherwise commercially free unlike so many others.

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My stories of the day – 10 February 2020

My life in rural Isaan revolves around three main topics of interest. Firstly there is the family farm situated about 1 km from where we live. I love learning about and sharing aspects of farming in a different country. Read my stories and you’ll become a virtual Isaan farmer in time! Click HERE

Secondly is our enjoyment in developing the best private tropical garden in Isaan. We also have a small but still beautiful garden at the farm. In this section I write about any aspects related to gardening in Thailand, illustrated with photos taken in our gardens and locally. Click HERE

And finally I share everyday stories as I see them relating to life in a small rural village. This could cover anything from personal events to festivals and local attractions. Anything that doesn’t fit into the other two headings ends up here. Click HERE 

Or of course read them all in which case just scroll down!

I am a keen photographer and all my photos are shot professionally and edited. The end result is far better than most blogs and social media and I will publish my favourite shots from time to time, which will almost be a fourth topic.

The stories I share here are reflected in my very active social media exposure and you will find me on Facebook as follows:

Tony Eastmead HERE 

Thailand Tropical Gardens HERE

Rural Isaan, Thailand HERE and;

Isaan Photography HERE.

Farm News:

Today’s Update:

Yuan and Lud have been weeding and thinning the last few days on the only vegetable beds in operation ATM. Meanwhile on the farm next door, sister Bear and husband Tham are in the process of filling in a small pond to create more field area.

A neighbour has dropped in for a chat with Yuan when we arrived. Work can be a social occasion too.

Lettuce being thinned to give each plant room to grow.

It really is that colour. Lettuce of course.

This is the small pond that’s being filled in today. Emptied of water and mostly filled with taro (?) a swamp plant whose stems are edible. 

Colocasia esculenta is a tropical plant grown primarily for its edible corms, a root vegetable most commonly known as taro (/ˈtɑːroʊ, ˈtæroʊ/), or kalo in Hawaiian (see Names and etymology for an extensive list). It is the most widely cultivated species of several plants in the family Araceae which are used as vegetables for their corms, leaves, and petioles. Taro corms are a food staple in African, Oceanic and South Asian cultures (similar to yams), and taro is believed to have been one of the earliest cultivated plants.

The iron buffalo set up to pump water. 

The second pond, which now has the water transferred from the other one. Morning glory growing on top of the water.

Bear asked Gaun to transfer some taro from the old pond to new before the tractor arrived to bury it.

Taro will quickly re-shoot after the stems are cut as you can see happening here.

Gaun preparing a new home for the plants. The world’s hardest working gardener.

A sunny day, which is illustrated well in this photo. Some days are like this and then the smoke rolls in and we get grey boring skies and a mist-like landscape. Gaun still in action.

The backbone of any working farm. Plough, pump and farm wagon engine.

Charcoal waiting to happen. I mainly took the shot because I liked the scene.

Tham and Bear doing a spring clean. With the recent divide of the farm between the kids their land boundaries changed a bit so they have been reorganising things to fit the updated space.

Chillies growing. Green or red, both are sold here.

Yuan and Lud’s broad beans are poking their heads up as previously reported.

Tropical Gardens News:

Yet More Flowers:

We called into a neighbouring farm on the way home this morning where flowers and vegetables are grown side by side. Needless to say Gaun couldn’t help herself and we ended up with additions to the garden at home.

A beautiful mixed of colours on this unusually sunny day.

Now in our garden.

Gaun getting the lady to dig up the plants she wanted. A true gardener to the heart.

Selecting more.

Happy Gaun.

Now in our garden.

No room for passengers in the front seat!

And more colour added to the outside seating area for a total cost of 100 baht (A$5.00). The flowers won’t last long, but Gaun was mainly after the seeds once the flowers have dried. An investment for the future.

Village News:

We passed this pond on the way back to the car. If there was an image that expressed ‘optimism’ it is this one of a young boy dropping his fishing line into this puddle. Unfortunately this scene of dry ponds is pretty standard in our part of Isaan.

Friends from Australia dropped in for lunch and the farm and a beer on the pond boat.

Nana, Gaun and Yuan.

Nana fishing from the rice hut.

Lunch happening. Now that’s fresh.

Thailand Photography

Showcasing some of my favourite photos taken around Thailand during my time here. Last updated 2 February:

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Tony

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