27 January Stories
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.
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My stories of the day – 27 January 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
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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:
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Rural Isaan, Thailand HERE and;
Isaan Photography HERE.
No farm news today.
Tropical Gardens News:
Yet more plants added to our garden.
Coming back from a local funeral I took this photo to illustrate the difference between our gardens and a cleared Isaan block/plot of land.
I keep telling you mangoes are messy trees and here you can see the recent dump of flowers. They shed leaves as well all the time for months so we are constantly sweeping. If you want an easy life don’t plant them in your garden.
A neighbour was clearing some land and this cutting had been dumped on the side of the road. Gaun is never one to pass up a free addition to the garden.
She has planted eight golden palms to this front wall trough, four in this photo and four more to the right of the camera. Now the cutting from this morning has been chopped up and added.
They grow well in the shade so will enjoy this position.
Four more added on the other part of our wall.
One more funeral this morning. Beer for breakfast!
I fit in with the locals very well. I would have walked but transport is required for the Isaan folk.
Spotted this modified bike at the funeral. A big improvement.
For the wanna be builders out there, the new shop is coming along. Delays due to four funerals in a week but they should have the roof on shortly. The orange roof was a selection by Jan’s (the owner and the lady we bought our original land from) son. In an village first it has foam and foil insulation glued underneath. VERY unusual. Well done Jan.
The cost to date is 120,000 baht including 25,000 baht for labour. Jan is a versatile lady and she’ll be building the walls and render/mortar (called sharp in Thai) herself. I suspect the front will have roller doors but we’ll see.
This is a san phra phum or spirit house. You see them all over Thailand in various forms. In a residential situation the idea is that you install one before you build a house and then hold a ceremony to invite the spirits to move in there rather than ‘haunt’ your new house.
They do need maintenance so you can’t just stick one in the corner and forget about it. The spirits want to be fed and the occasional whisky goes down a treat. If you don’t look after them they will leave the san phra phum and move in with you! You can buy small items of furniture and even statue of servants (they like the dancing girls) all with the aim of keeping them committed to a home life
Showcasing some of my favourite photos taken around Thailand during my time here.
Two photos from my first visit to Thailand 2012 when I was holidaying in Phuket. Little did I know….
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