Isaan Farm News
Everyday stories from an Isaan Farm 24 – 27 February
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.
These are the stored sticks used for making long bean trellis.
Excess timber that has been sitting on Bear and Tham’s farm for a while was turned into usable pieces yesterday. I have my eye on a few of those to use as table legs. I have wood for the top already.
Bear and Tham are having built a new bathroom at their farm. Basic that does the job. Once the guys are finished here they are building a new storeroom for Yuan and Lud.
Lud working away washing lettuce. Excess leaves are given to the fish.
Not a bad work environment.
Yuan got a phone order for another 100 baht of lettuce so Gaun hopped in to help pick and wash.
Gaun and Yuan. This lettuce is to fill an order from a regular customer. Each bunch holds five stalks of lettuce. and is sold for 10 baht. The buyer then repacks them into three leave lots and makes a profit that way rather than increasing the price.
Dee Doh was off his lead this morning and decided that a lettuce bed was more comfortable than his normal bed. Lud was trying to stop him, which Dee Doh thought was good fun.
Long beans are making steady progress.
The seas were calm so I went for a sail. I wish I was back working in a an office doing something useful for the Australian government. Oh well, I make do.
Morning watering of new seedlings while the iron buffalo takes a rest in the shade of its very own umbrella.
A farmer’s fashion statement.
The green dusting of new seedlings sprouting. Morning glory, coriander and dill.
Harvesting Manila tamarind was on the agenda for this morning too. Picked for Yuan’s stall at the Friday street markets tomorrow.
Yuan cutting fruit from the ground.
While Gaun climbed the tree for a closer experience.
What an Aussie would call a gutsy lady.
Even in the dry brownness of the current landscape splashes of colour give some relief to the eye.
Gaun in action.
Lud, who had left to deliver vegetables that had been ordered, returned and then it was Gaun and Lud up the trees while Yuan collected at ground level.
Searching for fallen fruit.
Covered up when not being used but a peaceful rural scene even though.
No Chance Missed:
Yuan made 900 baht selling her Manila tamarind at yesterday’s markets so her entrepreneurial spirit, which has her grabbing any opportunity to make money, had her back up the trees at the farm this morning. I love seeing this sort initiative that reflects a personal drive to make the most of any situation.
Lud did the first harvest and then had enough. Not to be stopped Yuan saw that there were more to be got so up the tree she went.
Looking for more fruit.
Another few hundred baht in the basket.
Today are the big Friday street markets and Yuan always has a stall there. Celery, basil and dill in this basket. A photo of freshness.
Lettuce of course. You will be used to this by now being the main vegetable being harvested. Called ‘salad’ in Thai, one word you should remember.
Spring onions neatly wrapped up in a damp cloth to keep fresh.
Yuan always goes the extra mile to present her crops at their best. Here she inspects every Manila tamarind and cuts off bits that are dry or don’t look good. We called into the markets this afternoon and these bags of fruit were selling well. Good job Yuan and Lud.
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