Love Living in Isan
Week 1 – May 2019
The latest stories were added on: 5 May
A Facebook type update of the daily happenings as they happen rather than waiting to post a longer version, by which time they are out of date. So what I will do is add new stories to each week, if I spot any, so you will find this post expands over time. The latest posts will be found at the top.
A mix of topics as always and I hope you enjoy both the photos and the stories that go with them.
Stories for 5 May 2019
We made good progress this morning on the new paving despite temperatures that eventually hit 40 degrees. 2,000 handmade bricks were delivered around 8:00 am at a cost of 3,000 baht (A$130.00) and then while I focussed on laying them Gaun was on the wheelbarrow keeping me supplied with bricks.
The basic shape was finished late morning, which I will refine a bit tomorrow. We will also pour the concrete edging and then I will turn it over to Gaun to work her landscaping magic. I hope to have it finished tomorrow and will update you with the final photos. Even now the before and after is pretty impressive.
No photos but after a couple of half days on my knees laying bricks a massage was the best solution to an aching back so we headed into Nong Bua Lamphu this afternoon for that plus some garden shopping for the new area. Sunan Massage HERE on Google Maps is by far the best I have found in town. Clean, quiet, air conditioned and Nun is well trained.
Gin and tonics this evening to finish off a very rewarding day.
A repeat photo from yesterday just to give you the before and after effect.
And this evening.
Looking the other way towards the sala (bamboo hut).
The view as you come through the hedge walking towards the front door.
Stories for 4 May 2019
I have had my upgrade eye on half of the lawn we have in the front of the house. It was fine when it went down four years ago but since then a lovely shade tree has taken over and the lawn under it has been looking very sad for a while.
Making a feature of this area is now my project for this month. We are paving the area under the tree with the handmade bricks we buy locally. A couple of chairs would be nice as it is in shade for a lot of the day as well as some pots with ferns and succulants.
We ordered the sand yesterday, delivered an hour later, and today moved excess bricks we had stored at the farm back home. I need another 2,000 so that order went in today with delivery tomorrow. 1.5 baht a brick including delivery. I should have it finshed tomorrow and will report.
This area is the first thing you see walking through the hedge into the old garden, so I want it to present better than this.
Lots of shallow tree roots plus the shade and the grass just couldn’t cope.
Even just laying the sand is an improvement.
And the bricks start their creep across the area. Herringbone pattern, the same as everywhere else.
My project my work. In the shade but still very hot.
The gloves are not to keep my hands soft but to protect them from scorpions. There were three of the small scorpions mixed in with the bricks and Gaun tells me that even the babies punch above their weight on the pain level. I am happy to admit to being a wimp.
Stories for 3 May 2019
A tropical pond requires some tropical fish to go with it. These are 20 baht koi that we bought 4 years ago and have grown somewhat in the meantime. Beautiful vivid colours that really set off the lush green pond vegetation.
However, I am a bit worried about this fisherman I caught a glimpse of this morning!
The master-gardener off to work at the farm early this morning.
Planting three bright yellow flowering shrubs we bought yesterday. They will be matched with three purple ones available (we hope) in Udon Thani when we go there on the 12th.
Gaun replanted the entranceway to the farm and it now looks like this.
Cuttings taken from this flower bed were today transferred into pots and then added to the small pond rock wall in Gaun’s rice hut garden.
Yesterday they were moved home and new displays have popped up all over the place.
I am envious of Isan people’s ability to be happy with their basic accommodation. This timber house across the road from us recently had a new roof added and is now getting the area underneath enclosed. You can always tell that the sugar harvest money has arrived by the number of new pick-ups and the amount of construction work.
This space will be super cheap to build, and it will be finished in a month. Compare that to our complex and demanding requirements, which cost many times that of this structure. Does this do the job of providing shelter and security? Sure. Could I live in it? Sure but I would prefer not to and there’s the problem!
More greenery added to keep improving this area.
A corner of the garden in January 2018 just after Gaun had planted it.
The same area today. I wanted to create a tunnel of green in this area and we are fast achieving that objective. Pick mangos as you walk through!
The path through this area leads to the rice hut hidden away in the shrubbery.
These long mangos will be super sweet once they ripen – my sort of fruit.
This afternoon Gaun (in bank robber gear) and Peng were wrapping them in newspaper and storing them to ripen. Can’t wait.
And finally for today how about making one of these cheap rice basket lamp shades? 45 baht for the basket, 10 metres of wire with a plug and socket can be bought for 70 baht at Thai Watsadu and a yellow anti-insect globe for 120 baht. They look great at night.
I hope you enjoyed week 1 so far. More to come. Please leave a comment or hit the ‘like’ button to make my day 🙂