A wise man once said....

"When you talk, you are only repeating what you already know. But if you listen you may learn something new." Dalai Lama

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Seychelles Grandson

Had a quick few days on Mahe and La Digue. Took a few pics but on this occasion only posting a couple of my Grandson.  Lovely fella. Breakfast with Mum.

Friday, 7 August 2015

Rayong - House Progress Status Report No 5 Final....

So where are we on all this? I'm making this my last "Rayong - House Progress Status Report".  I've included a couple of before and after photos....

After Pink Paint....

Well folks we've been at it for what sees like for ever but in reality has only been a few weeks. Last night our workers completed the painting. We took the worker to dinner and put them on a bus back home up to Khon Kaen.  They did a good job. No complaints. But its nice to get our place to ourselves and finally move in.

Dinner at home last night. Steamed mussels and Tom Yum soup. Washed down with red wine while sitting up on our roof.

Tom Yum
Chili/lemon sauce

Steamed Mussels in lemon grass
Happy Cook

I've added the view 360 Deg taken from our roof top. It shows the beach front and the river behind. Climbing up there I realised more than before we have got ourselves a beautiful spot....


Some outstanding things we would like to have done by now, but they have other commitments which seem to centre round planting their rice etc. Timing of which is of course everything. So they can do their planting come then back for a week or so, to finish off bits and pieces.

We have completed all the painting inside and out. Used yellow out the back and Pink in front. Wanna calls it pink, me I think more purple so ow she's convinced I'm colour blind!!! We decided to keep all the burglar bars. Painted white.  There is a local chap who other neighbours tell us is light fingered. He keeps coming round to say "hello" and ever asked Wanna "When are you removing the burglar bars...." bit of a give away don't you think !!!

Inside we've painted a lovely concoction of nearly every colour we could find. Very cheerful.
Whats left? I could do a list... Downstairs bathroom need to install the hand wash basin,  Add in additional electrical plugs in several rooms. And in first floor bathroom remove the old bath and tidy the room up.
Our front roof top area

Ready for the Bar B Q

Bright Stairs

One landing

Bed Rooms.. That's a king sized bed even thought it looks small !


Happy Steps

Safety Bars on Balcony

Rear Balcony

Test panel of colours.....

Front Ground Floor Wanna sorting a few things out !!!

I'm planning on making the top room on the roof my hideaway/office/studio and music room. This seems to make sense for several reasons. Its on the top so good for exercise, Won't disturb the neighbours with my music and I'll got my aquaponics on the roof close by.

Wanna is keen on using most of the roof for Bar B Q in the evenings. Lovely spot over looking the sea. We'll be adding a simple open style kitchen in due course and probably a small fridge to keep the beer cold.....

Out the front we have room for His and Hers motor bikes.....

That's it for house progress reports. We're done here....

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Rayong - House Progress Status Report No 4

No so much a progress as a photo of the back wall. As you can see we have no garden. Only about 80 centimeters of land behind the wall.  This for the services and some access should some one build behind us.

Ours is the bright strong yellow coloured house on hte left handside. Interesting we can see it from our Condo !!!.  For some reason I cannot fathom the painters are leaving the horizontal concrete edging to paint later.  Also I will also be rerouting the water pipe which feeds into the house. We earlier added in a tank on the roof, which is fed from the mains via our own pump.  We added a control float switch and its all working OK. We connected in to the house by going in through the bathroom wall and plumbing into the system..Works well but needs to be tidied up as you can see....\

Our house the bright yellow one  !!!!

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Rayong Traffic

Got stuck in a traffic jam on way to work this morning. Someone had decided to resurface the middle section of hte 4 lane road. Few signs adn everybody driving down middle.... How it will get completed is anyones guess.

Anyway sitting there I saw a "saling"  three wheeled motor bike or mobile shop. Just seems to add to the general traffic situation... Hes fully equipped with work top, roof, foods, gas bottle, ice box  etc etc. So almost self sufficient. Had I stayed in the jam much longer I could have ordered breakfast.....or a cold beer !

BTW "Saling" is three wheels in Chinese.

Friday, 17 July 2015

Ban Muang - Our Banana Field

Hardly a worthy post on its own but it does keep you up to date with our activities. And here is a good place for me to keep a record of whats going on with our farming etc and at the banana fields.
We've got a small plot about 2 Rai, (That's 3000m2 or about 1 acre.). Well till very recently the land had been sitting idle, in fact for about 5 years, and over time became overgrown with grass and weeds. We've got another 7 Rai of land also "under" weeds. That's earmarked for another project in due course. Maybe Rubber or palms. Or more Weeds!!!!!!! Time will tell.

But back to the banana fields. A few months back we decided to make use of it and planted some banana and left them to grow. About 300 of them. Since plants we've had a few light showers but not as much rain as usual so I thought the whole crop would die. However some recent showers in the last week has seen the place water logged, and everything is now up and growing at a good rate.

We've got the bananas planted in rows and in between some corn and water melons. Already we are getting water melons to eat and hopefully later in the year some corn and bananas. Something to look forward to.


Wanna asked her brother to build us a small shelter. He did a good job. Used up some old wood we have laying around and its just lovely sitting under there. The other evening we sat and relaxed with a cold beer as the sun went down.

I know not the most exciting post and I do apologise but it's good for me to record this and be able to check progress in a few months time. :)

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Ban Muang - Relax

Just had 5 days up in Ban Muang. Relaxing. House and garden looking good.


Did a bit of shopping and had time for "canteen" lunch. These big Makro type places have everything you need and even have small restaurants attached. All offering a variety of foods.  The shop had all we needed. Good range of foods, spics and assorted goodies.

Food was excellent as well.I looked at all the local stuff and enjoyed some rice and a bamboo stir fry. Wanna went for the Club Sandwich and chips.

Talking of bamboo dishes, Wanna dug up some bamboo shoots, cut them and then boiled them for later use.

Me,  I just got on and made a Quiche. So we were all busy being creative....

Friday, 3 July 2015

Rayong - House Progress Status Report No 3

Its been just over a week since we had the boys arrive from Khon Kaen to clean and paint the place.

They spent the first few days sorting out water, electricity and cooking facilities.  Arrived by bus with just a few bits and pieces and got on with it. They elected to sleep up on the roof. Wonderful to see.

Been an agonising week for me also. Decisions.. Do I build a patio? Do I add in extra doors, cut walls etc. So been running round getting prices. etc. A lot of monies to go out the door............. Many good reasons to do it now. Gets it over with. No more future mess, spend funds now and its over and done with. I've even borrowed a cutting disk for the wall demolition and a wheelbarrow to cart away the rubbish.

Final decision different to my usual " just do it " but correct in this case.  Do nothing. Absolutely nothing. Just add minimum items required and clean and paint up the place.  Other things can follow later in the year or next year.

Of course there were some things to do and some that have to be done. Install a new water tank on the roof, connect the water and power. First off to put a water tank on the roof you need some rope and a couple of guys... Done that..... Then followup by connecting the water pump at ground level to the mains and tank on roof. Will be adding a float control switch in next few days.

We've found a chap living about 6 doors down who is a carpenter so some door and window frame repairs will be delegated to him. All falling into place.

Next will be Internet and TV connection and we are nearly done. Sure I've forgotten a few things along the way.

And yes almost forget to mention. Local rubbish collection is everyday so building rubble etc is disappearing as fast as we produce it.

My Khon Kaen guys can do electrics and internal plumbing.  We will replace the toilets and shower heads, some tiling but not much more. Added a few power points. Most rooms only have one and its always next to the light switch. Strange I know but TIT.....

Some photos below showing rooms cleaned and being readied for painting.


Anyway Wanna let loose with an array of colours.  Beginning tot look much better.  We started on the roof and worked out way down room by room.   Work in progress.

Should finish inside paint work in a couple of days then do the outside walls and front parking area. So small movie to follow.

That's it for this update. We plan to move in on 20th July so lot to do...