080124 Thaikarl home Ban Dong Khwang


home again in Ban Dong Khwang, our little village 7km from Lomsak, 35km from petchaboon, 365km north of Bangkok.  it feels quite good to be here.  there is always a few days of transition, a fuzzy time when i'm not quite here, but not there at all.  Its a period of "remembering this place".  it only last for a couple of days, then it feels like my place again.

there are some changes.  they have been working on the big road.  they have widened the 2 lane road another 40 feet on each side, piling in the dirt with trucks and grading and rollering it down.  the pond in front of the house has been reduced to the size of a small car.  it's more like a puddle now.  tok had them take out the middle of the three coconut trees and we have a new, wider driveway that slopes up to the new roadbed.  the sun and rain have been pounding the Lucky Moon House we built for ourselves last year.  We ran out of money and didn't get to put protective stain on the wood, so i'ts starting to look dry and graying.  the floor boards on the south porch have shrunk because the rain blows onto that wood and soaks it, then the sun cooks it all day and the boards are drying out.  i think we will have enough cash to do a little staining on the sunside of the house, but not much.

the annoyed neighboors behind us barrowed money from the bank and did a lot of fixing up of their house.  they had a layer of rock put on the public road. the rock has pushed aside the concrete beams i laid along the road last year, so we'll have another go round over where the exact property lines are so i can reset the concrete.  our land has shrunk enough with the public road put in next to the property, and with the loss of the pond and area that the big road is taking up.

the neighbor one house over built a big building in front of his house.  like a tall 4 car garage with rollup doors and a wide metal roof.  tok says he has come back to live here - they were living elsewhere it seems - and he will open a package store selling beer and things in this building.  the drag is that he put up two tube lights (flouresant fixtures) on tall poles to illuminate the land and building.  of course the lights are on all night, and the too-white light spills over and lights up our front yard.  it was nice and dark out there before, very pleasant to sit out there in the  night and look to the stars, but not so much now.

oh well.  the way things were are not the way they are now.  i was thinking that if i first came to this house now, i wouldn't think much about these things i've talked about, since the new road, the annoyed neighbors and the tube lights would be here, they would be part of the existing landscape.  that fact that i knew it different 5 months ago is moot.

Sai and Tai, who live next door were happy to see me. Tai came over the next mormning and we had one of our disjointed conversations with a few english words, lots of gesturing and me going "oh i see" and barely knowing what we are talking about.  i walked thru the back of the yards over to where the bunch of kids live to say "Sawatdee Kap" (hello!) and wave.  they were all smiles, the boys  got all shy as usuall.  this morning the whole crew came round the back, all the kids, girls and boys.  they came over to talk with me, but  of course i don't  know  what they say, but they were asking me all kinds of questions, and want me to repeat my tricks- magically pulling off my thumb, making a coin appear from beind their ears, taking pictures and VDO (video).  great to see them.

i can't even begin to tell you how wonderful it is to have the food again.  and as everyone is sick of hearing, i am so much happier to be in the warm/hot weather again. and it goes without saying, but i will anyway- being back with tok is the flower of this home in so so many ways.

gorgeous the life!
Nu and Tok

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  1. Anonymous7:30 PM

    Hey Karl, good to have you back and blogging again. Life is good in a Thai village for sure!

  2. Anonymous7:14 AM

    What is the best way to get to Ban Dong from Bangkok?

  3. the best way to get there would be to charter a plane to fly you from BKK to phetchabun airport, which is just outside Ban Dong Khwan. or you can hire a taxi/minivan to drive you. otherwise, goto mochit bus station in bangkok, and take the bus.


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