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s6304130.jpg‘The bearded orchid’,finally see it bloom,we got it about 8 months ago,what a burst of flower and color.It’s the time of year and the garden of orchids is a site..s6304073.jpglou-262.jpglou-264.jpgs6304127.jpgs6303983.jpg

mangoe,rose apples,custard apples another seasonal freebie….

other than that,another weekend gone,usual suspects on saturday,but many of the guys’ out of town.I still havew this Canadian tourist staying,funny,he was a bit lost and asked at my neighbors’ house,with pamflet in hand,where my place was and Craig gave him a pamflet of another place down the road,count on ya’!!

Anyhow,Noi’s children finally came after us being here a year,real nice,I’d say 16&15,boy and girl,will have photos later,kinda on the shy side,first time out of the country to the country…..A few months gone now,but 3 months ago we recieved large snails from her family through many hands and had tried some and the bag has been hanging out side since.Well,yesterday she decided to make me up a plate,I’m game….s6304131.jpgso here she’s steamed them and now taking them out of their shells,cuts them up and with chilis(of course)cilantro,lime and onions makes this lovely salad for lunchs6304132.jpgthe middle plate and my fav,spicy mango salad with sticky rice,somethin’ is up!!!!!

Finally a shot of the ‘Q’ in actions6304141.jpgthe rib was well marinated then beer basted on a low heat with rosemary potatoes and a coleslaw with capers,ooooh…

Ouch!!!Another great weekend with all kinds of fun visitors,sides of pig on the ‘Q’,satayed chicken on the grill and the sounds of  papaya salads for all.Friday is my night with ‘The ol’ Farts Club’,a group 0of ex-pats here in Kanchanaburi,we meet and donate money for schools and hit a few bars and have a bit of fun…..just changed and ready to go and the rain came,and came,so us being a 3 motorcycle family,stayed in…..

Well rested for the partiers,I felt in fine form.Saturday was a good one,Ron always come and we get into a bit of fun and his wife is now a regular and brings a great laugh with her too.We had great food,music and company…Now Sunday looked like a repeat performance then this Thai neighbor dropped by in his 1958 red convertable Alfa Romeo,I think it’s the only one in Thailand,a beaut!!!He has a business repairing military vehicles,I met this guy looking for 1950s’ BMW with sidecar,haven’t found one but have had a few drinks over the cause…Anyhow,I open the gates to bring this just amazing car in off the road and he waves me off and is gone,will be back..here is is back with his family in his other wild car,Cadillac Seville,also mint and rare in Thailand,and carrying a bottle of whiskey…

Did I ever mention I’m not good on spirits,well,after being prodded and him a guest,I started having the odd shot,hmmmm.We had a lovely time,family eating us drinking,of course I was still on beer.After all were full and good-byes done,Noi and I went off to bed,or rather hell for me,I was so sick,I’m scared to have a drink,I’m sure this won’t last long…the worst hang-over ,ouch!!

So after 24 hours of water and some meds,it’s Tuesday morning and feelin’ fine…

I have to laugh,in 13 months on this blog site I have recieved comments from some close friends and since I bought the pigs I have got some comments from both sides,hope you can see them!!!!

s6304037.jpgAhhhhh,life in the country.This is the pen,I put it across the street on the other property for a couple of reasons,the smell and noise and my neighbor,heheheh..

They are settled in and growing!!!s6304038.jpgI think it’s pretty roomy,and they’ll only be there a month,should be the size I want and will work on ‘the killer Q’.You see the drain hole,it goes into a septic tank so will be minimal smell.So,next door Craig,pompus Pomy call the recycle people next to him ‘pig people’ so I thought it fitting he should be surrounded.

Another weekend gone….last we left off with the BBQ,it’s bigs6303997.jpg and hard to find a place to hide it,s6303996.jpgbut whatever.So,I’ve been all about looking for a small pig but no-one wants to sell as bigger is more ca$h..Plan B…Jim has a friend who might be around and didn’t take too long to find him,a dutchman with pigs.I told him a meter long is all I can handle and Marko is his name  and seems pretty sure he can help out.He lives like 60 kilometers out of town and assures me I’ll never find it so we make a meeting point,Immigration office in Kanchanaburi.I’ve had Courts’ brother Terry riding shot-gun on my bike,showing him the sites,you ask what kinda sites???well,we’ll leave that one alone….

Anyhow,Terry and I meet Marko at the designated spot and off towards the hills we go.After a long time we have made it and a drink is in order..Marko has some -pretty pigs but they are also 100 kilo pigs!?!?!Ahhhh,he knows a lady who has pigs so off we go on another adventure.Now we end up really in the middle of no where and voila,she has small pigs,some still on the mother and others ready to go,okay,I order 3 pigs and will be back in 3 days,you say why 3 days??I now have to build an enclosure for my little we pork chops.

So,I’ve got the pen built,borrow a dog cage from the vet,didn’t mention what was going in it and Aussie Steve(to the rescue again)Robbie and myself are off to get the wigglie bastards..Well,Steve figures he knows where to go and I’m now lost and so remote the phones wont work and Marko beinng very patient finally comes to our rescue and leads us in….we got the pigs and made a dash for home as it’s 40 C in the shade and by the time we got home their tongues were hanging out…..trying to coordinate all of this only for my steel door guy  to be late and I hate to wait or have people wait so I say my goodbyes and thank yous’ to Steve and Robbie and call up my other lifesaver,Vic,perfect timing as he is still at home and will take me to town to drop off the cage.Yes,the doorman showed up and we have Elmer,fudd and Fat Farang in the cage and I need a beer!!!!!

Had a lovely week with our guests from Canadas6303991.jpg,lot’s of laughss6304002.jpggood food and of course,SHOPPING…Terry and I checked out the usual,girls,s6304000.jpgbeer and on and on….s6304001.jpg

This past 2 weeks has been busy around me,got my brochure done,after many proofs and Eliot is working on my web site.The site is www.Bansabaisabai.com

 let you know when it’s up and you can reserve a spot or just check it out…..

It’s funny ,all I really started out to do was get a BBq built and now I have a piggery.I will buy another freezer and keep pigs on hand,kill them in a month and get three more type of thing and now it’s off to find the shepherd,BAAAAAAAA,that’s next,lamb…..

tech problems and will have photos of the chops soooon!!!!

s6303996.jpgBoy,it sure took it’s time to get here*!@?I had lost all enthusiasm,this has been in production since fucking December.Anyhow,nice work,it’s big,beautiful and will cook a beast….I got the call friday morning from the post office to bring a truck as it had arrived.I had it worked out that Aussie Steve would use his truck and hoped it was on a loading dock,it weighs about 100 kilo…no worries and we were comin’ home….now it’s not much time to get a pig,and now in Thailand the pork industry has some price changes and I found out that no one wanted to sell me a small one,I saw 100 kilo ones but that’s a lot of pig,anyhow,off to a slaughter house and make a deal for a chunk of pig…..

Saturday at sunrise Noi and I are off to pig our pig part,this is not my first time at this either but for quezzy stomachs I’d give it a miss..These guys were fantastic to watch,while I was there they killed 4 huge beasts and the knives were flying.I decided on a hind leg which turned out to weigh in @ 33 lbs and were off on the scooter to rock,it’s BBQ time..

So,the menu is beer basted pig with baked potatoes,sorry for lack of photos,I was quite busy and we had a gang show up.Also,Courts’ wife came from Ottawa with brother in-law,Marty from Ban Seng drove and brought his niece from Kitchener,what great timing as a food experience is happening.Of course Noi has amounts of Thai favorites out too,a smorgasbord of delights……s6303991.jpg