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s6300382.jpgThis is the start of it,I was quite moved by it,in the procession there are 52 boats with the smaller ones having at least 20 oarsmen in uniforms from older times,amazing!!!This is done once a year marking the end of Buddist lent,there was a total of 2098 navy personel manning the 52 barges…..s6300371.jpgs6300388.jpgBangkok has like a 24 hour rush hour,clogged streets,it’s mad,also this river you see has major boat taxis from small boats holding 10 people to 200,anyhow on this day,the river was closed and some areas of Bangkok,you can only imagine the mess.I stay in Banglampoo,backpaker area and the old part of the city,and also right by the river…thousands of people got a place from early in the morning to see the procession pass around 4pm…we came from home around 7am,got a room and prepared for the spectac…s6300385.jpgyou wouldn’t want any waves,this is one of the lead barges,there are monks on some(under the canopy)musicions on others and then the royals,in olden times these barges were used in battle also..s6300387.jpgs6300398.jpgs6300402.jpgquite the outfits,the guy on the front sgnals the oarsmen to paddle,busy job..s6300410.jpgs6300403.jpgs6300411.jpgs6300416.jpgs6300417.jpgs6300399.jpgs6300418.jpgs6300419.jpgThese last few shots are of the Kings’ barge,all the pomp and ceremony,I hope it lives on and same for the King and Queen!!!!

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Funny how that is,great to get home,whether it’s your hometown,family place or your own,I get kinda excited,even when I think of Ottawa or getting close on a plane or bus,real strange…….anyhow,back from Bangkok and dogs and fish are happy to be fed and the girls are in the kitchen getting some fixins’ happenin’.We have crabs,fish and papaya salad,wines,beers,ahhhhhhh…..s6300244.jpgs6300271.jpgs6300243.jpgBack to work….here we are cutting the granite for my stove-top,in the foreground check out the gas/electric combo.It turned out perfect but on the backslash they were an inch too long which was an easy fix,glad they do it on site….There is the finished version with lighting and fan for those hot stir-frys….I’m glad it’s now done and finally can get at the brick work which has taken on a lot of cfement drips an just an overall mess,II plan to use a hammer and chisel for the thicker stuff and finish it with a drill with wire brush on,it takes a while and my back will be on massage and medication, but hey,it’s all part of it……                    Noi is having some of here family up,great,welll I get back from town and there’s 17,did they empty the village????All ages,and a very happy bunch come to eat(of course)  enjoy the nature,check the waterfalls and party,well,I was having a ball,we have games and badminton and it was great to see all ages(kids around 5 then a group around teens then 20-30 then older,like myself)having fun and it is set up so us older farts can have our own space and the kids too…..