My young garden is so alive this morning. Dawn has barely broken, it’s been raining all night and the windless blanket of grey sky could mean it won’t stop for some time. Thankfully I cut the grass yesterday and I can almost feel it teasing me as I watch it, sprouting yet again, from the sala. Although the still and damp air is cool I seldom feel the need for any clothing other than shorts or a sarong for modesty. I’ve nothing to hide really but we are different from the other animals and I don’t want splinters in my bum from a rough garden bench. Continue reading Early morning garden
A series of scary frenetic piercing screams from next door told me there was possibly trouble afoot. My brain was in overdrive as my prehistoric legs moved my body as fast as they would take me. Was it murder? Had she fallen? Was it another cobra visitation? Foolishly I had taken a short cut through the lemon trees. On arrival my clothes were shredded and I was bleeding. As I staggered through the undergrowth I saw her barefoot husband, sporting only a pair of very skant sky blue underpants, sauntering across the yard about as fast as a turbo-charged tetraplegic tortoise. He was clearly used to this kind of melodramatic outpouring from the missus. In his hands he was carrying a breakfast cereal bowl which was by the time he reached his wife only half full of water. Luckily he had finished his cornflakes! Continue reading Scary screams
When converting water into wine became popular about 2000 years ago I don’t suppose it was ever imagined that anyone would want to try to reverse the process. Well, you may be interested to know that it has been successfully achieved in an Irish bar in Phuket. However, I will be surprised if it catches on as the cheapest wine in Thailand is 200 baht a litre and water is 2 baht a litre. But this is child’s play when compared to the amazingly skilful Thai craft of fruit and vegetable carving. Continue reading Fruit and Vegetable carving – Thailand
What are your resources?
It’s impossible to give a general estimate of what it costs to live in Thailand because it depends on where you live, your needs, desires and resources. Are you a traveller or are you planning to stay. You can read a plethora of articles on this subject, some of which may get you diving into the store room for your suitcase; others may make you bolt the front door and hide in the broom cupboard. They can be useful as a rough guide but sometimes, for me, they can be too generic so I have approached the subject in a slightly different way. Continue reading What is the real cost of living in Thailand?