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I’m back – But not yet fully functional!

It seems like a lifetime but it is only five months since I posted ‘Taking a break’ on October 17.

Only now do I realise that post was inaptly titled. The five months have been anything but a break; more a physical and mental ordeal I promise myself never to undertake again.

House warming
House warming

I have now built two houses in Thailand which, for an amateur developer, is quite a daunting challenge. Both have been vastly different experiences and I could easily write two books; novels even!! Continue reading I’m back – But not yet fully functional!

Fires already?

I have written many times on the subject of atmospheric pollution and although I am taking a break from blogging for a while I cannot contain my emotions when it comes to being exposed to deliberately started forest fires.

While I am managing a building project in Northern Thailand I am staying on the hill slopes of Huai Kaew village, 30 kms north of Chiang Mai, bordering the forests. The climate at this time of year is comfortable. Cool at night and early morning rising to 30c + in the day with no rain except the occasional shower.

But now the burning season starts when the monsoon rains have gone and farmers burn off the dry dead grasses and stubble to stimulate new growth next year around May/June’; then Cutting back excessive growth, clearing land and deforestation for fruit and vegetable farming. Continue reading Fires already?

Goodbye Chiang Mai

Goodbye Chiang Mai goodbye.

Just for now, maybe forever.

I’ll miss you so goodbye

But ne’er forget you ever.

 

Remember you are where I go.

I’ll see you often afore I die.

Not as before for now t’will be

Forever, always, my mind’s eye.

 

For in my heart you’ll always be.

You took me in and set me free.

Your valleys and your farms.

Your jungle and your mountain charms.

 

Fields of green and gold.

Your fertile earth where seasons play

With scents so subtle sometimes bold.

The food you give us everyday.

 

Your rivers flood and mountains stream

The lifeblood of your garden fare;

Never sleeping ne’er to dream.

The source of life and love laid bare.

 

For in my heart you’ll always be.

You took me in and set me free.

Your valleys and your farms.

Your jungle and your mountains charm.

Misty morning and a yellow hue pervades the valley north of Chiang Mai
Misty morning and a yellow hue pervades the valley north of Chiang Mai

How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares

An Akha village, with the traditional thatched...

An example of an Akha village, with the traditional thatched roofs, found in Laos and Northern Thailand. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Sunday market at Tha Phae Gate – Chiang Mai. [Jamoroki Art]
Hmong people
Hmong people (Photo credit: rEkOM)

The Hill-Tribes in the north of Thailand are industrious, quiet and respectful people. Theirs is another world away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and rural towns. They live their lives in the mountains, forests and hills that make up most of the landscape of northern Thailand bordering Myanmar and Laos. Continue reading How the Hill-Tribes of Chiang Mai sell their wares