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13 hours ago, stoolpusher said:

   I thought the same when I moved here but completely the opposite and you will find the same Annat with your girls family . 

I said from the start I am not a rich man and have never been asked to help the family with out getting the money back in a specified time , everyone needs a hand out now and then  In my case I have got it back in full .

    It will be a culture shock at first but it will work out in the long run , its way different living full time than staying a couple of weeks

      

Yes agree nearly did it 5 years ago but when I looked at what I would save in rent here in UK, council tax, electric water gas  car tax petrol etc. it looked a good deal as I had already done house and bought car - sadly when i looked into the cost of my pills and potions plus my health insurance and the loss of my business it became more expensive to go to Thailand

Also I am lousy at languages, hate the heat above 32degrees and totally hate snakes

so I was born in the UK and will no doubt die in the UK

though I have been coming to Thailand for 47 years

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Well its that time of year again when we start making salt , we had already started scraping the salty soil in to a pile and today we made the bath tub like beds to wash the salt out of the soil. Doa got up extra early still in her sleeping outfit to help me cart water to wash the salt.

     [ A recap from last year ]The water will take up to 48 hours to seep through the soil ( topping up a few times ) then it will be boiled over a BBQ type set up to evaporate the water and the salt is left to dry and bag up for selling .    

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Thank's SP for sharing all that you are working on and developing up at your Home, it's great watching your progress and seeing all the effort that is involved getting to the final products.  Cheers  :drinks: Tel

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3 hours ago, stoolpusher said:

We have started boiling the water to produce the salt

Great pics SP  :drinks: it's like looking back in time seeing the process that is being used here simply to boil the water.

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The soil is just that soil , there would be contaminants floating around in the air and in rain drops that fall on the soil sure. The tin tray is NOT galvanised and cleaned and fresh water is boiled on it before the first bach of salty water is produced just to get that oily film and other contaminants that you would find on the tin tray.  I would say it is more pure than the salt you buy from your store back home .

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1 hour ago, stoolpusher said:

Well the out of season rice crop is finally finished,  it was harvested today and got a decent yield from the 6 rai . All up the crop produced 4,000 kg at 6.20 baht per kg .

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Geez mate. Well done!.

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3 hours ago, stoolpusher said:

All up the crop produced 4,000 kg at 6.20 baht per kg .

Great result S P :drinks:  It is great to see the rewards flow through after all the hard work by You & your family .

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Thanks guys it was good to do and to see the results at the finish. It was getting a bit close to running out of water and then the rains came so all good. 

  

  The other farm is nearly ready for the usual planting,  a little more work to do then wait for the big rains and we will start.

 

  The John deere tractor I bought is getting plenty of use and the list is growing of farmers wanting work done , so I have given the job to Dao's dad, my Visa dosen't permit me to  earn money in the Kingdom. 

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35 minutes ago, stoolpusher said:

The John deere tractor I bought is getting plenty of use and the list is growing of farmers wanting work done , so I have given the job to Dao's dad, my Visa dosen't permit me to  earn money in the Kingdom. 

This is a very good outcome, giving Dao's Dad a way of earning a nice steady income and thereby independance to further the Family .  :drinks:

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Just now, bumblebee said:

Looks like things are going well SP, great to see you are making a success of it all. :good:

Thanks BB , I am finding it all very interesting and all the locals are keen to show me new things and a different way of doing things with the tools and equipment they have used for probably hundreds of years 

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8 minutes ago, bumblebee said:

Looks like things are going well SP, great to see you are making a success of it all. :good:

I just have to point out that he is under my guidance and instruction, so he should succeed!!.:biggrin:

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Well its rice planting season again across Thailand,  some provinces are well under way. We started preparing land in early May after getting rid of the old sugar cane stubble.  Much more planting to go , all up we should have 15 Rai to havest around November 

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