Isaan Stories Edition 1

This post goes back to 2017 and has a variety of great re-edited photos with attached stories that bring them to life.


The final improvements to the family farm have now been completed. A new washing up area has been constructed comprising two large basins and a drying area to replace tubs on the ground.


That's Yuan dressed up in bank robber gear. Isaan people are very good at covering up if working outside. Far better than us.


The guy doing the work did all the tiling at our house when we built. Highly recommended if you want to fly him over.


For the first time, the farm now has stored household water and a pressured system to provide water to four new taps and a western toilet.


These are new crops going into what were rice paddy fields. The area that was so heavily planted up for New Year is now lying fallow. Lettuce, coriander, Chinese celery and chillies are the main crops so far. Everything is burnt in Isaan. Such a brown contrast to the vivid green rice crops when they were newly planted.


Lud on the left takes a well-earned break while Yuan carries on sawing bamboo for plant stakes. I thought it was a lovely contrast in activity.


Kids at our local primary school doing their morning march around the oval. Thais love flags and marching bands. It's still cool early morning and that is a slight mist mixed with smoke from all the burning happening this time of year.


Spot the Aussie. I was driving Lud's pickup and saw this little Australian keeping an eye on the driver. That's a small fishing trap ornament for good luck and plastic flowers, also for good luck and to save money


An early morning visit to the farm this morning got our lime supply topped up from the guy next door who grows limes. He selects the large ones for me. Thais prefer the small ones because they are usually just a squeeze of flavour in their dishes. Mine were for pancakes, lime juice and sugar - not a big item on the Isaan breakfast menu. 3 kilos for 50 baht.


This is the first time I have seen this rather drab (sorry mate) butterfly in the garden. We get more of the bright red and black ones, the size of small birds.


Enjoying the selection of flowers.


We went to collect Peng from school this afternoon because she had a dentist appointment. The school gates are literally that, and the kids can't leave until they are opened by teachers at 4 pm.


Outside the food stalls are set up every day waiting for hungry kids to be let loose.


The rush is on. Never get between a Thai person and food.


I took this photo because you will notice that each child is giving the teacher a wai, the Thai way of showing respect with two hands raised to the face. There are actually three levels of wai depending on the social level of the person on the receiving end. This is a middle level one.


Teaches supervise the exit and manage the road crossing, while real live police direct traffic at many local schools. Not something you'll ever see police doing in Australia, I am guessing.


Peng makes an appearance. She's a happy soul, like her mum.


Stopped at traffic lights next to a huge sugar truck, I rolled down the window and took this photo of the stacked cane. I liked the mix of shadows, shapes and colours.


Taken through the car window, so not such great quality. A perfectly normal sight here. A few more kids inside, of course. Like the photos of five people on a motorbike, this is all good tourist fun. The number of road casualties, which is super high in Thailand, shows that this relaxed attitude to bulk people transport can have a high price.


Street markets were happening in Nong Bua Lamphu, the larger town next to us, where Peng had her dentist appointment. I won't show photos of the markets, which I have covered several times before, but this bike was worth sharing.


Thanks for reading.


Tony

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