Living in Thailand - Part 2
by Boncuk , 24th June 2010 at 06:43 AM (1418 Views)
Nothing much has changed within the last week. The rainy season is early and powerful this year. Delivery trucks won't make the small uphill slope in the mud and workers don't like to "play" with concrete in heavy rain.
However some progress can be observed.
Funny enough the "Chang" asked me where I want to have the openings for fresh and exhaust air canals, but despite my markings he had the brick walls closed all around, saying they'll provide openings later.
Mother nature is utmost generous in Thailand, which you can see by the picture of coconut trees I planted one year ago by sticking specially treated coconuts into the ground, richly embedded in cow dung.
(The coconuts you buy in the northern part of the world don't have their first skin anymore, just the hard shell (second skin). The soft shell has to be cut using a machete to drive roots easier)
I planted low growing trees which gain a maximum height of approximately 5m. The first three years coconuts can be harvested without climbing the tree or using a ladder.
The gigantic leaves (about 5 to 6m length) take care of a shady place in the garden.
You'll also see the front view of a TukTuk, with its single cylinder self igniting diesel engine. They are built by local locksmiths ("Chang gund shae") who use double-T irons for the chassis and also for the bumpers.
I saw a TukTuk getting out of control ramming a tree of 1ft diameter and cut it like a toothpick without any damage to the TukTuk, almost as tough as a battle tank.
I guess women make cleaner work than men. They use concrete sparingly and distribute it in holes using their hands if necessary. Watching them at work I have the impression they are spreading butter on a slice of toast.
There is also a picture showing a woman in action.
There are also two pictures included showing the "Khlong" at the south side of our garden. Channelizing the Khlong will add about 110square meters to our ground.
Enjoy the pictures