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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Thank you Susana. I have also reread it several times, and enjoy the nostalgia. It would not be as it is without you guys. Thanks again.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Hope you won't retire the thread, emu! Please continue to let us know how you are getting on, whats happening with your family and down town Phu Sing and area!

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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Fully agree with the sentiments expressed. Your life's experience emu, just goes to prove to me at least, you must, as much as is reasonably possible, make the most of the moment.
    One obviously must make provision and plans for the future, but so often the present is equally as important.
    I also get a lot of enjoyment catching up with your life's events as you post them, and hope you will be able to continue even if you find the need to wind back a bit.

    cheers, John

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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    A snippet from our lives. February last year on facebook. And relevant almost every day.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Just a quick one. Not 15 minutes after that post, I sit drinking coffee. It is her signal that I have had enough. Good night.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Enjoy your retirement Emu. I took redundancy from the railways last Feb after 36 yrs and it beats working. I have followed your house building project with interest. We are looking at buying some land and building too. thanks for all the insights.
    cheers Brad

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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Sorry to go of track a little.

    Unfortunately, my internet speed is limiting my input, and hopefully I can catch up soon.

    The steelwork is complete for the car port, and it has been top coated dark blue since this photo. But, as happens often, a death in the village postponed any work for three days, and ongoing. Because the day after the cremation, two motorbikes had a head on collision at the main "T" junction. One, an uncle of our friend was killed instantly, and the other is clinging to life in Sisaket hospital. The main road is partially blocked as the funeral gets into full swing.


    Obviously, there is no photo. We have the roof tiles sitting here, but wait to see what happens. I have plenty of time on my hands, but I would really like to have some shade to do other jobs, and not have to come through mud on the bikes. Thai time is ok.
    Taking it easy, Emu.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    Both participants in the head on collision expired. One we didn't know, and the other was my Danish friends wifes mothers brother. Such is village life. We attended both funerals the same day, the third day of the parties. We have payment record books for our contributions, and although the record shows 100 baht, we normally give 300. I f I know the people are doing it tough, I slip them a 1000, and don't tell my wife.


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    The pink books are our old village, which we stay involved in, and the yellow is the new.
    A day after this was another accident in the village with head injury and photos on social media. Reports that he was dead, but still alive in Sisaket hospital.
    As if that wasn't enough, we came across this poor bugger 20km from home. Head on collision with a truck. Again head injuries. I stopped to help, but he was too far gone. Held his hand for a while, but his eyes were half open, blank stare. No longer with us.


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    A very sad business here. Still, after all this tragedy in our village, the kids still race around, leaning forward to reduce wind resistance, no helmet, and no idea.
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    Re: The Emu story-Building a Home in Thailand (PHOTOS & VIDS)

    The carport itself is finished, with only some earthworks, and pouring the slabs to go. This photo is some three or four days ago. This whole area will be concreted on Saturday. Concrete is 2000 baht per cubic metre, plus 600 baht per truck for delivery. Brother in law looking after the job told me I would have to pay 2600 baht per cube, but at the shop, I got in first and offered 1800. Haha. It pays to be proactive. I have measured it to 19 cubic metres.
    The crew were reluctant to dig down to the 100 mm that I specified in the start. There is also a 50mm fall to the wall, and I will open holes with drains there. They were digging down to their 100mm marks, and dumping the spoil against the wall. I tried to tell them not to, and had to engage Mrs Emu to put a stop to it. They have to still go down 50mm. So I have put my foot down today, and made them remove it.
    She says it will cost me more in concrete. No. It bloody wont. A uniform 100mm will be just that, whatever the fall.

    Pooklook comes to sit with grandpa and oversee the works.


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    The guys have done an excellent job, right up to the grouting at the corners. It is very sloppy.


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    Fully grown trees are readily available, and transported all over the country. Some of the other traffic can be annoying, but we need to just relax, jai yen yen, and respect the local way of life.


    The Durian and Rambutan festival is under way in Sisaket city. We have been past the gates three times this week. The first two, parking was quite far away and the girls did not want to walk, and the last, we had a load of stuff in the back of the car.

    I have a new motorbike, and my plan is to venture out alone whenever I can, unrestricted, and I will have the time to get the photos I want. It currently does not have a pillion seat, but it was ordered, and will be in the shop when it goes for first service.

    We have talked to the crew who will finish the back 80 metres of the wall, and they will start in a week or two, when they finish their current job.


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    Retirement is fantastic. I have no commitments, except for family. However, almost every day is spent in the car. three trips to Ubon, and 4 or 5 to Sisaket. Today is the first day I have had to stay home. So busy, in a week and a half, I have only put 200 km on the bike.
    never a dull moment. So much to do around the house.
    Entertained Thailandqa Tim for a day as well, with a visit to the house, and a couple of popular Wats. He makes me realise how little Thai I have learned so far. I need to lift my game. At home, I try to speak only Thai, and it does get into your head. Just another amazing Thai day.
    Cheers, Emu
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