die kleinen Freuden und eine neutrale Karte

Ach kennt ihr das auch? So eine kleine Freude, einfach zwischen durch. Am Montag musste ich tanken. Das ist ja schon seit Jahren kein Spaß mehr. Doch ich bin auf das Auto angewiesen und habe nicht wirklich eine Wahl außer so spritsparend wie möglich zu fahren und nur den Weg zur Arbeit und zurück mit dem Auto zu erledigen. Alles hier vor Ort wird zu Fuss gemacht.
Ich fahren an die Tankstelle und sehe, x,x3 € Oh Mann, ihr Halsabschneider habe ich mir noch gedacht. Da ich weiß, dass die Anzeige an der großen Tafel nicht gilt, sondern ich im Zweifelsfall das bezahlen muss, was die Zapfsäule anzeigt, schaue ich vor dem Zapfen immer auch auf diese kleine Anzeige. Und da steht x,x1 € Wie 2 Cent weniger????
Es war zwar immer noch exorbitant teuer, aber mich haben die 2 Cent weniger echt gefreut. So bin ich nun mal.

Heute möchte ich euch eine neutrale Karte zeigen. Entweder einfach so als Gruß oder als Glückwunschkarte jeglicher Art.

Nicht nur, dass man hier auch gern seine Designpapierreste aufbrachen kann, man kann sich mit ein paar Stempelabrücken leicht selbst Designpapier gestalten und hier verwenden.
Ich habe solche neutralen Karten ganz gern auf Vorrat. Da bin ich für fast alle Gelegenheiten gewappnet.

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Karte mit anbehmbaren Lesezeichen

Heute möchte ich euch eine neutrale Karte zeigen deren Zierelement ein abnehmbares Lesezeichen ist. Ich mag es, wenn man die Karte hinterher noch verwenden kann.

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Karte mit kleinen Flügeltüren

Heute möchte ich euch eine Karte zeigen, die sich durch ein kleines Versteck auszeichnet.
Das weiße Etikett mit dem Vogelkäfig ist zwei mal gestanzt und aufeinander geklebt worden. Das Obere zeigt nur den Käfig. Dabei ist es mittig aufgeschnitten und so auf das Untere geklebt worden, dass es eine Art Flügeltür darstellt. Das Untere ist dann noch mit der süßen, kleinen Eule bestempelt.

Ein kleiner Hingucker, ohne großen Aufwand. Ich liebe das.

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FISH ----ON !!!!!!!!

They say that Thailand is the freshwater fishing capital of the world , and from all I see and hear from the fisherman that come here to fish, they all agree .

I've been trying to catch one of these fish for a while and have always missed the hook-up or broke my line , well yesterday at a catch and release pond I hooked into one and was lucky enough to land him , take a few pictures and let him or her go back for another fishermans catch of the day . Now if I ever get up to the Mekong Delta  up north I might just try for one of those world record one .lol

This info came from the www. hope you enjoy the read  as much as I did and I really enjoyed the catch .

Biggest Freshwater Fish: Giant Mekong Catfish
Giant Mekong Catfish

This giant catfish caught in May of 2005 was 9 feet long and weighed 646 lbs - more than 5 times the size of the world record catfish caught in North America.

It's official! The new world record holder for the biggest freshwater fish is the Giant Mekong catfish (Pangasius gigas). The biggest one ever captured and measured was caught in Thailand in May of 2005. It was 9 feet long and weighed 646 pounds.

The fish in the photo was captured by some fisherman where the species is considered endangered, but can still be caught with special permits. The fish was turned in to the Department of Fisheries where the eggs and sperm are collected from these rare giants and harvested for a captive breeding program to keep the species alive.
This giant catfish inhabits the waters of the Mekong River in China, which flows southward into Southeast Asia. This fish is found as far south as Cambodia and Thailand where it is known as Pla Buk, which means simply "huge fish".The dimensions of these catfish are very impressive, with the largest supposedly growing up to 10ft/3m and weighing up to 660lbs/300kg.
Scientists have recently discovered something amazing about the Giant Mekong catfish; they live out part of their lives at sea. Most people have the impression of catfish as slow, lumbering bottom-feeders, but it turns out that the migration routes of these catfish rival those of the better known salmon. Scientists have recorded Pangasius gigas traveling as much as 600 miles (1000 km) inland from the south China sea up the Mekong River to spawn.

                                                   I got  a Big one --I holler at Ciejay  get the net

 I hook into a big one  (for this area)
 He or She puts up a good fight
But in the end after about 20 min. I land  the Gaint Mekong Catfish   yee haaa !!!!  take a few quick pictures and back you go for another days fun . Mine weighted 17 kilo or 37 lbs.  not quite a world record , but a great catch .

Eissaison, passende Karte dazu

Ach Männo, da hatten die Wetterfrösche für Freitag und Samstag bei uns so schönes, sonniges Wetter angesagt. Und???? Das Wetter wusste nix davon. Naja, wir haben das beste aus dem Wochenende gemacht. Ich hoffe, ihr auch.

Liebe Sabine, vielen Dank für Deinen netten Kommentar. Irgendwie haben sich im Hintergrund die Bilder zerschossen. Da mein Foto immer noch nicht möchte, muss ich sehen, dass ich die Karten irgend wie anders noch mal abgelichtet bekomme. Dann stell ich die Fotos wieder ein und hoffe, dass es dann funktioniert.

Unser absoluter Lieblingseissalon macht im Winter immer zu. Das bedeutet von Anfang Oktober bis Anfang März kein Eis mal eben auf die Hand oder einen leckeren Eisbecher vor Ort geniessen.

Jedes Jahr ab Januar können wir es kaum noch erwarten und beobachten jede Regung in der Eisdiele genau und freuen uns mit jedem Tag ein bisschen mehr.

Um jemanden zum Eis einzuladen oder als Gutschein oder oder oder habe ich diese Karte gemacht.

Wie ihr seht, ist die Eistüte dabei so gestaltet, dass man sie öffnen kann und dort noch eine Nachricht, einen Gutschein oder wie auch immer verstecken kann. Die Karte selber ist als normale Klappkarte gestaltet.

Nun wünsche ich euch einen guten Start in die neue Woche
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300 Posts and Still Blogging…

Typically reaching a milestone, even one a trivial as 300 posts, would have me examining the blog and moaning about my lack of motivation or direction.  As fate would have it, I have already done that quite recently.  So clearly I need to find some other way of marking the occasion.

Today I find myself at home again, playing househusband and servant to Cookie and our other four legged family members.  My wife is taking that last of her final exams and will no doubt go out for lunch to celebrate with her classmates.  Now that we both have iPhones, she is texting me more often using her favorite apps.  “I arrived safely.” or “Going in to take my test now.”, things of that nature pop up on the screen from time to time.

Speaking of iPhones, I only kept the iPhone 4 roughly a week.  One of my wife’s classmates jokingly suggested she sell the old phone her and get me a new one.  Well, to make a short story even shorter, that is what we did in the end.  Now we both have a new iPhone 5.

I am pretty sure we are taking a road trip later this week but with my wife cramming for finals we have put off any detailed planning.

Pause ll,

Writing of this post was interrupted yesterday, by a call and invitation to join my wife and a few of her friends for a movie in Chiang Rai.  This was one of those few occasions when it was convenient to have my own transportation since she had the car.  (I am still considering selling the Ninja 650, however, since it hardly gets ridden.)  After a shower, closing up the house and seeing to Cookie’s needs, putting on my gear and inspecting the seldom used Ninja 650, I zipped into town and enjoyed a pleasant afternoon with wife and friends.

Of course I could have opted to stay at home but I have learned to read the signs and usually know when to accept an invitation and when to decline.  Sometimes you are invited because you are there and it would be considered rude not to extend an invitation.  On those occasions it is perhaps best to decline by offering a polite excuse. 

Whether my wife really wanted me there or simply wanted to do something nice for me, to make up for the time she spends away from me, I don’t know.  I do know that when she makes the effort to mention something, even in passing, there is often more to it than idle chitchat.  So I pay attention to the signs, understanding that ignoring them comes at some peril.

I now have an idea where my wife wants to go on our pending road trip and it looks like I will have the opportunity to drive some of the same amazing backcountry roads we found a couple years ago, Road Trip, as well as pickup a few we missed.  I’m thinking of reversing the previous route and heading first to Nan, then taking the scenic route all the way to Chiang Khan before continuing on to a few other places she wants to go.  Sounds like a very long drive but it also sounds like my kind of fun and a great test for the new SUV.

As an afterthought I have decided to include a few shots from my last Mt. bike ride.
Under the bridge next to the Ing River.

The first bridge of the day.

Rice ready for harvest.

Rice just planted in the next field over.

Adding a little color and perspective.

Blocking the flow to make fishing easier.

The second bridge of the day.

Irrigating the rice fields.

Young rubber wood trees near home.

Top Buffet of 2012 - Wood Grill Buffet, Charlottesville, Virginia

The Wood Grill Buffet located in Charlottesville, Virginia is one of the five TOP BUFFETS of 2012 named by this site. The Wood Grill Buffet in Charlottesville is one restaurant of four that are a small chain within a chain. The over-all restaurant chain is Western Sizzlin. This award is given to this specific buffet restaurant location in Charlottesville, VA. and no other in the chain. We have

Family Cupboard Restaurant in Bird in Hand, PA to CLOSE

I am interrupting the series of articles on Top Buffets to announce that the Family Cupboard Restaurant in Bird in Hand, Pennsylvania will close its doors permanently on February 2, 2013. This is very sad news. I previously reported that the owner of the restaurant put the business up for sale in hopes that someone would carry it on as it has been. Evidently no buyer has been found and to make

Viel Glück

.... wer kann das nicht gebrauchen. Es gibt viele Gelegenheiten, in denen man dies wünscht und wünschen kann. Dafür habe ich diese Karte gebastelt.
Mir gefällt die Farbkombi aus braun und chili. Es sieht einfach, klar und unheimlich edel aus.

Schon wieder Wochenende und wenn sich die Wetterfrösche nicht total vertan haben, wird es absolut wolkenlos und sonnig. Da muss ich raus. Ihr könnt euch nicht vorstellen, wie ich mich nach all dem dristen grau auf die Sonne freue.

Ich wünsche euch ein wundervolles Wochenende und macht das Beste daraus
Für den Moment
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Valentinstag, bald ist es soweit

Bald ist es wieder soweit. Valentinstag. Ich weiß, er ist umstritten. Die einen pflegen diesen Tag, erwarten von ihrem Liebsten eine Aufmerksamkeit, einen kleinen Gruß. Die Anderen empfinden diesen Tag nur als Erfindung der Floristiker.
Ich? Ich meine, jeder Tag sollte ein Valentinstag sein. Muss ich einen bestimmten Tag haben, um den Menschen um mich herum, die ich liebe, zu sagen, dass es so ist. Nein. Kennt ihr das Lied von Ronan Keating "if tomorrow never comes"? Mein absolutes Lieblingslied. Was ist, wenn das Morgen nicht mehr kommt und ich ihr, ihm, ihnen nicht gesagt habe, dass ich sie liebe?????

So versuche ich es zu halten. Egal welcher Tag ist, ich sage meinen Lieben immer mal wieder, dass es so ist. Da brauche ich keinen speziellen Tag dafür.

Aber nichts desto trotz. Ob euer Valentinstag einmal im Jahr oder wie bei uns gern 365 mal im Jahr ist. Für so eine Gelegenheit habe ich diese Karte gewerkelt.
Natürlich könnte man diese Karte auch für Geburtstag, Danke, Glückwünsche jeder Art nehmen. Sie ist mit dem von Herzen einfach neutral gehalten.

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neutrale Karte in Frühlingsfarben

Geht es euch auch so? Ich freu mich jedes Jahr auf die Adventszeit, die vielen Basteleien, die Winterfarben des Papieres usw. Aber ist Weihnachten und Silvester dann um, kann ich diese Farben für eien Weile auch nicht mehr sehen. Dann müssen es frische, leuchtende Frühlingsfarben sein. So wie die Farben aus der Farbfamilie Signalfarben. Die sind jetzt genau das Richtige für mích.
Aus diesem Farbwunsch heraus ist dann auch diese Karte entstanden.

Für den Moment
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Endlich ist es wieder soweit. Sale+A+Bration Zeit. Wer in dieser Zeit bei einer Bestellung Ware im Wert von über 60,- € kauft, kann sich aus der echt umfassendend Auswahl an Prämien oder Geschenksets eins aussuchen. Bei 120,- € zwei usw.

Ihr wollt wissen was es alles gibt? Dann schaut doch mal hier in den Flyer rein. Bei den einzelnen Sets steht immer die Anzahl dabei. Z.B. 5 Stempel. Dann sind nicht immer die 5 Stempel abgebildet sondern auch mal die Stempelbilder oder Abdrucke.

Ich freu mich auf eine tolle, kreative SAB Zeit mit euch. Und wenn ihr einen Workshop ausrichten wollt, meldet euch einfach entweder unter kreativestempelideen@web.de oder 01577 3852 797.

Für dem Moment
liebe Grüße

Shave and a haircut two bits

By Dr. Gifford Jones Sunday, December 16, 2007 “Would you like a free massage as a holiday present after your haircut, doctor?” the owner of Elizabeth Milan’s salon in Toronto’s Royal York Hotel asked me. It had been a hard day seeing patients and maybe I looked a trifle haggard. But whatever the reason, being of Scottish heritage, the free part appealed to me. So I said, “Why not?” (from a article on the www) When we get a haircut, with a little bit of therapy thrown in, was it any better than a standard haircut???? I use to think that a haircut was just that a haircut, but in the back of my mind ,I (even growing up) always knew that it made me feel good , like my battries had been recharged,made me feel good about myself, and for sure made me look a lot better, when I looked in the mirror,that the barber always held up and said "hows that look ". Now that I have grown older and a lot wiser,(ha ha ) I realize that everytime I got a haircut and as I got older a shave , that it made me feel better not only physically, but that it was also therapy ,for my whole body as well, I never knew it as such then, the rhythm of the scissors clicking against the comb , the noise of the electric clippers and the news of what was happening around town , plus a opinion on a lot of subjects, and then, to just sit there in the chair or lay back for my shave, and close my eyes and just let my head clear and let my thoughts wonder to who knows where, and forget about the world ,and all it's cares and problems for just a few moments,I now realize ,that was more than a haicut and shave it was therapy for my soul and I never even reconized it as such ,and then to hear the words NEXT and all of a sudden I'm back in the real world again,and all that for three bits, and I walk out of the barbershop feeling like a new man. Here in Thailand I have found a skilled barber lady and I have to say one of the best therapist in the whole country, she is a excellent barber and has the hands of a angel when she gives the scalp massage and little shoulder and back rub that she always throws in for free, and sends me on my way feeling like a new man ( and again all that for 30 baht) , ready to take on whatever RETIREMENT throws at me the rest of the day, and of course theres always the HAMMOCK. How about you ? do you enjoy the therapy that comes with your haircut ? and if you're not then I say it's time to find a new barber ,where you can sit down close your eyes and relax and let your mind clear and and your worries and cares of the day ,fly away for a moment or two, and get your emotional battery charged ,and you get to sit in a chair and not lay on a couch. Malcolm

neutrale Karte für viele Gelegenheiten

Das Wochenende ist vorbei und ich hoffe, ihr hattet alle eine schöne Zeit.

Heute möchte ich euch eine absolut neutrale Karte zeigen. Sie ist sowohl vom Motiv her wie auch von den Farben flexibel einsetzbar.

Nun wünsche ich euch einen guten Start in eine tolle Woche
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A Lost Day …

Great expectations and grand visions of another epic ride home from town, turned into a lazy day at home devoid of any energy or ambition at all.  The night before I laid out a few items in preparation for the ride but fell short of putting the bike in the car.  Good thing I didn’t, as I was in no mood to get out of bed when my wife did, to prepare for school.  By the time she was leaving and had kissed me goodbye, all I could do was rollover and sleep for a few more hours.  Even then, I got up out of embarrassment at the hour, rather than because of feeling fully rested.

Opened the house, walked Cookie, turned on the router and computer, ground fresh beans, drank coffee and browsed the internet, all while I was still in a state of energy deficiency.  Almost forgot to call my father on Skype, so dull were my senses.  Watched the second half of the Lance Armstrong interview with Ophra.  For me this whole saga illustrates so well, the notion that history is written by the winners, an opportunity that has been so glaringly stripped from him. 

Politics, religion, business or sports, winning is what is expected and rewarded.  Good losers, like good guys, finish at the back of the pack and are not remembered.  Throughout history the biggest winners have often been endowed with monumental flaws, as well.  The difference these days seems to be the fact we find out the truth when they are still alive, rather than years after their passing.  In some ways the big lie made for a better and more motivational story but our appetite for scandal and retribution seems greater than our desire to feel good these days.

I spent some time thinking about Phil’s questions from the last post but could not conjure up succinct and satisfying answers.  My answers are more likely to be seen a jaded and cynical or evasive and dismissive.  I will leave it to the academics to write papers on Thailand’s future, to further their own careers and advancement in the halls of academia.

Even in this small village where we live, bordered by a new rubber plantation on one side and rice fields and hillside orchards on the other, no one can say with any certainty what the future holds.  Have the children really moved to the city or are they there simply to work, while their hearts and homes are still in the village?

As for the question of “whether the government's higher rice payments are a significant benefit and if so how is the additional income being used.”  If one understands that the first goal of any entity is self preservation, then the inflated rice prices have indeed benefitted the intended party.  The governments power base has been broadened and reenforced.  Still, most villagers are in a state of constant debt, something that seems to be written into the DNA of most humans, and no amount of money thrown at the problem will ever alter that most human of traits.

For example it is commonly required in the village loan schemes, that you payback a loan before you are able to borrow more.  Here people simple get a bridge loan, from a loan-shark, to carry them from one loan to the next.  The money is then treated more like income than money to be invested and repaid.  Getting more money from the government only raises expectations and expenses.

To be honest, these kinds of things hardly register a blip on my radar these days.  Not sure what that will say to others, about me, but no doubt something can be made of it by those so inclined.

I captured this image in the field next to our house before retiring for the night, so thought I would add it here.

A New Mt. Bike Route …

The route I chose ended up being shorter than I guessed it would be but that turned out to be a good thing.  Even at a little less than 46 km, it was still an exhausting day.  The 73 km I did last week, from my wife’s university to home, left me equally drained but that was on paved roads for the most part.  I started out this ride on a familiar route to Sop Pao but instead of making a counterclockwise loop back home through the town of Phaya Mengrai, I continued in a clockwise direction.  This took me through sparsely populated mountains, over the degraded dirt road leading to four hill tribe villages, in the direction of Tat Kwan Reservoir where I stopped to take in the still waters and lush foliage after an extremely dusty ride through very rough and mountainous terrain.

It has been a long, dirty and tiring day, so maybe a few more pictures and a few less words today.  A recent cold spell has caused a change in the foliage along the trail.  The trail may not have been in great shape but the views made it worthwhile all the same.

Top Buffet of 2012 - Dutch-Way Family Restaurant, Gap, PA

The Dutch-Way Family Restaurant in Gap, Pennsylvania is one of the unique to this area, supermarket restaurants. There are three Dutch-Way Markets in Pennsylvania. All three of them have restaurants, but only two of those restaurants have buffets. We found the Gap location a year and a half ago and have enjoyed the buffet at that restaurant very much from the beginning. It has become one of our

Einladungskarte, Freundschaftskarte

Ich mag diesen kleinen Rollstempel mit den Tassen. Er lässt sich auf für Karten wunderbar verwenden. Seht doch mal.

Egal ob als Einladungskarte zum Kaffee oder Tee oder auch als Freundschaftskarte mit dem Inhalt, es sind die kleinen Dinge im Leben....

Und schon wieder ist Freitag. Wenn Du noch überlegst, das Stempelset be my Valentin zu bestellen, überleg nicht zu lang. Es ist nur noch ein paar Stunden erhältlich.

Doch dafür können wir uns freuen. Nur noch kurze Zeit und die nächste SAB fängt an. Bitte beachtet dazu auch meine nächste Sammelbestellung.

Nun wünsche ich euch ein ruhiges, erholsames, tolles Wochenende

Für den Moment
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Rethinking The Blog for 2013 ...

So there are plenty of people blogging about tourism, sex, dating, politics, the weird and whacky, retirement, and of course how cheep, cheep, cheep, living in Thailand is.  None of those topics are of any real interest to me and as I have stated before there is no desire on my part to write a how to guide on anything.

From the feedback on this year’s opener, I am thinking of revisiting something I did more of early on.  Instead of looking outward for big events and big pictures perhaps it is time to focus once again on the little things, a bit closer to home.  While searching the horizon for a new direction, I was reminded that my readers might be looking for something a little more intimate.  Perhaps a simple look into the daily pulse of a life in Thailand, far removed from Bangkok and the well traveled tourist areas, is something I could devote more time to this year.

Take today for example, I awoke to an internet that simply would not stay connected.  In a matter of seconds, my router would dropout and start trying to connect again.  Sometimes these things self correct but not on this occasion.  I have found over time, that when calling the TOT service center it is easier to select the Thai assistant over the English speaking one, and that is what I did this morning.  Within half and hour things were back to normal, which is far from spectacular, but at least things work again.

While waiting I drank coffee, the last of the beans a visiting New Zealand friend who owns a coffee shop and roasts and blends his own coffee, gave me.  As I enjoyed his unique blend, I played around with setting up my new hand-me-down iPhone 4, after resetting it to clean out all my wife’s settings and content.  You see, yesterday I got my wife a new iPhone 5 while we were in town.  Since she uses her phone a lot more than I do, it only makes sense that she have the latest model, besides even the 4 is a step up from what I have been using.

Today was also time for Cookie’s weekly swim with the fish, followed by a thorough shampoo and blow-dry.  Later, after we got Cookie all cleaned up and smelling great again, I though a little about going for a ride but got caught up in searching out new Mt. Bike routes on Google Maps.  It took much longer than I planned but think I have a doable route to tryout tomorrow.

We take Cookie to a vet in town for her shots but there are five other dogs, not all ours, and a two cats that we take care of by having a couple of local vets drop by the house to administer shots.  They have now come and gone.  It is not always easy to round them up but still it is much easier than taking them somewhere in the car.  Cookie is used to cars but the others aren’t.

The sprinkler system has been acting up lately so the guy who installed it finally showed up to have a look and take the sprinkler heads home to work on.  My wife and I walked Cookie after feeding her and as usual our three outdoor dogs accompanied us on most of our walk.  They often stop and wait for us at home, after the first round.  As we walk the 400 meters to the end of the soi with Cookie on a leash, the others roam free as usual, making for interesting viewing as we cross the territorial boundaries of the other dogs who live in the connecting sois and houses along the way.

All the posturing, bluffing and barking that goes on is quite entertaining to me.  Then again, I like dogs and don’t expect them to act like people.  I find it necessary to watch what signals I send out as our three males can become emboldened by the wrong tone or gesture on my part.  By now all the personalities are well known and all I need to do is encourage them to move along after they have done their doggy thing. 

Even with Cookie on a leash, the grownups are afraid of her but unlike their parents the little children in the soi often run up to Cookie and give her a big hug.  Big, being the operative word since she is much bigger than they are.  Come to think of it that is something I don’t have a picture of, but the fading light at that time of day is not conducive to action shots, at least not with my camera.

With the sun having set, perhaps it is time to put this to bed and think about that ride I am planning for tomorrow.

Geburtstagskarte für Herren geeignet

Heute möchte ich euch eine Geburtstagskarte zeigen. Diese ist in der Farbwahl durch aus für Herren geeignet. Ändert man die Farbzusammenstellung ändert sich der Charakter der Karte von Grund auf. Mich fasziniert das immer sehr.

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Wat Manee Sri Mahathat (วัดมณีศรีมหาธาตุ)

Another post from the land beyond the island of Phuket, the "mainland" which of course can be reached by car, over the bridge. This I like about Phuket .. it is geologically an island, it is a separate province of Thailand, but there's a bridge so you don't need to rely on ferries or flights. We like to drive over to Phang Nga province, and we've had quite a few trips in the last year exploring in that direction. This post is about a temple called Wat Manee Sri Mahathat, which we have driven past many times and finally stopped to visit one day last year. Anyone who has driven from Phuket to Phang Nga or Krabi (same road) may have noticed this temple...

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat

Wat Manee Sri Mahatat

It's kind of unmissable with the huge black statue of a monk right by the main road. I've watched this temple being built - construction started about 10 years ago and was finished about 2 years ago, something like that. We have driven up and down that road many times, watching the temple grow. It's one of those places that we always say "we'll stop on the way back" or "we'll stop next time", so I was glad to finally pay a visit. The big statue is a well known monk - his name is Por Than Klai, famous in south Thailand, it was said that he could predict the future and he was a favorite monk of the King. He died in 1970.

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat

Quite an impressive statue. When we stopped there were just a few visitors. Aside from the big statue, there is a beautiful main temple building ("bot") - certainly looks freshly built!

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat

On the day we stopped here, we were actually en route to another temple called Wat Bang Riang, which is past Phang Nga Town. Between Wat Manee Sri Mahathat and Phang Nga is another temple well worth visiting - Wat Suwan Kuha, built into a cave. Plenty to see around here! Making a day trip out of this can also include the Sanang Manora Forest Park, and maybe lunch at Tha Sai Seafood.

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat

Our kids were with us too of course. When people ask me "what can we do with kids in Phuket?" I say this .. do whatever you want, but keep it a bit fun or make sure they learn something. And now and then do something "for the kids". Visit a temple, why not? If you are from England, Sweden, South Africa, Canada .. whatever, your kids I guess will not have seen a Buddhist temple before. So it will be something new and interesting. Lighting some incense and rubbing gold leaf on a statue - do it!

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat

Another building is airconditioned and contains wax statues of several monks. My wife is saying prayers below in front of an image of Luang Pu Thuat (หลวงปู่ทวด) who lived several hundred years ago and is revered throughout Thailand. After one visit here, my wife wants to come with her family sometime.

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat

Wat Manee Sri Mahathat - Location Map

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Weihnachten war gestern, Ostern kommt....

nach dem Motto möchte ich euch schon mal eine Osterkarte zeigen.

Zum ersten Mal habe ich die Briefmarkenstanze verwendet. Das Element ist als Lesezeichen gestaltet und kann ganz einfach von der Karte abgenommen werden, so dass man viel länger was von der Karte hat.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße

Einladungskarte, Grußkarte oder einfach mal so

Heute möchte ich euch eine relativ neutrale Karte zeigen. Durch das verwendete Designerpapier könnte man sie gut als Einladungskarte verwenden. Der verwendete Stempel lässt aber auch zu, diese Karte als eine Grußkarte zu schreiben.

Diese Art Karten haben ich gern auf Vorrat. So bin ich zu fast jeden Anlass gerüstet.

Noch habe ich keine Lösung zu meinem Kameraproblem. Daher werde ich die nächsten Tage erstmal auf Bilder von Karten zurückgreifen müssen, die ich zwar letztes Jahr gewerkelt habe, aber bei denen ich noch nicht dazu kam, sie euch zu zeigen.

Blöd ist, dass auf der Karte der Kamera auch die Tauschkarten des letzten Monats und schon die Neuen von diesem Monat drauf sind.

Ich kann euch garnicht sagen, wie oft ich gestern zur Kamera greifen und ein Bild machen wollte. Man merkt halt oft erst was man hat, wenn man mal drauf verzichten muss.

Ich wünsche euch einen schönen Dienstag
Für den Moment
liebe Grüße

das fängt ja gut an....

.... das neue Jahr. Meine Kamera hat am Freitag beschlossen kaputt zu gehen. Nun gut, nach über 6 Jahren Dauereinsatz mit was weiß ich wieviel Tausend Bildern und immer wieder Reisen und packen usw. ist das nicht wirklich verwunderlich. Aber was mach ich nun?

Die Mädels, die mich bzw. meine Situation kennen wissen, dass ich nun erstmal aufgeschmissen bin.

Für die nächsten Tage habe ich noch ein paar Bilder auf meinem Stick, von vielen Karten, die ich immer mal wieder zwischendurch gemacht habe.
Dann muss ich sehen. Meine Tochter meinte schon, ich habe ja auch noch ein Handy mit Kamera. Wenn wirklich alle Stricke reißen, werde ich die auch bemühen müssen. Da bitte ich jetzt schon mal um Verständnis, wenn die Bilder nicht so dolle werden.

Heute möchte ich euch schon mal so eine Vorratskarte zeigen. Ich mache die Karten immer gern zwischen durch. Zum Einen habe ich immer Karten auf Vorrat, wenn ich mal eine schreiben möchte. Zum Anderen habe ich so immer einen Vorrat, wenn ich ein Geschenk brauche. Entweder schnell noch eine schöne Umverpackung gewerkelt oder wenn es ganz schnell gehen muss, ein paar nette Anhänger gewerkelt, Band drum.Fertig.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße

A New Year, The World Didn't End, Now What? ...

This unusually slow start to my blogging year does not bode well.  Finishing off last year with just under 50 posts, I didn’t even rack up one a week.  With my best year hitting 70 and my worst 28, I guess I should be happy here in the middle ground.  This year more than most, I find myself questioning what I am doing and why.  All I need is a glimpse of the path ahead to get me started but things are a blur at the moment.

Even at the best of times, my attention is strewn over a broad unmeasured expanse.  Focus and concentration don’t seem to be things that come easily or naturally to me.  My preference is to channel surf or set my attention to wide-angle in an attempt to capture as much input as possible.

Don’t get me wrong, this tendency of mine has served me well over the course of my life, but there are drawbacks.  While most things come easily to me, and I excel up to a point, I often fall short of the level of excellence that would truly satisfy me.

Take my online activity for example.  This blog is at the genesis of my online life but I now find myself scattered over Google+, Facebook, Twitter and various forums.  It started with the written word but I now find myself torn between words and images.  It is all but impossible to excel in one area without neglecting the other and I find it impossible to choose.

Words no longer demand, with untempered urgency, to be etched upon the page.  With new ideas lacking, it becomes a struggle at times to find the words and I often resort to the easier option of posting pictures.  Image searches are directing an increasing amount of traffic to the blog, something I have mixed feelings about.  With roughly 2200 accounts including Village Farang in their circles on Google+, my images now arguably garner more attention than my words and response time is much quicker.

One would expect that level of attention to bring some sense of accomplishment but it only serves to accentuate my own dissatisfaction at the quality of my images.  I despair at the shortcomings of my camera and my often clumsy attempts to maneuver through the complicated procedures of processing raw data into something resembling the image that exists in my head.

Some might expect my move from city living to country life would have made it easier to focus, with fewer perceived distractions.  I have found, however, one simply tunes into different frequencies and the bandwidth remains as full as ever.

I can’t recall with any clarity what I envisioned country life would be like, when we started down this new path.  I think I knew my life would not be the same as others who live in this village but I don’t think I could have known how different it would be.  This blog has taken me down an interesting and varied path as well, but I find myself at a fork in the road and unable to move forward or choose a direction.  For now I bask in the joy of living and ponder how best to share with others.

Here are a few shots of a new place we were taken to up in the hills near Chiang Rai.  Here we shared a meal with friends who will soon be returning to New Zealand.