Mango Season is Here in Thailand

More mango's are eaten fresh all over the world than any other fruit
I thought that was quite a statement, but after going on line and checking different web sites about mango's , I now firmly believe it to be a somewhat true statement

This is mango season in Thailand and almost everyone I know has a tree or two in their yard . We wait for the winter season to end so that the trees will flower and then watch, with amazement and anticipation as we see the fruit develop from a little pea size, to a full grown ,baseball size, ripe fruit ,to be relished and enjoyed . I say relished and enjoyed because since moving to Thailand I have come to love the flavor and smell and taste of this fruit. It starts to get ripe about the middle of March here in our village and around the area , tho some parts of Thailand have Mango's growing all the time and you can really enjoy them year round , But they do get pricey when out of season in our local area. I really don't care how pricey they get I have to have my Mango Fix as many days a week as possible . We here in Wang Pho are in the middle of our Mango season now and the folks that eat theirs green and in green salads and with sugar,chili peppers crushed, and a touch of salt have already raided the trees and what they couldn't reach or left on the trees are for us folks who like ours ripe and juicy. We have 4 mango trees (3 different varieties ) in our yard and get lots from them , and the neighbor has about 50 trees that they sell the green mango, every year to folks from Bangkok and they tell us to eat all we want once they have moved on. They have a couple of different varieties that I don't have , one being a mango called black gold and the fruit inside the green peel is as golden as can be and the taste is to kill for . The season here in Wang Pho starts in mid March and will run till April end, with a few varieties that hang on till May or mid May , we have a tree with a mango called a Gaull that will last clear up till mid June , they are a last resort mango for me as they are not as sweet as most . But they are better than no mango at all . And as my Mother use to say "beggars can't be choosy."
I only knew of the great taste of the mango and never really thought of the health benefits , till I did this research , and now I know that they are not only good to eat -- but they are Good for you and your body and can promote good health
The follow information was Googled and gleamed from the net and as far as I know is not copyrighted , so I am going to copy and paste for your reading enjoyment and enlightenment . I hope you enjoy the read .
I know I always say it, BUT!!!!!! this is just another reason why we're "Retired in Thailand and Loving It."

Mango trees are evergreens that will grow to 60 feet tall.

The mango originated in Southeast Asia where it has been grown for over 4,000 years. Over the years mango groves have spread to many parts of the tropical and sub-tropical world, where the climate allows the mango to grow best. Mango trees are evergreens that will grow to 60 feet tall. The mango tree will fruit 4 to 6 years after planting. Mango trees require hot, dry periods to set and produce a good crop. Most of the mango's sold in the United States are imported from Mexico, Haiti, the Caribbean and South America. Today there are over 1,000 different varieties of mango's throughout the world.

A comfort food. Mango's really can make you feel better! Beyond being delicious and rich in vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, mango's contain an enzyme with stomach soothing properties similar to papain found in papayas. These comforting enzymes act as a digestive aid and can be held partially responsible for that feeling of contentment we experience during and after our daily mango ritual. Yes, it is quite natural to crave those mango's!

Mango, both in its green and ripe form is a very good tenderizing agent due to these same enzymes, therefore ideal to include in any marinade (see Mango Marinade under Sauces category in our Recipe Guide). In India they use a sour mango powder containing ground up green mango's called Amchur, both as a seasoning and tenderizing aid.

We all know the importance of fiber in our diets. If you are eating your mango-a-day, irregularity is not a problem for you and so we'll spare the gruesome details regarding constipation, piles and spastic colon. Research has shown that dietary fiber has a protective effect against degenerative diseases, especially with regards to the heart; may help prevent certain types of cancer, as well as lowering blood cholesterol levels. An average sized mango can contain up to 40% of your daily fiber requirement. For those of you who are physically active, whether working out or constantly on the go, mango's are also a great way to replenish that lost potassium. Deliciously rich in anti-oxidants, potassium and fiber - the mango is the perfect fruit! Truly 'the king of fruit'

Back to Ryans Buffet in Hagerstown, Maryland

A year ago I was at Ryan's Buffet in Hagerstown, Maryland and things there were marginal in terms of the cleanliness of the dishes, and a few other things that you can read about here. I ended that article saying that if I got back there, I would try it again and recently, I was in Hagerstown. I was reluctant to go back but decided that maybe it did improve in a year's time. We went and for the

Ton Prai Waterfall near Khao Lak

We've all just had a little holiday, and life is now settling back to normal with work and school and blogging! While on holiday I took plenty of photos and posted updates on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram, but couldn't face a whole blog post and was trying to keep off the computer as much as possible and spend more time with the family. Mum and Dad were here from England, kids had school holidays and I had a couple of weeks away from the dive shop. Much of the time was quite relaxed, nothing too strenuous. We did 2 separate trips to Khao Lak and I will write more about Khao Lak sometime soon. We'd not been to stay there before, and we liked it. Khao Lak is less than 2 hours drive from our house, about 100km north. On the way home from the second trip, we stopped off at Ton Prai waterfall, which is about about 30km south of Nanthong beach in Khao Lak where we stayed, or 30km north of Sarasin bridge which joins Phuket island to the mainland. It's then another 6km down a small side road which gets narrower and more jungly as you approach the hills. It was clearly signposted, easy to find. We had stopped last year one time, but on a rainy day and we did not fancy a walk in the jungle! This time the sky was blue with some fluffy cotton wool clouds floating around. We stopped at the entrance / visitors center where you have to pay an entry fee, currently 100 Baht for a tourist, cheaper for Thai people. My wife negotiated a group price for 6 of us :)

Entrance and Visitors Center

There are some clean toilets at the entrance. Nowhere to buy a drink, though .. we should have stopped at a 7-11 or local store to get a few bottles of water along the way. Hot day, walking in the jungle, need drinks! There's a sign at the visitors center explaining that it's a 650m walk to reach Ton Prai waterfall. There's another sign too ... Conserve nature. Do not leave anything here. Good. And then a wonderful mis-spelling or mistranslation ... Accept your Footprint. Should say "Except" but actually turns into a Buddhist concept. Accept your footprint. I like it!

Accept your Footprint

The walk to the waterfall was quite easy, the path is well made, up and downhill sections mostly have steps rather than rough ground, not too many loose stones, it was no bother for my parents who are not as young as they used to be :) The walk is very jungly and I do like a bit of jungle in small doses, though prefer sweeping views. Big rainforest trees with buttress roots are a favourite of mine. The roots are mostly above ground because rainforest soil has most of it's nutrients near the surface, and buttress roots are there to soak up all the goodness!

Buttress Roots

And here's Mum and Dad enjoying a jungle walk!

Jungle path to the waterfall

Now, there are quite a lot of waterfalls in and around Phuket (see Waterfalls in Phuket), and most are pretty small. The main attraction is the jungle ambience, and maybe a chance to jump in and cool off! I had heard that Ton Prai was worth a visit, and .. yes, it is! Even though we visited at the end of a very dry season, there was still plenty of water. Here's the first sight of Ton Prai at the end of the path ...

Ton Prai Waterfall

Yeh, it's not huge, but I like the water tumbling down the rocks. I guess after some rain it would look better. There's a shallow pool under the falls - often falls have deep pools but since the water is not falling vertically, it's not created a deep pool. My boy was straight in to check it out!

At Ton Prai Waterfall

Is it cold? Well, let's say it's "refreshing"! And even a little jungle walk can make you sweat a little. So I jumped in too for a splash with the kids. It was easy enough to go and sit right under the waterfall. Would that be possible in rainy season? Not sure. Here's me enjoying a free shower ...

Natures Shower

We're thinking of a little trip to Khao Lak sometime in the low season, so will check out Ton Prai again, as well as a return visit to Sri Phang Nga national park north of Khao Lak which features several waterfalls, including Tamnang which is quite impressive. There's also Lampi waterfall, just north of Ton Prai, also worth a look. Ton Prai deserves another look, and is easy enough to visit on the way to Khao Lak or on the way home.

Here's some more of that jungle :)

Jungle at Ton Prai Waterfall

Next few blog posts will also feature the Khao Lak area. We took a speedboat day trip to Koh Tachai island, we visited a couple of tsunami memorials and really enjoyed a couple of easy relaxing days staying at a small resort by the sea. With low season prices, hotels in Khao Lak are a bargain for half the year! Only trouble is that Khao Lak gets very quiet and a lot of things close up. We'll see later this year!

Ton Prai Waterfall - Location Map

View Ton Prai Waterfall in a larger map

Return to Mountain Gate Family Restaurant, Thurmont, MD

We recently went back to the Mountain Gate Family Restaurant in Thurmont, Maryland for their buffet. This was our second visit to this location and as I wrote last week, the Pennsylvania location has closed. Our first visit to the Mountain Gate in Thurmont was one year ago and that article appears here.

We came again on a Saturday night at just about the same time - 6:30 pm for dinner. The

Taking care of the Isuzu (now 10 years old )

With the very hot weather , the long rainy season and the high humidity during this time , it's very important that you pay close attention to the maintainace of your vehicles, so that they don't let you down or break down on a road trip, or the carport (another story for another time ).

After spending two days  long at the Isuzu shop I've got the maintaince and prevention work I wanted do to the truck . the following list is the things I had them do and replace , should do it for a while . Dad always told me to take car of my vehicle and they would not let me down when I needed them , I've tried to follow his advice .

Oil change and filter , fuel filter , auto trans filter and oil, rear end oil or grease , packed wheel bearings , new brake pads , new steering rod end , water pump , thermostat and housing , radiator hose bracket on engine , fan belts,power steering belt, a/c belts , gas for a/c , every rubber hose on the whole engine , flush radiator and refilled with new coolant. rebalanced tires and front end alignment replace dented hub cap , I think that's about it , maybe a few other small things I can't remember , oh ya aim the headlights for the road at night .checked timing chain and it was good to go.

 I think I got all the stuff I could think of , sure I forgot something but as I remember it's easy to make an appointment . Parts are about the same as America, but the labor is a lot less so it makes it affordable to take good care of your vehicles

 It is 10 years old and I think it still looks at least a 9  inside and out

A look at some of the stuff I replaced, lots of other stuff  cleaned and maintained.

hab ich mich gefreut....

Meine liebe, kleine Lieblingshexe, sprich meine Tochter war übers WE bei ihrer Tante. So habe ich die freie Zeit genutzt und war unterwegs. Als ich am Sonntagabend nach Hause kam, hielt mir mein Sohn freudestrahlend eine Plastiktüte entgegen.
Eine Berührung und mir war klar, was da drin ist.

Frische Bratwürstchen.... bevor ich meine Frage, die mir wohl ins Gesicht gemeiselt war, formulieren konnte, bekam ich schon die Antwort.
Von einer supernetten Nachbarin. Als wir uns letzte Woche unterhalten hatten, erzählte sie mir, dass sie für ein paar Tage nach Thüringen fahren würde. Oh Thüringen, original thüringer Bratwürstchen.... hmmm, lecker. In der Art haben wir uns unterhalten.

Tja und dieses Wochenende kam sie zurück und hatte für uns ein paar dieser leckeren Kalorienbomben dabei....

Von hier aus noch mal vielen herzlichen Dank für diese herzhaft Überraschung.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße


Versprochen ist versprochen. Und ich habe den Kindern, die an meinem Osterbastelferiennachmittag teilgenommen haben, versprochen ihre Karten hier zu zeigen.

Das ist die Zauberkarte, die ich euch hier schon mal einzeln gezeigt habe. Was ich wieder so erstaunlich finde. Alle hatten das gleiche Ausgangsmaterial zur Verfügung. Doch sind so unterschiedliche Karten entstanden. Auch von den Grüßen darauf. Von allgemeinen Glückwünschen bis hin zu Hochzeitsgrüßen. Leo, der eigentlich überhaupt nicht mit zum Basteln kommen wollte, hat seine Karte als Hochzeitskarte gewerkelt und schon ein paar Tage später verschenkt. Da würde mich sehr interessieren, was die Beschenkten dazu gesagt haben.

Für den Moment
liebe Grüße

Recent Photos of Village Life...

On the way home from town yesterday we took a detour to the top of a mountain overlooking Happy City Golf Course and the fertile plains of Chiang Rai in the Wiang Chai area.

The day before there was a small village parade.  Moo 13 was showing off their rocket and collecting contributions from the households they passed.

The day before that we had a storm which took our biggest tree, just barely missing our house.  I returned from a bike ride not long before the storm hit and had no idea what was coming.

Life is always interesting living in a Thai Village.

Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, PA CLOSED

A year ago I returned to the Mountain Gate Restaurant in Waynesboro, Pennsylvania after being away for about four years. As I wrote after that visit, the Mountain Gate Restaurant there never disappoints. We were able to arrange a trip to that area again about a week ago and I looked forward to returning again. About a week before the trip I check the website of the restaurant to see if there were

CD-Karte, Sammelbestellung

Heute möchte ich euch eine schöne CD-Karte zeigen. Diese hat mir die liebe Karolina letztens in den Briefkasten gelegt.

Noch mal vielen lieben Dank dafür, Karolina. Ich habe mich sehr darüber gefreut.

Gern möchte ich euch noch mal an die Sammelbestellung am Montag, den 06.05.2013 erinnern.

Euch ein schönes Wochenende
Für den Moment
liebe Grüße

mein Advent Album

Oh Mann, kennt ihr das? Ihr fangt ein Projekt an. Es ist gut und die Idee begeistert euch. Und dann kommt der Hänger und ob dieses Projekt jemals überhaupt fertig wird, steht sowas von in den Sternen. Das glaubt man kaum.

So ging es mir mit diesem Album. Ich wollte mir ein Album machen für meine Adventszeit. Jeden Tag in Bildern und Worten festhalten. Soweit die Idee.

Das Buch habe ich selber zugeschnitten, die Außendeckel gemacht und gebunden. Hab ich schon mal erwähnt, dass ich meine bind-it-all liebe?
Die erste Zeit habe ich auch zeitnah geschafft, die Seiten zu gestalten. Doch dann.... Immer wieder sah ich dieses angefangene Album. Mein schlechtes Gewissen: das müsstest du noch fertig machen.... half mir nicht wirklich weiter.

Ich war dann schon soweit, dass ich das Album samt ausgedruckten Bildern einfach weg werfen wollte. Doch dann habe ich mich echt durch gerungen. Ja, ich musste mich zwingen. Auch, wenn das dumm klingt. Aber es war so.

Und ich habe es fertig bekommen. Das Cover finde ich noch nicht so dolle. Da werde ich noch was dazu setzen. Mir ist das so zu nackig.

Aber seht selber.


Es gab Zeiten, da hätte ich nicht gedacht, dass dieses Album fertig wird. Nun bin ich froh, dass ich es geschafft habe und freue mich, wenn ich es im Regal stehen sehe.

Als ich dieses Album fertig hatte, habe ich mir ein gleich ein anderes Projekt auf den Tisch gelegt. Herbst 2012. Das Buch habe ich wieder selber gemacht. Die Seiten geschnitten, die Deckel geklebt und alles gebunden.
Dieses Album bereitet mich nicht solche Schwierigkeiten. Die Arbeit geht flott von der Hand und es macht große ´Fortschritte, so dass ich spätestens am WE damit fertig bin. Komisch. Dabei ist es kaum anders als das Adventsalbum.

Euch noch einen kreativen Donnerstag
Für den Moment
liebe Grüße

This and That

Liebt ihr Memory-Bücher und Alben genauso wie ich? Dann ist die Linie This and That von SU genau das Richtige für euch.

Diese Linie wird in den neuen Ideenkatalog 2013 - 2014 aufgenommen. Doch man kann einzelne Produkte bereits ab dem 01.05.2013 kaufen.
Das sind ein Designeralbum mit 60 Seiten in 30 abgestimmten Layouts, einen Drehstempel mit Datum und verschiedenen Ausdrücken zu verschiedenen Anlässen, 3 verschiedenen Design-Motivklebebandrollen, 12 Seiten 12' x 12' Designpapiere in 6 verschiedenen Mustern und 4 Bögen Designaufkleber mit verschiedenen Motiven.

Dabei kann man die Produkte einzeln oder mit ca. 6,50 € Preisvorteil im Set kaufen. Dieses Set mit ca. 15% Preisvorteil gibt es nur bis zum 31.05.2013.

Du möchtest auch von diesen tollen Produkten haben? Dann mach doch mit bei meiner Sammelbestellung am 06.05.2013.

Meld dich einfach kurz bei mir.

Euch allen noch einen schönen, freien Feiertag.

Für dem Moment
liebe Grüße