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At War With Nature

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Well, life ambles past us with not too much excitement to report – though we’ve been having a fun battle with the bugs.

We moved rooms a week ago – our bungalow was prebooked by other people – we moved to a larger one but back in the woods a bit and away from the beach. The problems started the night we moved in. I awoke to the unmistakable feeling of being crawled over and found a cockroach in my hand! When we got up to get rid of it we found 3 or 4 more scuttling round the room. I nuked them. When we got up in the morning there were yet more, plus a million mozzies.

We thoroughly sprayed the room but it continued. We eventually got the owner to sort it out and the problem largely evaporated, but we missed our sea front views so we’ve moved forward again and are ensconced in our hammocks for most of the days.

All this bug action (not forgetting I got attacked by a centipede in bed) has left us both rather “twitchy” – if one of us so much as brushes against anything suspicious at night (no sniggers please) we are awake with a jolt. On top of this, Kirtsin spotted a huge spider in our room yesterday but didn’t tell me for fear of seeing me run for the hills screaming. She had a hard time sleeping as you can guess but he’d seemingly left the room in the morning so she didn’t say anything – that is until we found it in the bathroom. It’s the size of a hand ! with a large egg sack attached! – we go the staff to remove it.

So now we are tentatively eying up sealed aircon rooms nearby – with free wi-fi! – we like it too much here to leave, but we may move there for maybe a few days, just to get some decent sleep.

We hired a scooter last week and rode right round the island having a good old explore. We stumbled across the “fish farm” and an enthusiastic guy took 50baht from us each (80p) and walked us to the corner of a large pond and basically told us they grow prawns,( which he showed us a net with about 8 in), it takes a lot of food to feed them, and in 6 months they’d all be very wealthy. And that was it. I had to ask him to walk us round the pond. That was the highlight. Fun nonetheless : - )

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We cruised round the rest of the island, finding odd little bars here and there, one with a spectacular vista over a bay and out to sea.

The staff here, plus a bunch of their friends from another operation all meet here and play football for 40 minutes every day at about 4pm. It’s fun to watch in the comfort of a hammock. I decided to take a few “sports” shots. I actually got a few good ones with people in the air, and heading the ball etc, but the one below is only there because it tells a tale…………

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………That ball bounced up and hit the camera dead on in the middle! As I saw it getting larger in the viewfinder it instantly dawned on me it was getting far too big far too quickly so I put my hand out and partially deflected it. Camera survives – phew.

Other than that, we are just bumbling around, walking down the beach trying the different bars – had a BBQ in our table last night in a French restaurant on the beach. Devine fillet beef on the BBQ – and all for £5 plus booze.

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This is the kinda place we have to slum it in – but we manage.

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This lifestyle is suiting me : - )

Oh - I've added a few pictures and a movie to http://s97.photobucket.com/albums/l235/dodgey99/Thailand%202008/

Posted by Dodgey 23:12 Archived in Thailand

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