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The Final Countdown

Two weeks from today I’ll be able to post from our house in the field drinking a coffee on our balcony after waking up there for the first time.

Whether the builders are ready or not - and I have my doubts - they’ve triple confirmed a date they’ll be finished and on June 19th our furniture will leave Bangkok, ready to be unpacked on the 20th.

To say we are excited would be a massive understatement. To say we are scared shitless would also be a massive understatement.

It still hasn’t quite set in our minds that this is happening, if truth be told, and there is so much to do to get everything in place at the house. For one thing, we’ll be happier once we know we have a good electricity and water supply!

By choosing to build where no infrastructure currently exists we‘ve not made it any easier for ourselves, but nothing is impossible and we’ll make it work.

This moment has been a long time coming though. It’s about a year since we first talked about it and by August 2020 we’d already started visiting builders to see what was possible.

No doubt there are a lot of things we could have done differently, and there are some parts of our house that have the potential to eternally annoy, but it is what it is and we’re almost ready to move.

Can’t wait.

But I will be waiting a few more months, as I’ll continue to work in Bangkok until August. Hana will be moving in the next couple of weeks, so I’m hoping for wonders in the garden before I get there ;)

As you can imagine the last few weeks have been busy. This weekend was spent on the part of the house which will be my favourite - the balcony.

We’ve found some great furniture that didn’t break the bank, while supporting local people who make great wood seats and tables.

I also managed to scare myself stupid by breaking my duck of driving a tentatively balanced load (in truth these tables were tied so tightly together they were immovable. Undoing the knots and ties when we reached home was a fair old challenge).

Anyone who has been on Thai roads knows that loads like this are common but it’s the first time I’ve had the pleasure. Driving was ok and it didn’t feel too dangerous, but won‘t be rushing to do this again.

The benches and chairs in these pictures will sit around a grand 3m long single piece of jamjuree wood table. It’s probably going to be my favourite thing.

Wood is also the specialty of our builder. Overall, I really don’t like the concrete work on the house. It looks well done, I’d just prefer it wasn’t there. But where I feel let down by the builder on concrete, they make up for it with their wood work. It really is beautiful and I can‘t wait to see it for real. Won’t be long now!

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