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Moments of Clarity, Part II — Rainbow Trout

One of the main reasons I ventured up onto the Bolaven Plateau was to check if the water temperature and volume were sufficient to farm rainbow trout. The King of Thailand has a Royal Project at Doi Inthanon in Chiang … Continue reading

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Moments of Clarity, Part I — Back to the Irish Bridge

Fire is a tool here. A child learns how to build and control a fire by about the age of 7. It is an important but mundane facet of daily life, very much as it would have been for ancestral … Continue reading

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My Luxury Retirment Home

I sometimes wonder if there is a Lao word for “progress.” It seems to be a concept quite beyond them. But, to be fair, even if they don’t have a word for “progress,” they probably don’t have one for “depression,” … Continue reading

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Stream Crossing Proposal

This is just a proposal, but I’m fairly comfortable with it. There may be an easier way, of course, so, as the Japanese say, if the door won’t open by pushing it, then I may have to try pulling it. … Continue reading

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Contemplating an Irish Bridge II

Judging from the comments I’ve been receiving, I guess a little more explanation, in the form of illustrations, is needed. The illustration to the left shows, crudely, sort of what the stream looks like when all the boards are in … Continue reading

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Contemplating an Irish Bridge

I have a problem. Some of the locals pass through my land to get to their coffee plantations. There are other ways for them to get to their properties, so I’m discouraging this, to a certain extent, but not denying … Continue reading

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The Bomb-Proof Crapper

There are always problems associated with access. I don’t mind Billy’s cousin and other assorted people passing through my land, especially since I’ll be passing through the cousin’s land to get to my other 2+ hectares, but to get across … Continue reading

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Work on the Access Slope Continues

Nope, you can’t teach old dogs new tricks. When we got back from lunch our sheets were untouched and a pile of materials was being formed where the last one was. To compensate for their slow pace compared to our … Continue reading

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Work on the Access Slope Commences

This is entirely Yorkshire Bob’s fault. He’s guilty of pointing out that this slope of mine is a steep, slippery mess, even when there’s not been much rain. And, irritatingly, he was absolutely right that it could be done during … Continue reading

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