Natalie, our resident deer, even after all these years, is still very camera-shy so it is not often I can get a good snap of her. This is best photo that I have taken of her for a long time so I couldn't help but to share it with you!
Our Natalie the Dearest of Deers!
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I tried to take a snap of all of our buffaloes but Brian would not come out of his mud-bath so her’s a good picture of Naak, on the left, and Nohn, his mother, on the right. Naak was just a baby a few months ago but look at him now! So very handsome and because of all the rain we have had and so much luscious grass on the farm all of the buffaloes look very fit and, I must say, rather chubby!
Here’s a nice family snap of the dogs and me out for a ride on the bike and sidecar this afternoon. But where’s Molly? Well someone had to take the photograph didn’t they!!
Naak, our 'baby' buffalo is growing-up so quickly! He's a real cuttie and so very friendly and still loves a cuddle! He enjoys swimming in the lake and cozying down with his Mom and Brian, his brother, at night. Hopefully he will remain a placid young fellow for a long time to come here on the farm!
I had to run some errands in town the other day and thought that I would take Louis along for the ride as he loves the car and motorbike. We went shopping and visited friends which, I think, was all a bit much for a young Beagle who slept all the way back to the farm!
I've never seen a more content cow! We call her 'Dangs Mother' as you may know if you have seen our earlier blogs. She's 20 years old this year and still going strong! She roams freely around the farm but usually of an evening comes up to the house for snacks of fresh corn and then sleeps in the garage at night. We love her dearly!
Here's a great picture of Oscar! He's on the prowl and looks very stealthy!..but don't be fooled because in reality he was just heading towards his bowl of crunchy cat food! Good try though Oscar!!
Here's a snap of Louis and me on the bike after we returned from cutting the grass on the new land! Louis loves the bike almost as much as me!!
A few days ago I was driving in the rain to the village of Huay Kaew to have some lunch and I saw a cardboard box at the side of the road on the edge of a rice paddy. I thought that this was rather strange so I pulled over to see what it was.
There, sitting in the open end of the box sheltering from the rain, I found a baby kitten; I say baby because she must have only been not more than one week old! I looked around for her mother and maybe some other members of her family but she was all alone and very disheveled. She is so pretty having three colours just like Molly our Beagle! Of course I picked her up and returned to the farm, dried her and gave her some milk and a snack, she was very hungry! She is so cute and I will keep her on the farm and I have called her Lili!
Here is a snap I took of her; she now looks so much better than when I found her and I know she feels safe and comfy! The dogs have been very good and Oscar the cat has taken a keen interest!
Next week I will take her to the vet for a full check-up and to plan her vaccinations for when she gets a little older but for now Cleo is the newest member of our family and she can look forward to a life of ease, safety and comfort with us here on Thung Dong Farm!
So I went to visit my parents in central Thailand. I hadn't seen them for almost 2 years and I took Lili with me. My Mom fell in love with her so now Lili is living with my Mom and Dad and being very much spoilt!
It was Louis's 3rd birthday on the 12th Februaryso we had a small party for him!
He also had a big shampoo and wash for the occasion and although the cake was meant to be shared with us and the other dogs (and Oscar the cat!) there was no chance of that once Louis got his nose into it, a couple of gulps and it was gone!
Happy Birthday Louis, our Beagle Pup!
Welcome to your world on Thung Dong Farm ‘Naak’ – our baby pink buffalo born this morning!
He is so very cute and just right for a cuddle!...but for now he can snuggle down on fresh hay with his Mom in the buffalo house to keep warm on these chilly nights.
Nature, and life on the farm, is so wonderful!
The Garden Room was our first room that we opened for our guests almost 14 years ago. It is very comfortable and rather secluded and has a wonderful outlook across the upper pasture. Guests are invited to dine with wonderful views and a nice warm fire in the winter!
Season's Greetings to all of our family of friends across the world!
It has been another difficult year for so many of us but you are often in our thoughts during these uncertain times and we send you many blessings for a happier year ahead!
The peace and tranquillity of Thung Dong remains uninterrupted and please know that you will always receive a very warm welcome whenever you are able to visit us here in northern Thailand!
Please take care of yourselves and stay safe and we can all weather this storm together and return to the sunshine in the months to come!
With special blessings and prayers / คำอธิษฐาน for the New Year.
From each and everyone of us on....
Thung Dong Farm
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We have been humbled to be given a new Spirit House for Thung Dong!
A Spirit House is a ‘shrine’ and takes the form of a small dwelling like structure and protects the spirit of the land which in our case is Thung Dong Farm. They are mainly found in South East Asia and even The Philippines and Vietnam and are not necessarily attached to Buddhism.
However, it is not a simple matter of just replacing one Spirit House for another! We have to encourage the spirit to ‘move’ houses with special treats as can been seen in the snap. Then it is not good Karma to just dispose of the old house; we will take it to a resting place to be amongst so many other ‘houses’ placed there by similarly minded folk together with a small ceremony. You will often see these ‘resting places’ in the north of Thailand at the side of a road near the top of a hill.
We hope that the spirits will like their new home and will welcome our guests on their next visit to our farm!