Our dear friend K. Carmen and our Izzie are the closest of friends so much so that just before Carmen left us she wrote a sweet ode to Izzie.
It resembles our girl Izzie to a tee!
Thank you so much K. Carmen for this beautiful poetry!
Your soft fur a light camel color that resembles the tenuous light of the morning sun.
You are big like me and walk very slow.
You limp from your back left leg
& like to curl in warm spaces.
You are quiet & keep to yourself while the other dogs are playing all over the place you quietly watch them
& leave your loving tail hugging and pet me looks for when we are alone.
You seem to say, I know what love is
You look at me with those kind eyes
Those kind friendly eyes.
Welcoming me the moment I arrived
My loyal companion
In an enclosed beautiful stay-farm in the jungle of Northern Thailand
Izzie a Labrador of a certain age
Rescued by her owner as she was closed to be abandoned by the vicissitudes of international travel and a short love affair.
You have a home now
My loyal companion.
Side by side you stay with me.
You like the way I caress you and I like your sweet peaceful company.
Everyday you stay with me
till I leave
& come back again
Maybe. Just maybe
Like you I will find a home again.
Dear Khun Carmen, who is a regular guest at Thung Dong, took these sweet snaps of our girls during her most recent stay with us.
There’s Izzie on the left who could be mistaken for a carpet!.. then Lucy in the middle snap who always has to rest her head on something when sleeping and finally our 'mischievous' Molly who took cover under the bed during a thunderstorm!
The boys, Sam and Louis, are not such softies and prefer to sleep outside but our 'Farm Girls' enjoy their creature comforts too much for that!
These stunning stems grow in the garden all year round but during the rainy season seem to be more vibrant than ever. The every day name is 'Torch Ginger' but to those in the know their scientific name is officially 'Etlingera Elatior'.
They are from the Zingiberaceae family which is a species of herbaceous perennial plant!
All a bit complicated really so, like me, it's probably better to just sit back, relax and admire these magnificent blooms!
Such a serene shot I had to share it with you! This was taken with my mobile just after one of the first rain showers of the season. The farm is so green and lush and with the rays of sun it just enhances the tranquility so much so that I left the job that I was working on and just sat for while and took in the scene!
It's not every day we get to see a full rainbow but sometimes at this time of the year we do witness this spectacular apparition. It usually heralds the start of the rainy season. It's wonderful to behold but not so clever if you want to find the pot of gold at the end of it!!
Happy 1st Birthday to our Lucy!
Lucy turned one year old today and here are snaps on that day a year ago and another that I took today. She is the cutest dog we could ever wish for; mild natured and very affectionate. Her twin sister, Bonnie, lives on a farm a few kilometers away and they meet from time to time. Let’s admit though that Lucy is not as pretty as her sister (we have never let Lucy look in a mirror!) but her sweet personality more than makes-up for that!
I love Lucy! Happy Birthday girl!
There are so many eggs being laid on the farm these days that we have had to recruit some of our faithful chickens to hatch duck eggs! Here’s a snap Gizelda, the proud mother of 7 ducklings! (6 Rice Ducks and one Malard, she must have been surprised!) and more yet to hatch. It is also that time of the year (actually about one month early due to unseasonable rains!) that Guinea Fowl lay so at this moment we have 8 chicken hens free-range hatching and an incubator full of eggs! What a surprise it’ll be when they all hatch!!
Taking a dip is the perfect way to keep cool in the midday sun! Here's (from left to right) Brian, C and Nohn taking a refreshing swim in the upper lake whilst Noah (out of frame) prefers a wallow in his mud bath. Life is a buffalo if you live on Thung Dong Farm!
Not quite Switzerlad but a lush pasture on the farm just before the warm weather had begun; just a small iced tot of Shnapps and a generous portion of Emmental cheese would be nice to complete the scene!!
We just sent a consignment of kids face masks to the mountainous Mae Pan School near
Mae Chaem as we heard that they had not received funds to buy their own!
This snap is their way of saying ‘Thank You’ to Thung Dong Farm!
…..especially for a young chap like Nate who came for another visit recently with his mom
K. Simona and little sister Meena!
This is such a wonderful photo, with the rays of the sun through the trees, the shadows on the ground and young Nate with his bucket off to feed the animals, that I had to share it with you!
The road won’t seem long when you get older Nate!
Map Of Thung Dong Farm
Here’s a map of the farm situated in a valley surrounded by National Park and jungle-clad mountains. Zoom in on the satellite-view to see the farm in more detail; the house and out-buildings, the lakes, the rivers and our own valley that winds its’ way through the jungle.