P.s. Please do not be alarmed by the smoke on the card! It is photoshopped! (as are the snowflakes!)
Greetings to all of our family of friends during the festive season!
May peace, love and friendship prevail and may you enjoy the blessings of good health and much happiness during this time of celebration and throughout the New Year.
From all of us that call Thung Dong Farm their home!
I couldn't resist posting this cute snap of our young guest just about to release his Thai Sky Lantern but looking very warily at Sam!
Sam loves sky Lanterns and gets very excited when they are lit-up ready to fly but our young guest needn't have worried as his apprehensions about Sam were all just Hot Air!
A 'Rish' is a river-wash!!..and our Louis loves it!
He would have a river bath every day if he could especially when kind guests take time out to help him to partake in his favourite grooming activitity! The best part is when he shakes himself dry covered in shampoo which our young guest experienced just after this snap was taken!!
You're spoilt Louis aren't you?
IIzzie was born to Bongo and Lucy.
She hadn't really been unwell but more frail over the past 2 months and I had to pick her up onto her hind legs as she couldn't manage it herself but I was able to take her for short, slow walks around the farm and she still had an enormous appetite.
She enjoyed very good health in her life and never got upset, growled or showed her teeth; she had the most wonderful temperament. She never wore a collar around her neck and could roam anywhere she liked on the farm but she especially loved to be driven around in the sidecar!
She was over 12 years old which is a good age for a Labrador.
She had her evening meal, went to sleep but never woke-up.
... all that said we are going to miss her terribly and the farm will not be quite the same without her. We are all very, very upset but we give thanks for having such a beautiful dog, a wonderful friend and constant companion and to have shared so many very happy memories.
Rest easy our dearest Izzie, you will always be in our hearts.
Our Buffalo family (and Natalie!) down by the lake!
....and enjoying one of their many mud-baths!
Too good not to share!!
There's really nothing better to start the day than a cup of farm-grown, roasted coffee to stimulate the senses and prepare you for the day ahead...and that's not even mentioning the aromaaaaaa!!
Khun Jate's family, recent guests at Thung Dong, pay their respects and pose with the Buddha at our, very nearby ancient temple, Wat Bua Nak.
Peace and tranquility amongst the jungle!
A new arrival late last night..it's baby boy! Nohn does it again! Now we are just wiating for Molly (see last Blog below) to give him a name! He is so cute and can look forward to a life of happiness on the farm!
Molly, a fan of the farm, celebrated her 6th birthday with us earlier this week! As it says on the lantern...
HAPPY BIRTHDAY MOLLY!
Temples in Thailand organize "Wian Thian' which is a candlelight procession on the evening of
and commemorates the meeting of Buddha and his first 1,200 disciples.
...and so it was at our ancient temple, Wat Bua Nak, which sits on a hill adjacent to the farm.
An evening of meditation and Buddhist sermons, serenity and thanksgiving.
A very Thai and very wonderful occassion!
I have returned from visiting my parents in central Thailand and it was wonderful to meet Lilly again (besides my folks!). She has grown into the most beautiful girl and I am sure that she remembered me! She is totally spoilt by my Mom with a daily brush and fresh fish every evening! My Mom loves Lily very much and at times I even got jealous for the lack of attention which was always showered upon Lily first!
Khun Gowri and Khun Markus, Tharaa & Thejas, K. Gowri’s Mom and her brothers all donated towards giving The School for Life home for underprivileged youngsters, which we at the farm also support, kilos of cooking rice and lots of Soya milk. I took them there yesterday and they were greatly received. We have to thank Khun Markus’s family for all their kindness and compassion to help these kids who have so little.
Thank you very, very much!