Work continues, albeit at a Thai pace, on the new Sunset Room, Kitchen, Bathroom, Sala and Garden.
It has taken so much longer than anticipated mainly due to the fact that we 'down-tools' whenever we have Farm Stay Guests so that we do not disturb our visitors in any way.
The next post on this project will be when it is complete but no promises when that might be....but hopefully in a few months time!
The correct furniture for the new Garden Sala is on order but I couldn’t resist posting a few snaps to show you how the building has turned out. It’s in the front garden where the old canvas sala (since moved over to the cow sheds near the river and thatched-Great for sundowners with the animals!) used to be. It’s worked out well and a perfect place for afternoon tea!...or just relaxing. I keep telling the dogs that it isn’t their new kennels but they never listen!...and even the buffaloes and horses enjoy the cool interior! I hope that you'll like it too!
The Sunset Room has been in the planning for three years or more but we have never got around to making the commitment to proceed. Now, at last, work is well under way and for those friends who do not believe me here’s some snaps to prove it! It will be a great asset to the farm and adjoins The Bunk Room so perfect for a family to come and stay with us on the farm. I think in reality that together with the adjoining kitchenette and Sala the whole unit will not be complete before the end of March….after all we are talking Thai-time!! We’ll keep you posted as to progress and snaps of the finished project!
The wooden floors in the farm house were so badly scratched by the dogs and especially by Maggie the pig that we sanded them all down and refurbished them. They look wonderful now…but to protect them from further animal invasions we have made two, heavy swing-hinge gates at the foot of the stairs to stop them in their tracks. Sam, our beach dog, is thin enough to creep in through the side posts to steal snacks from the kitchen so he has regular pedicures thus leaving the floors shiny and unscathed!
We have just finished extending the driveway to along the upper lake-side. This now gives us dry and firm access to the Lake Sala and even the Thai Kitchen!
At the same time we have landscaped the lakeside area where we pitch the tents. It looks even better than expected and once grass has grown on it's banks it will merge well into the field but give us dry access especially during the wet season which is almost upon us.
So on your visit or stay with us at the farm you can now go out in the rain and not have to worry about getting your footwear all muddy.
All the old bamboo fencing has been replaced with our own unique idea of wide circumference natural bamboo lateral fencing inter-dispersed with long lasting simulated teak verticals….what a transformation!....and hopefully durability. We think that the horizontal bamboo poles will last a minimum of six years and very easy to replace from our own bamboo. Previously we were having to renew the flimsy bamboo fencing every year due to climate and because the cows and horses trample it!
It’s very practical and we think that is looks good for the farm.
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.