The farm is asleep! Quiet but wonderful days here in the hills; you could not imagine the plight which the virus has inflicted on the world when staying on the farm.
Molly, our Beagle girl, is pregnant with at least two pups which are due on or about the 7th May and there is nothing in the world at this time of uncertainty more smoothing than sharing an afternoon nap; dog days indeed!
Here’s a nice buffalo family snap!
There’s young Brian having some milk from mother Nohn. Then there’s Natalie, the deer, who thinks she’s a buffalo! In the background is Naak and to the right is Noah who celebrated his 6th birthday last month. In between are a few Guinea Fowl!
Life is a buffalo if you live on Thung Dong Farm!
These baby Fantail Pigeons are not the prettiest chicks, they are a bit like the Ugly Duckling!
…but in few weeks time they will have blossomed into the most beautiful white birds with their vertical fan-style tails from where they get their name! They nest over by the Buffalo shed or in the front yard and they are magical to watch! Their only predators are the eagles which thermal high above the farm and which we deter with Pop-Rockets! So these two should be fine on the farm sticking together like birds of a feather - when they get them!
This superb portrait of Oscar, one of our two cats and well-known to our guests on the farm, was taken by Yasmine. A masterpiece in photographic skills if you ask us!
Brian, our new baby, pinkish-grey buffalo was born a few weeks ago! He is so cute but stays very close to Nohn, his mother, for now but enjoys a cuddle from Natalie the deer at night-time!
This early morning composed snap of the lake and rising mist was taken by Khun Aized a regular guest and friend of the farm!
A really nice snap of (l.to r) Braden, Sam and me out for a side-car ride.
Country Roads take us home!
A quick update on Louis & Molly, our two Beagle ( I was going to say 'Pups') but who are growing-up so quickly! They are still full of mischief though especially Molly but both of them wonderful dogs and companions!
‘Dang’ is the Thai word for ‘Red’!
…and our Dang is the father of this little fellow born last week to Bridgette.
He certainly takes after his father being a glowing deep red.
A life of leisure awaits him on the farm!
I collected 8 Guinea Fowl eggs in August and I put them in the small automatic incubator. They should hatch after 28 days but not much happened! Just one egg was ‘piping’ and for 2 days the ‘keet’ was really struggling to hatch. Against all written advice and my better judgment I cracked the egg to free the ‘keet’. Normally it is a sad fact that you just leave the egg alone and if the ‘keet’ cannot hatch it is just left to fend for itself because that is usually how it is meant to be and very often the ‘keet’ will have a deformity and is not supposed to survive. So the ‘keet’ hatched and I really did not think it would endure but doses of vitamins and with a nice warm brooder it perked-up and after a day was walking around chirping. Being only one of eight eggs to hatch we have called him (or her!) Solo. Now 2 weeks later Solo is beginning to put on weight and grow! He is wonderfully friendly and just needs lots of hugs and makes so much noise if he isn’t get enough attention! Guinea Fowl make splendid pets if handled several times a day when they are very young. So here’s to a very special bird called Solo who will have freedom of the farm when he is old enough!
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.