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The Folly Revived

My new friends, the chickens, haven’t been around for a few days so on my way out today I took a look at their bolthole. I was very pleased to see it jammed up with chicken wire, so their wandering days are over for now. We now seem to have acquired a spring at the top of the road which is spewing all over the road and down Green Lane. It is seeping out of a gas main and anywhere else where the tarmac is a bit dodgy and Severn Trent are adamant it’s not their water. (Apparently they can tell, theirs is full of chemicals, and this isn’t.)

I’ll be intrigued to find out how they fix that. I have lived here a long time and I’ve never seen it before but it is very wet on the hills at the moment. My walk was not in the least Springlike today, it was freezing cold and windy at the top, and as I looked into the direction the wind was blowing I could see in the distance some ominous weather heading my way. It turned out to be fine granular stuff, frozen drizzle if you can imagine such a thing. I’ve had a busy week, shopping with the Elf on Saturday, spending a lot, and starting Pilates to tighten up the bits that walking doesn’t reach. I’m out to lunch tomorrow and getting my hair done Friday. I’m so glad I don’t work any more.

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Moving on; the Folly Revived

Thursday.

Still felt lousy so I stayed in bed while the others cut bamboo for the elephants on Friday. I joined them for lunch then had a quiet afternoon before we went to a local market in the afternoon. I know that I’m a bit new at this stuff but I can’t get over how many different smells I have experienced, ranging from “not sure” to “downright awful”. I have not smelt anything tempting. It doesn’t look any better either. Not a fan of scorpions on sticks but I did buy some pineapple and grapes.


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Moving on; the Folly revived

Wednesday

I woke up feeling dreadful. There was a coughing, flu-like bug going round and it looks like it was my turn. As this morning’s activity was kayaking and messing about in the river I passed on that, and breakfast, and stayed in bed. I felt a bit better by lunch but I thought I would again pass on planting and weeding bamboo grass, and save my strength for going to the market afterwards. It was much cooler today and been raining most of the night, it seems to have dropped from 32 to 15 in 22 hours.


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Moving on; the Folly revived

Tuesday.

Today we met our elephants. After breakfast they trundled into the yard of the residence and we all got a chance to chose one which we would walk with and then feed it some of the bamboo we cut yesterday. Then we took them about half a mile to the river to bathe and splash around. It was lovely to see them having such fun and the babies were clearly having a great time. After lunch we went to the place they make elephant poo paper and all made a sheet ourselves, then visited the elephant graveyard. After that we had a cooking lesson, essentially making our own meal and had a talk about elephants in Thailand and the problems they are trying to deal with. It’s more complicated than you might imagine.


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Monday

We left our posh hotel and went in an open bus to the silk factory where we watched the ladies there weaving the hand made silk for the Thai royal family. There was also the opportunity to buy and my treat was a lovely grey scarf, shaded light grey to dark. Then back in the bus for our journey to the elephant village. A spot of lunch and a rest then our task for the afternoon. They let us/me loose with a machete in a field of elephant grass which we needed to feed the elephants tomorrow. It was a unbelievably hot job, sweltering hot in the full sun, cutting then storing long stems of something like bamboo in the back of an open truck, all for an elephant’s morning snack. But we passed the elephants out walking and then later went to see the newest baby, just a year old and with a very inquisitive trunk😲


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Moving on; the Folly revived

Sunday

So a long hot day in a bus to Surin and our rather swish Hotel. At least a great deal swisher than the one we stayed in in Bangkok. I was beginning to think this group travelling wasn’t for me. We stop for an hour for lunch and then people come back and discover there is no toilet on the bus and we have to wait for them. Someone drops a cup of coffee in the coach… oh how hilarious is that. Their food needs are eye watering with vegans with nut allergies. They almost all have back problems and some need to stretch on the floor of the coach every hour or so. I’m beginning to think I am worryingly, exceptionally normal.