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    Quote Originally Posted by JPPR2 View Post
    Mendy keeps him around for his Mad Ya Dong distilling skills.
    So he's not really a gardener, but he is a distiller.






    But calling him a gardner keeps the fuzz away...

    Smart work, Mendy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Seeing as they announced my daughter's school is closed again
    Poor kids. Locally they just restarted this week, I see the neighbours' children going in every day, whereas my last school in Udon Thani was trying remote learning with no success at all. No surprise, the teachers had no new tools, no special training or teaching platforms and many children have no Internet anyway. So they also brought the students back to school recently, except only half the school on any one day. This means the As are doing Week 1 on Monday, Wednesday and Friday whilst the Bs are doing Week 2 on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. The following week they swap, so As are doing Week 2 and Bs are doing Week 1. This means the teachers are working six days a week while the students are studying 3 days a week.

    At some point these students are going to arrive at tertiary education having missed a year of secondary school.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    So he's not really a gardener, but he is a distiller.
    I think so, coupled with Van Valet parking in ditches and an occasional welding gig...

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheRealKW View Post
    So he's not really a gardener, but he is a distiller.
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    Your gardener needs to get mowing that grass... I'm beginning to think he is a free loader!
    You can call him what you like... but he's well pissed off with you, KW.

    I told him what you'd said so he donned his PPE and got busy...



    Not a bad job... I ask him to leave some areas long to provide some kind of refuge for the snakes from the dogs. He thinks I'm mad of course but it's less work so he's quite happy.



    The beautiful cool breezy morning I awoke to lasted for around twenty-two minutes. Then it became as hot and humid as hell.

    But this jetty won't build itself. Today's task was the step.



    As usual, a potentially enjoyable and rewarding task made unbearable by the relentless baking sun and stifling humidity... but ya just have to press on.



    And a couple of hours later...



    I was reasonably pleased with the finished job, although it took a lot longer than anticipated.



    It looks as though the two slabs left of centre slope downwards to the left in the view below, but they are in fact level. It was the upper left coping stone that sloped up to the left. It just didn't look right first time around so having finished up once, I mixed a bit more cement, went in again and raised the left most paving slab a bit, just to make the step look better. Now the left-most slab isn't level and is out of whack with the other paving slabs along the step, but overall I think it looks better. This is the problem when you aim for perfection but are adding to a 'rustic look' old project!

    It still doesn't look quite right... but there comes a point when you just say,'fuk it, it's good enough'. It was so baking hot today and I also had a Ja Dong head to contend with.



    And then it started raining again. I covered the step up and left Maya admiring the jetty. I think she's looking forward to jumping off the end once it's finished.



    And that being the last dirty job of the project I dumped my filthy, soaking wet work clothes by the back door with the intention of finally giving my feet a good clean up.



    Maybe if I can stay off the Leo and Ja Dong I'll get better luck tonight!
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    Ducking brilliant!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    but he's well pissed off with you, KW.
    Nice Job KW. Motivational speaker. It worked. I see the Ya Dong distiller knows how to handle a weedwhacker.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    And that being the last dirty job of the project I dumped my filthy, soaking wet work clothes by the back door with the intention of finally giving my feet a good clean up.



    Maybe if I can stay off the Leo and Ja Dong I'll get better luck tonight!
    Thank fuck you spared us the pic of you without all those clothes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I told him what you'd said so he donned his PPE and got busy...

    That PPE is classic!

    Only a Thai could think of that.

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    ^ Yeah!

    He alao wears my daughter's old Covid face shields from school.

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