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  1. Lunch a couple of days ago...our lettuce and...

    Lunch a couple of days ago...our lettuce and tomato.
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  2. This was the lettuce six days ago...24 March. ...

    This was the lettuce six days ago...24 March.

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  3. Last year the wife had spectacular success with...

    Last year the wife had spectacular success with lettuce growing in the month we moved into the place...February. Unfortunately her follow-up lettuce growing was nowhere near as good, bad in fact. So...
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    Doing a pork stir fry a bit later in the day but...

    Doing a pork stir fry a bit later in the day but kicked off with my first attempt at cheesy garlicky biscuits. The recipe hinted it was close to the USA Red Lobster signature biscuits and can...
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    as dry as a dead dingoes donger.

    as dry as a dead dingoes donger.
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    As snug as a bug in a rug.

    As snug as a bug in a rug.
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    Closed our homestay to any new bookings for the...

    Closed our homestay to any new bookings for the period now to end April via Booking and Agoda. Will honour the two bookings till then, both Thai folks. If anyone else wants to stay they would have to...
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    Sticky: Had our first virus related cancellation last...

    Had our first virus related cancellation last night. A four day stay mid next month for a German/Thai couple living in Germany. Knew it was coming.

    Yesterday we closed sales down on Booking and...
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    Sticky: May have missed a payment on the mountain view...

    May have missed a payment on the mountain view fee. Another indoors day today, and with the forecast temp at 39. On the worst two days last year the ridge was not visible so still room for...
  10. Anyone knows what the white stuff is on the...

    Anyone knows what the white stuff is on the smaller stem to the bottom right of the green papaya. Looks like a mildew type substance. Is it a problem and if yes, how to treat? Thanks in advance.
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  11. Thread: Dinner

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    Time to get into a bit of baking for the wife and...

    Time to get into a bit of baking for the wife and I rather than homestay guests. First off was a variation of a pineapple upside down cake. Added the content of an own grown passionfruit. Was worried...
  12. We lost several ripe tomatoes to something that...

    We lost several ripe tomatoes to something that was boring a tiny round hole and based on the maggot subsequently hatching after being picked, laying an egg in it. Both the wife and I were too lazy...
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    Sticky: God! Another thing to hide if you ever turn up.

    God! Another thing to hide if you ever turn up.
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    Sticky: All but one gone Bogon, and the wife has her dibs...

    All but one gone Bogon, and the wife has her dibs on it. They were great.
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    Sticky: We have three guests arriving today, our only...

    We have three guests arriving today, our only March booking at the moment. Decided that afternoon tea on arrival will be cookies with dried cranberries, preserved chopped orange and lemon peel and...
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    Buttermilk pancakes with butter and Nan province...

    Buttermilk pancakes with butter and Nan province honey this morning. The wife added some dried cranberries to hers. A nice treat.

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    Sticky: Well February ended up being our second biggest...

    Well February ended up being our second biggest month. Being new to the business we had understood it was the start of the off-season up here and considered August-January the on/high-season and...
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    Not bad but I would have added slivers of...

    Not bad but I would have added slivers of Parmesen and a ceasar dressing.
  19. Thread: Dinner

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    When my brother was with us in November I forgot...

    When my brother was with us in November I forgot about a boned leg of New Zealand lamb I had in the freezer. So with little chance of a last minute homestay booking today it was time to cook it. Been...
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    Sticky: We were quietly contemplating an amazing first...

    We were quietly contemplating an amazing first seven months of business yesterday late afternoon and thinking our first high-season and February were done when a group of four Thai big bikers turned...
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    Sticky: Put on a simple dinner for our six Muslim big...

    Put on a simple dinner for our six Muslim big bikers who got back totally exhausted from the 101, 1081 and 1256 loop. Took 50 minutes to prepare, the rice prep and cooking set the timeframe. The guys...
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    Sticky: Noticed we had two bottle of Chili Sauce getting...

    Noticed we had two bottle of Chili Sauce getting a bit low so got out another new one and decided to decant one of the low ones into the other. No patience, so set this up and left it for a while....
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    Sticky: Rather happy here this morning. A booked group of...

    Rather happy here this morning. A booked group of six male Muslim big bike riders from Singapore came in last night and they've just asked us to stay tonight as well. Love the place and will do a...
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    Sticky: Six different fruits on the platter for our 100th...

    Six different fruits on the platter for our 100th stay guests this morning including our own organically grown papaya and passionfruit.

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    Sticky: Has been predominantly brownies to date but we...

    Has been predominantly brownies to date but we changed our descriptions a few weeks back on the various online sites that it is either brownies or cookies. The cookies to date have been dried...
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    Sticky: This afternoon two guests arrived...our 100th...

    This afternoon two guests arrived...our 100th stay since we opened in August. We've been experimenting with alternates to brownies and ice cream based afternoon teas and today we served an afternoon...
  27. Surprised to see two colours in the flower heads...

    Surprised to see two colours in the flower heads of the hydrangeas. In the back of mind is a notion that colour is determined or at least influenced by soil PH value. Nice surprise though. They've...
  28. The garden yielded some useful fruit this...

    The garden yielded some useful fruit this morning. Have been getting a second flush to passionfruit as well, four yesterday.

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  29. Thread: Dinner

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    Yes, there is one in the photo.

    Yes, there is one in the photo.
  30. Thread: Dinner

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    Four glorious days without a homestay guest till...

    Four glorious days without a homestay guest till Thursday. Time to cook some more comfort food. A pork mince based shepards pie with garlic butter mash and a Parmesan crust. Went down a treat, even...
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    YouTube...

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    Nice guitar solo, different to the released version.
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    Sticky: We hosted a youngish Thai gent a few weeks back....

    We hosted a youngish Thai gent a few weeks back. I was sitting out the front of the house when I saw a guy on a motor bike stop, turn-around, look at our sign and reach for his phone. I got the wife...
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    Sticky: It's a malicious review ootai. They never stayed...

    It's a malicious review ootai. They never stayed with us. At best, we think they posted against the wrong homestay. They made three comments...said we were too expensive (in October we were near the...
  34. Thread: 2+3+C

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    4, 3, B

    4, 3, B
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    Sticky: With the high season winding down here we finally...

    With the high season winding down here we finally had the time to add guest review scores to our database. To date we've had 98 stays and they have generated 39 reviews on Booking.com, Agoda,...
  36. Have some nice colour and in the case of two of...

    Have some nice colour and in the case of two of them some nice fragrance in the garden at the moment.

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    Sticky: Hosted a northern Thailand TDer and his wife and...

    Hosted a northern Thailand TDer and his wife and two friends last night. Went well. They selected the English style breakfast so for the first time we managed to have our own organically grown...
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    That's all that counts.

    That's all that counts.
  39. Thread: Dinner

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    Actually you could replace the smoked chicken...

    Actually you could replace the smoked chicken with large flakes of white fish, even smoked haddock. Using the tinned herb and cheese sauce means you can get away without having to make a roux.
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    No homestay guests to prepare for today so we...

    No homestay guests to prepare for today so we decided to cook something for the second meal. Had a defrosted smoked chicken breast from Makro so decided to chop that, an onion and three medium...
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    Sh*t Dill, didn't see this post till now. ...

    Sh*t Dill, didn't see this post till now.

    Upstairs in the kitchenette we supply Nescafe Red Cup coffee, Gold Ovaltine and Twinings English Breakfast and Yellow tea bags. Plus raw sugar, proper...
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    Sticky: Thanks Dill. Reckon I'll recognize Mendip easily...

    Thanks Dill. Reckon I'll recognize Mendip easily enough should he turn up. Luigi will be a little more difficult, but not necessarily impossible, I'm sure he's posted pictures of his knees and lower...
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    Sticky: Thainess...sigh! 1. No showing, then...

    Thainess...sigh!

    1. No showing, then contacting the third party booking site to request a free cancellation at 11:19pm on the day of check-in...the wife declined the request.

    2. Ordering...
  44. Sticky: That invitation for you and Joy to visit still...

    That invitation for you and Joy to visit still stands TD. But wait until the wet season kicks in at least. Just to prove how insane we are we are thinking about building another property up here.
  45. Remember a similar thing on a DEN-BWI United B727...

    Remember a similar thing on a DEN-BWI United B727 late night flight in the mid-90s. Captain announced we were supersonic over the ground. We arrived an hour early.
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    There may well be a good reason this gent was...

    There may well be a good reason this gent was dressed as a cowboy and cantering on a horse down road #1081 in the middle of Pua this morning, but it is not immediately apparent to me.

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    Sticky: Our 17 cyclists (well 16 of them plus the wife)...

    Our 17 cyclists (well 16 of them plus the wife) from Nan. Heading to Bo Kluea today over the Luang Prabang mountains and through the Doi Phu Kha NP...madness. They'll be back, were really quite...
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    Sticky: Lol...but to be serious for a moment...in six+...

    Lol...but to be serious for a moment...in six+ months and almost 300 pax...no breakages, no pilfering, no hoarding, no incidents or messes of an unspeakable nature in the bathroom. Had a few of folks...
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    Sticky: Look forward to it Luigi, you can stay incognito...

    Look forward to it Luigi, you can stay incognito if you wish. To take advantage of the TD offer in post #1 all we need is someone to tell me is that they are a user on the forum. We don't need proof...
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    Sticky: Well folks, a beer drinking record has been set...

    Well folks, a beer drinking record has been set at the homestay. 17 guests (but one of them female) drank 44 large bottles of beer. We will need to restock Leo and Singha today before the next 9 pax...
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