Khanom to Sakon Nakhon………………

I left Khanom on 1st April to drive Yada’s car north to Sakon Nakhon in the north east of Thailand; with her Mum and Dad and younger sister Kak in the car, it was a leisurely drive that took us 3 days………….we had no reason to hurry and Yada and her Mum in particular  like to stop and visit temples along the way………….and there are an incredible number of temples in Thailand, so, much as I enjoy visiting them myself, I was grateful that they were reasonably selective……………..

Above and below, at this temple there were 2 huge statues, a perspective of their size can be gained by the 2 people in close proximity to the statue above…………..

Above ………….Yada beneath some pink frangipani blossoms………and below, orchids growing wild at the side of the road……………..

 

Above and below……….this hill top temple was reached by following road signs to the cable car, which was in fact a funicular, but the description was close enough………………..

Above………..we were greeted by this notice when we clambered out of the funicular carriage at the summit…………and it was not a hollow warning, there were scores of monkeys everywhere, and some, like the adolescent male below, were quite aggressive…

We stopped at this roadside stall to buy some of these lotus flower stems………mmmm, not very pretty I thought, then Yada explained that they were for us to eat…….I remained unconvinced until she started popping the pods out of the “shower heads” and removing the outer skins for us to eat………… another delicious snack…………..

………….. above…………the lovely smiling lady at the Lotus stall…………….and below, Yada’s younger sister wanted to stop at this place called “The Swiss Sheep Farm”…..a friend had told her that they had black sheep there…………….

They did not, much to Kak’s disappointment, have any black sheep, but they did have a lovely black swan, below………….

Below………….they also had a couple of swings and I managed to get a reluctant Yada to pose on one of them…………….as always, sans make up, and considering that she cannot afford to spend much of her salary on clothes, she seems to find some very pretty little dresses…………

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